Dubarry of Ireland
The Dubarry tradition began as a specialist handstitched moccasin manufacturer in County Galway on the west coast of Ireland during the 1930's. Since then Dubarry has developed this heritage and expertise, combining the generations of skilled craftsmanship with the best of modern developments in footwear technology to produce world class products for the most demanding environments.
It is hard not to wax lyrical about dubarry footwear as it really will keep your feet warm dry and very comfortable whether you are walking the hills and glens, dancing in the mud at your favourite festival or facing wet freezing city streets and whichever style you choose you will look and feel very stylish indeed
The Barbour story begins with John Barbour who was born in 1849 and raised on a farm in Galloway in West Scotland, the second son of a family whose links through history can be traced back to the 14th century.
At the age of 20 he left the farm to try his luck across the border in the north east of England where in 1870 he started business as a traveling draper. A year later, he married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret Haining who bore him 11 children and gave him the encouragement and belief to start J Barbour & Sons in 1894 in 5 Market Place, South Shields.
The shop sold all manner of products loosely described as drapery including outerwear, boiler suits, painters jackets through to underwear, and, in the flourishing town of South Shields the shop which became known as Barbours, thrived successfully. Almost from the first, Barbour derived an important part of its income from the ship-owners, ship builders and seamen of the port, supplying Beacon brand oilskin coats designed to protect the growing community of sailors, fishermen, river, dock and shipyard workers from the worst of the weather.
Today with three royal warrants and a worldwide following Barbour are still "THE BEST BRITISH CLOTHING FOR THE WORST BRITISH WEATHER"
1853 : The Eagle has landed
American Hiram hutchinson landed in France and began the manufacture of waterproof boots shoes and clothing under the patented brand A L'Aigle as a tribute to the american Bald eagle,
By 1950 Aigle were making 30,000 pairs of rubber soled canvas shoes a day and the 1980's saw the launch of the first textile collection.
Today with it's commitment to protecting our environment alongside their passion for durable and stylish quality Aigle really does exemplify the" reintroduction of man into nature"
wear Aigle with confidence anywhere , anytime.
In 1856 Mr Henry Lee Norris, an American entrepreneur, landed on Scottish soil in search of a home for his boot making company. Having acquired a block of buildings in Edinburgh, known as the Castle Silk Mills, the North British Rubber Company (which much later became known as Hunter Boot Ltd) was registered as a limited liability company in September 1856. In the beginning there were only four people working for the company, by 1875 the team had grown to 600 members of staff.
Production of wellington boots was dramatically boosted with the advent of World War I when the company was asked by the War Office to construct a sturdy boot suitable for the conditions in flooded trenches. The mills ran day and night to produce immense quantities of these
For WWII they were once again called upon to supply vast quantities of wellingtons and thigh boots. 80% of production was for war materials - from ground sheets to life belts and gas masks.
After WWII boot making had to move to a larger factory in Heathhall Dumfries, where the company has been based since, to deal with the rise in demand.
Hunter's most famous welly, the original Green wellington, was made over 50 years ago in the winter of 1955. It was the first orthopaedic boot that they made
Today, with two Royal Warrants Hunter remains the preferred welly brand for those who like to work hard and play hard - there's a great range of boots to suit welly wearers all over the world - from the Royal Family to festival-goers, working farmers and landed gentry alike.
Established in 1965, Musto was founded by Keith Musto, a British Olympic sailor and engineer, who combined his sports and technical expertise to create product to withstand even the most extreme conditions. Keeping athletes warm, dry and comfortable. Today Musto is the world's leading sailing and country sports clothing brand, and is further extending into lifestyle outdoor clothing.
D.Gurteen & Sons Ltd was established in Haverhill Suffolk in 1784, firstly as weavers, and then as manufacturers of Men's Outerwear. The company is still situated on the same site, which covers some four acres in the centre of the town.
Gurteen is a family business and one of the best-known names in the UK clothing market. Gurteen Esquire has been designed for the discerning gentleman using the best quality British cloths and trim. Drawing its influence from a traditional country lifestyle, the look is indulgent and subtly special.
Now in the hands of the sixth and seventh generation Gurteen's commitment to quality is apparent as soon as you try any garment in their range.
Alex tilley was a self-employed art consultant and avid sailor.
Tired of hats that blew off his head, sank when they fell into the water or shrunk when they got wet, he decided to oversee the creation of his own ideal sailing hat.
After several months of research and the assistance of a sail maker, he designed and made a hat for himself. When sailors asked for one, he made and sold hats as a hobby.
The great success of the Tilley Hat led to the formation of Tilley Endurables, makers of Tilley Hats and travel clothing, designed and manufactured in Canada and enjoyed around the world.
