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10 of the best British brands


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rom Royal Warrant holders and venerable institutions to exciting contemporary brands and innovative start-ups, these are some of the best products and services Britain has to offer…

Fashion committed to thoughtfulness

Really Wild

Really Wild was launched in 2002 by founder Natalie Lake to bridge the style gap between country and town pursuits, fusing a love of the great British countryside with elegant tailoring. With manufacturing and quality at the heart of the brand, Really Wild naturally follows the increasingly popular Slow Fashion ethos, from creative and thoughtful design to luxury fabrics crafted into investment pieces.

The summer 2021 range brings an abundance of colour-infused floral prints combined with unexpected textures to create modern, feminine silhouettes. Enjoy 10% off by using code wildbritish10 at checkout. Offer valid until 4 July 2021 at reallywildclothing.com

Sewing is easy with a Singer

Singer

Sewing is enjoying a renaissance, with many of us making our own clothes, toys and home furnishings. All you need is a sewing machine, a pattern and fabric, and you’re ready. From beginner machines to advanced offerings, Singer Outlet has everything you need. It offers the largest range of latest-model Singer sewing machines, overlockers and embroidery machines in the UK.

Singer has been manufacturing sewing machines for 160 years and has an ongoing commitment to quality, reliability and innovation. This dedication to developing and expanding its range with newer, innovative machines and models has resulted in an expansive and outstanding offering, all available at Singer Outlet. Visit singeroutlet.co.uk or call 0800 050 2232.

World-famous service from London Taxis

London Taxi

There are few more instantly recognisable international icons than the London Taxi. For over 300 years — from horse-drawn carriages to black cabs — the London Taxi profession has been providing an unrivalled, safe transport service for London’s travelling public. With a world-class reputation for service, the experienced drivers undertake between two and four years’ study and have dedicated themselves to learning all of London’s streets and landmarks.

Easy to hail on the street, London Taxis are on hand to provide safe, secure, inclusive transport for both Londoners and tourists alike. Go to londontaxipr.com.

Adorn your walls with pure silk

Cole & Son

Elevate your living space and tap into British heritage with a beautiful, luxurious silk wall covering from Cole & Son. The company has been creating premium wallpapers and fabrics since 1875 and has a sterling reputation for exquisite creations, having received commissions from stately homes such as Chatsworth House, Blickling Hall and Audley End to royal abodes such as Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Westminster.

The newest collection, Historic Royal Palaces – Great Masters, contains a brand first: a 100% pure silk wallcovering, Verdure Tapestry Silk. Based on a 17th-century tapestry hanging in the King’s Presence Chamber at Kensington Palace, this ultra-luxury offering is utterly unique. Featuring a picturesque, verdant scene of lush trees and ornate buildings, it makes a powerful design statement and will dazzle all who see it. Find out more and purchase online in the UK at cole-and-son.com.

Contrast and complement for a stunning interior look

Cole & Son

A beautifully curated collection of enduring design icons from Cole & Son’s vast portfolio is also available in a range of eye-catching textiles. Light and heavyweight linens, crisp cotton and luscious velvet sit alongside silk embroidery and striking jacquards, suitable for a range of decorating needs.

Perennially popular wallcovering designs have been translated into luxurious fabrics to complement or contrast with your interior style; mix up striking contemporary designs such as Woods or Palm Jungle with classic favourites such as Hummingbirds – originally taken from a block print, Hummingbirds Silk’s embroidery emulates the distinctive thick inks and unique texture of the original wood block print mark – to create your own signature look and conjure a palpable sense of aesthetic intrigue. You can also make use of Colour Box Velvets to provide a pop of block colour or bring a patterned scheme together. Find out more and purchase online in the UK at cole-and-son.com/en/fabrics.

Upgrade your Wimbledon experience

Keith Prowse

Enjoy a quintessentially British day out at the world’s oldest tennis tournament — The Championships, Wimbledon from 28 June to 11 July. See the world’s greatest women’s and men’s players while enjoying award-winning food and drink at The Lawn restaurant, courtesy of Wimbledon’s hospitality partner, Keith Prowse.

Your table is reserved for the whole day — along with guaranteed tickets to Centre Court or No.1 Court — where you’ll be able to enjoy fully inclusive, a la carte dining from Michel Roux Jnr alongside delicious drinks and bespoke cocktail menus. Guests will have access to the exclusive hospitality garden with live music and a giant TV screen — you may even spot a former player or two. Guarantee your tickets for Wimbledon by booking an official hospitality experience. Build your experience online now.

Premium British knitwear with impeccable credentials

John Smedley

John Smedley knitwear offers unparalleled British craftmanship with beautiful, high-quality knitwear that’s rooted in history, designed to last, made in England and distributed the world over. Founded in 1784 in Derbyshire, the brand is favoured by celebrities, fashion icons and royalty, and was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment by HRH Elizabeth II in 2013 and HRH The Prince of Wales in 2021.

Combining traditional techniques with the latest technology to produce luxurious, hand-finished garments, John Smedley delivers a contemporary look founded on iconic knitwear styles. This look captures the essence of refinement and quality, using the design and manufacturing skills at the brand’s core. Save 20% off full price collections with the code HATFIELD20 at johnsmedley.com. Offer valid until 26 December 2021.

World-class architecture at your service

SGS Design Ltd

SGS Design Ltd is a leading architectural interior design studio that’s here to help you achieve the space of your dreams. With a focus on high-end residential interiors, the interior architect teams oversee both contemporary new-builds, plus extensions and full-refurbishments of existing properties, including listed buildings throughout the South East.

Each client’s home offers a unique design opportunity; SGS Design’s approach combines creativity with professional process to ensure the completed design is sympathetic to the building but also specific to the client’s lifestyle and personal aesthetic. To find out more and book a free introductory appointment, go to sgsdesign.co.uk, call 01892 574 576 or email studio@sgsdesign.co.uk.

Breathe new life into your wardrobe

The Restory

The Restory is an on-demand wardrobe repair and restoration service, bringing the highest standards of quality, creativity and care to your door worldwide. From simple repairs on your favourite shoes to changing the colour of items you no longer wear, The Restory makes sure you get the most out of your wardrobe with aftercare for shoes, bags and accessories.

Extend the life of your trusty heels to make sure they see you through another season with a reheel or resole, or make muddied winter trainers glow into summer with the signature trainer clean. The Restory has also developed the finest techniques and formulas to clean even the toughest stains from the interior and exterior of your bags. Fall in love with your favourites again when you repair your wardrobe with The Restory. Book your collection online at the-restory.com.

Beauty from a British institution

John Bell & Croyden

John Bell & Croyden is a luxury pharmacy with a long and storied history, stretching as far back as 1798, and holder of the Royal Warrant as Pharmacists to Her Majesty the Queen since 1958. The iconic store based in Marylebone, London, stocks the best beauty and skincare available from across the globe, each product hand-picked by a small team of buyers.

Many of the brands are British, including iconic names such as Sarah Chapman, 111Skin, Wild Beauty by Rhug, BeautyLab London, Decree Skincare, Floris and many others. Subscribe to the company’s mailing list and get 10% off your next purchase. Offer valid until 7 June 2022. Go to johnbellcroyden.co.uk.

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