Archive | March, 2011

British Style Genius

24 Mar

The BBC British style genius was a great showcase for British talent, tailoring and design.  Read all about it and watch episodes on the BBC website.  I have put up a few of my favourite clips.

A cut above.  The story of a bespoke suit featuring Timothy Everest

Vivienne Westwood on the corset

Edward Sexton

Michael Caine and Roger Moore

Central St Martins catwalk show

BritishFoodFortnight, it’s best to buy British.

24 Mar

British Food

Image by Richard Cawood via Flickr

This year from 17th September – 3rd October it will be the 10th annual British Food Fortnight.  I love to promote great British products and food is no exception.  The celebration of British food during the fortnight is extensive and delicious, if you get involved!.

“The event will celebrate the diverse and delicious range of food that Britain produces with promotions and tastings in shops, all-British menus in pubs and restaurants, food and cookery lessons in schools and glorious food festivals. Whether you are shopping in supermarkets or local shops, eating in pubs or restaurants or looking for fun activities to do at the weekend, you will be able to enjoy the best of British food during the Fortnight.

As well as being the event’s landmark tenth year, the 2011 running of British Food Fortnight fires the starting gun on the event’s plans for 2012 when it will take place at the same time as the London Olympics. Let’s show off the best of British food when the eyes of the world are on us! Use British Food Fortnight 2011 as your warm up for the biggest promotion of British food ever during the Olympics!” quoted from Love British Food.co.uk

Go to BritishFoodFortnight’s channel on youtube to watch some great videos and keep up to date with what will be happening.  If you want to get involved go to http://www.LoveBritishFood.co.uk or find them in my blog roll.

Dont just take my word for it let the hairy bikers and the duchess of Cornwall tell you how important it is to say British is Best!

If you want to buy British food but find that the supermarkets make it impossible you are not alone!  There is an impartial website http://www.wanttobuybritish.co.uk (you can go through my blogroll) you can find your local butchers, greengrocers, farm shops, delicatessens and farmers markets but if you find them too pricey ( who doesn’t at the end of the month!) you can also find out which British products are being stocked by your local supermarket. Fantastic!

How Dents Gloves are Made..Gok Wan’s Fashion Roadshow

6 Mar

Brix Smith Start visits Dents gloves headquarters in Warminster to see how this Classic British brand make their fabulous gloves.  Dents are definitely a best of British brand producing top quality products from gloves to handbags.

Esquire – Where Great Clothing Comes From.

6 Mar

“Esquire travels with Patrick Grant of E. Tautz and Norton and Sons, a Savile Row tailor, on a two-thousand mile, eight-day tour of Great Britain, to showcase the ancient skills and modern artistry behind some legendary manufacturers.”

My favourite is obviously day 3 when they show how Harris tweed is made but the whole series is excellent.  Click the link below and enjoy a feast of classic British skills and manufacture.

Read more & watch: http://www.esquire.com/style/manufacture-textile-factory-video-tours#ixzz1FpS5ehgb


Brogues and the Country Gentleman

6 Mar

Brogues and the Country Gentleman. Great article Mr Lockhart!

Win a Tweedvixen prize – 100% Scottish Lambswool Sweater!

4 Mar

'Macgregor', owned by James R. Dempster, Ladyton

Image by National Galleries of Scotland Commons via Flickr

I would love to post pictures of tweed lovers looking fabulous in their favourite Tweed item of clothing. In a tribute to the campaign for wool,  I will give a prize of a 100% Scottish Lambswool sweater (Worth £65) to the best photo.  I will use a reader’s poll to choose the winner.  Just email your  photo to tweedvixen@yahoo.co.uk. This is open to men (sizes available SML – XXL) and women (sizes available XS – XL). I will post the prize to anywhere is the world.  Go on, get the sweater. Closing date for entries will be confirmed soon.

Campaign For Wool – Give Fleece a Chance!

3 Mar

“On 11 October 2010, sheep grazed the famous Savile Row in central London during Wool Week to highlight the natural advantages of their fibre, wool. The event hails the start of the five-year Campaign for Wool, aimed at reconnecting people with the versatility of wool: from next to skin luxury to the safety and comfort of natural carpet.” Quoted from WoolmarkOnline, check them out on Woolmark page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/woolmark


For more information, visit: http://www.campaignforwool.org

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