There’s a massive resurgence in the popularity of good ole Made in England brands. Bolstered by the new generation of shoppers who are looking for less mass produced ‘fast fashion’ and more well- made and timeless pieces, these brands are proving that good design, and an emphasis on quality product can still turn a pretty profit.
Whether it be buying or selling, here are some of the labels making waves in the international menswear market. If you’re interested in supporting these small businesses as much as I am, check out the links and shop away!
Private White V.C – A relative new kid on the block, Private White V.C was born in Manchester from the memory of a returned wartime serviceman. Specializing in outer & utility wear, PW’s pieces are not only built to last but also to endure. This brand has become the prime example of quality British quality. (WWW)
Albam – A must-go destination for all of your basic men’s staples e.g. awesome raw jeans, seamless t-shirts and some great rugged knitwear too. These guys have 2 stores in London and they sell out of their jeans pretty much every week. I rate Albam number one for value for money & quality. (WWW)
Justin Deakin Shoes – I remember visiting this store when it opened in 2010 and I thought “Awesome shoes!” I also thought “I hope it stays open” and indeed it has. These shoes are designed and handmade in London. The leathers and unique detailing such as silk grosgrain trim take Justin’s designs to another level. Go in and get yourself a pair! (WWW)
London Undercover – We all know about London’s reputation for being under a constant raincloud. Needless to say, England manufactures some of the best umbrellas in the world. The aptly named London Undercover uses a great mix of bright fabrics and tough frames to make for an umbrella that will last you a lifetime. (WWW)
Lock & Co. Hatters – Most notable for their top hats, Lock & Co.’s range doesn’t end there. Established in 1676, they continue to sell the finest in Panama, Bowler & Fedora from around the world. Lock has been responsible for some of the most iconic hat wearing looks around e.g. Charlie Chaplin & Winston Churchill to name a few. (WWW)