Barker Room Service was born in response to the 2020 Covid Lockdown and a desire to deliver greater value and meaning to their many clients. An array of hand-picked exquisite products has been chosen to complement the growing collection of cotton based products they were producing and to deliver these using the same footprint as their growing fully finished laundry service.
As well as being the UK’s largest domestic laundry, Barker is a world leader in the manufacture and sale of high-quality dress shirts and is best known for providing starched detachable collars to the legal profession as well as the film, TV, theatre industries.
Barker has become a well-received British heritage brand; steeped in English history, rich in tradition which means the art of linen care has been gained, nurtured and passed on to the present generation. As you can imagine, they have become experts in bed linen because they have been caring for it since 1861. With over five thousand customers, including the elite of British society, they were extremely proud to have been awarded a Royal Warrant for laundry services to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales whom they have been looking after for some years now, along with other Royal family members, Hoteliers and British Dignitaries’.
By being part of the laundering process, Barker became increasingly aware of the need and demand for superior quality bedding that’s simply not provided for in the current market place. They have also learnt that the consumer launders the new product before sleeping in it. They say they are washing out the residue of the manufacturing process! And if Barker can provide the customer with new, superior quality bed linen that’s going to perform well, that is then freshly laundered, saving them valuable time then Barker are ultimately adding real value that’s unique to the market.
Matthew Barker, Managing Director of the Barker Group, says that when it comes to bed linens there are many inferior products on the market that simply don’t perform well during the laundering process. This he believes has been due in part to the increasing cost of cotton as well as consumer and commercial suppliers cutting the quality in order to retain or even improve their margins.
Barker set out on a quest to launch a new collection of superior bed linen and source the best quality cotton. Research took Barker around the globe, where the secrets were gained to create the perfect product. By understanding and deconstructing the process behind the creation of fine quality woven cotton and tailored bed linen Barker were able to determine the quality of the products chosen to bring to the market. All Barker bed linen fulfils the high standards as the company has become involved with the cotton growers, spinners and weavers and have undertaken their own tailoring in the same region.
The result is a high quality, fully traceable, controlled and vertically aligned manufacturing process that Barker believes does not exist anywhere else in the world. Tried and tested, Barker then compares the performance when laundering so that only the very best quality products qualify to join The Barker Collection.
Barker Group consists of five divisions; Barker Laundry, Barker Dry Cleaning, Barker Collars, Barker Bridal and The Barker Collection. With the exception of the retail dry cleaning division and Barker Bridal, the bulk of barker’s operations are encapsulated in Barker Room Service.