A new wave of British clothing brands and visionary fashion designers is emerging from the United Kingdom (UK), the country of Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Burberry, to name a few of the world’s most coveted fashion designers.
In this article, I’ll introduce you to 16 British clothing brands emerging fast, loved, and worn by Londoners in 2023.
Aries is an established British fashion label helmed by the Italian-born and English-based Sofia Prantera.
The label is famous for its cult-like women’s streetwear collections.
Often associated with renowned fashion designers such as Romeo Gili and Giorgio Armani, Aries’ creations have a unique, sensual touch, which sets them apart from these established labels.
Founded by a London-based fashion designer from the Isle of Man with the same name, Bethany Williams is a UK-based clothing designer label with sustainability at heart.
The designer advocates for sustainable fashion by using innovative design solutions such as incorporating recycled, deadstock, or organic materials in making the products.
Bethany’s sustainable clothing includes trench coats and classic styles in the finest fabric sported by celebrities like Kate Middleton, Alexa Chung, Rita Ora, and Victoria Beckham.
Such dedication to sustainability and innovative approach to design has made the British clothing brand super popular among the younger generation in the UK.
A Queen Elizabeth II Award winner and an LVMH Prize finalist, Bethany is undoubtedly one of the most talented emerging UK fashion designers.
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Hailing from East London, E.L.V. DENIM is one of our favorite British clothing brands.
E.L.V. stands for ‘East London Vintage,’ a name matching the label’s dedication to sustainability and choice of natural fabrics.
The brand uses discarded denim patches and turns them into sophisticated ‘Vintage Fashion‘ styles.
With a strong emphasis on reducing waste, the label follows a zero-waste design philosophy:
“Every piece of denim we use in production is giving second life to a fabric which otherwise would be destined for landfill,”
say the label’s founder.
The brand’s collections are manufactured in East London, seeking to minimize water consumption and carbon footprint.
For example, it only takes 7L of water to create a pair of E.L.V. DENIM jeans, compared to 7000L for an average pair.
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CHARLES JEFFREY LOVERBOY
Founded by Charles Jeffrey, Loverboy is one of the upcoming British clothing brands taking the fashion community by storm.
The clothing label has earned an LVMH Prize nomination and won the British Emerging Talent prize at the 2017 Fashion Awards.
Loverboy successfully depicts the contemporary lifestyle of Londoners through superb androgynous fashion collections.
The label is also known for its controversial femboy aesthetic clothes.
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Priya Ahluwalia launched her fashion label, AHLUWALIA, in 2018 after graduating with an MA in Menswear from the University of Westminster.
Two years later, Ahluwalia was jointly awarded the LVMH Prize.
The designer blends elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage with her London upbringing roots.
The brand works with vintage clothing and ‘deadstock’ apparel to create unique and forward-thinking garments designed for modern fashionistas.
David Koma is one of the upcoming British clothing brands known for its ‘sculptural statement’ dresses inspired by feminine silhouettes.
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, David Koma studied Fine Art in St Petersburg and graduated from Central Saint Martins.
With a first collection at the age of 15, David has showcased at London Fashion Week twice so far.
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The menswear designer label was launched by Bianca in 2017, following her graduation from The Royal College of Art.
The label seeks to disrupt the conventional gender stereotypes in fashion with ultra-contemporary collections.
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Founded by the Canadian-British designer with the same name, EDELINE LEE is a British label known for its immersive and performative shows at London Fashion Week.
The designer puts a lot of emphasis on precision cutting, hand-made details, and the femininity of form.
Here’s how Edeline Lee depicts her novel concept of fashion:
“Female identity is in flux, in our generation. Modern women live hectic, collaged lives and can’t subscribe to historical identities that have been laid out in the past. Women now are more powerful, stronger, more aware, and more capable than any other time in history.”
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Eftychia is an affordable fashion womenswear brand focusing on traditional menswear tailoring.
The British fashion brand was launched in 2017 by the Greek fashion designer and Central Saint Martins graduate Eftychia Karamolegkou.
This British fashion brand is known for its beautiful creations of relaxed feminine style infused with subtle masculine details.
