All The Latest News From Our Favourite British Brands
British brands are world-leading in terms of their innovation, craftsmanship and resilience. Here’s just some of their most exciting new launches and updates.
Great British Brands
Wedgwood Teams Up with Interior Designer Rachel Chudley
Ceramics house Wedgwood has named interior designer Rachel Chudley as its latest Tastemaker, using her eclectic east London home as the perfect foil for its colourful new collection of classically inspired vases, which feature an intricate hand painted hummingbird design and come decorated with 22 carat gold detailing.
‘I am known for my use of colour, but really I like to respond with fresh eyes on each new project. I am inspired by architecture and the people involved in every one of my projects,’ explains Chudley, who also welcomes a range of creatives, artists and designers into her nearby studio to work alongside her. This ethos and passion for creativity is mirrored in the new Wedgwood collection, which is a celebration of artistry and craftsmanship, with the hummingbird motif a symbol of joy, playfulness and creative inspiration. ‘Creativity to me is everything,’ she says. ‘I believe ideas are out there, although I am not sure what it is to be truly original as ideas are made up from a lifetime of creative inspiration. I can’t pinpoint where my ideas come from, but I am sure they are influenced from many disparate elements.’
As someone who encourages us to embrace the unconventional and allow our interiors to express our personal style, Chudley is the perfect inspiration for a more creative, fulfilling year ahead.
Celtic & Co Receive Second Queen’s Award
Cornwall-based sheepskin clothing and lifestyle brand Celtic & Co has received a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, which was awarded in a small, socially distanced ceremony at its headquarters in Newquay on 17 December. This year, the brand’s 30th anniversary, saw sales soar by 60%, an impressive achievement in such a difficult time.
‘We’re excited by the potential to grow our brand internationally and are seeing a really strong response to the sustainable, British-made ethos that encapsulates our products,’ says co-founder Kath Whitworth. ‘We’re looking to grow in countries where we see established groups of consumers who are influenced by the impact their clothing has on the world around them and understand how best to reduce the environmental footprint of their clothing purchases.’ The brand is confident that its growth will continue into 2021 as more and more people discover its products.
Duke + Dexter Debut New City Sneakers
Looking for cool new kicks with a conscience? British brand Duke + Dexter has you sorted with its new Ritchie sneakers. Handmade in England, the sneakers are made from sustainably sourced materials and boast a specially designed sole unit and extra padding in the heel for ultimate comfort when you’re strolling the city streets. With no flashy logos or garish colours, these sneakers are made for men of style and substance who want to walk, not run.
Nyetimber Teams Up with The Savoy
Celebrate the end of lockdown and make the most of the run up to Christmas by stopping off at The Savoy. The legendary hotel has teamed up with British sparkling wine brand Nyetimber to launch TREAT, a pop-up experience in the festively decorated Reading Room that pairs three of Nyetimber’s cuvees with three delicious cakes created by The Savoy’s Executive Pastry Chef, Daniel Pearse. Nyetimber has also transformed The Savoy’s boutique into a festive shopping experience, with staff on hand to help guests choose the perfect present from a range of wines and accessories.
TREAT at The Savoy with Nyetimber is open from 2-7 pm daily, and tables must be booked in advance. savoychristmas.com
Artist Deborah Brett Launches New Collection with Bertioli by Thyme
Your Christmas tablescape, sorted. Ceramic artist Deborah Brett has teamed up with aspirational lifestyle brand Thyme to create a unique collection of beautiful tableware. Responding to the hand-painted foliage and striped stem designs of the Bertioli by Thyme linens, Deborah produced a collection of free form stoneware bowls, platters and porcelain serviette rings in rich tones of red and green, edged with 24-carat gold. Her richly glazed pumpkins add a joyful and quirky touch. ‘I wanted to take Caryn’s rich hues of green and red and hand paint them onto my fluted bowls, platters and napkin rings,’ explains Deborah. ‘The perfect accompaniment to her great sense of capturing nature.’
Made in Britain with JW Anderson
Fashion world-favourite JW Anderson has just launched a new Made in Britain collection, a limited-edition, eco-conscious capsule. It’s all made in UK-based factories using surplus fabrics and trims from previous seasons. For the range Anderson reimagined some of his brand’s signature designs, including oversized shirts and a trench, with techniques he’s also become known for: patchwork, reverse stitching and raw seams.
‘It is really important for me that we become more eco-conscious and sustainable even as a relatively small brand. The idea with Made in Britain was to create something new but be resourceful with materials we already have and keep the production local,’ said Anderson. ‘We’ve also started using recycled materials in our canvas totes and backpacks. These are beginning steps but I want them to be real and concrete as we work to become more sustainable every year.’
