Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Meissen - Porcelain and Politeness

Meissen - Synonymous with High Quality Porcelain for 300 Years 

When I visited Berlin recently, I popped in to the Meissen shop to see what was new. I can tell you that the 300-year-old German porcelain manufacturer - and creator of Europe's first hard-paste porcelain - is going strong judging by the business they were doing. Wonderful to discover that all Meissen porcelain is still manufactured in Meissen. That's exactly what the people in the shop - Chinese, Russians, Anglo-Americans -  wanted to hear. They want to buy a little piece of that history, particularly when they are visiting Germany.

Objects from Meissen's archives continue to be manufactured, such as the Four Elements vase above, of which only three are made a year. If these examples of high European culture are too ornate, they have the contemporary and minimal too. The Waves with Swords range, such as the Breakfast Cup below, uses the Meissen cross swords logo, which is derived from the old Saxon coat of arms.

China, the country and originator of porcelain, influenced the design motifs used on earlier Meissen tableware. And now these Asian-influenced designs are finding a ready market in today's China. Some of Meissen's contemporary ranges, such as Ming and Asia are also taking direct aim at this market too.

Meissen - Synonymous with Politeness?

What charming and well-informed staff they have in the Meissen Boutique in Unter der Linden, Berlin. They were knowledgeable, polite and willing and able to discuss the wares. I was just browsing to see if there was a little something to take back for young Mrs Tweed, but I was given all the time in the world and a history of the company at the same time (see below). I left the shop feeling nothing but goodwill for Meissen. In my mind, Meissen is now synonymous with politeness too.

A Brief History of Meissen

The history of the ownership of Meissen is a fascinating reflection of the history of Saxony. Originally owned by the King of Saxony, then the State of Saxony, it passed into ownership of the people when Meissen became part of Soviet East Germany. The People's Own Plant, State China Manufactory, Meissen, no less. Now Meissen is part of a reunified Germany and the manufacturer is now fully-owned by the State of Saxony once more.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Fox Brothers Week - Globe-Trotter Case

Liberty's National Treasures - Globe-Trotter Suitcase Lined with Fox Brothers' Glen Check

A nice story behind our final offering for Fox Brothers Week. Liberty recently launched its National Treasures campaign to raise money for a children's charity. National Treasures brings together well-known Brits and well known British brands to create one-off pieces.

The Fox Brothers contribution is a collaboration, through co-owner Deborah Meaden, with Globe-Trotter to create a very limited edition of 10 leather suitcases lined with Fox Brothers cloth.

Globe-Trotter, established in 1857, makes the suitcases by hand in England and use the same techniques and  materials as the originals. The case produced for Liberty's National Treasures has a Colonial Brown vulcanised fibreboard outer with Cocoa Leather trim, and is lined with Fox Brothers’ Glen Check. 

Message from Young Mrs Tweed

If you consider yourself a British classic or a hidden gem  - artist, manufacturer, pie-maker, designer, juggler whatever - drop me a line and maybe we can put together another special week at Tweed Towers.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Fox Brothers Week - The Brady Bags Bunch with Nigel Cabourn

Nigel Cabourn Collaborates with Brady Bags to Create Fishing Bags Using Fox Brothers Cloth

I spotted the bag above in the 14oz shop in Berlin and thought it an essential for our Fox Brothers week. What we have here is a three-way British connection between Nigel Cabourn, Brady Bags and Fox Brothers. Nigel Cabourn designed, cloth supplied by Fox Brothers, made by Brady Bags in England. Lovely to see it in 14oz, nestled in a display amongst the Tricker's and Barbour that was like a shrine to Britishness.

Nigel has collaborated with Brady to create two styles of fishing bag: The Handy Fishing Bag (above) and the Great Scott Fishing Bag (below).

Homing in on the detail, we have leather trims and straps. The jute netting is hand-made and hand-knotted in Britain. The Fox Brothers country check cloths chosen for the outers look very distinctive. I half knew I'd be seeing their label before I got close enough to the bag in 14oz. Perfect for spending some time along the banks of the river Dee, thinking Izaak Walton-like thoughts.

PS: More on Brady Bags in a future post. Tweedy.  

