English heritage brand Sunspel has been making exceptional quality clothing for over 150 years. Since it began in 1860, when Thomas Hill founded the firm to supply the British Empire with high quality underwear, the label has always been an intriguing combination of innovation and tradition.
Founded in Nottingham the family business was moved to Long Eaton in 1937, which is where the factory remains today. Sunspel began a close association with British cinema when approached to develop product for Daniel Craig’s debut as James Bond.
Craig wore the Sunspel Riviera Polo in the opening sequence of Casino Royale and it became synonymous with the new modern image of the Bond franchise.
Realm and Empire
Nottingham-based menswear designers Realm & Empire have exclusive access to the archives of the Imperial War Museum and each season they begin with a visit where they garner inspiration for the new collection using photographs, old letters, artifacts and film.
The authority of IWM ensures all Realm & Empire apparel is fundamentally inspired by real history and British heritage. As thought-provoking as always, this is a genuinely British inspired range which continues to honor unique craft and design skills developed over many years.
North Sea Clothing
Founded eleven years ago by Neil Starr, North Sea Clothing was originally inspired by the Submariner sweater – War Office issue to the Royal Navy in both WW1 and WW2. Sticking to tradition, the jumpers are made with untreated sheep’s wool.
Over the years the garments have been altered to keep with the times. The original sweaters had short arms to avoid anything getting caught in machinery and big, open necks to make them easy to put on over overalls.
Universal Works aims to create clothing that is internationally universal whilst embodying a distinctly British feel. One that is passionate, whilst having a sense of humour; garments we want to wear. With the onus on contemporary fit and functionality, whilst being confidently understated, we offer clothing that defies the whims of fashion and reflects the personality of the owner.
Since its inception in 2008 Universal Works has striven to create real, honest clothing that works; always looking towards improvement in a constant process of review and refinement. We create garments we love, based on the things that make us who we are.
Geoff Stocker has been producing digitally printed real silk pocket squares in Hastings since 2010.
Having enjoyed a twenty year career as a digital artist working specifically with Photoshop, he made the foray into digital textile printing five years ago by producing seasonal rages of pocket squares and silk scarves for men.
Taking inspiration from numerous cultures from around the world, like Meso-American, Asian and Celtic, the printed silks have a 3D quality that simply does not exist on paper. Vital details such as a shadows and highlights are brought to life when the silk is folded; lines that are at first glance straight, appear curved and animate.
In Geoff’s own words a pocket square ‘is like an iceberg – only the top third is ever seen’ which means that every corner of each square must be beautifully eye-catching, offering one a mysterious insight into the wearer’s character.
In the late 18th century at No. 11 St. James’s Street in Piccadilly Harris’s Apothecary set up shop. Over the next half a century the family established a reputation selling classic colognes and perfumes to this fashionable part of London.
For over two hundred years this family business in the centre of men’s Clubland has served the gentlemen and gentlewomen of St. James’s and in 1938 was awarded the warrant as chemists to her Majesty The Queen, later the Queen Mother which was held until her death in 2002.
In 2002 they were also appointed as Chemists to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, an honour that was added to in 2012 when they had the Royal Warrant for Her Majesty the Queen bestowed upon them.
RAINS was founded three years ago in the rainy streets of the Danish capital, Copenhagen. The brand was established as a new interpretation of the traditional raincoat, born from a combination of modern city life with all its diversity and colour and the need for practical outerwear. The mission of RAINS is to inspire and motivate; to explore positive outdoor moments in your everyday life (an essential approach to outdoor life in a nation with 121 rainy days each year!). The priority is to create functional details and comfort but with the simplistic and contemporary feel we have come to expect from Scandainavian design. RAINS presents a collection of rainproof jackets with a unique proposal of how modern and stylish people can move through the rain without getting soaked. The philosophy is to make unique rainwear, which elegantly completes the existing wardrobe.
