Clothing brands UK And Top British Clothing Brands
British fashion has always been at the realm of the fashion world. London is a hub of fashionable individuals and personalities who are not afraid to dress up. London kids dress to impress and the fashion world often look at what these fashionable sets are donning to serve as inspirations for their coming collections. It is no wonder that British clothing brands abound not only in the UK but around the world. British fashion influences the entire fashion world and here are 11 clothing brands that have established themselves and a few that are well on their way.
Arguably one of the most fashion-forward stores in the world, Topshop is a British multinational retailer that specializes in clothing, accessories, footwear, and make up for women. It was founded in 1964 in London and has established itself as a style setter with its cool girl aesthetic, combining catwalk and street style with their seasonal offerings throughout the year. With over 400 shops worldwide in more than 30 countries– 319 of those in Britain, it is one of the most successful and widely recognized clothing brands of the UK. Topman was launched as a brand catering to menswear. Topshop supports local talent and has collaborated with several British up and coming designers as well as famous celebrities like Kate Moss and other designers.
Belonging to the same group as Topshop, which is the Arcadia group of companies in the UK, Miss Selfridge was founded in 1966 as a young fashion section of Selfridges department store in London. Today, it is a UK high street store with shops all over the world. Their market is geared towards the young teen and early twenties market with their full line of clothing and accessories.
Dorothy Perkins is also under the Arcadia group of companies that carry Topshop and Miss Selfridge. One of the oldest brands in the UK, it was founded in 1909 and began as a ladies underwear and hosiery clothing line. It has more than 600 UK stores and over 50 international outlets that offer clothing, knitwear, coats, denim, shoes, lingerie, and accessories and jewelry. It also carries a wide range of women’s sizes from size 6-22. Dorothy Perkins has been offering affordable and feminine fashions to the British fashionable set for over 100 years.
The Laurel Wreath is probably one of the most recognized images in the fashion retail world. Fred Perry’s signature embroidery is plastered on their most famous garment, which is the slim fit cotton pique shirt, launched in 1952. The first British brand to blend sportswear and streetwear successfully, Fred Perry has created some of the most iconic styles of the last decades. Founded in the late 1940’s by Tibby Wegner and three time Wimbledon champion Fred Perry, their first product was the sweatband and was quickly adopted by tennis players in the UK. With its strong association with several British subcultures like the mods of the sixties and punk skinheads, they now have shops in over 50 countries in the world. From t-shirts to jackets, knitwear, dresses, accessories, and footwear, Fred Perry has become an established and recognized British lifestyle brand.
AllSaints is a British fashion retailer for menswear, womenswear, footwear and accessories. With presence in over 35 department stores and 65 stand alone stores in the UK, US and across Europe, it has become the go-to shop for the hip, young, and urban fashion sets. It opened in 1994 as a menswear clothing brand supplying exclusively to high end retailers such as Harrods and Harvey Nicholes, but has since expanded to womenswear and other stylish offerings as well.
Former founders and designers of AllSaints, Kait Bolongaro and Stuart Trevor, sold their company in 2005 and launched their new brand Bolongaro Trevor in 2006. The duo’s latest brainchild gears towards a more sophisticated, cleaner, and edgier vibe to their brand. Their urban and vintage blends of British Victorian and vintage military and modern streetwear make their clothes stand out from the rest of the pack. They have over 100 stores worldwide in high end department stores and independent retailers around the world.
Twenty8Twelve is the brainchild of sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller, who were approached by fashion businessman Carlos Ortega, to create a diffusion line in 2006. Launched in 2007, Twenty8Twelve is now a global brand that has four stand alone boutiques in London and sold in over 300 selected retailers across 20 countries around the world. The brand is heavily influenced by film, art, culture, and are constantly collaborating with different forms of art and artists to create their collections. Though the sisters have already left the company, the brand is still growing under the same aesthetic and philosophy.
Pushing the boundaries of commercial fashion, Illustrated People is a clothing brand that believes in originality and expression. With a unique blend of urban designers and independent artists, customers are assured of the best handcrafted and handpainted products of the highest qualities. It was launched in 2012 and has opened a concession store in Topshop’s Oxford Circus. Based in the infamous Brick Lane of East London, its famous clientele has included pop superstar Rihanna and British singer Florence Welsh.
For the rock ‘n roll fashion sets, Amplified is the best place to get vintage inspired T-shirts. The largest and most coveted line of music inspired clothing, the brand has now expanded their offerings to include jackets, headwear, accessories, and even footwear. Created in 2004, their iconic vintage collections have attracted numerous celebrity clients like David Beckham and Lindsay Lohan.
Created by surfers, Animal was launched in 1987 as a UK action sports lifestyle brand based in Poole, England. This international brand has over 47 stores in the UK, Belgium, and Spain. From a simple watch, Animal has expanded to swimwear, clothing, wetsuits, outerwear, eyewear, luggage and accessories.
This iconic British fashion luxury label is synonymous with the British upper class. Their signature tartan print and iconic trench coat has made them one of the biggest presences in the global fashion industry. With over 400 store locations worldwide, this British luxury fashion house that was founded in 1856 has become the ultimate British clothing brand.
Author Kristinsson Magz