As I write this I am sitting at my Wolverhampton home drinking PG Tips “the strong one” from a china mug, having earlier walked my Patterdale/Jack Russell cross on a marshy field. If you were to ask “what makes you proud to be British?” these little everyday scenarios do it for me. Be it the tea you drink in your house, a favourite band or a coveted accessory, everyday, everyone will come across something that makes them proud of their English heritage. Britain may be a small nation, however our cultural footprint is pretty sizeable across all industries. Most of the bands I grew up with and eventually saw live when I was old enough to get into gigs are home grown and going strong, having been a part of the influential Brit Pop revolution and spreading their name thanks to world touring, yet still squeezing in those unforgettable homecoming shows.
A lot of the style and beauty essentials I recommend on here and use/wear personally are also home grown, however their appeal and edge makes them wanted worldwide. As a teenager I was, and still am a huge fan of cosmetic brand Rimmel London, their products are affordable to many with a crisp performance; their mascaras, lipsticks and nail polishes all exceed the expectations of a high-street brand. I love how Rimmel keep it real, collaborating with British beauties Kate Moss and Georgia May Jagger. The London inspired shade names make them a pretty and witty purchase too. I spotted a magenta Moisture Renew Lipstick with an amusingly fitting name!
Butter London, a more recently discovered beauty brand famous for their 3 Free Nail Lacquers (DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde free like American brand Essie and OPI), also take inspiration from colloquial phrases and English landmarks for their highly recommended products. Inspired by Great Britain and Rock n’ Roll, their Nail Lacquer in Marrow was developed alongside UK based Vena Cava corset designers who named it after the dark purple, rusty centre of the bones. Enjoy your tea!
Celebrities here and across the pond have been spotted with the much sought after skull scarves and knuckleduster clutch bags designed by Alexander McQueen (R.I.P). McQueen may be gone but not forgotten. He made a most immensely positive impact on the fashion industry. Accessories with skulls on are timeless and much mimicked on the high street and by online retailers. Alex’s legacy lives on.
Alice Temperley (Temperley London) is another designer to succeed at home and beyond, another favourite among the stars, I have to praise her use of stripe and pastel at London Fashion Week!
A lot of the work of UK based designers is themed around the capital, and from where they draw the most inspiration, the Union Jack, bulldogs, postage stamps and the traditional telephone boxes are a popular prints for home wares. If you’re making home-grown home improvements, Heal’s on the Tottenham Court Road is the perfect Aladdin’s Cave! Starting out as a bed-makers in 1810, Heal’s now sells contemporary furniture, lighting, kitchen accessories and more, all of which follow the freshest interior trends. You won’t leave empty handed! http://www.heals.co.uk
Style favourite Chanel also got the Union Jack memo!