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Fox Brothers Week - Q & A Session with Douglas Cordeaux - Standard Bearer for Flannel

The Importance of Fox Brothers

Our Fox Brothers Week continues with an interview with Douglas Cordeaux, Managing Director at Fox Brothers. He acquired the Fox Brothers mill with Deborah Meaden in 2009, effectively and heroically saving Fox Brothers for the nation. Manufacturing names with a heritage as rich as Fox Brothers are easily as important as Turner, Wren or Keats, say, when considering the narrative and history of British culture.

Q & A with Douglas Cordeaux - Managing Director of Fox Brothers

With sharpened pencil and notepad at hand, Young Mrs Tweed probed Douglas Cordeaux in the latest of our The Tweed Pig Q & A sessions. The result is a nice insight into the world of Fox Brothers.

Many thanks to Douglas for his time, and for providing such thoughtful responses.

How has Fox Brothers managed to survive for nearly 250 years?
Fox Brothers was established in 1772 and has seen some good times and some harder times in its company history, like any mill in the British Isles I suppose. When you consider that Fox used to employ around 5k people, which was down to just 15 when Deborah Meaden and I acquired the mill at the end of 2009 and now we’re back up to a team of 25, that puts into perspective the changes Fox has been through in its long history.

Now the last mill in the West Country, and there used to be lots, Fox has survived because of its world-class product. Fox is said to be the “Standard Bearer for Flannel”, for which it is credited with being the official originator last century.

Fox also has a unique position in a fiercely competitive global marketplace of being able to cope with bespoke orders for cloth. If they wish, we can give customers the ultimate choice, to design their own unique cloth, whether it is a lightweight flannel or a West of England tweed. There’s nowhere else you can do this, unless you own your own mill, of course!

What types of cloth do you produce?
Fine woollen and worsted cloth. We are world famous for our flannels and credited with being the original and still the best.

Where is Fox Brothers most popular?
Fox is what is now referred to as a British heritage brand and sells well in Britain, major countries in Europe and particularly at the present time, in Japan, Korea and the Far East.

What is your best-selling cloth?
We’re best known for our flannels and worsteds, but seasonally we see strong demand for a particular cloth or design depending on fashion and what’s going on in different markets amongst different brands. The Olympics has generated demand for bold stripes and blazer type cloths for next year, for instance.

How do you arrive at new designs? Or do you refer to your archives?
Both really, we do have a wonderful textile archive at Fox, described as “one of the most significant textile (company) archives in the British Isles”, which designers use for inspiration and to find interesting back stories behind a certain cloth to interest the consumer, but we also innovate to come up with new designs and finishes.

What were the results of your appeal for the "Great British Fox Hunt"?
[Fox Brothers asked the public to help with compiling historic textile and document archives]
Apart from a wonderful afternoon spent at the mill reminiscing with former employees like Gladys - the nursery nurse now in her 90’s, who used to run the crèche and was chatting to a former charge of hers; and the young gentleman from the Fox family itself, who bought his father’s magnificent overcoat made from Fox Brothers cloth - members of the public bought along all manner of clothing, letters, photographs and stories to share. The main purpose was to introduce ourselves as the new owners and to let the guests and the town’s Mayor, all of whom had or have a connection to Fox, know that we’re committed to Fox and its future.

Our chief designer Rosemarie was able to talk about the different things people had kept and cherished and we found out quite a lot about the way the mill used to be run.

Have preferences for particular cloths changed over time?
Looking through the archives you’re struck by how vibrant and daring gentlemen used to be with their suits, blazers and overcoats. Black and white photos and old books make it easy to forget just how colourful people were in the way they liked to dress.

Over time the trend has been towards softer cloths and we’ve been able to move with the times, producing lightweight flannels suitable for more contemporary tastes.

How do you preserve Fox Brothers' heritage, yet continue to innovate?
We build on the heritage but as our archives show, have always been innovative, producing new cloths to appeal to changing tastes. ‘Serge’ for military puttees used to be a mainstay of the business, but unsurprisingly, we don’t make much of that any more!

There are though perennial classics that never go out of fashion of course - chalk stripes, Prince of Wales, Glen check and tweed. These days people are surprised to know there’s such a thing as ‘West of England’ tweed. We’re the only mill left in the West Country, so the only ones left making this highly thought of tweed.

Tweedy's Thought: With Fox Brothers resurgent, it would be nice to see gentlemen being more vibrant and daring with their suits, blazers and overcoats once more.    