Contemporary menswear label Kestin Hare was established in 2014 and is now approaching its fourth season. The brand embodies Hare’s 15 years’ experience of UK quality manufacturing and craftsmanship, retaining a clean, contemporary aesthetic for which he has become known combined with unique fabric sourcing.
The collections are designed from Hare’s Edinburgh-based studio and the brand has grown greater retail presence since 2015, including its flagship Shoreditch store. The brand has to build upon its UK and international stockists, which includes an impressive list of independents and high-end department stores. The brand has continued to build upon its UK and International stockists, which includes an impressive list of contemporary independents and high-end department stores.eater retail presence throughout 2015 now with two stores in Scotland, the original Edinburgh store and studio in Stockbridge and a new space in the prominent location of Princes Square in Glasgow. Summer 2015 also saw the launch of the London flagship store and showroom in Shoreditch. The brand has continued to build upon its UK and International stockists, which includes an impressive list of contemporary independents and high-end department stores.eater retail presence throughout 2015 now with two stores in Scotland, the original Edinburgh store and studio in Stockbridge and a new space in the prominent location of Princes Square in Glasgow. Summer 2015 also saw the launch of the London flagship store and showroom in Shoreditch. The brand has continued to build upon its UK and International stockists, which includes an impressive list of contemporary independents and high-end department stores.eater retail presence throughout 2015 now with two stores in Scotland, the original Edinburgh store and studio in Stockbridge and a new space in the prominent location of Princes Square in Glasgow. Summer 2015 also saw the launch of the London flagship store and showroom in Shoreditch. The brand has continued to build upon its UK and International stockists, which includes an impressive list of contemporary independents and high-end department stores.
BAILEY OF HOLLYWOOD
Initially branded as the Pacific Harvest Hat Company, founder George S. Bailey realized that the rising stars in Hollywood were setting the standard for high fashion and the booming population of the West Coast needed true quality hats to finish their looks. By outfitting the likes of Bing Crosby and Gary Cooper, Bailey became the go-to brand for men’s hat fashion. From that point on Bailey would be known as a designer of fashionable hats and caps.
To this day, the brand continues to make waves in the fashion industry. From fedoras to pork pies, and ivy caps to ball caps, the Bailey of Hollywood division has distinguished itself as the top source for headwear superior in both caliber and design.
Alsteca sunglasses are available in two unisex models: Overtown and Wynwood. Both models are available in a huge selection of colors and color shades. Alsteca also means technology and high performances. The lenses are made of a certified, unbreakable polycarbonate and the frames are made of an innovative very light material. Alsteca: 16 grams of technology, design and quality 100% made in Italy.
Filson – rugged quality for over 100 years
Born in 1850, C. C. Filson inherited his father’s pioneer spirit and love of the outdoors. After homesteading in Nebraska and roaming the country as a railroad conductor, he moved to the small city of Seattle, Washington in the 1890s.
Filson’s timing couldn’t have been better. By 1897, the Great Klondike Gold Rush was on, and thousands of fortune hunters were stampeding into Seattle, headed north. Armed with a strong work ethic, a reputation for honesty and several years’ experience operating a small loggers’ outfitting store, C. C. Filson was ready to stake his claim to fame. Here is what he had to say in our 1914 catalog:
“To our customers: if a man is going North, he should come to us for his outfit, because we have obtained our ideas of what is best to wear in that country from the experience of the man from the North — not merely one — but hundreds of them. Our materials are the very best obtainable, for we know that the best is none too good and that quality is of vital importance. You can depend absolutely upon our goods both as to material and workmanship.”
The Gold Rush Years: 1897-1899
In 1897, Filson opened C.C. Filson’s Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers, specializing in goods to outfit the stampeders to the Klondike Gold Rush.
Stories of harrowing experiences in the Yukon were widely reported. The diary of Hume Nisbet, 1897 painted this picture: “Try to recall your sensations on the coldest night you have ever known: try to intensify the most bitter ice blast that has ever pierced your marrow by a thousandfold; even then you will not be able to realize spring in the Chilkoot Canyon, far less midwinter on the Klondike.”
