Toast The Best of British

Prince Harry’s much anticipated marriage to Meghan Markle is finally upon us and the whole Commonwealth is preparing to celebrate the ceremonials tomorrow. Whether you concede and watch the coverage from Windsor Castle or choose to let the whole affair pass you by entirely, it is undeniable that a Royal Wedding inspires patriotism on a level unsurpassed, even by football (especially given England’s performance over the past decade). When William married the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, a frenzy of street parties, cupcake baking and bunting dangling ensued. For many, this kind of spectacle is what we do best.

When it comes to clothing, menswear is unquestionably one of the categories that Britain does best. At Asbury and Pell, we’re proud to offer a strong range of men’s British brands. Many of our labels, such as Peter Gribby, Joules and Harris Tweed, take their inspiration from the British landscape and outdoors values. The highest quality of fabrics and quirky heritage style are common factors amongst our home bred ranges. Take a look at the Peter Gribby Merino Jumpers and Peter Gribby Lambswool Jumpers and Harris Tweed Holdalls and Harris Tweed Flat Caps and you get an immediate sense of Britishness; like a breath of fresh, country air.

Taking inspiration from an altogether different element of British culture are the iconic brands of the MOD era; Ben Sherman and Lambretta. These two heritage labels were heavily influenced by the music scene in the sixties and came to define the MOD movement. Today they are still adopted by musical culture for their uniquely British character and are popular on the continent for this very reason. The check shirt is perhaps the most classic Ben Sherman look – see the Ben Sherman House Check Shirt for inspiration, whilst the Two Tone Pique Polo Shirt, made fashionable by both Lambretta and Ben Sherman, remains the most iconic look of the movement.

So, if the idea of standing in your neighbour’s cramped living room, waving a plastic Union Jack and waiting for Harry and Meghan to say ‘I Do’ isn’t really your idea of fun, then maybe you could fly the flag for your country with fashion instead. Best foot forward, chaps.