Platinum Jubilee 2022 – British Heritage at Stuarts
Platinum Jubilee 2022
June 2022 marks the 70th year reign of Queen Elizabeth – the longest reign to the British throne in history. To mark the occasion & look sharp for the upcoming 4 day bank holiday weekend, why not take a look at our selection of British Heritage brands here at Stuarts. Learn more about a few of our favourites below & enjoy 20% off for a limited time using code: PLAT20.
The J Barbour and Sons story began in 1894, in a coastal town South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear. Although Barbour continues to source and design products from around the globe, Barbour’s classic wax jackets are still crafted by hand in the factory in Simonside, where it all began. Today the label is ran by the families 5th generation & their presence has gone far and wide, now having retail presence in over 40 countries. This seasons Barbour collections stick true to their heritage with a timeless tartan pattern featured throughout.
Barbour Royal Warrant
Royal Warrants are awarded to companies around the world that provide the Royal Family with products or services – cementing their Royal seal of approval. In 1974, Barbour received their first Royal Warrant from the Duke of Edinburgh for Waterproof & Protective Clothing. Eight years later in 1982 Barbour received their second Royal Warrant for the same award, that time from Her Majesty the Queen before then again in 1987 Barbour received a Royal Warrant for Waterproof & Protective Clothing from Prince Charles.
Dr Martens has a similarly aged timeline in comparison to Barbour – with the brand being founded in 1901. Founded by the Griggs family, they were at the very heart of the homegrown English shoe industry & for six decades ‘Griggs’ footwear’ earned a solid reputation as sturdy, durable work boots. Fast forward to the post war period in 1945 and Dr. Klaus Maertens, a 25-year-old soldier recovering from a broken foot, created a unique air-cushioned sole to aid his recovery as it was a lot comfier than the hard leather alternatives.
By 1960, Dr. Klaus Maertens’ footwear was gaining international attention & caught the eye of Bill Griggs – a third generation member of the Griggs family. An exclusive license was acquired between the two parties and a few key changes made to the German’s boots, including an altered heel, a bulbous but simple upper, a distinctive yellow welt stitch, a two tone grooved sole edge and a unique sole pattern. The first iteration was then labelled as the ‘Airwair’ & the Dr Martens’ boots as we know and love today were born.
The Fred Perry legacy began with a cotton spinner’s son, Fred Perry. Fred became the world table tennis champion at just nineteen years old and then would later switch to take on the world of field tennis. He went on to win three consecutive Wimbledon Championships from 1934 to 1936. He shot to fame in Britain as the first tennis player to win a ‘career grand slam’ at age 26 in 1935 when he won all four major singles titles. In the 1940s, Fred Perry was approached by an ex-Austrian football player Tibby Wegner, this is when the brand Fred Perry as we know today started to take shape.
The infamous laurel wreath brand logo was based on the original Wimbledon symbol & is now recognised globally. Following the success of their first product, the sweatband, the next idea was to produce a shirt players could wear in game & so the pioneering signature Fred Perry polo shirt was born. The polo made it’s first appearance at Wimbledon 1952 and despite only being available in white it started to turn heads immediately.
Regarded as one of the most decorated British fashion designer’s, Nigel Cabourn has over 40 years of experience under his. His philosophy has always been to curate collections that are not reliant on current tends but that are driven by real world stories and demands to produce pieces with a vintage & military feel.
The Oliver Spencer story is a lot younger than those previously mentioned however by no means less inspiring. Oliver started from the ground up, frustrated by the limitations of school, he opted to leave to spend his time on a stall at Portobello Market. Utilising the love of clothing he had picked up on those stools he then spent the 90s creating collections & expanding the formalwear brand Favourbook. After a decade harnessing his skillset there, Oliver decided to take the chance and found his own brand in 2002 – now known as Oliver Spencer.
Oliver & his brands’ philosophy ever since has been “quality needn’t mean formality; casual needn’t mean careless”. This quote can be seen throughout the brands distinctive style & is accompanied by uncompromised quality. Their clothing is crafted from the finest fabrics & yarns, sourced from artisanal British and Italian Mills that only practice ethical working conditions. On top of that, roughly 40% of the collections at any one time are produced in England.
Stepney Workers Club is the youngest brand mentioned, being founded in 2018. They are an East London brand that specializes in vulcanized trainers that boast immediate comfort straight out of the box – an uncommon trait amongst leather vulcanized footwear industry. The brand preaches inclusivity, which goes back to the English workers sports clubs SWC is named after & the brand has always followed one key message within all their collections – ‘Freedom Of Sport, Freedom Of Thought.’
Platinum Jubilee 2022 Sale
Celebrate British Heritage here at Stuarts London this Platinum Jubilee & enjoy 20% off sitewide using code: PLAT20.