Best of Britannia was back again at the Truman Brewery’s boiler house displaying… well the best Britain has to offer in the fashion and creative industry.
Here at OTC we’re very passionate about British heritage and menswear made all across Britain. Naturally, we jumped on the opportunity to discover new British brands, see how their products are made and meet the people who make them.
Here’s my top finds from when I visited The Old Truman Brewery:
Best of Britannia – Billy Tannery
Our established brand crush, Billy Tannery, greeted us at the event with their gorgeous goat hide luxury leather accessories.
Billy Tannery began when founders Jack and Rory discovered that, due to the growth in demand for goat meat in the UK and the decline of the British leather industry, a vast number of goat hides were going to waste. As a result, the pair now produce premium leather tanned in their small-batch tannery. A favourite piece of ours is the Roll top backpack. The bag features a heavy cotton lining; padded back panels; removable strap pad; a padded laptop compartment; exterior slip pocket and two interior pockets for stylish practicality. The copper fittings and English bridle straps add that extra British luxurious touch.
|Due to their incredible initial success it’s not surprising that pre-orders for 2017 have now sold out. Order now to guarantee delivery in our next shipping date in late February 2018!
No gentleman can resist a good suit so, when it is fabricated from tweed there is simply no avoiding such an outfit. Walker Slater are key influencers of the Savile Row comeback with their tailored silhouettes made from only the best Scottish sheep. The beautiful new collection includes some more casual pieces informed of the CEO’s personal style… loose fitting sleeves, striped fabrications and cosy knits.
With heritage fabrics being a particular trend this autumn winter now is the time to invest in this specialist brand.
Best of Britannia – Erocia
We also came across the perfect brand for all the cyclists out there: Eroica Britannia.
The brand was initially created by four friends who shared a passion for cycling and wanted others to join them in a great British adventure that involved “the world’s most handsome bike ride” and reconnecting with history through the arts. With cycling returning as a popular hobby it is no surprise that the festival is now globally renown. The event lasts three days and is situated in the Peak district national park, attracting 4,500 riders and 10,000 visitors annually.
Erocia also stock their own stylish outfitting and essential items for the ‘gentleman rider’. An interesting combination of heritage design influence and modern fabrication: the brand’s jersey’s uses official sportswear jersey fabric; breathable technical merino/elastene mix fabric perfect for long, exhilarating, yet exhausting bike ride.
Best of Britannia – Lamler
Next to grab our attention was Lamler a brand we’ve had our eye on since their initial launch.
Again, this brand is a beautiful fusion of craftsmanship and style. We love their subtle prints and extreme attention to detail. I had an extensive discussion with founder Helen Plummer who remains exceptionally passionate about her work and brand, speaking to her was incredibly inspiring.
The brand has completed in-depth studies on how pocket positioning effects a man’s stance and thus their ‘approachability’. Furthermore, adjustable straps of different lengths allow the sleeves of the garments to fit all shapes and sizes. The print and quality are real selling points of the brand too. I adored the subtle prints, which adds individuality without screaming it. The quality really can be seen by the intense attention to detail of the garments: prints are always aligned (which is harder to achieve than you would think); the inner facings of the cuffs are long and printed and the stitching is second to none. What we love the most about Lamler is that all the design styles are perfect for both city work wear and countryside attire, which is very rare!
These were only four of the fabulous exhibitors at this year’s Best of Britannia two-day event. We’re already counting down to next year’s!
Currently working in the luxury sector of global fashion and beauty brands, Jessica has a varied portfolio of fashion industry experience in London and New York. Believer of the dress smart, think smart theory.