Aigle have been making boots and clothing in France for over 150 years. Whereas in France they are as well known as Barbour in the UK for the quality of their outdoor clothing for country pursuits, in the UK they are better known for their rubber boots. Every boot is hand made in a 60 step process that takes 24 months to learn. Their boots are designed for use in the country rather than for being seen in town. The neoprene range is especially popular with fishermen all year round and with walkers, guns and gardeners in the Winter. As you would perhaps expect from the French, the range of ladies’ clothing is extremely stylish as well as practical.
Ben and Diana Porter started the company in 1982 by selling sticks from their own woodlands in Somerset. The Company has since expanded to supply a wide range of over 600 both fashionable and traditional folding canes, walking sticks, seat sticks, umbrellas and accessories across the World. Still based in Somerset, Ben and Diana have now handed over day to day control of the company to their daughter Charlotte and her husband. These days one is just as likely to see a Classic Cane at Cheltenham as in the Highlands of Scotland.
Hunter Boots was established in Edinburgh in the mid 1800s. It has since changed ownership many times and was once based in Dumfriesshire. Recently the Company’s HQ was changed back to Edinburgh, although its manufacturing base is in China. From the time that Princess Diana posed for her engagement photographs in a pair of Hunter wellies, the Company’s products have been seen as a fashion item and Kate Moss has since ensured that they are a “must have” item at Glastonbury.
Founded by Tom Joule in the early 90s, Joules has evolved from colourful polo shirts sold at county shows to a £65M business. Still based in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, Joules range of clothing encompasses everything from its famous colourful, patterned Wellington boots to fleeces, blouses and even baby clothes and evening dresses. The clothes are aimed at those who were perhaps born in the country (but not of the county set) are keen on sport and like going into town for lunch and shopping. They are meant to remind their wearers of happy days out and weekends and are a favourite of Ben Fogle and his wife.
Musto was founded by Keith Musto in 1965, an Olympic sailing silver medallist who wanted to create clothing capable of keeping sailors warm and dry in all weathers. Using his background as an engineer he pioneered a range of technical advances in lightweight, waterproof clothing material. In the late 80s the clothing range was extended to include equestrian and shooting garments. It thus has an enviable pedigree of providing lightweight, highly technical clothing capable of keeping the active sportsman or woman dry without impeding their freedom of movement. The company is now owned by the owners of Burberry and Aquascutum and has thus been transformed into a leading fashion brand, Keith’s son Nigel remains part of the business and ensures that the company continues to maintain its reputation as one of the top country sports brands.
Toggi country clothing
Toggi are not only extremely well renowned for their high quality and extremely durable equestrian products, but also for their elegant and classic fashion clothing, suitable for town or country. We will thus be pleased to offer their 2012 Autumn/Winter range from September 2012.
Weird Fish casual clothing
Weird Fish was founded in Cheltenham in 1993. It offers a range of high quality clothing designed to give freedom of movement and comfort when at leisure. The range is likely to appeal to the 35+ age group and the Company is best known for its “macaroni” range of tops.