Question: how do you go straight from the grouse moor to the King’s Road and still be appropriately dressed for both? Answer: layer a beautiful Scottish knit over a Liberty silk shirt and team with a tweed jacket and exquisitely crafted Spanish boots. At least, that’s what Natalie Lake would do. Natalie is the founder of Really Wild, a British fashion house launched in 2002 to bridge the style gap between town and country pursuits. Initially Natalie collaborated with the Royal Berkshire Shooting School to produce a collection that would have broad appeal both at home and abroad.
Today, working with the finest Scottish tweeds, merino, cashmere and pure new wool, as well as Liberty silk fabrics and high quality leather, Natalie combines her love of the great British countryside with razor-sharp tailoring and attention to detail to create beautiful basics and statement pieces. Natalie, who trained as an interior designer, admits, ‘I am a frustrated artist at heart. I never feel better than when I am at my drawing board, celebrating the British landscape and using it as inspiration for our creative colours and designs.’
Natalie’s designs are a reflection of her own life, which constantly takes her from country to city and back again. ‘As with all our collections, current and historically, versatility is the key. I design with the customer at the forefront of my mind, always taking in to account the unreliability of our British weather.’
Natalie Lake combines her love of the great British countryside with razor- sharp tailoring and attention to detail