Monday, 21 November 2011

Fox Brothers Week - The Merchant Fox

Fox Brothers Week at The Tweed Pig

Welcome to the first post in a very special week at The Tweed Pig. As you may have guessed from the title, we'll be dedicating the week to Fox Brothers, the world-renowned West Country cloth manufacturer, which was established in 1772 and is probably best known for creating flannel. Come with us now, as we start our Fox Brothers journey and get to know this wonderful British company a little better. Thanks to Fox Brothers for all their help in putting our week together.

Fox Brothers Launches The Merchant Fox

After 200-plus years of manufacturing and supplying the finest flannel and worsted cloths, Fox Brothers recently launched The Merchant Fox range of products made in the UK. Through The Merchant Fox, they now design and sell a range of products, including furnishing, accessories and clothes. The products are created in collaboration with a countrywide network of British craftsmen and manufacturers.

Just look at those slippers above. Fox Brothers Russell Check cloth outside, satin inside, and leather sole. Hand-made on a traditional last by traditional shoemakers in Norwich, England.

And what about that dressing gown below...

Lovely Dressing Gown

Appropriately, many of the items available from The Merchant Fox incorporate Fox Brothers cloth in some way. Take the Chalk Windowpane Dressing Gown  (below), which is created in collaboration with gown masters Budd Shirtmakers of Piccadilly Arcade, Mayfair, London.

Sold to order, Budd creates the gown in a Fox lambswool flannel to create something cosily tactile yet elegant. Budd, who have been cutting shirts for over a hundred years, fashion the gown with a shawl collar and deep pockets, which are handy for holding all your essentials - a bag of humbugs, perhaps, or an Agatha Christie novel. H'm maybe that could be a feature - What do you keep in your dressing gown pockets?

Friday, 18 November 2011

Wainwright - The Beer and the Man

Alfred Wainwright - Lakeland Misery Guts

Alfred Wainwright was a famous northern English walker and writer of walks, most closely associated with England's Lake District. When the plain-speaking Wainwright died in 1991, the walking guides to the Lakes he started with the Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells in the 50s were still in print and continue to be so.  All this without any advertising or publicity, of which the diffident Wainwright had no interest. In fact, he had something of a reputation of being a cantankerous and unapproachable misery guts in real life, which is not something that comes across in his books. The story goes that he began walking to escape his wife. No such complications with one of his great walking companions - his pipe, of course.

The Wainwright Society was formed in 2002 to keep alive the memory of the man and his works.

Thwaites' WainwrightExquisitely Good Golden Ale

Thwaites brewery was founded in 1807 in Blackburn, England - Wainwright's birthplace. To celebrate their 200th anniversary they produced a number of speciality ales, including the Wainwright golden ale.

It's light, with a nice hoppy bite and citrus tang - a good hiking ale. But if there's squall blowing outside, a glass of this whilst reading one of Wainwright's books in front of a roaring fire is a good alternative.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Spotlight on Anglepoise

Banish Blackout Eyestrain with an Anglepoise

The Anglepoise lamp, patented in 1932, was invented by industrial designer George Carwardine. His innovative lamp uses a system of joints suspended with springs to create an articulated arm for directional lighting. This inspirational design drew on his professional knowledge of vehicle suspension.

Carwardine produced the original lamps in workshops in Bath, England. Such was their popularity that he needed a partner to increase the scale of manufacturing.  In 1934, Carwardine signed a licensing agreement with Herbert Terry and Sons Ltd, and the 4-spring Anglepoise or Terry Lamp was launched at the British Industries Fair. It came in very useful during the war and all those inconvenient blackouts, as the advertisement above testifies. Thanks to the lamp's qualities, a chap could continue with his novel or jigsaw puzzle whilst the doodlebugs dropped.

Such was the perfection of the design, it has changed little over 75 years. The outcome of a further collaboration with Terrys in 1934 was a patent for a 3-spring version of the lamp. This became the Anglepoise 1227. And it's still being made, and recognisably the same British design classic, save for a few minor changes to the electrics and base.

21st Century Anglepoise

Despite heavy competition from cheapo lamp copyists, The Tweed Pig is happy to report that the Terry family are still involved in the production of Anglepoise lamps, with father and son team John and Simon Terry now running the company. They are continuing to focus on creating products that combine quality, function and design.  