Halpern is a modern British clothing brand that brings sequin designs and vintage fashion styles back to life.
Launched in 2016 by Michael Halpern, a London-based designer, the label’s disco-inspired aesthetic is a fresh breath of color and craftsmanship.
KING & TUCKFIELD
King & Tuckfield is one of our favorite British clothing brands, thanks to its ‘slow fashion’ philosophy.
Launched in 2016 by Stacey Wood, the brand combines sustainable materials with the rare art of tailoring.
The London-based label is also very famous for its gender-fluid fashion collections.
The label’s timeless creations, constructed from denim and merino, often showcase Stacey’s obsession with genderless silhouettes.
The brand’s creations highlight the limitations of ready-to-wear, gendered designs while celebrating the idiosyncratic individuality of queer style.
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Kwaidan Editions label was founded by the fashion designers and husband and wife, Léa Dickely and Hung La, in 2016.
‘Kwaidan’ translates to “strange stories” in Japanese.
‘Kwaidan Editions’ originates from the 1965 movie by Masaki Kobayashi and the book by Lafcadio Hearn, both with the same name.
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Helmed by Marco Capaldo and Federica Cavenati, a design duo and life couple, this British fashion label has anchored its confident narrative in “design for a good time.”
According to its founders, 16Arlington makes clothes “with stories to tell, the morning after.”
The brand’s uncompromising and straightforward vibe has supporters from all around the world.
Think celebrities such as Solange Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Adwoa Aboah, Lena Dunham, Celeste, and Jorja Smith.
Chopova Lowena is another British clothing brand with sustainability at the core.
The label is the joint creation of Emma Chopova, an American-born designer from Bulgarian parents, and Laura Lowena, a British designer.
Thanks to its co-creators beautiful cultural blend, Chopova Lowena’s designs are rare ‘letters’ of traditional craft and responsible sourcing.
The label has a cheeringly unconventional approach to fashion haute couture.
Chopova Lowena’s creations meld shamanistic totems, neon knits, and the air of a futuristic shipwreck.
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Liam Hodges is one of the most controversial or nonconformist British clothing brands.
The British fashion brand was founded in 2013 by the designer Liam Hodges as a luxury streetwear brand that caters to those who forsake conformity.
Liam Hodges aims to serve the ‘online-born’ generation and has its own definition of being successful.
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Unlike most of the names in this article covering emerging British clothing brands, E. Tautz has a rich heritage.
Founded by Edward Tautz in 1867, E. Tautz has a rich presence on London’s prosperous Oxford Street.
E. Tautz British style is a rare blend of Savile Row sartorial heritage with the British countryside,
Ever since its advent, the British label has been continuously releasing sporting clothes from innovative materials.
The label is still going to great lengths to source and develops exceptional fabrics.
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British Clothing Brands FAQs
What Are the Best British Clothing Brands?
These are the top 5 best British clothing brands in 2023:
- All Saints
- Desmond & Dempsey
What Popular Fashion Brands Are Based in the UK?
Five of the most popular fashion brands based in the UK are:
- Alexander McQueen
- Vivienne Westwood
- Victoria Beckham
- Stella McCartney
What Clothes Are Popular in England?
Some of the most popular clothes in England in 2023 are:
- Bodycon dresses
- Suits and faux fur coats
- Trench coats
- Tweed jackets
What is the Cheapest Brand in the UK?
The cheapest brand in the UK is Wilko – a name that stores household items, clothes, health products, and more.
The cheapest fashion stocking brand in the UK is Primark.
What is the Most Popular British Brand of All Time?
The most popular British brand of all time is Rolls Royce motors. In fashion, Alexander McQueen is the most famous British brand of all time.
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Championing sustainability and veganism from Sao Paulo to London, Ana Alves is a dynamic force in the fashion and beauty industry. With a decade-long writing career, Ana's compelling narratives on sustainable fashion have graced the pages of Forbes, Wired, Vanity Fair, and more. Ana's journey spans key roles at Unilever and Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, where she honed her marketing acumen. As an Editorial Contributor at WTVOX and Fashion & Style Editor at The VOU, Ana shapes the discourse on sustainable fashion.