At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 84
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Another city with a rag trade
history is Manchester, dubbed
'Cottonopolis' in the 19th
century when it controlled
80% of the world's cotton industry.
Although cotton manufacturing has
since died out, Manchester is one of the
biggest fashion hubs outside of London.
Some of the country's biggest online
fashion retailers have headquarters
in Manchester, including Boohoo,
Missguided and Pretty Little Thing,
with their celebrity collections and huge
global sales keeping this northern city
firmly on the style map.
These boots have been
a style stalwart since the
1960s, when they were seen
on the feet of skinheads.
In the decades that followed, they
were the favourite of musicians, punks,
scooter boys, goths and grungies.
Still on trend today, stars such as
Miley Cyrus and model Gigi Hadid have
been spotted lacing up their Docs.
The boots were originally designed
by a German soldier after the Second
World War, but it was the Griggs
family of shoe manufacturers in
Wollaston, Northampton, who
developed the iconic style with its
trademark stitching and heel loop.
Dr. Martens boots and shoes
continue to be made - with heart and
'sole' - at the original British factory.
The city of Cambridge, with its
hallowed college campuses and
bicycle culture, was the inspiration
for the original brand of fashion
satchel, The Cambridge Satchel Company.
'Mumpreneur' Julie Deane founded the
company with just £600 and a spreadsheet.
Today, the brand is worth £50million and was
named the 'Brit IT bag' by the New York Times.
Although the bags are manufactured in
eicester, the agship store is in the heart of
Cambridge and the leather bags can be spotted
on style icons and students alike strolling through
the city's cobbled streets.
BRIGHTON cool Britannia tailoring
Tailor-to-the-stars Gresham Blake launched his business in Brighton in 2000,
at the height of cool ritannia. rafting made-to-measure suits for high-proﬁle
men, including actor Ray Winstone, rapper Plan B and comedian Steve
Coogan, the brand has become synonymous with eccentric style.
Its founders are dedicated to the homegrown fashion industry, sourcing cloth from
British mills and weaving their own at the Brighton HQ. The designers recently created a
bespoke tartan for their home city, mixing blues to represent the sea and green for the
South Downs with gold and pink for Brighton's famous decadence.
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WORDS: AMY TARRANT, IMAGES: SHUTTERSTOCK
acclesﬁeld in heshire
has a long history of silk
production that dates
back to the 19th century
when, thanks to its provincial prices
and thriving mill industry, it was the
biggest producer of ﬁnished silk
goods in the world.
As well as creating silks for clothes,
the so-called 'silk town' contributed
to the 1940s war effort by producing
parachutes and airmen's suits.
Today, UK silk spinners struggle
to compete with Chinese rivals, but
acclesﬁeld is still home to several
textile brands including RA Smart,
who print gorgeous fabrics for Brit
designer Matthew Williamson.