Fish and chips, The Beatles, James Bond: Britain has bestowed many great things upon the rest of the world. Add to that list a rich menswear heritage that dates back centuries. From outerwear experts to luggage labels; masters of minimalist menswear to shirting specialists, Britain is responsible for producing some of the best men's clothing and accessories brands — both established and emerging — on the planet. Celebrate homegrown talent with our pick of the best British menswear brands at the moment.
Best British men's clothing & accessories brands in 2023
Topping the list of best British menswear brands is L'Estrange. The London-based label is renowned for its carefully curated range of expertly-crafted seasonless essentials, which includes the likes of classic trousers, tailored T-shirts and timeless hoodies. In a bid to rail against fast fashion, L'Estrange limits its offering to core pieces that stand the test of time. Versatility and ease-of-wear are inherent in its pared-back collections, resulting in a selection of smart-casual staples that exude understated elegance.
Founded in 1908 as Earnest Woodford & Sons, Crown Northampton continues its historical traditions by combining tried and tested handmade methods of craftsmanship with the world’s very best materials. The result: the highest quality footwear that will forever be linked with the centuries-old Northampton shoe trade. Every pair of Crown Northampton shoes is handmade from start to finish in Northampton, with no out-sourcing to factories abroad. Leathers are individually selected from long-established suppliers CF Stead of Leeds and The Horween Company of Chicago.
Flax London has made a name for itself as a go-to for sustainably crafted linen shirts, jackets, shorts and trousers. This isn't linen as you know it: the brand foregrounds the versatility of the ancient fabric by using a variety of weights, weaves and finishes for optimal durability and breathability. All garments are made in London using linen sourced from the world-renowned Baird Mcnutt in Northern Ireland, whose dying methods use minimal amounts of water to ensure the process is as sustainable as it can be.
Wax London was established with the aim of bringing the actual ‘making’ tradition of British outerwear back to the UK. The majority of its pieces are made in London, using sustainably produced fabrics and natural dyeing techniques. Expect ultra-versatile utilitarian-style staples that will form the backbone of your everyday uniform – from workwear-inspired chore jackets to essential tees. These are garments designed to transcend seasons, made to be worn time and again for years to come.
Duke + Dexter
Footwear label Duke + Dexter prides itself on its commitment to supporting British craftsmanship, with every pair of its shoes designed in London and handmade in a family-run Sheffield workshop. According to Duke + Dexter's founder Archie Hewlett, "It’s not just the ‘Made in England’ stamp, but it’s all the attributes that come with it: the material access we get, the distance — or lack of distance — those materials need to travel, the transparency with various elements of how we design, as well as the material process and that visibility across it".
British luxury streetwear label Represent is the brainchild of brothers George and Mike Heaton, who founded the brand in 2011. Its clothing, footwear and accessories embody a relaxed skate-inspired vibe: expect streetwear staples such as chunky trainers, graphic tees and oversized hoodies. At the brand's core is a commitment to meticulous design and production process, with expert craftsmanship being an unremitting factor running throughout every collection, silhouette and individual garment.
Named after a natural herb with healing properties, Neem was founded by menswear veteran Nick Reed as an ‘antiseptic’ for fast fashion. The London-based label fuses style and sustainability to create long-lasting menswear staples from recyclable, ethical and traceable fabrics, including recycled cotton and ethical ZQ merino wool. Understated elegance epitomises Neem's design philosophy: there's a timelessness to each piece that ensures it will look as good in 10 years as it does now.
British menswear brand Form&Thread has a single mission: "to do simple things exceptionally well". It achieves this goal by using only the finest fabrics and partnering with factories that reflect its own sensibilities in order to create considered menswear essentials that stand the test of time. A stripped-back utilitarian look characterises the Form&Thread collection, lending each item a sense and versatility.
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