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London’s top 10 heritage brands


While London Fashion Week may be closely associated with showcasing up-and-coming design talent, the city is also home to an impressive array of historic, heritage brands. Make sure you check out 10 of the best

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1. Burberry
Arguably Britain’s most famous fashion export, begun by Thomas Burberry in 1856 and known widely for its iconic trench coats, the brand is one of the most important international luxury fashion brands

2. Lock & Co
Lock & Co, founded in 1676, is reported to be the oldest hat shop in the world. Still family owned, Lock & Co has made hats for historical figures including Lord Nelson and Winston Churchill

3. Asprey
Asprey, known for its exquisite jewellery and luxury goods, is a longstanding resident of London’s New Bond Street. Established in 1781, the company was a favourite of Queen Victoria and today offers jewellery, leather goods and homewares

4. Paul Smith
Paul Smith’s colourful, eclectic style is synonymous with London. His first shop opened in 1970 and today the brand produces 14 different collections and has stores throughout the world, including over 200 outposts in Japan

5. Pringle
Pringle, known for its fine Scottish knitwear, in production since 1815, has carved out a name for itself as a major British fashion label thanks to its cool, contemporary collections of women’s and men’s clothing

6.Vivienne Westwood
A key player in the punk fashion movement, known for her attention-grabbing and sometimes controversial designs, Vivienne Westwood has developed an internationally renowned British fashion brand that remains true to its outrageous roots

7. Liberty
No visit to London is complete without a trip to Liberty. This much-loved department store opened in 1875 and is well known for its beautiful fabrics. Liberty also has an excellent reputation for fabulous fashion, accessories and homeware

8. Harrods
Located in Knightsbridge, Harrods is one of London’s most famous landmarks. Inside this ornate and extravagant store you’ll find everything from fine jewellery to a gourmet food hall and beauty spa

9. Mulberry
A leather accessories company located in Somerset in the south-west of England, Mulberry has become a fashion favourite across the globe. Look out for its best-selling handbags, including the classic Bayswater tote bag and Alexa satchel

10. Gieves & Hawkes
Found in prime position at 1 Savile Row, Gieves & Hawkes, one of London’s most eminent tailors, can trace its origins back to 1771 and has held Royal Warrants since 1809

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