is a name that so many Britons know and recognise instantly. It is one of Britain's biggest companies and one of the few names in the hosiery
industry that are proud to say that they remain manufacturing and designing largely in their home nation. Founded in 1936, Charnos started in the small town of Ilkeston, in Derbyshire. This has been their headquarters for their entire history and the town of Ilkeston is still the home of Charnos
today. Charnos began making the one garment that was possible at the time, stockings.
Tights and hold ups had not yet been invented and the only leg wear available at the time were stockings These stockings were incredibly difficult and time consuming to make as much of the process had to be done by hand. But Charnos has always been a brand known for creating leg wear that is both well made and very affordable and they are a designer that didn't let the difficulty of making these beautiful garments stop them from doing that. Charnos took this exclusive and high end garment and made it much more accessible to the rest of the world. There's no doubt that Charnos and other designers like them are responsible for making leg wear what it is today, a stylish garment with plenty of variety and a price tag that everyone can afford.
Charnos Hold ups
Charnos was founded by Charles Noskwith in 1936 on Corporation Road, Ilkeston. They began with quality in mind first and foremost. Investing in the very best machinery of the day in order to make as many stockings and as high quality ones as possible. Charnos believed that they could only impress savvy and knowledgeable consumers if they made items that truly made people want to switch from what they were used to in favour of trying something new and falling in love with their new Charnos stockings
and later Charnos hold ups
They produced some wonderful designs for the first few years, but as designers released newer innovations such as full length tights, Charnos saw the amazing new possibilities that were out there and decided to try them for themselves.
Charnos began creating tights and tackled all of the challenges that come with them.