Our Top British Brands | Made To last

Our Top British Brands | Made To last

When it comes to curating the best of British fashion and lifestyle brands, we have certainly been doing our homework. The mission at Country Attire has always been to deliver perfectly curated collections from the best-in-class premium lifestyle brands. We hold our British heritage very close to our hearts, and wherever possible we seek to champion those British brands that have stood the test of time, with expertly crafted products that are made to last. Today, we are shining the spotlight on our top British lifestyle brands, and how they have retained their place at the forefront of British fashion.

Penelope Chilvers

Born and raised in England, Penelope Chilvers lived in Spain working as a painter and designer. While living in Barcelona, Penelope would often go horse riding in the hills above the city, and from this pastime, she set out to create the perfect pair of riding boots. With the idea to bring traditional Spanish riding boots to England, Penelope commissioned a small number of local Spanish artisans to craft a pair to her own measurements and design. Working in family-owned factories, these artisans had extensive knowledge of manufacturing techniques that had been passed down through the generations.

From this commission, the now iconic Long Leather Tassel Boots were born, and the eponymous footwear brand was soon propelled into the spotlight after HRH the Duchess of Cambridge was photographed wearing a pair in 2004. A true homage to the craftsmanship and quality of these Penelope Chilvers boots, HRH the Duchess of Cambridge wears the same pair to this day.

Combining contemporary British design with traditional Spanish craftsmanship, the Penelope Chilvers collection has since grown to include more Goodyear welted outdoor boots, stylish Chelsea Boots and après ski boots for experience and adventure. For the summer months, you can also expect authentically crafted espadrilles, handmade sandals and trainers. With a reputation for superb quality and effortless style, Penelope Chilvers produces timeless, made-to-last footwear that you will adore for many years to come.

Dr Martens

Our Top British Brands | Made To last

Globally recognised for their lasting quality and individualistic aesthetic, Dr Martens fuse uncompromising practicality with timeless silhouettes and hardwearing technical design. Designed for those who stand for something, Dr Martens’ boots have acted as a symbol of rebellious self-expression during periods of social and cultural change throughout the decades.

Dr Martens was originally born out of tradition in 1901, when the Griggs family began producing durable work boots in Northamptonshire, England. The family became an integral part of the English shoe industry, earning a reputation for durable work boots for over six decades. In 1960, the third-generation Griggs family spotted an innovative boot style in a trade magazine – this was created by a soldier, Dr Klaus Maertens and mechanical engineer, Dr Herbert Funk, originally using disused military supplies to create a unique air-cushioned sole that would aid Maertens’ broken foot. The Griggs family soon acquired an exclusive license for the boot style, which led to the creation of the now iconic Dr Martens 1460 boot, complete with yellow welt stitching, grooved sole edges and Airwair sole technology.

Originally worn by factory workers and postmen, the 1460 boots were soon adopted by the first wave of skinheads as a symbol of their working-class pride and rebellious attitudes. This propelled the Dr Martens brand and the 1460 boot to subcultural icon status and a symbol of self-expression.


One of Britain’s most iconic and best-loved lifestyle brands, Barbour has been an outfitter of the countryside for over 125 years. The brand was founded back in 1894, originally outfitting local fishermen and sailors in South Shields with waterproof outerwear to protect them from the challenging working conditions at sea. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that we saw the introduction of the brand’s signature wax jackets such as the Bedale and the Beaufort, which are still a bestseller to this day – and Barbour‘s range of classic wax jackets are still expertly crafted in their South Shields factory. Due to the brand’s premium quality and craftsmanship, Barbour has no less than three Royal Warrants for their protective and waterproof clothing.

Durable and hard-wearing, a Barbour wax jacket can be a companion for life if looked after correctly, the Barbour factory carries out routine re-waxing and repairs services to ensure your wax jacket keeps looking its very best for years to come. Broadening out from Barbour’s countryside roots, today the brand produces clothing that is designed for a full lifestyle wardrobe. Barbour remains true to its core values as a family business, embodying the unique values of the British Countryside and bringing the qualities of wit, grit and glamour to its beautifully functional clothing.


Since 1924, Belstaff has been creating high-performance wax jackets and outerwear designed to provide excellent protection for motorcyclists, explorers, aviators, and any individual who has a taste for adventure. Founded in Stoke-on-Trent in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and his son-in-law, Harry Grosberg; Belstaff’s brand name came from combining the words “Belovitch” and “Staffordshire”.  Over the decades, Belstaff has been worn by adventurers and those looking to push the boundaries of what can be achieved, including aviator Amy Johnson, mountaineer Christ Bonington and motorcycle racer Sammy Miller to name but a few.

One of Belstaff‘s most iconic advocates has to be the legendary King of Cool, Steve McQueen, who first wore a Belstaff jacket back in 1963 in the film, The Great Escape. Soon after, Belstaff gained cult status, becoming a symbol of British culture and design – a go-to heritage lifestyle brand for discerning dressers across the globe.

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