To celebrate Wool Week, we are delighted to show our support for new luxury British menswear label Ross Barr who has aims higher than simply dressing men better.
Launching with investment from The Prince’s Trust and with a design ethos inspired by historically iconic, British fashion trends, the label aims to be a major contributor to to the resurgence of Britain’s wool trade, a cause close to HRH The Prince of Wales’s heart.
They launch with a signature piece, The Spencer, which is the embodiment of British craftsmanship and was worn at yesterday’s Wool Week launch on Savile Row by iconic clothes horse himself, David Gandy, who tweeted “What else would I wear today @campaignforwool #sheepontherow but my new @RossBarrClothes‘ Spencer.”
A chunky knit, double-breasted, flattering wool cardigan with shawl collar, The Spencer is very much inspired by the Regency period, brought up to date by Ross Barr’s eponymous designer.
Knitted and hand-finished in Leicester, with Yorkshire-spun Scottish yarn spun and finished with English pine buttons, The Spencer is unapologetically British. Initially available in three colours – claret, denim and regency loden – it will retail at £189 (RRP).
‘Through Ross Barr, I want to champion Made in Britain. As a country, we have great heritage in both textiles and fashion, and I aim to bring the two together through contemporary, wearable menswear collections. Affordable British luxury, quality British craftsmanship with modern, quintessentially British design twists. That, in summary, is my vision for Ross Barr,’ comments Ross Barr, the founder of the label. ‘Every stitch, every thread: authentically British, always.’
Barr, 26, hails from Wakefield, Yorkshire, and within his lifetime has witnessed industry in his local area deplete on a large scale. Mills and factories have closed, degeneration has risen; job opportunities and quality of life have dwindled. Simultaneously, he has seen at first hand, working in the fashion retail industry in London, the resurgence in demand for high-end, British goods.
‘I love fashion but my real inspiration comes from helping to regenerate British industry. Helping to claim sales back from overseas brands, so we have more employment and a stronger economy. To help offer employment, training and skills to people, to help them provide for their families. I have met too many individuals desperate for employment, who have no guidance and no hope because there is nothing for them in their local areas.’
So you heard it hear first – definitely one for the Christmas list chaps – and hopefully we will see The Spencer winning the style stakes on the trot up circuit next year. We can think of quite a few riders who we think would look fabulous in it!
Huge thanks to David Gandy for his photos.