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Step out in luxurious Aristoc, one of the UK’s leading hosiery brands. With its roots set in the Midlands, Aristoc continues to produce the majority of their gorgeous Aristoc products in their own production unit based in Derbyshire. Add a dash of elegance to your outfit and shop our collection of Aristoc tights, stockings, hold-ups and knee-highs here.
Hosiery company A.E. Allen & Co registered the name Aristoc in 1924. In 1934 the company became publicly listed and changed their name from A.E. Allen to Aristoc Ltd. They also developed a state-of-the-art product and materials research facility that was hugely innovative for its time. During the war, Aristoc provided space for the Ministry of Aircraft Production and, even though stocks were short because of the silk stocking production ban from the government, Aristoc had a system of fair shares for all customers large and small.
In 1954 Aristoc introduced an on-site dye house, saving on costs, transportation and allowing them total control over the production of their stockings. A circular seam free knitting machine was being developed in Italy and Aristoc took delivery of the first seam free machines in 1959.
The next big trend to hit the hosiery market was tights. Aristoc began to manufacture tights in 1967. This is around the time that hosiery became a fashion accessory rather than just a basic leg covering. In the 1970s Aristoc responded to this by creating hosiery in a range of fashionable textures and colours and in 1977 Aristoc reported record sales figures.
During the 1980s, Aristoc developed fresh new packaging and an interest for patterned tights, bows and colours, and also introduced the latest knitting machines, computerised dyeing and machine packing. They were the first hosiery manufacturer to incorporate Lycra into their products.
n the 1990s, Aristoc moved to West Mill, Belper in Derbyshire.All Aristoc products include cutting-edge technology and materials designed to provide the highest levels of comfort, fit and performance. All of their technical & development skills and premium brand product manufacturers are based in the UK, allowing them to know exactly where their products are made. Aristoc packaging board comes from sustainable forest.
Recently Aristoc have had many supporters including Gok Wan and Mark Heyes, plus press coverage in many films, TV, magazines and shows.