Both Barrels’ Best of Britannia ‘best of the best’

The Best of Britannia show in London on October 12th-13th was a showcase for some of the nation’s most exciting and relevant fashion brands in everything from clothing to jewellery to accessories like our own designer luggage, as well as a chance to encourage more consumers to buy British.

Here’s our round-up of the ‘best of the best’ brands from the two-day event, which we think work perfectly alongside our own executive bags and designer laptop sleeves.

1. Bailey of Sheffield steel jewellery

Yorkshire is a county built on the rugged landscape of the Pennines, particularly in the hills around Sheffield, and

combined with its steelmaking heritage it’s no surprise that physical strength finds its way into the local produce.

Our own ‘hero fabric’ is the grey Yorkshire wool used on the exterior of our designer laptop sleeves and executive rucksacks, and Bailey of Sheffield’s steel jewellery and flagship Cable bracelet go perfectly with that.

2. Charlie Pie Designs

We love Charlie Pie Designs’ contrast of steely greys with bright statement colours to create vibrant lampshades, cushions and matching art prints.

Iconic British imagery like London buses and Spitfires helps to hammer home the pride behind the designs – and like our laptop sleeves, the lampshades are available in several different sizes for the perfect fit.

3. Dancys London Ltd

If our executive bags and holdalls have a clear practical purpose, Dancys London focus more on decorative accessories that are still a must for any full formal ensemble.

Ribbed socks in a range of colours, floral print pocket squares and matching neck ties let you jazz up an otherwise fairly sedate outfit and prove the Both Barrels ethos that smart, formal design doesn’t have to be boring.

4. Magpie Accessories

We love Magpie Accessories’ use of colour, which would work perfectly alongside our own high-contrast purple cotton lining fabric.

Magpie’s webbing camera straps are an excellent investment if you have valuable camera equipment to take with you, combining the strength of leather with durable webbing – similar to that we use in the carry straps on our Twelve backpack and Thirty Six holdall – in a bright purple that is also similar to our own.

5. Romney Marsh Wools

If you like our Yorkshire wool fabric, which forms the basis of the outer construction across our range of designer laptop sleeves, One wash bag, Twelve backpack and Thirty Six holdall, Romney Marsh Wools could be worth a look.

Their wool comes from Kent but is still a true Best of Britannia brand, with a line-up of throw blankets and cushion covers that would complement our executive luggage really well.