It was for these rugged conditions that Filson designed his goods. He owned his own mill and manufactured Mackinaw Wool clothing and blankets, knit goods, as well as selling boots, shoes, moccasins and sleeping bags specially designed for the frigid North. Filson kept in close contact with his customers, improving his goods to meet their specific needs. The stampeders depended on Filson. In that era, clothing wasn’t a matter of choice, but of survival.
Tough, comfortable outdoor clothing for hunters and anglers, engineers and explorers, mariners and miners
The Gold Rush faded into history, but Filson kept listening to his customers, and outdoorsmen kept coming to Filson for rugged clothes. Drawing from his past experience of outfitting loggers, he soon added clothing for the timber industry, including the Filson Cruiser, the garment that was to earn Filson a place in history. Designed and named by C.C. Filson, and patented on March 3, 1914, U.S. Patent #1088891, the Cruiser Shirt continues to influence Filson’s best-selling items.
Worldwide reputation for honesty, quality and durability
Filson continued to make his goods from the best materials obtainable, and guaranteed every piece of merchandise. If he didn’t stock an item a customer needed, he custom-made it for him. Filson’s name became synonymous with reliability, satisfaction and honest values. By the 1960s, Filson’s reputation as the premier outfitter for outdoorsmen had spread around the globe. In addition to being stocked by retailers of quality outdoor wear, Filson garments were being ordered by mail from places as far away as Greenland.
“The goods we quote must not be confounded with the cheap and vastly inferior grade with which the market is over-run. Such goods are not only useless for the purpose for which they are intended, but the person wearing them would be better off without them.”
— Clinton C. Filson, 1914 catalog
What worked then, still works now
Over the years, Filson’s philosophy has never changed: Make sure it’s the absolute best. Clinton Filson spent a lot of time talking to his customers and refining his designs to their specifications. So it’s not surprising that the items that worked then still work today, over 100 years later. Comfort, protection and durability never go out of style
Nowadays it is common for any silk scarf, particularly the classic Paisley design, to be referred to as “a Tootal” but not all scarves are created equal. Not all scarves have over 200 years of British heritage, a fact of which we remain very proud.
We trace our roots to 1799 and Robert Gardner, a textile merchant and no doubt the most stylish man in Manchester. With the arrival of steam power and canals Manchester – or “Cottonopolis” as it was nicknamed in the 19th Century – thrived as a centre of the textile industry.
Roll forward to 1842 and Edward Tootal, “a merchant in silks and fancy-dress materials” joined the rapidly expanding business. Edward proved so successful that in 1847 the company was renamed Edward Tootal & Co. (In fact Edward was SO successful that the London & North Western Railway named a steam locomotive after him). On his retirement in 1856 the business passed to his nephew, Henry Tootal Broadhurst, and Henry Lee, the latter originally an apprentice to Robert Gardner.
No history of Britain’s textile industry is complete without mention of 1862 when workers at Lancashire cotton mills refused to handle raw cotton picked by US slaves, despite the impact on their own welfare. The following year President Lincoln would write to “the working men of Manchester” praising their “sublime Christian heroism which has not been surpassed in any age or in any country”.
By the end of the 19th century Tootal had three large textile mills at Newton Heath in Manchester, Black Lane in Radcliffe and Daubhill in Bolton. A thriving business, with beautiful cloth and principled people was joined by beautiful architecture when in 1892 Tootal opened a large new brick-clad warehouse and office block, in Oxford Street, Manchester. In 2017 it was announced that the Mayor of Greater Manchester – obviously a man of good taste – would move his offices to this magnificent Grade II* listed building, now known as Churchgate House.
At the outbreak of World War I, Edward Tootal Broadhurst, the company chairman, joined the committee organising the Manchester Pal battalions. Tootal Broadhurst Lee & Co offered to keep jobs open to any of their workers who volunteered.