Still an avid traveller, Alex has been to over 1053 different cities and 53 different countries researching and wear testing potential hats and gear.
Alex Tilley is actively involved with Street Kids International, Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge, Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, and the support of projects by the archaeological branch of the Royal Ontario Museum among other charitable support efforts.
Tilley was honoured with the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundations first Presidents Award in recognition of Tilleys 15 year relationship with the Foundation.
Today the company continually strives to make the very best and then make it better,which is evident when you try for the first time.
My hat has been around the world and I never leave home without it.
Formed in 1784, Viyella is one of the UK's oldest clothing manufacturers. It is a name underpinned by ideals of function and form, as well as a deeply ingrained appreciation for classic tailoring and exquisitely crafted fabrics designed to last.
In 2009 the label was bought out by the Austin Reed Group, and echoes the same unrivalled craftsmanship and tailoring Classic, understated and elegant without exception,
Ian Flaherty of London
Ian Flaherty cufflinks are all designed by Ian and his partner Sasha and hand-made in their workshop in London. The cufflinks are made predominantly from fine English pewter and base metal. They are then fully plated with Rhodium before being meticulously hand finished to the highest standard, literally meaning you cannot polish any brighter!
Rhodium is the most expensive precious metal in the world, costing over $80,000 per kilogram, so you can be confident that you are buying cufflinks of the very highest quality.
All the crystals used in their cufflinks are from world-famous Swarovski.
Olney Headwear has long been recognised as a producer and supplier of fine quality hats. The company, based in Luton, England, was established in 1910, when it was created by Albert E. Olney, and is now owned and run by the fourth generation of Olneys who continue to manufacture and distribute quality headwear.
Olney hats are regularly seen on the best heads in the land, and are available in the best shops worldwide, for people who enjoy both classic and contemporary design, all made to our exacting quality standards.
The Alpaca Collection
Quality You Can Feel
The Alpaca Collection believe that Alpaca is one of the finest yarns available and it makes for the most luxurious products.Choosing t the motto, 'Quality you can feel' for a very good reason. The beauty of Alpaca is in its sheer softness and luxurious feel. It is naturally warm yet light, is extremely hard wearing and resists pilling. Treated properly, a garment will last for many years
The Alpaca Collection opened for business in 1993 when the owner, Richard Hartley, returned from extended travels in South America, on what was thought to have been a very early mid life crisis. After falling in love with the Country and being kidnapped in the process, he decided to give something back. So, The Alpaca Collection was born and it is now a thriving business supporting several local people and their families in Peru and Bolivia.
Chrysalis Clothes Ltd has been manufacturing the finest quality Town and Country Outerwear in their Corby factory in the heart of England since 1985.
Managing Director Chris Blackmore leads a dedicated team of crafts people who take pride in making garments using only traditional and specialised skills.
Advanced technology is combined with the best of British tailoring to ensure that the discriminating wearer is both dry and comfortable, whilst the garment retains the cut, style and finish of a traditional tailored coat.
Each Chrysalis garment is individually hand cut and made from the very best natural fibres woven in the British Isles. Many of the styles are Teflon coated and incorporate a waterproof and breathable membrane interliner for additional warmth and protection.
The Chrysalis brand is supplied to the finest stores worldwide and the Company is recognised as a leader in this highly specialised field.
Always as beautiful to wear as to look upon
Coxwear UK Ltd is a privately owned company specializing in the design and sole worldwide distribution of the Pennine Range of bespoke, hand finished hosiery.
Our socks are produced using traditional methods such as point-to-point linking to obtain a seamless finish with hand customised tops with stylish designs.
The Pennine Range is still produced in Nottingham, England
Coxwear UK Ltd est une societe privée dans la conception et la distribution exclusive dans le monde entier de la gamme Pennine, bonneterie finie manuellement.
Nos chaussettes sont produites en utilisant des methods traditionnelles comme le point-a-point liant pour obtenir une finition sans couture avec des produits personalises a la main et avec d'élégantes conceptions.
La gamme Pennine est encore produite à Nottingham,
The history of Dents can be traced back to 1777, when John Dent established his accessory company manufacturing fine leather gloves in Worcester, England.
The company continued to grow under the guidance of Dent's two sons, John and William, and by 1833 Dents was employing 133 craftsmen and craftswomen at its factories in Worcester and London, engaged in hand cutting and stitching, a unique skill still practised today.
The skill and craftsmanship which underpin Dents' worldwide reputation are still very much in evidence today as the company continues to exercise that care and attention to detail which has been its hallmark since 1777.