British-made fashion is back in business
With Mary Portas, traditional brands and new young designers – as well as high-street chains – backing British clothing manufacture, home-grown fashion is back in style
And it also seems this impact, is felt on a worldwide scale also – with UK etailers flying the flag for eCommerce, as Britain is now the World’s second most popular destination for online shoppers according to new research from PayPal
With all this, we felt it would be good to add a “Made in Britain” category to our website ; as not only are we a British website, but also stock countless British Brands
Our top ten British brands are
Bill†Mar was founded in 2010 by designer Rosie Bonnar. The label is named after her beautiful grandparents Bill and Marian.
After being inspired by a year in Sydney where Rosie was surrounded by beautiful scenery, young and creative talent and unmeasurable amounts of positive energy, she came back to London with the motivation to start her own label.
Bill†Mar is there to have fun with. Its mix of fabrics, prints and textures make it stand out, but with the use of simple silhouettes means it is very wearable.
The label’s fashion forward style makes it unique, and an exciting addition to the industry.
Bonnie Bling is an award winning range of acrylic jewellery and fashion accessories created by graphic designer Mhairi Mackenzie.
Since the company began, Bonnie Bling has featured in various press and blog articles, and attracted a celebrity audience including Lana Del Rey, Laura Whitmore, Olly Murs, Amelia Lily, Usain Bolt and even Sir Elton John.
Shortly after beginning the business in February 2011, Bonnie Bling won the prize for best new product in the jewellery category at their first ever Scotland’s Trade Show.
In June 2012 Bonnie Bling were finalists for the Scottish Fashion Awards Accessories Designer of the Year, alongside winner William Chambers Millinery, and fellow runners up Kennett Watches, Gilda & Pearl, Jenivieve Berlin Millinery and Rene Walrus.
The brand has grown quickly and collaborated with other Scottish designers including Obscure Couture, RAKSA, Emily Moir, Neil Slorance and Jenivieve Berlin Millinery.
The company have created custom pieces for various customers including the Riverside Transport Museum, Caithness Horizons, Mary at House of Fraser and the X Factor.
The micro manufacturing base is set on the Isle of Bute on Scotland’s West Coast, creating local jobs in a rural economy, and utilising the company’s very own laser cutting machine that was crowd funded, via Bloom VC, from over 100 supporters in 2012.
In early 2011, Sophie King had a problem. Floating in her mind was the image of the perfect hair accessory: delicate feathers, hand painted to form a single butterfly. Why was this a problem? Because such a thing just didn’t exist! Well, they say that if you want a job done well you should do it yourself, and that’s exactly what Sophie did. As a recent Photographic Art graduate she had the artistic eye, and she soon learned the skills she’d need to make her perfect hair accessory.
The result of that first spontaneous project was Crown and Glory, which in the time since since the first collection of assorted, hand painted butterfly pieces hit the internet has expanded into a shop that houses several different collections, each retaining that original joy of expression. From larger pieces like floral garlands and velvet and suede turbans, down to far smaller pieces such as hand-drawn acrylic bobby pin sets, each collection has running through it the thread of whimsicality and frivolity that has made Crown and Glory so special.
We love this range, all hand made and hand painted in the UK
We have been stocking this brand for a number of years, and have always been huge fans of the quirky collection of bags, and accessories.
UK Fashion Brand Helen Rochfort creates curious and decadent frame box clasped Handbags, Watches, Jewellery and accessories. These statement Designs are a wonderland of Pop Art, quirky vintage styling and delicious eccentricity.
Another Scottish brand, based just round the corner from us!! A massive cult following, we are huge fans of this brand.
KILLSTAR is a dark n’ edgy lifestyle cult, comprised of provocative thinking and unconventional ideas.
Combining great design and unsurpassed quality, KILLSTAR has quickly gained a following amongst free-thinkers and retailers worldwide. Explore the dark and unorthodox, and celebrate individuality with it’s over-sized prints, studded leather and digital designs, alongside kick ass accessories and leggings.
Stars can’t shine without the darkness – Believe in yourself and create your own destiny.
‘Total Trash Occult Couture’ – est MMX.
This brand is amazing, completely unique and quirky and all made in Britain. Born in Glasgow and raised in Leeds, 30 year old Kelly Ewing has increasingly captivated the Northern fashion scene with her ever expanding collections. From the official launch of her label in 2007, Kelly’s unique style captured the interests of the North of England’s premier boutiques, with many stocking her as the only independent designer. The next exciting chapter sees the label set for international development with expanded wholesale distribution throughout the south of England, Ireland and Scotland and the launch of her first online boutique
Drawing inspiration from Victorian aristocracy to pre-Raphaelite romanticism, Kelly’s collections feature well structured traditional pieces such as boned corsetry that are brought up to date with contemporary twists, clever pattern cutting and sharp tailoring. Vintage fabrics such as Harris tweed are generously pleated and draped to create a luxurious couture look that is complimented with bright silk linings and soft handmade corsage detailing.
