Five Brilliant Brands to Brighten up Isolation.
Luckily, we’ve been blessed so far with half-decent British weather during this isolation period. But we all know it has been a testing time for many: our fabulous front-line workers; those poor souls who have come down horribly ill with the virus; and many more who face the financial and mental struggles the epidemic has brought with it.
Jules Standish, author of How Not To Wear Black, is a style and colour consultant for women afraid of standing out, and she believes that changing your shopping habits can boost your well-being and self-esteem. She told the Daily mail: ‘Looking at warm, bright colours, such as red or pink, releases dopamine — known as the “feel-good hormone” — which can improve our mood, heighten the attention span and even boost our sex drive. ‘Cool blues, on the other hand, have been linked to the release of oxytocin, making you feel of calm.
In addition, many children have also been adoringly adorning windows with paintings of rainbows to spread the message to stay brave, safe and positive.
With that in mind we wanted to share with you some brilliant brands who have adopted bright and beautiful hues to help add some sunshine and smiles to your day.
Five Brilliant Brands to Brighten up Isolation – Manolo Blahnik International Limited
Manolo Blahnik International Limited’s first boutique was acquired in Chelsea, London (1970). The privately-owned family run company’s headquarters still remain in London with offices and partners around the world. In July 2018 Manolo Blahnik launched his first dedicated men’s boutique in London which sits adjacent to the women’s store in Burlington Arcade.
Today the brand retains a close relationship with the artisans in the factories and Manolo travels to Italy (where each design is made) every season to personally work with them to source fabrics and create prototypes.
The brand is known for its original, creative flair as well as timeless classic styles which sees loyal customers of a very high calibre return season on season.
This season there are some particularly superb colours in the collection. A returning favourite of mine is the Buckjoe shoe: suede Derbies in fuchsia. Featuring exposed stitch detail and tonal laces, this collection of traditional buck shoes in a range of eye-popping colours has been inspired by actor Gary Cooper’s relaxed yet colourful lifestyle. The footwear has 100% calf leather upper and a luxurious lining consisting of 100% kid leather.
For a slightly different style a fashion follower should try the Fez. We particularly like the bright red tone of the raffia lace-ups, but they come in five different hues. North Africa, particularly Morocco, (where the designer holidayed as a child) was a great inspiration for this series of styles. The shoes, featuring unlined woven design and raffia laces also have a 100% raffia upper and a cow leather sole. As with all of the brand’s shoes please note the sizing is Italian!
There are many other amazing items in this seasons collection you need to see, including the Witney – bright yellow suede cap toe Oxfords and Ericbi – mid blue and red kid suede tassel Loafers, so take a look online!
Five Brilliant Brands to Brighten up Isolation – Lamler
I couldn’t write an article on colour and print without mentioning Lamler. I have mentioned them in a couple of our articles previously, so if you want to learn more about the North Devon BASED brand follow this link! Atlantic light is made to be the perfect luxury hoodie for spring and right through to those hot summer days. The 100% soft cotton is printed then over dyed to create its awesome aesthetic. Available in some great shades from “sand” to “acid” to “moor purple”, it is one of those pieces you keep picking up to wear. With a relaxed raglan sleeve and adjustable sleeve lengths the coat is unlined to keep it nice and cool. It also has a roomy fit – built to feel oversized.
Five Brilliant Brands to Brighten up Isolation – Ian Scott Kettle
Another Best of British designer is Ian Scott Kettle. The London based menswear accessory designer mainly works on a bespoke based service, but each season he does produce a collection of gentlemen’s accessories using finest materials, respecting traditional methods of craftsmanship. These items – often including creative colour blocking – are available to order… but there are only a limited number of each hand made item, so you have to be quick!
The skilled designer’s artistic style of traditional craftsmanship re-invented means each piece is ideal for the discerning modern gentleman.
Five Brilliant Brands to Brighten up Isolation – Hill and Ellis
Hill and Ellis make beautifully crafted, leather bike bags (and day to day bags), priding themselves on making the most handsome pieces of their type around.
Crafted in bold, luxurious orange & black satchel leather, the aptly named Orange satchel bike bag is designed to attract attention. Some clever attributes include reversible reflective strips for safer night riding, a waterproof bag jacket for those rainy days, carefully hidden spring-loaded pannier clips complete with a central locking bar and leather padding to protect the bag from rubbing on the bike. But with black leather straps the Jasper style of bag can be used as well on two feet as two wheels. Finished with nickel plated brass buckles and a black embossed logo this beautiful bag is part of the brand’s British collection – made in the UK, from materials sourced as close to home as possible to reduce his effect on the environment.
Five Brilliant Brands to Brighten up Isolation – Hackney GT
With biking being one of our recommended versions of rationed out-door exercise a day, we thought that Hackney GT was also a relevant brand.
The unsurprisingly Hackney based brands was originally founded by cycling fanatic Russ Jones and all started with a single one-off jersey design made for his music production company. Inspiration comes from a lifetime of looking at “the stuff the brand loves” such as the bicycle itself. Motivation also includes everything from vintage motorbikes to 70’s skiwear, hip hop to snowboard and skating to cool fonts. They adore the brave and contemporary which is emanated in the unique and creatively designed pieces of active wear.
A favourite from the current collection is the Hackney GT Beastway short-sleeve cycle jersey. Made in England, built to last and always look good, the jersey is made up of Golf ball weave polyester wicking performance fabric for the main body and Lycra side and arm panels for extra comfort and good fit. For those into the features: the fastening is a full-length heavy-duty zip with beard guard; there are three roomy and angled back pockets; and a silicone gripper and a reflective rear tab to the rear. Each element has been carefully thought through to aid the cyclist and the item’s many years of service – see the brand’s website for the specifics!
The special edition jersey was created in collaboration with celebrated graphic designer Swifty; this jersey celebrates the UK’s longest running and legendary inner-city weekly mountain bike race ‘Beastway’.
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