Top 9 UK Fashion Brands
British fashion has always been heralded across the globe. Quite a few numbers of contemporary fashion icons are British, such as Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Emma Watson, and of course, Anna Wintour. British fashion has always been distinct, characterized by rebelliousness and a fearlessness approach to style. The key to the quintessential British look is never to look too polished and having an emphasis on individual sense of style. Several British fashion brands have shaped the look of the British man and woman, and here are the top 9 UK fashion brands:
More famously known as FCUK, French Connection UK is a global retailer and wholesaler of trendy clothing and accessories. Available in stores all across Europe, the US, and Asia, FCUK is widely known for its fashion forward and quirky clothing range with excellent design and quality, all at an affordable price. The brand received controversy with the use of the acronym and the slogans they have used over the years but it has only increased the brand’s popularity. Sexy, stylish, and with attitude, this high street brand has been much heralded by the UK fashion sets.
Uk’s fastest growing internet retailers today, Boohoo offers thousands of new selections per week – offering exclusive statement clothing, separates, shoes, and accessories. Launched in 2006, it quickly became the shopping go-to for online shopping addicts with their over 100 new styles everyday. Boohoo has an in-house design team that creates cutting edge designs, all with an incredible value. Dubbed as 24/7 fashion, they take the trends of the catwalks right into the streets.
This high end leather goods fashion brand always comes up with the next “It” bag that every fashionista desires to acquire. Mulberry was launched in 1971 by Roger and Joan Saul, a son and mother duo from Somerset, England. By the 1980’s, Mulberry had become the largest manufacturer of designer quality leather goods in the UK. They have since expanded to womenswear, menswear, footwear and accessories and have been hailed for their witty English aesthetics, amusing eccentricities, and an uncompromising dedication to high quality.
YMC is short for You Must Create, a fashion brand launched in 1995 by Fraser Moss and Jimmy Collins, which is at the forefront of design and style innovation. YMC is highly regarded in the fashion world as one of the pioneers of intellectually designed and cutting edge fashions. They offer timeless pieces that are free from trends and fads with their great range of separates and accessories. Their 2 stores in London are highly regarded by modern individuals who want to look different from everybody else.
Founded in 1996 as a menswear label, Addict has expanded its product line to include womenswear and accessories. Addict is an urban brand in the UK with an emphasis on street wear that is highly based on the music and board sports communities. They also work with independent and highly sought after illustrators and artists on their prints and art series collections. Their full line of outerwear, headwear, clothing and accessories are all functional apparel made with the highest quality.
Named after the popular scooter that was the “it” transportation of choice for the 1960’s Mods of London, Lambretta was launched in 1997 as a menswear clothing line. Their aesthetics and design are quintessentially preppy and polite, with men´s clothes ranging from polo shirts, shorts, jackets, sweaters, underwear, and accessories. This global lifestyle brand is highly recognized for using the colors of the British Royal Air Force.
David Reiss launched Reiss in 1971 and offered women´s clothing that were sexy, iconic, and modern. This highly respected fashion brand has a huge celebrity following who wear their exceptionally innovative and original clothes. Their uncompromising commitment to delivering design-led and sophisticated womenswear is a favorite for career and powerful women all over the world.
Jaeger is the UK’s answer to high-end fashion for ready-to-wear. Launched in 1884 by Lewis Tomalin, Jaeger is now available in over 90 stores in the UK and in select locations all over the world. Jaeger is named after German zoologist Dr. Gustav Jaeger, who advocated the use of fibers from animals in clothing. Thus, the brand has always stayed true to its namesake, using only the best merino wool, cashmere, alpaca, and natural fibers, giving its clients the most luxurious fabrics in the world.
Dubbed as the intellectual’s T-shirt brand, The Affair offers a range of limited edition T-shirts with prints inspired from cult literature such as Mysterious Island, Heart of Darkness, and other books. They use 100% organic lightweight cotton that are prewashed and has a soft vintage feel with a shrink-free guarantee. Launched in 2007 in London’s East End, The Affair’s T-shirts have been much coveted in the UK’s fashion communities.
Author Kristinsson Magz