Simpsons only use selected Chinese Badger Hair, which is sorted, dressed and sterilized by a London firm whose origins date back to the 16th Century. Three grades of Badger Hair are used: Super, Best and Pure. Alexander Simpson started making shaving brushes in the East End of London in 1919. He soon built up the business and in 1924, moved to Clapham where he established an award-winning reputation for his shaving brushes. In 1941, following the loss of his factory in the blitz, Simpson moved his business to the West Country. In 2008 Progress Vulfix purchased the company and continues the tradition of making the world’s finest brushes entirely by hand in a quiet rural backwater on the Isle of Man, using the same techniques which have not changed since the firm was founded.