Best of Britannia - Proof that British Manufacturing is not dead.

I have to admit, I hadn't heard of the Best of Britannia show up until a few weeks ago (I know I know very bad!) It wasn't until fellow blogger and style guru David from Grey Fox Blog said he would be attending that I decided to go, well I'm very glad I did!

Inside the Farmiloe Building

This year was the second Best of Britannia, it's aim, to bring together British brands and manufacturers from a variety of industries and show them off to the world. The event which is open to both trade and public was staged in the fantastically beautiful Farmiloe building in Clerkenwell, London, a Victorian warehouse completed in 1868, very fitting for a show celebrating British manufacturing! The exhibitors managed to fill 4 floors of the building, pretty impressive if you consider that many think British manufacturing is dead. The show had a great atmosphere, some trade shows I have attended before can be incredibly bitchy and unimaginative, but here there was a real buzz in the atmosphere, there was laughing, conversation and food (lots of food). I've picked out a few of my favourite stands from the day...

Born and Bred was established in 2009 by Brighton based Paul De Nagy. He has created a collection of beautiful handmade leather goods which draw inspiration from "50s surf and skate culture" With wallets, card holders, glasses cases, keyrings and bags made from the finest leather and stitch there's something for all ages and styles. 

Look at those pedals!

I had a great chat with Paul (lovely guy!) definitely recommend a visit to his website.
I can't find a Twitter to link to, so Paul if you're reading this let me know!

According to their website "Lane is a range of homeware for people who love graphic design" and as lover of anything graphic...I fell in love straight away! From stylish British made lamps, beautifully hand pulled screen prints to fantastic British made (including the paper) stationery. I loved this stand, the colours, the display, everything a graphic designer dreams of! 

Check our their equally lovely website and give them a follow on Twitter 

I have to admit I hadn't heard of Finisterre before, I was drawn to the stand for it's impressive display (that massive tent) and the lovely pieces of fisherman knit jumpers and box displays. Founded by Tom Kay on a complete gung ho moment, with no design or business knowledge Finisterre was born, seven years and an Observer Ethical Business award later Finisterre are providing top notch performance surf wear, and best of's made in England.

I love these display boxes, I want that enamel tin mug!

With brands like Finisterre you can truly see how much they believe in their product and ethos. Quality and high tech surf wear for cold water surface. 

Check out their website and follow them on Twitter 

Based literally around the corner from the Farmiloe building, I was lucky enough to meet Susannah (having been introduced by Mr Grey Fox) Offering a completely UK made bespoke tailoring service for Men and Women. With a fine selection of shirts, suits, ties and waistcoats this is true British tailoring at it's best (with a good bit of eccentric-ness thrown in) There are hundreds of fabrics to choose from. I loved her light up mannequins too!

Visit Susannah's website and follow her on Twitter. 

I loved the Archie Foal stand, a great combination of layers, texture, colour and props. Based in London, Archie Foal is a British made country clothing brand for Men and Women. I fell in love with some beautiful knitwear on the stand...unfortunately my handbag wasn't big enough ;) 

I think some people have a preconception that British made clothing can be a bit old fashioned or behind the times when it comes to trends. Archie Foal however is different, all of it was very on trend, from the styles to the colour pallette. 

The apple wasn't for sale. 

Find out more about Archie Foal by visiting their website and following them on Twitter. 

Phew! That was a bit of a mammoth post so thank you for reading. There were so many more brands/stands I could write about but I think I'd then be here forever! Overall I had a great time at Best of Britannia and I'm already excited for next year and the new brands I'll see. It's so great to see all these brands come together, here's to the future of British Manufacturing!


  1. This show a passed me by sadly, I would have loved to have gone. Was it a purchaseable fair? Born and Bred and the surf brand Finnisterre look really interesting. The Finnisterre site looks good, their puffa jackets look a handy piece. Great post.

    Buckets & Spades

    1. I nearly didn't go but I'm glad I did! I think you could buy stuff yes although nothing really had prices on, it was a nice mix of public & trade that were there too!

      Thanks love :)

  2. A brilliant showcase of talents. I still have to write about it but after reading many blog posts about it, it is great to read about exhibitors I missed or did not retain my attention on the day I went.

    1. Thanks for the comment Antoine :) Let me know when you do your write up, it's great to see other people's opinions and favourites!

  3. Charlotte thanks again for the mention and pics, you can find us at

    1. You're welcome Paul, great to meet you! I really wish you good luck with everything :)