- Our Story
Kate Dawson – Founder of The All-in-One Company
It all started in 2004 with a problem – sleepless nights. The need for a snugly garment to keep my 3 year old daughter, Lilly, warm so that we could all sleep through. The problem was that I needed something that wasn’t available anywhere on the High Street or online… A Onesie.
But not just a Onesie, I needed a garment where I could specify the size and choose the features, I didn’t want a hood or feet for Lilly. I wanted to be the designer and create the Onesie that I wish existed. I wanted to be able to choose the fabric thickness no matter what time of year it was.
So this is what I created. A website where you can Create-your-Own Onesie in the size that you need whether it was for a baby, a child or an adult. In the fabric type and colour or pattern combination that is unique to you, with the ability to add the finishing touches by customising and personalising to make it yours.
Each Onesie is unique, just as you are and that’s whats so special about The All-in-One Company, you become the designer, whatever your age or your size. We then hand make your order especially for you here in Northumberland, England UK.
We now offer you the most detailed 3D Onesie builder in the world enabling you to create the Onesie you wish existed.
Why we do what we do
We love the personal touch of creating something especially for you. When something has been designed by you and is handmade by us, there is something very special about that whole process. Since we began in 2008 we have always made to order. We wanted to change how people bought clothes. We only make what you ask for, which keeps waste to a minimum. We don’t have clearance sales to off load stock, as there is no excess created.
The onesie that you design means something to all of us as we have an emotional connection to it. It becomes personal and something much more than just a Onesie. It all starts with your desire to create the Onesie that you wish existed, in size, warmth and features. As you design it on the 3D Onesie builder it takes on a character of its own, once made it becomes your companion, your go to garment for when you get home at night, your festival friend, your pick-me-up when you’re feeling poorly. Your very own unique Onesie that has been hand made with love, will last a lifetime and will reduce your carbon footprint. We also offer a TLC service so when it does need a new zip, cuffs or feet you can send it right back for a touch of pampering. Create-Your-Own is the way forward, not mass production, creating an individual garment that you will cherish for years to come.
Passion and Love
Seeing your Onesie being made is the most amazing thing. Our Master Craftsmen, who have worked in the industry all of their working lives, have so much knowledge and love that its evident in everything that they do. The calmness of the cutting room filled with colour and expertise, the gentle sound of the shears as your design starts to take shape. Followed by the burr of the sewing machines as the fabric is transformed into a garment, every step seems so effortless, because they are masters, true professionals with a passion to make clothes.
Keeping the skills alive
The passion and skills need to be passed to the next generations, we have the most amazing skills in this region of Northumberland, a county where the textile industry thrived until the 1980’s. We now have an opportunity to invest in these skills and by creating new apprenticeships we can pass the knowledge to the next generation. The art of making something for someone is so special, we cannot let this die, we are passionate about linking state of the art technology with traditional skills to keep these precious skills alive.
We share our knowledge with local schools, colleges and universities by hosting enterprise workshops within our factory. We help to inspire the next generation into the industry and into enterprise. Kate is now an Enterprise Adviser through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership for James Calvert Spence School in Amble who is working with Ford Next Generation Learning USA to link education with enterprise and the community. We aim to share employ-ability skills with students and to introduce them to the companies on their doorstep through our network who may be able to provide future employment and training. We are doing this through project led learning, which links the curriculum to industry to give real life experiences and challenges in a safe environment in an exciting and relevant way.
For the community
Our off cuts are made into onesies for baby banks and women’s refuge centres. The smaller pieces are donated to charities, schools and colleges for fundraising activities.
We have donated the Onesies that have been used for photo shoots to baby banks and women’s refuge centres too with an aim of bringing warmth, fun and happiness to everyone who wears our Onesies.
The end of roll fleeces have been made into random size blankets that are given to charities such as Making Winter Warmer For Those Without.
5% of each sensory onesie sold is donated to The National Autistic Society as a thank you for helping us to create the sensory onesie in 2017.
Kate loves to go into local schools and colleges to deliver projects to students of all ages on fashion and textiles and enterprise, to inspire others to have a dream and turn it into reality.
We are so pleased that two apprenticeships have been completed and two more have been created are being completed this year, we are hoping that there will be more are in the pipeline.
Proud members Since 2016
We are proud members of The Guild of Master Craftsmen. A guild of skilled artisans and a sign of quality to reassure you that we are highly skilled, reliable and accountable.
Gold Star Customer Reviews
With the right combination of love, care and attention to detail our team of master craftsmen will ensure that you will receive the Onesie that you wished for, we are looking forward to working with you and making you feel Snuggletastic.
Thank you for all your feedback, we really appreciate it.
Without you, none of this could happen.
Thank you, Kate x