Brilliant New British Brand Collaborations
All the latest British brand collaborations to get excited about.
Great British Brand Collaborations
Ever resourceful, our brands never cease to amaze with their clever collaborations, bringing exciting, contemporary twists to heritage products. Just as London became the most exciting culinary destination in the world when it started embracing fusion and adding spice to our dreary cuisine, our brands know the great secret of collaboration – it never dilutes but always enlivens and enhances a brand, infusing it with new energy. So we’ve put together a list of our favourite products that are a result of brilliant collaborations.
Fowey Hall x Fiona Golfar
A new shopping destination for your next trip to the South West: The Little Shop at Fowey Hall. Created in collaboration with Fiona Golfar, who has a family home in Fowey, The Little Shop is stuffed with an eclectic collection of homewares, clothing, books, beauty products and gifts and is brimming with items that each have their own story, with many sustainably and ethically sourced.
‘During lockdown, I supported local Cornish potters who were struggling via Instagram and had had such a good response,’ explains Golfar of the inspiration behind the shop. ‘I then decided to approach a mixture of people both in Cornwall and around the world whose work I love and see if they wanted to sell in The Little Shop. Many of these people have struggled in these past months, from women’s collectives in India to London-based small businesses and of course the fabulous talent found in Cornwall.’ The result is a charming collection of stylish yet eclectic finds, just waiting to be browsed at length. Can’t travel? You can also shop online, or over Instagram.
Brora x Amelia Windsor
Environmentalist Amelia Windsor is a perfect fit for Brora, an advocate of the slow fashion movement. The new collaborative collection pays homage to Amelia’s love of the sea, with ten per cent of all sales going towards the Blue Marine Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring the ocean to health. The Scottish made limited-edition collection includes two superfine lambswool jumpers in ocean-inspired shades, as well as a patterned cashmere Fair Isle scarf and matching wrist warmers emblazoned with shells, whales and starfish motifs. “Blue Marine Foundation reminds us that we are all connected to one another and the natural world around us,” says Amelia. “We must protect and respect our oceans and beaches and everything that lives within it.”
Available from 2 November, brora.co.uk
Ruark Audio x Linley
These two esteemed British design brands are continuing their partnership with the Amplis Audio System, which combines the finest Linley marquetry with Ruark’s class-leading audio innovation. The result is a contemporary cabinet crafted from inlays in a selection of matched veneers including sycamore, pama, bolivar and anegre, available in four colourways. Inside is Ruark’s superior audio technology, comprising wi-fi streaming capability, a CD player, bluetooth receiver, DAB and FM radio, and auxiliary digital and analogue inputs.
Summerill & Bishop x The River Cafe
Masters of beautiful tablescapes, Summerill & Bishop, have teamed up with masters of Italian cuisine, The River Cafe, on an irresistible new tablecloth and napkins. The culmination of 25 years of friendship between respective co-founders June Summerill and Ruthie Rogers, the range will feature a vibrant graphic design printed on white linen. ‘We at Summerill & Bishop are a family who believe strongly in the importance of gathering together around the table to eat and to talk,’ explains Summerill of the inspiration behind the collaboration. ‘Look at the result – bright colours, fine linen, something beautiful, made by friends,’ continues Rogers. We’ll cheers to that. Napkin, £25; tablecloth, £355. Available early November.
Barbour x Laura Ashley
It doesn’t get much more British than this collaboration between two beloved brands. Indeed, the new Barbour x Laura Ashley collaboration meshes the very best of the two companies together, resulting in a highly covetable capsule collection of wax jackets, knitwear, dresses, blouses and accessories inspired by two distinctive wildflower floral prints from the latter’s extensive archive. Town or country, this range will have you more than covered.
Cleave & Company x Sabina Savage
Cleave & Company, distinguished court jeweller for nearly two decades, has teamed up with Sabina Savage, creator of exquisite hand-drawn silk scarves and clothes, to create a set of limited-edition pens and perfume ampules in 18 carat gold, silver and enamel. Using Sabina’s world-renowned Tower Menagerie designs, the three pen designs will be The Lion and Tiger’s Tea Party, The Royal Striped Horses and The Princely Parrots – we reckon they’re princely gifts, perfectly in time for Christmas.
