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British workwear / heritage brands

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by ManofKent, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. ManofKent

    ManofKent Senior member

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    I've been looking around for British companies producing heritage inspired 'workwear'. There seems to be several established companies and quite a few newcomers.

    Those I've found and like the looks of so far are:

    Nigel Cabourn : http://www.cabourn.com/

    Not introduction needed - there's already a good thread on him: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...=nigel+cabourn

    Heritage Research : http://www.heritageresearch.co.uk/

    Seem to be best known for their collaboration with Quoddy. Not just British workwear, but workwear, expedition wear, military wear etc. from Europe and the North americas. Appear to be committed to quality of materials and design.

    Norsea Industries :http://www.norseaindustries.com/

    Coastal workwear. Fairly new company but growing fast. I believe production is partly UK based and partly made in India.

    Cro'Jack : http://www.crojack.co.uk/

    Seem to be a very new company. Clothing looks very good. Military and workwear inspired.

    Universal Works : http://www.universalworks.co.uk/info/about-us

    Fairly well known on the forum. Seem to offer good value modern interpretations of workwear.

    Margaret Howell : http://www.margarethowell.co.uk/

    MHL & Margaret Howell lines. Been doing her thing for years. Thread here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...argaret+howell

    Old Town : http://www.old-town.co.uk/products.htm

    Horrible website, but their clothes look interesting. Small producer, largely made to order.

    Thread here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ritish+vintage

    Albam : http://www.albamclothing.com/

    No introduction needed.

    Barbour : http://www.barbour.com

    No introduction needed, lots of threads. Big company. Waxed jackets are still mainly produced in the UK. Other clothing varies. Increasingly looking at their back catalogue to produce more interesting heritage clothing.


    Let me know of any I've overlooked. Footwear would require another thread altogether.

    Mods - if I've missed an existing thread that this should have gone into please move [​IMG]
     
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    You've missed a couple. Oliver Spencer comes immediately to mind.
     
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    Folk, Garbstore, Inverallan?
     
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    north sea clothing, aero leather
     
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    D.S. Dundee is an interesting brand, as they have a mix of tailoring and formal elements as well: http://the189.com/style/fashion/d-s-...tion-lookbook/
    This looks really good. Anyone knows what the quality of the finished products are like?
     
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    Don't know much about them but North Sea Clothing seems to have some nice knitwear. Sorry, already mentioned.
     
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    Oliver Spencer is really nice. All I have (read: can afford) is a cardigan (last year's model slightly modified... removed silly pocket flaps and secured flappy inside pockets).
     
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    A+ thread. I like the stuff Universal Works is putting out.
     
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    Great thread.

    Alot of stuff here I'd heard of, but hadn't previously actually checked out.

    If I end up buying any waxed jackets this season, I might go for the Crojack Gunner. Looks really nice.
     
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    Add in D.Lewis.
    Surprising nobody has mentioned them considering they're older than any of the other companies on this page.
     
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    What are the key Lewis leathers in your opinion?
     
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    I find myself interested in British heritage brands these days more than anything else. As my infatuation with Nigel Cabourn seems to be waning, I've like what I've seen from Universal Works. It all looks fairly simply designed, but seems to be well made from interesting materials (all in the UK?).

    Can we lump Ireland in on this thread? If so, I vote for Inis Meain. Their knitwear is fantastic.
     
  16. ManofKent

    ManofKent Senior member

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    You've missed a couple. Oliver Spencer comes immediately to mind.
    Thanks - I tend to think of his more tailored garments, but good call.
    D.S. Dundee is an interesting brand, as they have a mix of tailoring and formal elements as well:

    http://the189.com/style/fashion/d-s-...tion-lookbook/

    Again I'd forgetten they do the less formal wear.
    Folk, Garbstore, Inverallan?
    Folk & Garbstore were silly ommisions. I left out Inverallan because it's pretty much unavailable, although Zissou's thread is worrying my bank manager.
    north sea clothing, aero leather
    Yes - hopefully north sea clothing will expand their range a bit. Not familiar with aero leather - will look them up.
    I find myself interested in British heritage brands these days more than anything else. As my infatuation with Nigel Cabourn seems to be waning, I've like what I've seen from Universal Works. It all looks fairly simply designed, but seems to be well made from interesting materials (all in the UK?).

    Can we lump Ireland in on this thread? If so, I vote for Inis Meain. Their knitwear is fantastic.


    I'm looking to update my casual wardrobe - my MC wear tends to be very British and I like using smaller local companies. I don't know whether all of Universal Works clothing is made in the UK, if not the majority is. A Waddington body warmer arrived today and quality seems very good. I like Nigel Cabourn's work (I don't regret either of my purchase), and can't fault the quality but his prices are too rich for more than the odd key piece.

    Ireland is geographically in the British Isles so why not. Any Guernsey/Jersey/Isle of Man recommendations?
     
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    ^Nice to hear about the Waddington. I just ordered one at a great price, and am patiently waiting for it. I have a feeling I'll have to take it in a little on the sides, but we'll see...
     
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    and their leather from what i hear is in a world of its own. i did an order recently, but it wont be done for a while, so ill get back to you when i have the jacket.
     
  19. ManofKent

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    ^Nice to hear about the Waddington. I just ordered one at a great price, and am patiently waiting for it. I have a feeling I'll have to take it in a little on the sides, but we'll see...

    My chest is 42.5" waist 37" (yes I need to loose weight..) and a Large is a pretty perfect fit over a medium weight sweater. If I'm being picky I'd have prefered plaited leather 'football buttons' to the moulded ones fitted, but that's an easy swap if it bothers me too much.
     
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    Aw, the buttons are molded? Too bad. I ordered the M and have a 39" chest, so maybe it will come up just right with a sweater.
     

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