Feeling patriotic? Looking for the best? We list some key British brands to choose when you're on the hunt for luxury and longevity.
The Leather Briefcase
With a need for laptops and tablets, Pickett has developed the traditional briefcase into a size and shape that allows for even the most extensive collection of technologies. The leather goods and luxury accessories emporium was founded and is still run by Trevor Pickett, the quintessential Mayfair eccentric. Pickett is now successfully crossing the generations with fresh appeal to a younger audience.
This Aladdin’s Cave offers beautifully designed classics made entirely in the UK across a series of over 50 independent workshops.
The Cashmere Jumper
British owned throughout its 80 year history, N.Peal is known for producing the finest quality cashmere which can be traced right back to the individual herders who tend their goats on the vast steppes of Mongolia.
Daniel Craig sported N. Peal in the last two James Bond movies, Skyfall and Spectre. N. Peal were commissioned to make a roll neck for Bond which featured in the nail biting chess scene.
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The Dressing Gown and Pyjamas
Style is by no means sacrificed when it’s time for bed. Known for historically designing and producing uniforms for Eton College, luxury British brand New and Lingwood has attracted the right sort of attention with their line of silk dressing gowns and pyjamas. The brand believes the luxury and pleasure of the perfect fitting shirt is an experience which everybody should try for themselves at some point in their life, offering a bespoke service which operates from the Jermyn Street location.
The Tweed jacket
There is always a place in the British gentleman’s wardrobe for the tweed jacket. The material that originated from Scotland, arguably named after the river Tweed, started as a fashionable staple in the Edwardian period, alluding to the access of British leisure activities. Today, blazers in a variety of house tweed can be found across the tailors of the West End, including William Evans who have just debuted their newest range, aptly named the St. James.
Every gentleman with an eye for British craft and authentic style is sure to have a tailored suit in their collection. First established in 1865, each Dege and Skinner suit in painstakingly crafted from the cutting room on Savile Row, and is still family owned by Mr. William Skinner himself who comments: “Having a bespoke made on Savile Row is a truly British phenomenon.”
Style goes from head to toe. Crockett and Jones is family owned and has been since opening in 1879 in Northampton, Now with a go-to location in the Burlington Arcade, the shoe craftsmanship still takes place in Northampton.
Says the current Mr Jones: “The heritage of the brand is very important because it allows you a sense of perspective; if you know where your roots are it gives you confidence going forward.”