Category Archives: Made in Britain Clothing

Tis the season to be stylish (and warm)!

It’s that time of year again. The time when the nights start to draw in and the days grow colder, not cold enough to warrant a full on Artic style cover up but cold enough to make you shiver if you’re not wrapped up properly.

Transitional time, when autumn meets winter around early November and the two shake hands for a brief moment, is the time our minds begin to turn to the often stressful task of Christmas shopping and the looming festive season, but we should also give half a mind to our sartorial choices as it can be tricky to dress right during the crossover period.

It’s definitely far too cold for that lightweight linen summer jacket, but it’s not quite warranting bringing out that faux fur-lined Parka yet. Le sigh. Mr Guy Fawkes didn’t have to worry about such fashion difficulties, well at least not after he had a nice toasty bonfire underneath him.

Speaking of which, Fireworks Night marks the ushering in of that time when a cup of steaming hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles starts to sound like the best idea ever, but it’s also the time we crack open our sweater drawers and examine whether or not those moth eaten sloppy joes will be viable again this year.

But there’s no excuse for trotting out the same old tired fashion choices, we Brits have a lot of experience with dressing for bad weather, and as a result Brit designers are renowned for offering up some of the most stylish and iconic transitional season fashion to be found globally. Think comfy Pringle sweaters, Burberry Trenchcoats, Barbour jackets, and Hunter wellies, then toss in a wacky Zandra Rhodes print overlong Dr Who style scarf for good measure.

November can be an unpredictable month, with weather ranging from the fairly mild to full on downpours and freezing winds from one day to the next. If you’re going to be attending a Fireworks Night event outdoors this year, why not wrap up warm in a chunky knit arran sweater, the Arran knit sweater being yet another Brit design classic of course.

When Guido Fawkes was discovered under the Houses Of Parliament with enough gun powder to blow up an army, the people celebrated saving the political establishment with wild parties in the street and much rejoicing, burning effigies of Mr Fawkes on bonfires.

And while we might not quite have so much enthusiasm for today’s political elite, the tradition still lingers, with the 5th of November seeing more people turn out to watch rockets, Roman Candles, and Catherine Wheels than most other outdoor events see on these shores all year round.

A chilly spell doesn’t have to mean sloppy dressing though, especially with the myriad of design choices currently available for snappy dressing during the cold snap. Now, no matter what your style. turn the cold weather to your advantage by investing in some quality knitwear that will keep you both snug and stylish.

Whether your style epitomizes laidback cool, you adore the vintage look, or you prefer to dress up rather than down with more tailored knits, our massive pool of home-grown design talent ensures there’s something for everyone.

For something truly innovative this season, try out some of the exciting new recycled or ethically sourced knits that are slowly beginning to be seen on the shelves of British stores both offline and online.

Take it from us, eco fashion is set to be one of the big trends of 2015, so get a sartorial jump-start by warming up to ethical style during the transitional period, before the trend becomes huge fashion news next year. And while you’re about it, why not take the hassle out of some of that Christmas shopping and avoid the crush by snapping up some on trend eco fashion online, both as a stylish treat for yourself, and for the perfect gift for someone special?

Alternative 21st Century Outfit for all Men.

Riley & Silver Winter Outfit

Gentlemen, if you are looking for an outfit that offers the best of 21st century fashion, which combines both Made in Britain clothing with Eco Material clothing, then read on and you’ll be surprised…

It can get a little chilly in January in the UK, and you’ll need to wrap up warm, which means it’s all about layering, and the simpler you can make an outfit, the better.

Nothing gets more simpler than a White Organic Cotton and Bamboo T-Shirt underneath a Rhapsody Blue 100% Lambswool Made in Britain Jumper, which were both born to go together, and do so perfectly, in fact the only combinations on this planet that even get close are marmite and cheese, and batter on any chocolate bar.

You haven’t tried either? Egads, you haven’t lived!

So we move onto the bottom half, and as you can’t simply go strutting around with nothing on (well you could, but you might get a few strange looks!) then it’s best you can add in some Made in Britain Boxershorts, on top of which fit perfectly a pair of Stonewash Blue Made in Britain Jeans.

And then to finish off the look, add a pair of Red and Navy Luxury Bamboo Socks for that little flash of colour and you’ve got the perfect combination of made in britain and eco material clothing.

Oh and did you know you can get all of those items over on our website? No? Well, why not follow the links above or click on our web address and have a look for yourself … www.rileyandsilver.co.uk

And in case you’re getting picky about things, and are actually thinking about going outside in this outfit, you might need some shoes, and I’d highly recommend trying these Made in Britain 6 Eye Brogue Derby Boots

6 Eye Brogue Derby Boot Solovair

Something that we unfortunately don’t stock right now, but will be later this year.

