What’s Trending in British Luxury? October 2022
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Duke + Dexter Launches Right to Roam AW22 Collection
In Scotland, the Right to Roam is given to anyone within its borders; a promise of freedom, to wander wherever your feet may take you. For AW22 Duke + Dexter laced up its new season collection and headed north of the border, spending four days in the picturesque Scottish Highlands hiking, exploring and open-water swimming.
So what did they wear? The newly returned D+D x Fracap collab hiking boots were put to the test on the Scottish hills, as were the Christie and Ritchie sneakers, now with a recycled, ultra-absorbent bamboo fibre lining. In the evening, the team donned the suitably louche Italian suede Wilde Penny Loafers for dinner, before sinking into the cosy, shearling-lined Sean slippers.
The AW22 collection is available now from dukeanddexter.com
Jamie Laing Announces Candy Kittens is Now a B-Corp
Ex- Made in Chelsea star and future Radio 1 presenter Jamie Laing announced on 28 October that his sweet brand Candy Kittens has been certified as a B-Corp by the not-for-profit B-Lab.
Also the UK’s fastest growing confectionary, Candy Kittens is known for its palm-oil free, vegan sweets with gourmet flavours, which come in carbon neutral, recyclable packaging. It’s the first sweet brand in the world to become a B-Corp.
‘We launched with a clear mission to shake-up the sweet game,’ says Jamie. ‘Ten years later, we’ve seen first hand the good, the bad and the ugly of the business world. Simply making the best sweets is no longer enough. Moving forward, we are determined to put people and the planet first at every step of the way. B-Corp is a seal of approval that we are meeting the highest possible standards of social and environmental performance, and our commitment to use this business as a force for good.’
Barbour Teams Up with Ganni
Just in time for rainy season, British heritage brand Barbour has launched its first collaboration with Danish luxury brand Ganni. The collaboration comes in two parts: a ready-to-wear mainline collection featuring four coats, two hats and a skirt, all with eyecatching Barbour and Ganni branding; and a limited-edition range of 50 upcycled and reworked outerwear pieces, some of which were seen on the catwalk at Ganni’s show during Copenhagen Fashion Week.
Read the full story here.
Lock & Co. Opens ‘60 Years of James Bond Hats’ Exhibition
From Odd Job’s lethal bowler hat to Vesper Lynd’s chic fedora, British hatter Lock & Co. has been making headwear for the James Bond films for 60 years, an anniversary that’s celebrated with a new exhibition at the brand’s St James’s store.
Open from 26 October and running until January 2023, Sixty Years of James Bond Hats features headgear from six decades of James Bond films, including several Lock & Co. designs. Supporting props and costumes from the 007 Archive, curated by EON Productions’ Archive Director Meg Simmonds, will also be on display, giving film fans a chance to see original pieces of movie history.
The exhibit will run alongside the 007 x Lock & Co. hat collection, inspired by styles from the films, which launched in April 2022. Two new designs have been released to mark the 6th Anniversary celebrations: the ‘James’ Trilby, inspired by Sean Connery’s trilby from the first 007 film, Dr. No (1962), and a commemorative limited edition ‘Sixty’ Baker Boy Cap, a very special style made from exclusive Escorial wool. Both are available in-store at Lock & Co. and online at lockhatters.com/007 and 007store.com.
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