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    British shoe manufacturing is steeped in history. Since WW2 many brands have moved their production overseas, however there is growing evidence of re-shoring, as manufacturers try to meet the current demand for British made Shoes. The English county of Northamptonshire has 900 years experience in the production of leather and the making of footwear. It […]

  • people Interview with Patrick Grant

      We had a chat with Fashion Designer, Judge on The Great British Sewing Bee and BOB Ambassador Patrick Grant to get his thoughts on BOB. How it resonates with his brand values, on why buying British is buying quality and the Launch of Community Clothing.   How do you feel about working with BOB? […]

  • uncategorized Wayne Hemingway MBE BOB Interview

      Wayne Hemingway MBE is a fashion designer and co-founder of HemingwayDesign - an award-winning creative design studio. Under HemingwayDesign’s sub-brand Vintage, came the Classic Car Boot Sale. Where over 100 vintage vehicles and traders are joined by thousands of shoppers, collectors and vinyl lovers for a family-friendly celebration of all things vintage, collectible and […]

  • news The London Wool Fair 2016

      Staged by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen, one of London’s oldest Livery companies and the City Wool Alliance and co-produced by Best of Britannia and Callow Events London’s first Wool Fair takes place on September 25th, pulling together a range of wool-based traders to showcase the breadth of uses of this incredibly versatile natural […]

  • people June Sarpong MBE joins Best of Britannia as an ambassador

    Best of Britannia is proud to announce that British television personality June Sarpong MBE is joining us as an ambassador for BOB London 2016, and launching her new collection, Ldny. June Sarpong MBE has been working with not-for-profit company Fashion Enter on Ldny (a new collection with designer Daniella Helayel, and in partnership with the United […]

  • craft Made In Britain: Footwear

    British shoe manufacturing is steeped in history. Since WW2 many brands have moved their production overseas, however there is growing evidence of re-shoring, as manufacturers try to meet the current demand for British made Shoes. The English county of Northamptonshire has 900 years experience in the production of leather and the making of footwear. It […]

  • craft The Boys are Back in Town

    With just six weeks to go there are only 14 spaces left available at Best of Britannia and we are welcoming some fantastic brands on board. Albam, Brooks England, Lavenham, London Tradition, Pantherella and Sock Club London are all joining us for the first time and we are over the moon to be able to announce […]

  • news Womenswear brands queue to sign up for Best of Britannia

    BoB is thrilled that once again our female visitors will be able to fully accessorise at our event with our brand curation leaving no area of the wardrobe or dressing table uncovered. With that in mind in addition to the extensive range of womenswear to discover we have also carefully seduced a fine selection of fragrance, jewellery, millinery, footwear and accessories to take part. Hawthorn & Co Ethically sourced, British made leather […]

  • news Brands Unite Behind Buy British Day

    The 22nd July was a very warm day even by the standards of this very warm spell and as the BoB team were unloading the van parked outside the House of Commons so that every item could be individually security-scanned we were excited at the morning in prospect but wishing that shorts and flip-flops could be […]

  • news Royal approval at Best of Britannia!

    In a previous blog entry we mentioned that our children had from time to time accused us of not looking after their interests fully enough at BoB. We listened, acted and now there are a plethora of childrens’ brands on board with us. At the other end of the spectrum our parents have from time […]

  • craft The Power of the Story – Selling British-made brands

    In writing about British menswear brands for some years, I’ve come to realise that there is a common thread to them all. They all have fascinating stories to tell; stories about how they started, about their craftsmen and women, their suppliers or the raw materials they use. While my main interest is menswear, the idea […]

  • news BOB was very sad to hear this news today

    A sad announcement of the passing of Norman Walsh, the great founder and craftsman. The planned exhibition at the Northampton Museum 8 – 27 July will be a tribute to Norman’s unique contribution to British sports footwear. For further details please contact Tim Walker on 07896 002558   /    07841 421320

  • fashion London Collections: Men

    Alix Waterhouse takes a look at the latest trends in British mens style. In seven seasons the London shows have become a staple on the menswear calendar. Events on the schedule are designed to showcase the breadth of British fashion talent, from the world’s most innovative emerging designers to global menswear brands and Jermyn Street tailors. Increasing […]

  • fashion Best of Britannia exhibitors Pop Up all over London

    Whilst in search of an appropriate bolthole to find a refreshing drink (ok cocktail) at the end of a hard day’s graft (not down a pit or anything but hard just the same) BOB came across a mini-oasis in Hoxton Square. The words “Private Event” didn’t put us off – especially when we saw the […]

  • people Ian Oliver, CEO of GPlan

    We are very pleased to introduce our special guest-blog contributor; Ian Oliver – CEO of GPlan Many of us recall being disinterested in our parents’ furniture, growing up it seemed so unfashionable. The bright colour schemes and patterns that often clashed, the sideboard full of crockery and cutlery that was saved for best and used only on the rarest […]

  • fashion Down With The Kids

    In our quest to make Best of Britannia the UK’s biggest pop-up Department Store the BoB team have individually and collectively occasionally been accused by our own offspring of perhaps being neglectful in our championing of the child-friendly product-range at BoB. Not that our children would mind the opportunity to take a spin in a […]

  • people The British Summer – Don’t Leave Home Without It, by Alix Waterhouse

    I have had a houseguest staying with me from California. A week ago we had rain, sun and hail all in one day. Confused, he asked me, ‘when is the summer coming?’ I shrugged. Until that point I hadn’t considered it. I’m from Yorkshire, I’ve learned not to hope for or expect sunshine. The next […]

  • craft Buying British – Are British products appreciated more by foreign consumers?

    In my first post on this blog I mentioned that many British fashion clothing and accessories brands are better known in countries like Japan and China than here at home. While it’s very satisfying to see British goods so appreciated abroad, I’d like UK consumers to know more of the exciting products made in this country. […]

  • news Newly signed up to BOB: Owen Barry & Donald Alexander

    Owen Barry – Leather, suede & lifestyle crafted products. Based in the heart of the West Country five generations of the Barry family have been involved in the skin tannage and manufacturing of sheepskin and leather goods, this inherent knowledge and skill base makes Owen Barry the unique company it is today. The present company was […]

  • news Back at BoB for a Third successive year

    Romney Marsh Wool ‘Our family has lived and worked on Romney Marsh for six generations.  We own a breeding flock of circa 1,000 Romney ewes (native sheep specifically bread for the Marsh area). In 2008 we identified an opportunity to diversify by adding value to the wool crop.  The flock is sheared on the farm […]

  • news Friends & Family – 20% off at John Smedley

    Best of Britannia is very happy to include our family with that of classic British brand John Smedley (although the John Smedley brand pre-dates ours by 225 years!) and pass on some Spring savings to you all. Simply enter promo code SPJS20 for 20% off at the online checkout. Available from the 1st – 6th May 2014. Click […]

  • people On The Road With BoB by Alix Waterhouse

    On a road trip to the North West of England with BoB I cover 1000 miles in 56 hours and experience a mini-education in textiles from raw material to final product. The trip starts at an astounding Victorian cotton warehouse, a potential site for the 2015 Best of Britannia Manchester show. We meet the British […]