'The Modern British Explorer'
Do you fancy winning an amazing bundle of British gear worth over £1000? Read on...
Without doubt, the most exciting and underestimated part of our Brydon Brothers journey so far has been the interaction with other locally grown British brands along the way.
There is so much talent coming out of these fine British Isles that we have decided to select a handful of them and showcase what we have coined as 'The Modern British Explorer' - a name that we thought would be befitting of the contemporary urbanite and synonymous with products that need to stand the test of time.
And guess what...we've carefully curated a bunch of products from all these brands and you can win them all. ENTER HEREWhat would Charles Darwin or Captain Cook be wearing on their day off if they lived in the 21st century? Safe to say they would loose the morning suits, top hat and work slippers, fire up their macbooks and order some of these more modern 'garments' and accessories;
For those who don't know us, quite simply my brothers and I design and produce quality handcrafted belts. Our signature stretch woven belts have no holes and allow for a completely adjustable fit. More recently though, we partnered with a factory up the road from where we grew up to produce our first Made In England range - a process that saw us meet many of the brands we're writing about today. Where would a modern explorer be with his trousers on the floor...not very far... and we hope to prevent that from ever happening. BRYDON BROTHERS
Forbes & Lewis
Even Walter Raleigh needed something to carry his belongings in - in fact, I'm sure he would have shopped at F & L back in the day. Whether you're looking for handcrafted holdalls, totes, backpacks, messengers and downton duffels you can select between some beautiful finishes – buffalo leather, khaki canvas or black canvas with contrasting orange details. Husband and wife team Samuel Lewis Windridge and Katie Forbes work with only ethical, environmentally conscious suppliers on their growing collections and we look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for this exciting company. FORBES & LEWIS
Started in 2009 by designer and Illustrator friends Chris Gove and Luke Stenzhorn, who were joined shortly after by menswear designer Olivia Hegarty, the emphasis at Percival is on British-made, quality workmanship. With a cosy little shop in the heart of London’s Soho, Percival “makes as much as we can within the UK, often working with manufacturers in the London area”. Their basic triple-headed brand ethos is inspiring for even us accessory makers: lasting design, quality workmanship and local production. PERCIVAL
Holdall & Co
Passion and enthusiasm in British Made product lies at the heart of Raimonda Navickaite's leather goods company. Every product they design is individually handmade by traditionally skilled British craftsmen who have decades of experience passed on from one generation unto the next. To them, "Made in England' is a proud declaration of a products provenance, a guarantee of passion, dedication, quality and craftsmanship. We don't cut corners to save money and quite simply make the finest product possible with integrity, strength and durability". We can't argue with that. HOLDALL & CO
Founder Adam Atkinson is a talent we've known for a while and has played a big part in designing some of our own belts. He is a master in his own right and appreciating the products first hand is a must. His bags are our favourite; the brass hardware; the chunky horn toggles; the leather straps that are veg-tanned and ergonomically curved; probably most important of all, the thick, densely woven Herdwyck tweed which is rubber-bonded onto the cotton lining, making it completely waterproof. Cherchbi succeeds in reflecting Adam’s transitional time in the Lakes and those hardy, ancient sheep and he honours them with the hard work and respect that such an incredible landscape deserves. Now if that inspire a purchase I don't know what will. CHERCHBI
Founded in 2012, its creators ambition was to produce beautiful and affordable eye wear - but above all make the buying process an enjoyable one. A lot can be learnt from their core operation of keeping the customer's best interests at heart which only compliments the quality of their timeless and forward thinking specs. You don't need to be a blind explorer to enjoy these glasses as they offer sunglasses and non-prescription polarized sunglasses (as well as their prescription glasses of course). Minimal, reliable, classic and a touch of vintage - yes please! BAILEY NELSON
Continuing the trend of family businesses, Vivobarefoot was set up by two cousins from a long line of cobblers dating back to 1825. As well as catering for the athletes amongst us, they have also created a line of everyday shoes that Bear Grylls would wear happily to his wedding. The cousins, originally from Somerset, have travelled the world and worked with the leading modern and indigenous shoemakers to create the perfect shoe that is perfect for your feet. Our favorite is the Gobi- the original minimalist desert boot, designed so that you can walk barefoot every day in the city - made with naturally scarred leather and their patented ultra-thin sole. It’s light, flexible, and ready for adventure. VIVOBAREFOOT
Shore Projects was created by some close friends of ours who realised none of them wore watches so their ambition was to launch a brand that created not only stylish but quality timepieces that could be worn every day. Project 3 is our favorite featuring 316L marine grade stainless steel, scratch-resistant crystal glass, 100m water-resistance, and Japanese Miyota quartz. The dial is strikingly different to their other collections and perfectly captures the aesthetic of an explorer watch - which is why we love it so much. SHORE PROJECTS
You would struggle to find a place more beautiful to visit than the Jurassic Coast of England, the source of inspiration for the experts in knitwear Old Harry. The Rocks themselves are named after Old Harry Paye who was born around 1360 - he died in 1419 but in between he was a pirate and an adventurer. From his hometown of Poole, Old Harry sailed far and wide in search of treasure and glory. Now think about that as your slipping on the brand's navy Breton jumper, from their latest collection made here in England - its a personal favourite of ours as they strive to do one thing, extremely well - knitwear. OLD HARRY
Standing firmly with the shared philosophy of doing one thing and one thing well, we've been an admirer of London based Spoke for a long time. Shopping for the perfect pair of chinos is a terrifying prospect for many a modern explorer and Spoke is the answer to that problem. Whether you have tree trunks for legs or skinny mountain pins, "we just wanted clothes that fit, felt and looked great', how right they are. Tailoring your own custom trousers online couldn't be easier and the fit is especially good with our favored 'Flex' version, which contains a 2% elastane content - a firm staple in our wardrobe. SPOKE