Some of the world’s best fashion designers hail from the UK, often having studied at one of London’s top fashion colleges such as the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins. Naturally, London is also the place to find their boutiques and flagship stores.
Whether you’re visiting London and want to take some of Britain’s best fashion designs home with you, or you live in the capital and want to support homegrown talent, here are some of Britain’s most well known fashion labels.
1. Alexander McQueen
The label founded by the late Alexander McQueen is now directed by Sarah Burton, who designed Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Alexander Mcqueen was known for his theatrical, intricately tailored designs, with a gothic influence. Burton has now added her trademark feminine and elegant lines to the brand.
4-5 Old Bond St, Mayfair, London, W1S 4PD
Open 10.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10.30am – 7.30pm Thursday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday.
Founded in 1856, Burberry is a quintessentially British brand, best known for its trademark Burberry check pattern and iconic trench coats. The range now includes a full collection of fashion and accessories for men, women, and children, fragrances, and makeup.
121 Regent St, Mayfair, London, W1B 4TB
Open 10am – 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 11.30am – 6pm Sunday
3. Stella McCartney
Daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney, Stella McCartney started her fashion career after graduating Central Saint Martins College in 1995. Her graduation collection was modelled by supermodels Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, and Yasmin Le Bon, cementing her status as one of Britain’s top designers. Her fashion house was launched in 2001 and now has a womenswear, menswear, and kids’ collection. Stella McCartney is known for her support of animal rights and her clothing is fur and leather free.
30 Bruton St, Mayfair, London, W1J 6QR
Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, and closed on Sunday
4. Temperley London
British designer Alice Temperley launched her fashion label, Temperley London in 2000 and her feminine beaded and embroidered dresses are a favourite of celebrities and royalty including Kate and Pippa Middleton, Penelope Cruz, Thandie Newton, Halle Berry, and Eva Mendes.
27 Bruton St, Mayfair, London, W1J 6QN
Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday, and closed on Sunday
5. Lulu Guinness
Lulu Guinness is famous for her quirky line of bags and accessories, often using distinctly British motifs such as the Union Jack, and London landmarks. Lulu Guinness bags are sold in some of the world’s most exclusive department stores and some of her designs have become part of collections in museums worldwide, as pieces of art in their own right.
Covent Garden, 9 The Piazza, London, WC2E 8HD
Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am – 5pm on Sunday
6. Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood was largely responsible for bringing punk fashion into the mainstream in the 1970s and her designs are as popular as ever today. She has designed for several members of British royalty, and some of the world’s biggest celebrities and an iconic Westwood wedding dress featured prominently in the first Sex and the City movie.
44 Conduit St, Mayfair, London, W1S 2YL
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10am – 7pm Thursday, and 12 – 5pm on Sunday
7. Paul Smith
Paul Smith’s take on classic British tailoring is hugely popular and instantly recognisable and you’ll find a bright striped Paul Smith shirt hanging in many London wardrobes. Paul Smith is most famous for his menswear and accessories but the brand now also has a women’s and kids’ line.
9 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London, W1S 4HH
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am – 7pm Thursday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm on Sunday
8. Victoria Beckham
Successfully managing to reinvent herself after her time with the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham launched her fashion label in 2008. She’s since won a number of awards for her designs, including designer brand of the year at the British Fashion Awards. The collection includes ready-to-wear women’s fashion, accessories, eyewear, shoes, and makeup.
4nh, 36 Dover St, Mayfair, London, W1S 4NH
Open 11am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 5pm on Sunday
9. Rigby & Peller
Luxury lingerie brand Rigby & Peller is a British institution, first founded in 1939 and provider of bespoke undergarments to the royal family since 1960. Rigby & Peller is also a favourite of international celebrities and musicians including Gwyneth Paltro, Scarlett Johansson, and Lady Gaga. The bespoke service is available to anyone, or you can buy ready-to-wear lingerie and swimwear off the shelf.
2 Hans Rd, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1RX
Open 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am – 5pm on Sunday
10. Philip Treacy
Milliner Philip Treacy designs haute couture hats for men and women that are popular with celebrities and royalty alike – 36 six Philip Treacy hats and fascinators were worn by guests at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. He has also created hats for several other designers including Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, and Donna Karan.
69 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9PJ
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 11am – 5pm Saturday, and closed on Sunday.