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19th November 2014 | Posted in Womens & Brands by H. Simpson

Best of British



From its humble roots in South Shields to its association with the British motorcycling heritage, Barbour have secured their high status within the fashion market for their collections of quality jackets and coats. The specifications of each jacket are formed from its South Shields heritage with regards to its weather conditions and the surrounding countryside landscape. The most popular and sought after Barbour garments are the waxed cotton jackets; enriched in the most weather proof coating and the polarquilts; lined with a soft, fleece interior, both of which are practical for the colder weather.


Waddesdon Beadnell - £229.00

Dr Martens

Dr Martens offer something more than simply being a chunky, masculine boot. The distinctive footwear represents the working class individual and has a huge association with subcultures past and present. During the rise of the youth subculture, Dr Martens were thrust onto the high street and with fashion playing a huge role during this time, rebelling began being shown via clothing choices. Choosing a particular outfit defined the individual and Dr Martens were distinctive and sturdy enough to wear to make a statement. The Skinheads were the original subculture group who firmly placed Dr Martens into their rebellious criteria. Paying homage to the working class man, they'd don working man suits and finish this look off with a rebellious statement; the Dr Martens boot. A few years later, Pete Townshend of The Who deliberately wore a pair on stage and the rest, as they say is history... To this day, the amount of subcultures that have taken on this boot for the exact reasons is immensely high. To name a few we have Skinheads, Punks, Grunge, Emo, Psychobilly, Rockers, Goths... 


Pascal Boot - £99.00


Formed in 1856 by American entrepreneur Henry Lee Norris and formerly known as The North British Rubber Company, the brand began as a small rubber footwear company however were soon relied upon by the British Army for their sturdy rubber wellingtons in World War 1. It wasn't until years later in 1956 that Hunter's 'Original Wellington' was formed; a design that is the brand's most popular choice today. With its distinctive red, white and black logo and side buckle fastener, Hunter today are seen as the festival welly of choice, available in a multitude of colours, sizes and styles.


Original Clear Leg Wellington - £169.00

J Shoes

A brand on a smaller scale than the rest, Leicestershire brand J Shoes offer quality, leather made footwear from small ankle boots to masculine inspired brogues. Using different textures and finishes, J Shoes create a unique style of footwear embracing the universal black and brown colourways enabling the shoe to be paired with practically any outfit choice.


Sadie Ankle Boot - £125.00


Launched only recently and currently only two seasons in, Matchless have already succeeded in gaining a high class reputation. This is probably due to the fact that the face of their A/W '14 campaign is argubaly the most famous model in the world: Kate Moss; cue lots of media attention, press coverage and anticipation surrounding the brand. The line includes jackets constructed from the most finest and durable leather and waxed cotton materials, mirroring the superior quality of the original Matchless motorcycling brand. 


Kate Shearling Blouson - £1,599.00


Vivienne Westwood

Britain's favourite quirky designer has been creating her pieces for decades; balancing trends of that time with her own personal taste, which in turn, has created unusual and unique items, nearly always adorned with the signature orb logo.

Collaborations with Brazilian eco-friendly footwear brand Melissa Shoes; designing eye catching, lightly scented footwear and often in plastic form has led a specific seasonal range of Lady Dragon Shoes to become a collector's favourite; updating the 3D designs at the front of each foot from lips, hearts and bows, giving the footwear a characteristic appeal. Designing the range of heels in this way means the shoe is recognisable to Vivienne fans everywhere. 
Her Anglomania range draws its inspiration from French and British fashion ideals and the result is something out of the ordinary yet classic (see the Floral Sweatshirt as a great example).

Jewellery was something which Vivienne Westwood first began creating and producing herself before becoming an established fashion designer, selling her items at Portobello Road. The jewellery range focus largely on the signature orb logo offering an edgy twist on the famous design. Adorned with Swarovski crystals, the collection features necklaces, earrings and bracelets constructed from imitation Rhodium and formed into fun costume jewellery in gold, silver and rosegold colourways.


Diamante Heart Stud Earrings - £69.00


Ted Baker

Though the brand was first established as a men's shirt specialist in Glasgow in 1987, Ted Baker are today one of Britain's most popular brands. With their recognisable printed designs featuring varous florals, Ted Baker offer items that can be distinguished from other brands, creating classy, flattering garments with a sophisticated appeal. Their decision to grace clothing and accessories with ever changing updated prints each season has enabled them to keep the brand fresh, never dated and on trend. An item of huge popularity is the Ted Baker purse; crafted with a distinctive patent finish and secured by ever changing 3D clasp fasteners, the range has this season been developed to include a matte finish collection.


Elly Square Crystal Popper Small Purse - £79.00 British Brands:



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