Available exclusively at JW Anderson’s London Soho flagship store and online. jwanderson.com
Travel the World with A JING Tea Subscription
British tea connoisseur JING tea has just launched two new tea subscriptions, ideal for expanding both palates and horizons in lockdown. The Explorer subscription is for those who are new to single garden tea, and features a selection of teas based on the seasons, covering the key types, tastes and origins. The Adventurer is for tea drinkers who want access to the rarest teas – the ones that are only ever made in small batches and not usually found outside the places they’re grown. Available for subscriptions of three or six months, each delivery will include two specially picked single garden teas, as well as an invitation to join a guided online tasting lead by one of JING’s tea gurus. From £75.
Burlington Arcade Launches Bespoke at Burlington
Worried Christmas won’t be the same this year? Never fear: Burlington Arcade has pulled out all the stops to ensure you can still enjoy festive shopping, while still staying safe. It’s launched Bespoke at Burlington, a series of digital initiatives to get involved with from home, plus in-store experiences. You can peruse Burlington Arcade’s 22 boutiques online, and sign up for virtual appointments with the likes of Annoushka, Code8 and Lalique. Click and collect is also available from brands like Baudoin & Lange and Susannah Lovis. And there’s also a series of bespoke offers available in the run up to Christmas: personalised perfume with Roja Dove; limited-edition pieces exclusive to Burlington Arcade at Azza Fahmy; customised luggage at Globe-Trotter; a personal shopping experience at Manolo Blahnik, finishing up with cocktails in the Blahnik Bar, to name just a few.
Browns Celebrates 50 Years
Believe it or not, Mrs B – the one and only Joan Burstein – founded Browns 50 years ago this October. ‘Fifty glorious years and I’ve loved every minute of it! When I started Browns, my aim was to establish a boutique that created an atmosphere that would capture our customers’ imaginations and bring joy when they shopped with us,’ says Burnstein herself.
To mark the occasion, and to celebrate its incredible fashion legacy supporting new designers, the store has collaborated with brands like Givenchy, Off-White, Manolo Blahnik and Pucci to create an exclusive capsule collection. For this, Browns asked the designers to look back into their archives and design an exclusive collection of pieces drawn from their personal ‘Height Of Fashion’ moments. The result? Pom-pom pumps from Aquazzura; the ultimate pinstripe trousers from Jil Sander; a Pepto-pink or baby blue smocked tulle dress from Molly Goddard that Villanelle would be happy to wear. Happy shopping…
Stella McCartney’s Spring ’21 Collection is a Green Manifesto
In October, Stella McCartney launched her ‘McCartney A to Z Manifesto‘, a blueprint for her brand’s values and future intentions thought up during lockdown. This November the designer is launching her Spring ’21 collection, with every look coinciding with a letter from the manifesto. The collection centres around a palette of neutrals, bursting with energetic reds and golds; a monochromatic floral print breaks through. As always, sustainability and the environment are at the heart of McCartney’s collection, with two zero-waste dresses made from repurposed silk and forest-friendly viscose, biodegradable stretch denim in the form of jeans and a jumpsuit and limited-edition pieces resourcefully made from old-stock fabrics.
Bentley Unveils Three New Fragrances
Travel has always been part and parcel of Bentley Motors’ identity. Now, it’s expanded its Bentley Beyond fragrance collection with three new scents inspired by extraordinary landscapes around the world: Radiant Osmanthus by Kyoto, Japan, with top notes of mandarin and orange blossom; Mellow Heliotrope by Lima, Peru, with essence of heliotrope, blackcurrant, vanilla, praline and strawberry; Vibrant Hibiscus by Seoul, South Korea with a floral touch of scarlet peony, crimson Turkish rose and pink hibiscus. Each are totally individual, and embody the unique characteristics of joy, tenderness and passion, respectively.
£165 each. shop.bentleymotors.com
Shoes Inspired by James Bond
With No Time to Die finally coming out in November, Crockett & Jones is underpinning its British appeal by turning to our ultimate British hero James Bond for inspiration –teaming up with 007 film-maker EON Productions to create the limited-edition, ‘James’ shoe in black box calf, inspired by James Bond’s tuxedo.
ENO Breathe – How Singing Can Help Covid-19 Patients Recover
Ever innovative English National Opera, which just brought us La Bohème as a fabulously creative and fun ‘Drive and Live’ performance at Alexandra Palace, has just launched ENO Breathe. ENO has teamed up with London’s Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to help Covid-19 patients get back to respiratory health and overcome breathing anxiety – by singing. The programme focuses on lullabies, manageable even to the least confident singers, tapping into breathing and singing techniques that can help people back to wellness.
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