The most fashionable British clothing companies
With over 600 bodies (and counting) so far pulled from Bangladesh’s collapsed Rana Plaza clothing factory, The Upcoming can’t help but wonder what happened to home grown, ethical, and ultimately British fashion. With sweatshops in China, Indonesia and Bangladesh the preference for Primark, Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, and many more, we have decided to pay tribute to those companies who have both designed and made their clothing right here. Flying the Union Jack, The Upcoming has selected five of the best British clothing companies.
The Cambridge Raincoat Company
Made in England and established in July 2010, The Cambridge Raincoat Company initially began as a way to look alluring and chic whilst cycling your way to work or a social outing. Now, instead of the boorish black and too-loud neon high visibility jackets (which are usually ill-fitting and common), we have been blessed with elegant and fun raincoats. From poppy reds to vibrant greens, these coats (as emphasised in their motto) are no longer just for bicycles or rainy days, but can be worn from the urban areas of London to the country hills of the Lake District. A personal favourite of The Upcoming? The Aspen Gold Retro raincoat – it reminds us of Paddington Bear’s, only it’s yellow.
To view their beautiful raincoats with polka dot lining (as well as their one off bank holiday sale!), click here.
Shown at London and New York Fashion Week amongst the cities of Milan, Paris and Berlin, Izzy Lane is an ethical fashion company with a very interesting twist. Having won various awards (including the RSPCA’s Good Business Award), the British company save “undesirable” sheep from the slaughterhouse. After their wool is used in Izzy Lane’s knitwear and wovens, the sheep live out the rest of their natural lives in the company’s sheep sanctuary in Yorkshire.
For slouchy-yet-fitted cashmere sweaters made in the Scottish borders, and handmade tailored suits created from rare Shetland sheep, visit Izzy Lane’s website by clicking here.
This one is for the expectant mothers! Designed and made in Britain, Tiffany Rose’s affordable yet beautiful creations have been worn on a plethora of pregnant media personalities, including Holly Willoughby, Myleene Klass, Claudia Winkleman and more. With their speciality in evening and bridal wear, the designs are sweetly romantic. The Jasmine Peach Blossom silk gown is a prime example of this, with it’s dove grey colouring and dash of Oriental colour. The Prairie Daisy silk wedding gown, with its scooped neckline, swathes of fluttering silk and embroidered patterns is equally stunning, and definitely worth a consideration for the big day.
To view, click here.
The English Tee Shop
Made in England with fabric also manufactured in England, the English Tee Shop pride themselves on the fact their tee’s literally speak for themselves. With a variety of beautiful cuts available – some cropped, some cap sleeved, others long sleeved – The Upcoming recommend the “Thinking Cap” tees, original hand-printed minimalist pieces filled with elegant writing. However, contrary to their name, the shop also sells scarves and cotton bags, with the delicate, cream “Labour of Love” scarf ideal for all seasons.
To see the collection, click here.
For coats and shirts that are handmade in Yorkshire, Charlotte Lucy is the designer to visit. Reminiscent of hunter clothing, items are made to order, allowing each piece to be truly unique and special. The Amy coat is classically cut, and with its centre back pleat and three quarter length sleeves, it’s perfect for any occasion. The Chelsea blazer is equally versatile, its charcoal colouring great for both the workplace and club. However, for those who are incredibly feminine, preferring bows to Peter pan collars, The Upcoming suggests the bow shirt, a modern day Renaissance look.
For transitional, elegant pieces, be sure to click here.