Anglepoise, as the company is now known, recently brought manufacturing back to the UK with a quirky version of the famous Anglepoise 1227 lamp. The Giant 1227 is three times the size of the original and built entirely in the UK. What a beast.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

William Halstead - Masters of Mohair

William Halstead's Little Book of Mohair

I have in front of me The Little Book of Mohair produced by William Halstead. William Halstead has been weaving fine mohair and worsted cloths since 1875, and operating from their Stanley Mill in Bradford, England since 1889. The photo below is of Halstead's weaving shed in 1875. They are still Bradford-owned and based.

What to Look for In Mohair...Essentially a Halstead Label

Mohair is derived from the hair of the angora goat. The Little Book of Mohair explains its qualities: its excellent insulation properties - superior to wool, and the fact that it's the most durable of all natural fibres. The smoothness and sheen of mohair means that it also dyes exceptionally well and proves resistant to fading. Its lightness makes it perfect for summer suits.

Then we get down to grades of mohair, which is all about the fineness. You'll be interested in the best, I'll wager, which comes from the young angoras (6-12 months) who produce the finest and softest super kid or summer kid mohair from their first shearing. This mohair is used in the best suiting cloths.

Sourcing the finest kid mohair, William Halstead are the only UK producer licensed to weave the famous Camdeboo mohair from South Africa.

I don't have a lot of mohair in my wardrobe. After reading this book, I feel I need more. Maybe you will too: The Little Book of Mohair.  

Bond Connection

Gentlemen, we have a Halstead link to James Bond. Halstead produced mohair cloth for Scabal, which was then used by Brioni to make Pierce Brosnan's James Bond dinner suit. Well, nobody does it better.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Baracuta Tweed

Ace Faces Wear Tweed

What do you do if you're the Ace Face on your manor and you're wanting to add a bit of tweed into your wardrobe? Thankfully, Baracuta have resolved this dilemma by reproducing the classic G4 Harrington jacket in Harris tweed.

Made in England, the slim-fit G4 is part of Baracuta's 137 project, celebrating the heritage of the company since it was founded in 1937.

Now the Ace Face doesn't have to stick to the predictable "Ivy league jackets and white buckskin shoes."

Talking of Baracuta's Heritage

Baracuta reported to Tweed Towers that their Monaco G37 double-breasted cotton trench coat is proving very popular. Let's remind ourselves of its provenance by presenting it against a charming advertisement from Baracuta's past. Baracuta's tag line was the aristocrat of tailored rainwear back then. Maybe with the Monaco it's seeking out that position again?

Friday, 11 November 2011

War Requiem - Benjamin Britten and Derek Jarman

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

English classical composer, Benjamin Britten, composed his War Requiem in 1961. It was commissioned by Coventry cathedral as part of a festival to celebrate its reconsecration after the original was destroyed in the Second World War.

The requiem interposes the Latin Mass for the Dead, the Missa pro defunctis, interwoven with nine poems by the English war poet Wilfred Owen.

Derek Jarman's War Requiem

Avant-garde - or is he regarded as mainstream now? - English director, Derek Jarman, shot a film version of Britten's War Requiem using a 1963 LSO recording solely as its soundtrack. The film featured Sir Laurence Olivier, brought out retirement, as well as Jarman muse Tilda Swinton and a young Sean Bean and Nathaniel Parker.

Against the elegiacal quality of Britten's music and Owen's poetry, Jarman set a series of reminiscences of Olivier's character, the Old Soldier, shot in pronounced chiaroscuro with poetic imagery. The scene of the German and English soldiers having a snowball fight is perhaps one of the most enduring and moving images. The film is now available on DVD. A 20th anniversary edition came out in 2008 with added extras.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Wet Pack - Daines and Hathaway

The Military Wet Pack wraps up all your grooming essentials

As we continue to point out at The Tweed Pig, when it comes to timeless classics you'll often find a military connection. In the case of the Military Wet Pack from English leather goods maker Daines and Hathaway the name is a bit of a giveaway.

The style of the wet pack is similar to the standard issue kit of a British Army officer in the early 20th century. Such is its robustness, you can well imagine it being packed for front line ablutions. I hope I'm capturing its handsomeness in the photos.

Inside there are lots of pockets in its green waterproof lining. Plenty of room for stuffing in all your grooming items and then buckling it up for your trip.

At your destination, you simply unfurl and hang. The buckle serves as a loop to hang the pack.

The bridle leather has a lovely waxy feel. You can feel the quality and the craftsmanship when you hold it in your hand. Nice colour too. It's going to age beautifully.