Steaming ahead to 1918 and Sir Edward was knighted for his contribution to the war effort. (Did we mention that Sir Edward also had a locomotive named after him? We had our own train set!) By way of thanks for local people’s efforts during the war Sir Edward donated 80 acres of land at Broadhurst Park, Moston to Manchester Corporation. The area now includes the home ground of FC United of Manchester, who play in the National League North.
Tootal were on a worldwide mission to dress the dapper and the dandy, and by 1939 we had offices in Belfast, Birmingham, Leeds, London and Glasgow and overseas in Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, and New Zealand. In 1952 a new Tootal factory opened in Devonport, Tasmania and by 1973 Tootal Ltd was reported to be the 9th largest cotton firm in the world, 5th largest in the UK, with 25,000 employees worldwide.
Today we operate from a slightly more modest facility in Derbyshire, still making our famous scarves and accessories from 100% silk, and still applying the standards and skills learnt over the last 200 years.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Country of Origin occupies a small strip of land between two train tracks in South London. This none too salubrious setting is where we design and manufacture all our garments- we don’t trust factories to make them with the right level of detail, so we’ve ended up with the dirty work.
We’re interested in timelessness, that ineffable quality that reached a kind of zenith in modernist art and design of the twentieth century. Stuff that looks like it was made yesterday and turns out to be over 100 years old.
All our knitwear is linked by the elusive human hand, so no matter how contemporary our designs look, the methods are comfortingly traditional.
Born over a decade ago from the needs of hardy British surfers, Finisterre designs functional and sustainable product for those that share a love of the sea.
It started in 2003 in a flat above a surf shop with an innovative fleece that was designed to keep out chill winds and warm up cold bodies. Since these early days, driven by those who have jumped on board, supported by our customers and suppliers, the brand and product has widened beyond these original beginnings. Yet from our cliff top workshop in St. Agnes, we stay true to our original design ethos of functionality and sustainability brought to life in an understated style and identity, always remaining committed to product, environment and people.
The name of one of the most rugged headlands that bravely bears the full brunt of the North Atlantic gales, and a former shipping forecast area, Finisterre literally means end of the earth or land’s end. The place where land ends has intrigued man for centuries, fostering both a real and a romantic relationship with the sea; a relationship that runs deep in our narrative.
Since day one we have taken a pioneering approach to making better and more sustainable product, challenging and innovating, seeking alternatives to what has gone before. We’re committed to making informed decisions about our impact on the environment and are constantly trying to push boundaries to make the best product we can. In our eyes this is gear that will be with you the longest; and the longer you have it, the more attached to it you become.
THE CORDS AND CO
The Cords & Co was created by a passionate group of people united by a shared love for corduroy – a versatile, durable and unique textile everyone has a relationship with. As part of a sub-culture, an iconic pop reference, or a 70’s inspired memory, we celebrate velvet’s ribbed cousin by building a new and inspired corduroy community.
o take it from the past and present it as the future, a classic reimagined in a contemporary way – we give this material the love it deserves. We lead the charge of the cord revival, channeling our unified passion and enthusiasm into a brand and culture dedicated to corduroy.
We share with the world a fabric loaded with memories, ribbed with ridges, textures and lustrous feelings that reflect the ups and downs of life. We pay tribute to its long but little-known history by creating our own. What began as royal cloth then became a worker’s wardrobe staple, The Cords & Co will spark the corduroy revolution.
Corgi was founded in 1892 by Carmarthenshire draper Rhys Jones who, having purchased some second-hand knitting machines, began to produce thigh-high woollen stockings for the local colliers. He then began to produce a range of finer quality socks, ideal for men to wear to chapel on Sundays.
From the beginning, Rhys paid very close attention to detail and quality and as the reputation of his products grew, demand spread across the whole of South Wales and beyond.
Now, some 120 years and four generations later, the company is managed by Rhys’ great, great grandchildren Chris Jones and Lisa Wood.
Corgi continues to design and produce hand-knitted wool, cotton and cashmere socks and knitwear for men and women of the very highest quality in the same Carmarthenshire town it was established.
