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The Very Best of British...
A British company through and through, Country Attire is proud to stock, sell and celebrate British brands, and our country's clothes making heritage. After all, some of the world's most renowned, revered and respected designers including Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Alice Temperley and Stella McCartney hail from these shores.
Although only 88,745 square miles in area, Britain has a rich and illustrious history of textile production, clothes-making and design. And, while many clothing brands now out source manufacture to the Far East, there remains a handful of brands who, recognising the quality of materials and craftsmanship the country has to offer, continue to produce their goods in Britain.
Today, we take a look at the cream of the crop of British brands, and bring you our pick of their outstanding products.
Best of British: Accessories
While Italy is renowned for the quality of its leather goods, London has in fact been producing fine quality leather since medieval times, with production traditionally centred around Bermondsey. The Bermondsey tanning pits benefitted from a steady flow of water from the Thames and a hefty supply of oak bark for tanning, with countless London butchers close by for hides. There was also an abundance of cheap labour to be found, resulting thriving leather trade.
Today, the London leather industry torch is carried by a number of high-end, luxury brands, including the world famous Aspinal of London. Although production has moved from London to the heart of the West Sussex Downs, Aspinal of London offers its customers "the most beautiful, elegant and refined designs of superior quality", through their range of luxury leather handbags, purses, wallets and gifts.
Our pick: With so many stunning products, we're spoilt for choice by Aspinal of London. That said, a classic leather clutch bag is always chic and on point. We love the Ladies' Manhattan Clutch Bag with Chain in Navy Lizard.