Daines and Hathaway - British Classic

Daines and Hathway was established in 1922 in the English midlands town of Walsall. The founders, William Daines and Charles Hathaway, were leather specialists. And the company has achieved renown for crafting high-quality leather goods for almost a century. Their factory is still based in Walsall, which is fantastic. The products are produced using high grade leather supplied by Pittards, who is based in the West Country of England. Great provenance. Just the sort of company The Tweed Pig takes great pleasure in covering.

Ablute in Style this Christmas

We have a few weeks to go until Christmas, so I suggest you mail this post to your wife or loved one 'by mistake'. Who knows, there may be one waiting under a tree for you on Christmas day.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Train Jotting - Berlin to Prague

Deutsche Bahn Makes the Trip from Berlin to Prague a Pleasure

I was able to add a few days in Prague to the end of my trip to Berlin. This gave me the pleasurable excuse to visit Berlin's wonderful newish (2006) main train station - Berlin Hauptbahnof.  It is a marvel of architecture and planning set over five levels so that lines, including the city's communter-oriented S-Bahn and U-Bahn, enter and exit as efficiently as possible. Berlin's Schonefeld airport will have a direct link next year, giving Berlin an unbeatably connected infrastructure.

The station is managed by Deutsche Bahn, the German national rail operator, with reassuring efficiency. Deutsche Bahn is now the largest railway operator and rail infrastructure owner in Europe. I took one of their trains to Prague on the Berlin to Vienna line.

The Journey

A nice journey in a snoozably quiet carriage. Maybe too snoozable, as I woke with the imprint of the adjacent chair on my face as a member of staff toured the carriage taking requests for dining.

Tea was required.

The tea was brought to me as we entered Bohemia through the Ore mountains. A nice civil touch to see that Deutsche Bahn haven't abandoned tea pots.

The fact that I had drifted off into dreamland and the reviving properties of the tea made me wonder what happened to the very British Teasmade. It's still going, I'm happy to report. Maybe they need to think about a Teasmade with a dock for digital music players. I think I'll get young Mrs Tweed to contact them and do some investigation.

I noticed that the German language gave way to Czech from Dresden onwards. No passport check at Děčín, the first Czech stop. I always think that's a bit of a shame. I really want someone to ask if they can see my papers, like an Eric Ambler spy story.

Destination Prague

Do seek out the cafe at Prague station on the upper level. It really is rather charming, particularly at night. In fact, try and arrange a late night rendezvous wearing a trench coat and a trilby hat. Code name Tweed Pig.

I did the usual things for a short stay in Prague. I saw this sign and thought of you. A sign for a punk clothing and records shop. I always find it interesting to see how Britishness is appropriated abroad to convey a message. Depending on what's being sold, images of 70s London punks and gentlemanly pin-striped clubland images are perennial favourites.

The Berlin to Prague Playlist - Forss Journeyman

I took a playlist of music for my trip between Berlin and Prague. Obviously, any German-based playlist would include Dietrich, Fischer Dieskau, the Comedian Harmonists, Kraftwerk and a bit of schlager.

I also popped this one on. Journeyman by Forss. We don't feature much electronic music in The Tweed Pig, but this is an interesting re-working of Kraftwerk's classic Trans Europe Express. The spoken word is from poet and DJ Rich Medina. "On a southbound train that seems to eat through the German countryside like a mylar saw through wood..."


Friday, 4 November 2011

Smoke Over London

Swinging London and Englishness from an Italian Perspective

If you looked in on The Tweed Pig a couple of days ago, you'd have seen the post on How to Make an Englishman. Of course, these were stills from the 1960s Italian film Smoke Over London or Fumo di Londra.

The comic film was written and directed by Alberto Sordi, who had starred previously in the films of Fellini. Sordi also played the main character Dante Fontana, an Italian man in love with the idea of Britishness and British culture. He comes to London with a dream of living like an Englishman, which, of course, is not as easy as it looks. I revel in the backgrounds, the shops and the streets scenes.

You can hunt out the soundtrack, the original posters and the film itself. Chilsolm Larsson Gallery have an original hunting scene poster available (top) as we go to press.

Swinging Soundtrack

The swinging soundtrack for Fumo di Londra was composed by Piero Piccioni, but Sordi also had a hand, and credit, on the smashing song You Never Told Me.  An original Italian pressing of the soundtrack will cost a pretty penny, you'll be fighting amongst eager mod collectors when they come on the market. But you can get a CD copy for much less.