This is a brand, we have stocked for a number of seasons and always been huge fans of the beautiful dresses Kate Fearnley designs and makes.
Kate Fearnley graduated with a BA (Hons) fashion degree from Northumbria University in 1997 and went on to work for a design company. In 2002 with help from the Prince’s trust she established her own label.
Fast forward to today and Kate Fearnley has become a name synonymous with edgy style, ‘fashion forward, quirky, on trend and feminine’ are just some of the words fashion writers use to describe her exquisite collections. Made up of unusual fabrics, various textures and shapes, each season’s new offerings are an exciting, insight into this young designer’s creative mind. In 2005, Kate opened the Kate Fearnley Boutique in the North of England. She now has a loyal local clientele, as well as fans who travel to see her from all over the country. A visit to the stylish store shows exactly why Kate Fearnley is so good at what she does; the boutique is an extension of her, where a harmonious mixture of modern, antique and craftwork come together to create a glamorous and stylish atmosphere.
Following years of hard work, grit and determination, Kate’s fans now include an array of familiar faces, with celebrities such as Alexandra Burke, Sarah Harding, Sophie Ellis Baxter, Pixie Lott and Zoe Salmon all being fans of Kate’s designs. Zoe Salmon “I’ve been wearing Kate’s design for over a year now and my only regret is that I didn’t discover her sooner. I’ve worn Kate for everything from photo shoots and TV appearances to red carpet events. I love the style; sexy but elegant, perfect!”
Kate Fearnley’s unique and quirky use of fabrics, designs and colours present her followers season after season with something bold, new and exciting; enabling the wearers to stand out from the crowd.
Her beautiful designs are now available in over 80 stockists throughout the UK and Ireland
It was always a dream of hers to become a Fashion Designer, and since graduating from Liverpool John Moores University in 2008 with a BA Hons in Fashion Design, it is safe to say this dream has been realised. Only happy when creating clothes, Francesca decided that no other job would do, and Miss Francesca Couture was born.
From humble beginnings, sewing in a small office in her dad’s building yard back in 2009, word quickly spread of Francesca’s unique and beautiful designs. Before long, she had secured a loyal following from many of Liverpool’s most stylish fashionistas, and the hype continued. Francesca decided to showcase her first collection in October of that year, in a fashion show dedicated to raising funds for The Lily Centre- a local breast cancer charity. The show was a huge success and established Francesca as one of Liverpool’s hottest fashion designers.
Due to the growing demand for her ultra feminine made to measure pieces, it was only a matter of time before she had to move to more established premises. In the summer of 2010, Miss Francesca Couture opened its first store, a chic boutique with a workshop above, providing bespoke and ready-to-wear clothing to the glamourous girls of Liverpool.
Miss Francesca Couture has gone from strength to strength and the label is now a favourite with trend-setting fashionistas all over the UK, and has become popular with style icons and celebrities wanting the WOW factor. Feminine & flirty, floaty, frivolous & fun is how she describes the signature look of Miss Francesca Couture, with quality being paramount, and offered through beautiful detailing, extreme silhouettes, and luxurious fabrics.
Another amazing brand, all the way from Scotland.
Here at the House Of Obscurity we create street / stagewear for the introverted extrovert.
Taking a stance against mass-produced, faceless fashion, Obscure Couture’s limited edition, individually numbered collections are all hand-made with love in the UK. We create statement garments for women who aren’t afraid to stand out, proud, from the crowd!
We want Obscure Couture to be accessible to all and that is why we create not 1 but 2 collections each season; Couture & Ready To Wear. We create our signature Couture range using only the best quality fabrics we can get our hands on; from the most pampered Japanese Kobe leather to the most delicious French lace. Our Ready To Wear collections are a more accessible, everyday wear range whilst still being anchored by the same principals and aesthetic defiance as our couture range – these garments are perfect for partying and getting messy in!
We aim to provide you with a services that is not available on the high street – the ability to look and feel like the individual you are!
MAKE YOUR OTHER CLOTHES JEALOUS !!!
Get Obscure Couture on and feel fearless, desirable and in-demand.
We don’t follow trend books. We follow our instincts.
There are loads of other British brands on our website – flying the flag for our amazing country – so do check them out.