I was recently invited to attend a blogger and press event in Manchester showcasing the new collection from the fabulous online store that is Country Attire.
I love the history behind Country Attire. In 1870 John Cheetham (the great great grandfather of co-founder Jenny) realised his dream to set up a successful hatting business in Manchester.
Over the years – and generations – the hat business evolved, though the family passion for craftsmanship, luxury and quality merchandise lived on, expanding into textiles, design, dressmaking, even pioneering attire for equines!
One of the greatest rivals of Mr Cheetham’s hat business was Christys’ – now stocked by Country Attire – so the circle is now complete…
Country Attire, instead of crafting their own garments, carefully select quality British brands to provide a quintessentially British essence of style to customers all over the world. They focus mainly on “country” style brands such as Barbour and Hunter but they have recently expanded their stock to include luxury designers such as Hugo Boss, Belstaff, Linda Farrow and my favourite Vivienne Westwood.
And so to the event… The venue was at the trendy Revolucion de Cuba in Manchester. We were treated to a few cheeky glasses of prosecco and delicious nibbles while we perused the collection and “ooohed” and “ahhed” at the glamorous models who strutted their stuff around us. It was lovely to just browse the beautiful clothes, bags, shoes etc and feel the quality of everything. Everybody loved the new Strathberry of Scotland range. How gorgeous is this satchel? Strathberry include a traditional lucky penny in each bag for safe keeping, safe travels and good luck. How sweet?
There was lots of fun stuff to keep us entertained like croquet and a photo booth, you could even get a manicure! And did I mention scantily clad buff male models?
This evening was definitely a prompt for me to treasure our culture of true British style and fashion.
I wasn’t happy with the quality of the pics I took from my camera so here are a few of my favourite items available to purchase right now.
I just adore this Isabel de Pedro dip dye dress. Crafted from a blend of viscose and elastane, the dress has a stretch fit which flatters the figure to provide a sleek, feminine silhouette.
I am sure you are already aware of my love of Vivienne Westwood. This cute belt features Vivienne Westwood’s iconic Classic Tartan pattern which will add a unique touch to your outfit. Crafted from premium quality Italian leather, the belt has a narrow width which gives a contemporary look, while the belt buckle features the instantly recognisable orb emblem in gold which makes a beautiful contrast.
A classic way to show how patriotic you are, Hunter has sourced a vintage Union Jack flag, complete with scars, and used it as a base for an Original Boot.
Built on the original last, these boots are made from 28 parts to deliver the legendary fit and all round comfort expected from Hunter. The waterproof fabric leg is made from linen and beautifully screen printed in distressed red white and blue to reproduce the exact details of the flag, in all its time-served glory. With every purchase of Hunter wellies you can choose a free gift of either boot buffer or a pair of Hunter welly socks.
This was a lovely event and thank you for inviting me to be part of it!
So if you fancy treating yourself to something truly British head on over to Country Attire – with the bonus of FREE delivery anywhere in the world, what’s not to love?