Joining forces with its sister company Dents in 2008 allowed Corgi to expand its export market and the company’s products are now sold all over the world. Despite its dramatic growth, Corgi maintains the uncompromising commitment to quality that has always been at the heart of the brand.
EDWIN is a forward-thinking denim brand priding itself on innovation, utilising exclusive fabrics and fabrication, unique technology, hand wash processes and continual progression in design and fit.
The EDWIN brand is established in Japan by Mr Tsunemi. With a strong passion for denim, Mr Tsunemi is inspired to import them directly from the United States as no denim is manufactured in Japan.
Domestically manufactured denim is available for the first time in Japan. This product is expensive and of inferior quality compared to its American counterparts.
In 1961 Mr. Tsunemi crafts the first pair of EDWIN denim jeans.
EDWIN produces the world’s heaviest ringspun denim jean (16oz), featuring the famous three-colour rainbow selvedge, which is still being used today.
EDWIN become the first company in the world to develop an ‘old wash’, designed to replicate denim which has been worn from its rigid, unwashed state traditionally designed for workwear due to its durability.
EDWIN invent ‘stone washing’, revolutionising the entire denim industry. A pivotal moment in the evolution of denim manufacturing, influencing, every denim company in existence today.
EDWIN create the ‘new vintage’ denim concept, encompassing the subtle beauty of hand replicating vintage washes from archive references, pre-dating 1947.
EDWIN Europe is founded to develop exclusive product for the European market and bring a selection of Japanese items to a new audience.
EDWIN is a progressive denim brand that blends their Japanese background, craftsmanship and expertise with a European contemporary flavour, vision and attitude.
Fred Perry was a British championship-winning tennis player who won three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936. He shot to fame in Britain as the first tennis player to win a ‘career grand slam’ at age 26 in 1935 when he won all four major singles titles.
In the 1940s, Fred Perry was approached by an ex-Austrian football player, Tibby Wegner, who had invented the first sweatband. Wegner and Perry worked together to launch the sweatband as the first product in the Fred Perry clothing line.
The idea for the logo, the laurel wreath, was based on the original Wimbledon symbol. It is now one of the most recognised logos worldwide.
The next idea for the label was to produce a sports shirt, and hence the signature Fred Perry polo shirt was born. Launched at Wimbledon in 1952 the polo became an immediate success. Although at the time it was only available in white and branded specifically as a tennis shirt.
In the 1950s the demand for the Fred Perry polo increased and more colours became available – becoming popular with sportsmen and non-sports people alike. Since then the Fred Perry brand has continued to grow and now incorporates polo shirts, footwear, jackets and other clothing.
The Cardprotector launched in 2009 and the first version of the Cardprotector won the Red Dot Design Award in 2010, the same year they launched their line of leather wallets. Secrid won the European Aluminium Award with the Miniwallet two years later.
Since the start of the Secrid journey 20 years ago, the creators continued to merge their backgrounds in fashion and product design to create pocket-sized essentials, all from their home in the Netherlands. The owners are honoured to have won awards and even more by being able to see the number of happy Secrid fans grow throughout the years.
Today, Secrid products can be found in over 5,000 selected stores worldwide while they work together with their three children and almost 100 colleagues in a renovated industrial warehouse: a big family home serving as creative centre for new pocket-sized products and services.
SWOLE PANDA BAMBOO CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Swole Panda has developed into a brand that’s proud to be British, ‘Sustainably British’! From humble beginnings out of their Sussex office they have grown into something true to its heritage and loyal to its customers, a philosophy they have always strived to follow.
The ideas behind their eco/British roots are that of their co-founder Oliver Slacke:
“Whilst studying Geography at Kings College London I was learning about sustainable development and the sheer impacts humans are having on the natural environment.
I wanted to create an accessories brand that would combine style with sustainability, minimising this impact and this led me to explore alternative resources, such as bamboo.
Due to its huge environmental benefits and the benefits it has for you, it just made sense to make high end clothing and sunglasses out of this brilliant resource.
Thus, Swole Panda was born.”