A pair of Bear Brand 'Georgia' seamfree Bri-Nylon stockings, circa 1960s. Bri-Nylon was the trade name of the polyamide fibre manufactured by British Nylon Spinners which was subsequently taken over by I.C.I. (Imperial Chemical Industries). The bear Brand name was produced by Howard Ford Company in Liverpool by the daughter of Howard Ford, a fashion retailer who imported stockings and subsequently built a factory to manufacture them. By the 1960s the Howard Ford Company were the biggest manufacturer of hosiery in Europe.