Another song from the film, Mr Dante Fontana, gives the recipe we described  for making an Englishman in the lyrics.

Get your bowler hat at Lock
Look around you
See how they surround you
Get that hat at Lock
Buy your stylish shoes at Lobb
It's the done thing
Stroll and walk around in shoes from Mr Lobb
Your umbrella straight from Brigg
Never, never trust the weather ever
Get your brolly from Brigg
Then you'll find at Fortnum and Mason a beautiful red carnation
A moment of sweet fascination will linger with you
From Dunhill a pipe for the manly type
Get your ties each day the Piccadilly way
Gentlemen everything is just alright

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Tweedy ist ein Berliner #2

Prater - the Oldest Beer Garden in Berlin

When visiting Berlin I will defnitely make time for a place that declares itself Berlin's oldest beer garden. Prater Beer Garten, in Prenzlauer Berg, has been selling beer since the mid-1800s. The building of Prater looks like a wooden bungalow on the outside. Actually, that's what it is. I wondered if I was at the right place on my first visit. Inside, the decor of the place is charmingly unprepossessing.

Prater serves good beer and nice simple German food. I tried some of Prater's own-label Pils to drink. To eat - ham, mashed potato and pickled cabbage, with semolina pud and baked plums for afters. Yum yum.

Prater is not open for lunch in winter. It's not quite central, but easy to get to. Just jump on the U-Bhan and head to Eberswalder Strasse station. 

Bygone Berlin

Prater is in a studenty area, or so it seems. There are places for cheap dining and a few vintage shops. Good for a saunter and a rummage.

In one vintage shop I tried a heavy duty overcoat with a detachable fur lining. I've been after a fur-lined overcoat for a while. I tried one in Venice about five years ago. Perfect, but I thought I'd see a few more to compare with and haven't seen any since. Lesson learned. This coat was the right size, but as with many vintage pieces it had lost its shape. Maybe a tailor could have knocked some shape into it, but I chose not to invest. I might regret this lost opportunity too.

The English Scent - The Smells of England in Berlin

I've never heard of Pilot aftershave. I quite like the packaging though. Spotted for sale in one of the vintage shops. Certainly, it would not be found in one of Berlin's loveliest shops, The English Scent.

Situated in Goethestrasse in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, The English Scent sells all our favourites, including Penhaligon's, Floris, D R Harris and Trumpers.

Well worth looking up if you have some time in Berlin.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Tweedy ist ein Berliner #1

Put Your Best Brogue Forward in Berlin

Berlin is a sprawling city, but has good infrastructure and the brogue-shod walker is well considered. Signposts give walking distances, and nearby road and train options. Basing yourself in the Mitte or central district gives you a fighting chance to cover a lot of ground by foot. Alexanderplatz train station is a great hub to zip around from. Plenty of opportunities to hire a bike in this relatively flat city too.

British Presence in Neue Schoenhauser Strasse

Fred Perry has one of its Laurel Wreath Collection shops in Neue Schoenhauser Strasse. Inside, I saw a couple of Perry collaborations: Duffle coats with Gloverall, and scarves with Tootal Vintage. In the Friends of Fred Perry section there were some John Smedley sweaters - the classic 3-button shirt variety. I was going to take a couple of photos of the stripped-down interior, but it was verboten.

On the same street I saw some interesting things in 14oz, a shop which takes care to stock brands based on quality and authenticity. The Brits are represented with Nigel Cabourn, Baracuta, Barbour, Gloverall, Mackintosh, Tricker's, Drakes and Globe-Trotter. Very well represented actually.

There's definitely a demand for authentic British products in Berlin. Other British heritage brands looking for inroads into Germany may want to get in touch with 14oz.  

Cheque Books not Checkpoints in Friedrichstrasse

In Friedrichstrasse, which used to be dissected by the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, Quartier 206 is an art deco-style shopping mall that recalls the divinely decadent Berlin of the 20s. Galleries Lafayette is next door, a sister to the Paris original.

Lindner for Cake

Also on Friedrichstrasse, Lindner has one of their pleasant little delicatessen-cum-cafes. Lindner is a family business and was founded in Berlin in the 1950s. Its cafes are now found in other German cities. Nice place for a slice of strudel.

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