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.
Founded in 2001 by Scottish-born Cathal McAteer, Folk offer the best quality wardrobe must-haves that are most defined by their detail. Rather than being led by seasonal trends, they focus on looking for the right shape, colour and fabric for each piece, ensuring Folk menswear carries a sharp and unique brand identity while being un-compromising on their timeless style.
The collections are not dictated by the trends of the time but instead are defined by a bespoke aesthetic that creates un-complicated favourites with soft, playful detailing that allows the wearer to make a statement without having to make a song and dance about it. Folk truly are pioneers when it comes to menswear, and where they lead, others soon follow.
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.
Founded in 1921, Braun has always been at the forefront of German innovation. The hiring of 23-year-old Dieter Rams in 1955, really put the brand on the map. Rams started as an interior designer and soon became the centre of Braun’s own design department. Gradually, the new style spread not only to the entire product line, but also to all communications instruments – from stationery and use instructions all the way to advertising. This gave Braun a corporate identity long before the term was even coined.
Clocks, watches and calculators were important primarily in the 1980’s and set new design standards for clarity and reduction, combined with innovative technology. These watches have been made under license since 2010 with Zeon, a company who has also partnered with Vivienne Westwood and Barbour on watch ranges.
The company’s values still share the original vision of the Braun brothers: creating products based on respect for people – employees and customers – and using design as an essential medium to achieve this. As expressed by Braun’s Head of Design Oliver Grabes, Braun’s design philosophy is based on its rich past tradition, but it continues to evolve to meet consumer needs of the future.
The reintroduction of the Braun brand name has been a huge success. During a career of almost 40 years at Braun, German designer Dieter Rams helped build one of the most influential and innovative brands of the Twentieth Century.
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.
Happy Socks was founded in the spring time of 2008 in Sweden, when two friends decided to try and spread happiness and joy via the medium of socks. They turned an everyday essential into a colourful design piece whilst retaining a strict standard of utmost quality and craftsmanship. Their collections feature an endless variety of models and designs using a wide spectrum of colours and patterns meaning there is a sock for every plausible occasion. To make the socks themselves, they use high quality combed cotton with a reinforced toe and heel.
Happy Socks have collaborated with Snoop Dogg, Opening Ceremony, Miike Snow, Giles Deacon and Barneys New York to name but a few and their socks are sold in more than seventy countries worldwide.
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.
Born in Islington, North London in 1975 Peter Werth has now been part of the British menswear landscape for 40 years and has become synonymous with great British design, high quality contemporary clothing, footwear and accessories.
From its foundations in knitwear during the early days and inspired by the sharper, more formal working class style tribes from the 1970s, the Peter Werth collection has evolved through outerwear, shirting, blazers and fine jerseywear into shoes, accessories and tailoring, all the time maintaining its signature of effortless style.
During the mid ‘70s Peter Werth was appropriated by the Perry Boys – a style tribe named after their affection for the Fred Perry shirts they wore in the Summer. During the Winter the knitwear of choice for these same lads was our long-sleeved knitted polo shirts.
The original burgundy striped knitted polo shirt has become an iconic early expression of the terrace ‘casual’ look, particularly when they were worn with Adidas Stan Smith trainers and burgundy Lois jeans or cords. Never outlandish or loud, the look was always delivered with a sense of authority and understated style.
“I am very passionate about the process of garment design and construction, working very closely with our manufacturers, yarn and fabric makers in Italy, Portugal and Turkey, they are an integral part of the garment life, bringing a wealth of experience and traditional making skills.
I had the same passion at the beginning of my career selling shirts and jersey on my boutique looking stall at the then exciting Camden Market, from there a stall in Kensington Market and a unit in Hyper Hyper, a showcase for young designers in the mid 80’s.
Opening my first small retail store on the Kings Road, followed by a flagship store on Floral Street, Covent Garden which became one of the most exciting streets for the new era of menswear in the 1990’s where we are today. We have a further two stores located in Soho and Marylebone, we are also stocked by many independent boutiques and department stores around the UK and overseas.
I am inspired by a million things daily, from an early age I remember the homemade, printed abstract textural designs of the curtains in the beach huts that lined the promenade in Poole, my home town. I also searched the charity shops and jumble sales locally, finding quality second hand clothing, including Jaeger, Burberry and Aquascutum. I still take inspiration from the past, my favourite decades being the 50’s and 60’s, but I am equally happy creating something new from the most simple, modern yarns and fabrics of today.
I am proud that we have a loyal customer following and we sell to men of all ages who prefer to buy, wear, keep and treasure, our aim has always been to produce beautiful, wearable clothing season after season, that we know you will enjoy.”
Driven by years of experience within design, as well as a passion for prints and fabrics, Dogu founded Bluemint in 2013. Since his childhood, Dogu has loved sailing and escaping to newly-discovered beaches that welcome a sense of freedom – a feeling that only travelling can provide. After studying at Kings College, London, Dogu spent many years in the capital working as a Managing Director for a family-run fabric business, and it was here that he decided to create his own lifestyle brand – Bluemint. With an international appeal and a timeless philosophy, Bluemint captures its Mediterranean heritage within a design where quality and fit is central to its development. Bluemint is an experience that promises to deliver exciting collections for both everYday and the extraordinary – season after season.
Inspired by lifestyle, art, travel and photography, Bluemint’s inherent expertise within both quality fabrications and reputable craftsmanship cultivates not only a transitional façade, but a stapled mainstay to document the sophistication and affluent flair a gentleman should inhabit when abroad. Thanks to its seasonal stimuli and well-travelled aesthetic, each collection values both elegance and freedom, a combination that shares itself among demanding men who strive for wit, originality and escapism.
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.
Sandqvist was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2004 by Anton Sandqvist. Together, with his brother Daniel and their friend Sebastian, they are the soul behind the brand. The Nordic landscape with its forests, rivers and vast unpopulated areas as well as an urban city lifestyle have always been our main inspiration. Accordingly, the Sandqvist designs are uncomplicated, functional and beautiful, with clear Swedish heritage.
Human Scales was co-founded in 2007 by Mikko Kämäräinen and Peter Ferber. The concept behind the brand stems from their background as retailers in Sweden.
Having worked with famous as well as unknown and up-and-coming brands, they have proficiently acquired the know-how and inspiration to create something that reaches out and speaks powerfully and directly to their audience.
Human Scales work with some of the world’s leading fabric mills in Japan, Italy and Portugal and all items are hand made in Europe.
Human Scales is located in over 150 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, England, Ireland, Germany and Spain.
Great footwear comes from the hearts, souls and dirty hands of people with passion
Sneaky Steve was founded in the blustery Swedish town of Gothenburg, known for its strong industrial heritage and even stronger coastal weather.
The bustling coastal city has a lively music scene and is home to their very own alternative music festival called ‘Way Out West’. Gothenburg’s rich culture and sense of community has been an enormous source of inspiration for the designers at Sneaky Steve which shines through in their unique footwear collection.
All Sneaky Steve Shoes are made in Portugal, a country that has become renowned for high quality craftsmanship, especially when it comes to shoemaking and leather tanning
They only use the highest quality of leather in their footwear from cows bred in northern parts of Portugal. The cooler climate conditions the cows skin to be more tighter and more compact in its fibre structure, meaning less damage from insect bites which have been known to undermine the quality of the leather.
All the cows that are used are a part of the meat production and therefore no cow loses its life solely for the use of its hide.
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.