Church’s X Noir Kei Ninomiya
This is the first time that Church’s has collaborated on a women’s design and it’s well worth the wait. We are seriously coveting these luscious black and red shoes in collaboration with Kei Ninomiya, who launched her Noir line in 2012 under the Comme des Garçons umbrella. When Japanese avant-garde meets British heritage it’s an eruption of inspired brilliance and we particularly love these embellished bright red Shannon Derbys, which opened Noir Kei Ninomiya’s show at Paris Fashion Week in March.
Cheaney X Richard Biedul
For men, we’ve discovered these new shoes, born from Cheaney’s collaboration with model Richard Beidul. We’re particularly keen on the classic, made-to-last black Isaacs, given a new ping of colour with their scarlet laces. If we can’t have a proper party season this year we can at least keep our mood buoyant by cutting a festive sartorial dash.
Smythson x Rare Tea Company
This collaboration represents the perfect marriage of functionality and exquisite form. Known the world over for its leather goods, Smythson has sought out this leading maker of artisan tea blends, founded by Henrietta Lovell in 2004, to collaborate on a portable tea set housed in an elegant leather case. The set includes a teapot, fine bone china teacups, embroidered napkins and a one-of-a-kind Afternoon Tea blend plus an iconic Smythson’s Panama notebook with Henrietta’s tips on preparing the perfect cup of tea. You heard it here first – the tea set will be available from November.
Riviere Rugs X Zoffany
Every so often two heritage brands join forces to come up with something truly phenomenal. To celebrate the launch of its Palladio Volume I, fabric and wallpaper house Zoffany gave Riviere exclusive access to its Palladio archive, which was created over 65 years ago by Robert and Roger Nicholson. The result is this sumptuous hand-knotted rug in Himalayan wool. It took Riviere’s most skilled weavers to capture the magnificent scene, rendered in charcoal with shimmering white and gold silk highlights to give a 3D effect. This exquisite statement rug will work as well on a wall as on a floor.
Bentley x Naim and Focal
As if it’s not already luxurious enough to be driving around in a Bentley, the marque has collaborated with Naim Audio and Focal to create the ultimate audio experience. The result is the Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition wireless speaker system paired with Focal for Bentley Radiance headphones. Both products even have copper colour accents that echo Bentley’s latest styling.
Both Naim Mu-so for Bentley Special Edition and Focal for Bentley Radiance will be available from mid-October, from selected Focal and Naim retailers, focal.com, naimaudio.com and shop.bentleymotors.com
Sunspel x Ian Fleming
To celebrate its 160th anniversary, Sunspel had the brilliant idea of revisiting Ian Fleming’s work to draw inspiration for a winter wardrobe. Sunspel’s relationship with Bond goes back to 2006 and Casino Royal when Sunspel’s polo shirt was remodelled for Daniel Craig’s physique and became the Riviera Polo Shirt. The Sunspel and Ian Fleming Collection for winter has the spirit of adventure at its heart underpinned by timeless elegance and will comprise Sea Island Cotton shirts, a wool cashmere suit, a trans-seasonal Scottish cashmere cotton knit, a Scottish merino wool cardigan and a Harris Tweed Crombie coat.
Available from 22 October. sunspel.com
August Berg x Morris & Co
Morris & Co, the legendary Arts & Craft Design brand founded in 1861 by William Morris, is planting its flag firmly in the 21st century by collaborating with Danish watchmaker August Berg. A new watch collection, just launched at the end of September, will feature a handful of Morris & Co’s perennial, popular designs, prints and textures (Pimpernel, Strawberry Thief and Forest) created more than a century ago by William Morris himself. We love this fusion of peerless British heritage with Danish precision and craftsmanship to create this range of striking and unusual slimline, jewel-coloured watches. A perfect gift for a connoisseur of Arts & Crafts Design, and gorgeous and unusual enough for anyone.
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