And there we have it chaps. Your very own made in britain and eco material outfit, now go forth and be 21st century made in britain eco material chic! Now there’s a term that’ll make it into the English Dictionary by the end of the year.

Cheerio!

Mike

Creating Made in Britain clothing for Men? Make it affordable, oh and casual!

In the last few years I’ve taken more of an interest in Made in Britain mens clothing, but I often struggle to find anything that is either in my price range (e.g middle to lower) or that isn’t a f***ing suit!

I’m all for as many people/companies making mens clothing here in Britain, but why oh why, do so many of them have to be so bloody expensive, and what is it with all these bloody suits and trousers for men?

As far as I am aware we’re not stuck in the Victorian times, this is 2014 and the right pair of jeans and a properly fitting top can make any guy look good. I just don’t get this whole suit look, it’s just plain boring to me.

I know manufacturing here in Britain costs more, and I believe one of the reasons is partly because there are fewer factories capable of making the clothing, but even still, there are companies who are making clothing here in Britain, and doing it at an affordable level.

We even offer a few over on our website, and we’ll be adding more as and when we come across affordable ranges.

Hawick Knitwear Jumper at Riley & Silver

As an example Hawick Knitwear and Wizard Jeans are a couple of brands offering what I call affordable casual menswear.

Hawick offer great jumpers for around £60-£80 and Wizard Jeans offer great jeans for around £90.

Both price ranges are what I would call affordable. And both companies clothing is what I would call casual, although the Hawick jumpers wouldn’t look out-of-place with a nice shirt underneath somewhere more formal, but I digress…

What I’m getting at is that there seems to be a lot of new made in britain clothing lines that are popping up that offer just smart shirts and suits, and I don’t understand why.

Casual clothing is a massive market, and yes I know, just as suits are. But surely there are enough suit manufacturers in britain. I know it’s something we’re really good at, but we don’t need any more right now surely.

To me the whole point of wanting to manufacture in britain is to ensure skills and jobs are kept in this country, therefore benefiting the whole country because it will have a knock on effect not just felt directly by the people making the clothing.

So let’s make something here that isn’t already being made here, that being casual clothing.

Wizard Jeans at Riley & Silver

For me an example of great looking casual clothing is the stuff that Jacamo offer. They’ve got such a wide range of mens clothing, and pretty much all of it looks great too.

It’d be nice if some of it was made in britain or from alternative materials, but hey I’m sure it will be one day, right Jacamo?

One thing I haven’t been able to find made in britain as yet is a decent affordable top, shirt or t-shirt.

Something to wear underneath a jumper when it’s cold, or something to wear on its own when it gets warmer (it does happen occasionally here in Britain you know).

I haven’t yet been able to find a made in britain casual t-shirt or shirt at a decent price, which for me would be around £10-£20 for a t-shirt and £25-£50 for a shirt.

And yes it’s doable, it’s just a case of taking less profit when you make a sale. And don’t worry about the less profit bit, because you’ll sell more, if you make a great product.

That’s what I don’t get about high-priced clothing. It can cost exactly the same to make as a lower priced piece.

If a top costs say £20 to manufacture in britain (all costs included, shipping etc.), why does a company then sell it at £60+?

Why not sell it at £40? You’d still be covering all your costs, plus you’d be making anywhere between £10-£20 clear profit. And best of all you’d probably sell a lot more because more people would be able to afford it.

And that’s one of the worst things I have experienced so far having gained more of an interest in made in britain clothing. People do actually want to buy more of it, but I constantly hear ‘but it’s so expensive’.

I know we’ve all got used to buying cheaper imported clothing, but still, the British made clothing is on the whole very expensive.

Again, I know it can be due to the lack of manufacturing facilities here in britain, but it’s also to do with companies being too f***ing greedy in their profit margins.

It wouldn’t be so bad if these companies were open enough to show that the extra profit was being used to provide training for their workers, or even more factories being built etc, but a lot of companies prefer to give this extra profit to their shareholders, which are often foreign and they then invest it in their own country.

Yay, great. Yet more money taken out of Britain.

Meh, I’m going off on one here, perhaps I shouldn’t have started writing after drinking my third rum n coke this evening.

But my point has been made, I think.

So please, pretty pretty please, if you’re thinking of creating a Made in Britain mens clothing line, make it casual, and for f*** sake make it affordable too!

Cheers

Mike