Over the last 100 years, with our expertise on garments, we have forged strong partnerships with a considerable portfolio of world famous licencors and licensing organisations.

These partnerships have enabled us to design and manufacture award winning ranges of character nightwear and swimwear, for children, women and men.

Our Story



Aykroyd and Sons was first established in 1918 by John Henry Aykroyd in Manchester, where we are still located to this day.

We manufactured garments of all types until the 1950's, when we first began to specialise in nightwear.


In the early 1980's we introduced our own in-house design department and transitioned into licensed character clothing.


We continued to run our centralised, UK manufacturing plant in Bala, North Wales, until 2007. At this point in time, we placed production at our overseas sites and a worldwide structure has been in operation for the last 10 years. We still use our old premise in Bala as a design, print and distribution hub.



By acquiring Millarose Design House, who specialise in adult nightwear, we grew our portfolio to include an extensive range of mens' and womens' nightwear.

At the helm of the company since the early 70's are twins David and Nigel Aykroyd. Over the last 5 years their children have joined the business. At Aykroyds we really cherish our team members, some of which have been with us as long as 30 years, and are very much a part of the extended Aykroyd family.