Harry Potter
Harry Potter Uniforms

Wren Schoolwear has recently been working with Warner Brothers to produce the school uniforms for the film 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone". The Essex County Standard Reports (November 23rd, 2001):
Made in Colchester -
wizard clothes for boys
Clothing firm fits out Harry Potter and friends
by DAVID GROCOTT

WHEN the world famous wizard Harry Potter pulls off his Hogwart's school jumper, he sees a label inside marked with a Colchester phone number.
The boy wizard at the centre of the greatest publishing phenomenon known to man, and now the subject of his own record-breaking film, had his screen school uniform made in no less a magical setting than Telford Way on the Severalls Industrial Estate.
Or, to be slightly more accurate, movie giants Warner Brothers had the uniform, and dozens more like it, put together by Wren Schoolwear of Colchester.
Eager to do a good job, the company made sure labels with full contact details were sewn into every school jumper seen on set, and Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, must have seen Wren's number.
The small firm, more used to kitting out muggle pupils of public schools such as Roedean, is now feeling very pleased with itself.
It has, after all, made a small, but significant, contribution to one of the most successful movies of all time.
From his very un-Hollywood desk in the firm's small factory, managing director Keith Farrer admits that a week after Harry Potter went on general release at the cinema, the whole thing is now really quite magical.
"We have just watched this get bigger and bigger, and now it has come out the film is just huge, it is very exciting," he said.
But Mr Farrer dispels some magical myths about the world of Hogwarts, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Griffindor and even the insidious Slytherin.

Harry Potter School Uniforms
POTTER WEAR - Wren Schoolwear boss Keith Farrer, above, shows the tie worn by Harry Potter and friends in the film, right. Picture above:
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Harry Potter School Uniforms
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1: Wool mix jumper. 'They needed to be distressed," Mr Farrer said, "to give the right look." Coloured piping added to collar depending on house colours, gold and claret for Griffindor.
2: Polyester / viscose trouser/skirts.
" They wanted them the same material so
they would look like the same grey," Mr Farrer said.
3: Badges to denote which house child is placed in by the sorting hat. "They provided the patterns and we had them made specially," said Mr Farrer.
"There was nothing too special about the uniform."
"That, Mr Farrer said, pointing to a picture of Harry's nemesis Draco Malfoy," "is not a special tie - that is just a green and grey tie we sent them."
"It is the same for the others, they are just ties in the colours they wanted."
Wren did make some of the items, such as the skirts, but a lot of the goods for the school uniforms were "off the peg".
Other more complex items such as the school house badges were designed by the film production company and sub-contracted out by Wren.
But some of the American production crew's requirements were easier to meet.
"They wanted some prefect badges and team captain badges, so we sent them a full list of all the ones available to any school and they absolutely loved those - they had loads of them," Mr Farrer said.
Now as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone smashes every box office record, Wren are still providing some costumes for the next film in the series. "We provided every costume made to measure for the
first film by the end of last year."
"They should still have most of them, so we are just making more for the second one in bits and bobs as they need them."
"Security is very tight - they always send a courier to collect the clothes."
The HP contract has also had spin-offs. "We have been contacted by 20th Century Fox and a couple of other film companies, and that must have come from Harry Potter."
"We are a local company doing very well."
And all from very small beginnings because Wren were contacted for the Harry Potter contract, which is worth a magical £70,000, completely out of the blue.
Company secretary Sue Brown said: "They phoned up at the start of last year and I was really excited. It was not until they sent the fax over that we really believed them."
"And he," she motioned at her boss, "hadn't even heard of Harry Potter."
After a fair bit of laughing, he was quick to add: "I have now".
Article and images courtesy of Essex County Newspapers.