Best of Britannia
Best of Britannia 2013 is on in London this week, showcasing a renaissance in British manufacturing and craftsmanship. From frocks to furniture – all in a beautifully curated mix of over 100 brands – all exhibitors share a passion for craftsmanship and a commitment to promoting British provenance and heritage. I visited to check out all things British at ‘BoB’ in The Farmiloe Building in London’s Clerkenwell yesterday. I was very impressed to find a range of brands sharing the Ally Bee ethos of incorporating locally grown British wool into top notch product.
My favourite discover of the day was very hip ‘cold surfing’ label Finisterre. This brand has worked in collaboration with a Devon Fine Fibres to nurture a flock of sheep crossed between Merino and Shetland to produce a very special ‘Bowmont’ wool. The result is the recent launch of their Bowmont men’s knitted jumper, produced in Scotland for the discerning surfer who knows its all about ‘the right clothes’ in dealing with inclement weather.
Finisterre Bowmont Collection at Best of Britannia 2013
We Need Tweed
Pip Howeson tailoring
Also on show is bespoke tailor Pip Howeson, whose beautiful collection of tailored women’s jackets and coats, available to order or custom made. Pip’s fine tailoring is distinguished by her use of British textiles, including Harris Tweed, and her range of 10 coats and jackets will soon be available in her own shop in Bloomsbury due to open in a just a few weeks time.
More woolly finds …
I also found new furniture company Lana at BoB for a pre-launch for their beautiful range of hand crafted bespoke furniture upholstered in richly coloured Hebridean Harris tweed. Gorgeous!
Another plum find of the day was a 100% British-grown Merino yarn, nurtured on Romney Marsh Farm alongside a flock of Romney sheep, deliciously soft and with great potential.
The Farmiloe Building is cool, hip and edgy and beautifully apt to showcase BoB – the juxtaposition of old meeting urban renewal felt thoroughly modern, inspiring and on-trend. Looking forward to more from BoB in 2014…