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Four female designers making a big impact in British menswear

As the menswear market continues to grow, several women have tried their hand at designing menswear instead of womenswear. Most notably, a number of London female menswear designers are bringing much needed talent and takes and turning them into profiting brands.

Grace Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner graduated from Central St Martins back in 2014. She presented her first collection at Fashion East in 2015, and, that same year, she won Emerging Menswear designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards.

She made her debut at London Fashion Week Men’s in 2016 with her own label titled Wales Bonner. Most of her designs explore inspiration from European and African influences. Now, Bonner’s collections and shows are some of the most anticipated on the show calendars. Keep in mind, Bonner has yet to turn 27.

Lou Dalton

Dalton dropped out of school when she was 16 and began to learn her craft while working as an apprentice to a tailor, then she went on to study menswear at the Royal College of Art.

Dalton’s tailoring combined with her Shropshire roots make her clothes beautiful and extremely durable. Dalton’s collections are now some of the most highly sought after clothes. She has made capsule collections for Dover Street Market, Grenson, Liberty and Opening Ceremony. Dalton’s designs are available internationally on her online store.

Astrid Anderson

Anderson launched her own brand back in 2011 and has caught attention for her knack of remodeling the sports-luxe category. Her designs go far beyond a simple tracksuit. She is expertly able to blend urban influences with small feminine details to make clothes that challenge the gender norms.

She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and was able to get support from Fashion East and NEWGEN before making her official debut at London Fashion Week Men’s. Her celebrity base, including Drake, A$AP Rocky, and Rihanna, all adore her clothes.

Martine Rose

Rose, a 36-year-old designer, is one of London’s most original menswear designers. Her label, which is now 10 years old, has constantly been pushing boundaries.

Her designers effortlessly play with shape and proportion. Her designs are now being stocked at Barneys in New York, Dover Street Market and Matches fashion. Rose has also been added to the Balenciaga team to consult on its menswear line.

Who is Emily Ratajkowski?

She’s graced the cover of GQ and made headlines after her racy “Blurred Lines” appearance, but who exactly is this bombshell? Emily Ratajkowski is a talented young model and actress hailing from Westminster, London, famous for many different ad campaigns and starring in the upcoming movie “Gone Girl.” During her childhood she moved from place to place spending her summers in Ireland and Spain while coming home to sunny California for the school year. She attended San Dieguito Academy and later attended UCLA for a year before dropping out to pursue her career in acting and modeling. She had minor roles in a few films and even starred in a few episodes of iCarly.

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Born with a Polish descent, she debuted at the young age of 14 with Ford Models, who also signed the likes of Janice Dickinson, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Amber Rose, Lana Del Rey and a ton of other famed celebrities. Ratajowski started off working with Forever 21, Nordstrom, as well as many other lingerie campaigns. But she had her real breakthrough when she worked alongside Tony Duran, whose work has been published in nearly every single major publication. Shortly after that Ratajkowski was offered a role in the “Blurred Lines” music video, but initially declined to participate, only to be later convinced by the director. Following her music video she gained national notoriety posing for GQ, FHM, Maxim, Sports Illustrated and Esquire. Her talent has taken her as far as landing a role with famed actors Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris in the movie Gone Girl.

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What does the future hold for the smoldering Ratajkowski? More movie deals, more modeling deals, maybe she will become a spokesmodel for a major company, who knows.

Essentially English: J Barbour and Sons

In  another  installment of our look at classic men’s clothiers, we turn to England, arguably the foundation of modern fine dress.  It was the English, and then the British in full, who introduced modern business dress, and they in turn pioneered ‘country’ style, bringing us such wardrobe staples as tweed, brogues, and the odd vest.  This country aesthetic is maintained by a number of English companies still in business today.  Few are more iconic, and none remain more eminently practical, than Barbour, makers of outerwear and coats for more than 110 years.

J Barbour and Sons began as a small shop in the city of South Shields, England, founded, as you might guess, by one John Barbour and his sons Jack and Malcolm.  They began as sellers of oilcloth, but they quickly branched out into jackets, coats, and other outerwear, crafted from the very same cloth that was sold at their founding.  In the 1930’s, Duncan Barbour devised garments for motorcycle racers, being a keen motorcyclist himself, and these were worn by every British international team for the next forty years.  During World War II, as Duncan served in the British Army, Malcolm Barbour and Duncan’s wife Nancy devised the Ursula suit, a waterproof garment designed for submarine crews.  In the aftermath of the war, Barbour enjoyed extensive popularity that has endured to this day; Barbour has maintained this cachet by collaborating with contemporary designers, such as Tokihito Yoshida and Alice Temperley.  In its long history, Barbour has been awarded royal warrants, and currently holds three: one from the Queen, one from the Prince of Wales, and one from the Duke of Edinburgh.

Barbour has remained devotedly contemporary by evolving with the times, serving the needs and tastes of the public as they have changed.  However, their core products have remained the same, yet in this too they are successful, because Barbour’s classic products will never go out of style.  They remain relevant because they are, arguably, the best.  No jacket endures punishment like a waxed-cotton Barbour, which has made them the favorite of country lords and deer hunters alike.  This practicality brings with it a cachet that has endured the test of time, and will continue to  make Barbour relevant for long years to come.