5 amazing British fashion designers and where to find them

Monday 12 September 2016
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It hosts London Fashion Week twice a year, but Britain is a year-round destination for fashionistas thanks to its home-grown design talent. From timeless to avant-garde, British designs travel the world, whether it’s catwalk fashion or classic homewares. Here's where you can find them in Britain...

Burberry

Burberry

Explorers in the early 1900s headed to Burberry’s London headquarters to be kitted out for trips to the Arctic. Today, British aristocrats and fashionistas alike still come for its iconic trench coat – always lined with its distinctive check. Those in the know are just as passionate about Christopher Bailey’s modern designs that merge with Burberry’s classic tailoring. One of the brand’s latest fans is David and Victoria Beckham’s son Romeo.

Where to buy
Burberry’s store on London’s Regent Street is their biggest in the world.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood shoe

In 1971 Vivienne Westwood opened a shop at 430 Kings Road in London called Let It Rock. And it was this shop that invented punk fashion. Since then, the outspoken, utterly distinctive Westwood has moved on to create highly romantic clothes, often incorporating Scottish tartans and tweeds, and using tailoring techniques that were first used in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Where to buy
She still has her original shop – now called Worlds End – and you can find her designs in stores across Britain.

Terence Conran

Conran at London's Design Museum

Terence Conran changed the way we live when he opened his first Habitat store in 1964, introducing simple but clever mass-market homeware and furniture designs, followed by a series of very popular restaurants.

Where to buy
Now in his 80s, Sir Terence shows no signs of slowing down – in recent years, he’s opened a hotel in London’s trendy Shoreditch, the Boundary Rooms, and Albion, a restaurant and grocery collection that showcases quality British food. Join Londoners styling their homes and head for The Conran Shops in Marylebone High Street and Chelsea.

Lulu Guinness

Lulu Guinness handbag

A handbag designed to look like a bunch of flowers, a clutch bag in the shape of a giant pair of lips; Lulu Guinness’s handbag designs are instantly recognisable, always witty and often reminiscent of the 1920s and ‘30s.

Where to buy
Her bags feature in the permanent collection of London’s eminent museum the V&A, but you can buy one for yourself at the Lulu Guinness stores in London, Cheshire and Portsmouth, and in department stores including Harrods and Selfridges.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith clothes

Classic tailoring with colourful, quirky touches, Paul Smith helped revolutionise British menswear when he opened his first shop in Nottingham more than 40 years ago. He brought boxer shorts back to popularity and led a generation to clutch a Filofax organiser. Now you can find his trademark multi-coloured swirl on womenswear as well as accessories and furniture.

Where to buy
The Paul Smith flagship store is in London’s Notting Hill, but the designer has never forgotten his Nottingham roots; you’ll find shops there, as well as in Leeds in northern England.

 

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