Does your favorite fashion brand have the Queen’s seal of approval?

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Sure, your jeans may be slimming, but are they fit for a queen? Just check the label. From heavy-duty rain gear to barely-there underwear, certain British clothing and accessories bear a royal coat of arms, which signifies that they’ve been approved by the royal household. But getting that little stamp, formally known as a Royal Warrant, isn’t so simple. In order to qualify, companies need to apply and show proof that they’ve been supplying products to the Queen, Prince Philip, or the Prince of Wales for a minimum of five consecutive years. 

Although new warrants are awarded every year, one thing is clear: the royals aren’t promiscuous shoppers. Most brands have been staples in the family’s wardrobe for decades—in some cases, centuries—so don’t expect to see just any old running shoe with the regal emblem.

Here are our eight favorite brands that made the cut: 

1. Hunter

Walk down any London street on a rainy day and you’re bound to spot this glossy rain boot. Though the $150 price tag may seem steep for a product made entirely from rubber, rest assured: each pair is handcrafted from 28 individual parts and built to withstand even the harshest elements. Plus, they come in a variety of hues and styles (Princess Charlotte has teeny-tiny hot pink ones), so you’re sure to find a pair that fits your style. 

2. Barbour

Although Barbour has become a leader in the outwear industry, the fifth-generation family business still makes its products in the coastal town of South Shields, England, where it has since 1894. But what makes the brand truly unique is the special waxing process it uses to make its coats virtually waterproof. Boasting three royal warrants, plus a legion of loyal celebrity customers ranging from Helen Mirren to Steve McQueen, it’s no wonder that the company still manages to sell 3,000 jackets each week. 

3. Rigby & Peller

Whether you have trouble fitting into standard sizes or are in the market for something special, this luxury retailer offers a range of bespoke lingerie services that are designed to fit and flatter to perfection. Simply select your material (silk, satin or lace), schedule two fitting appointments, and pick up your custom garment in 6-8 weeks. Talk about the royal treatment

4. Burberry

Inspired by exploration, this luxury brand is credited with inventing the waterproof fabric, gabardine, and creating the foundation for the iconic trench coat, which still remains the heart of the company today. In fact, Kate Middleton’s fit and flare version is still considered to be her most-worn clothing item to date.  

5. Lyle & Scott


 

Looking for classic menswear with a modern twist? Skip the chain stores and check out the Scottish lifestyle brand championed by The Duke of Edinburgh and a litany of celebs (Harry Styles, we’re looking at you!) And it seems like they’re not the only ones—since 1954, the brand has collaborated with various luxury fashion houses, including Christian Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Liberty, Bergdorf Goodman and Michael Kors.

6. Fulton

It’s never fun to sightsee in the rain… unless you have a sturdy umbrella that won’t turn inside-out at the first gust of wind—or clash with your outfit. A tall order to say the least! And who better to look to for "brolly" advice than Her Royal Majesty? Her pick: a conservative clear dome-shape one by Fulton, featuring fiberglass ribs for flexibility and strength in high winds. For those who prefer a pop of color on dreary days, the brand also offers a selection of eye-catching patterns, including the patriotic British flag. 

7. Wolsey

 

When it comes to socks, people tend to fall in one of two camps: those who prefer neutral solids, and those who crave color. Luckily, this menswear manufacturer—the oldest in the UK—has both sides covered. Here, you’ll find your basic black, as well as an array of prints to ensure you stand out from the crowd. While we're not sure which color the Prince prefers (our money is on striped), we do know that the brand has been supplying the royal household since 1935. That's a lot of socks! 

8Anello & Davide

From narrower coats to longer hemlines, the Queen’s wardrobe has undergone noticeable changes throughout the years. But her shoes never change. For the last 50 years, she’s enlisted custom shoe designer Anello & Davide to create chunky-heeled 2 ¼ inch loafers in a neutral color palette. Though you can't score the exact same pair (they are couture after all), you can stop by the company's Kensington shop to purchase a one-of-a-kind pair of your own).

 

 

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