What’s New With Our Great British Brands
Our Great 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
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…
Clive Christian Revives 19th-Century Perfume
Perfumer Clive Christian revisited the archives of The Crown Perfumery (his predecessor) for the new Crab Apple Blossom scent, first created in 1886. Originally inspired by the crab apple tree that grew outside the Crown Perfumery’s founder’s house in Kensington, this new formulation has top notes of apple blossom, marine bergamot, yuzu and cedarwood; heart notes of sharp green rhubarb and delicate neroli, and base notes of creamy, sumptuous sandalwood. Together, they combine to make this light and fruity scent that conceals a scent of spring.
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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