LONDON — The looms at John Smedley’s factory in Derbyshire, England, are humming after 225 years, and the high-end knitwear company has big plans for the future.

The men’s and women’s knitwear firm, which first created long johns, plans to launch a line of technologically advanced, extremely fine woolen sweaters and increase its presence in the U.S. over the next few months. It also will unveil a new logo and decor for its seven stores worldwide — six of which are run by distributors in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.

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