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    Buyers favourites from our Christmas 2019 Collection

    If you're unsure of which items to add to your wardrobe from our Christmas 2019 collection, our buyers have shared their favourites to help you decide... 

    “Create a classic, ageless look, that’s not just for Christmas in these timeless investment pieces that can be worn throughout the year! In a luxuriously soft fluid velvet, each piece is perfect for adding that extra special touch for any occasion. The three different garments can be worn in a variety of ways to create a vast range of looks. Mix the bottoms with a Christmas knit for a beautiful casual outfit, or wear head to toe as a gorgeous suit”.

     

    “Our stunning velour dress is a fabulous go-to for every occasion over the festive period! Offering a touch of luxury in a sophisticated teal colour, it will look great teamed with your favourite piece of jewellery or a scarf”.

     

    “Greet the new festive season with my favourite heritage pieces in seasonal shades and great graphic checks. Our matching checked trousers and jacket easy, on-trend ensemble is based on a traditional black watch check design. When worn together, they make a truly elegant, eminently wearable trouser suit, tailored in London and made in a wonderful Italian wool blend fabric”.

     

    “I developed this garment in partnership with our Italian knitwear suppliers having been inspired by the beautiful cluster of crystals scattered around the neckline. My parents went on an Alaskan cruise a few years ago and the pictures of the glaciers they saw inspired the colour combination and lustre of this stunning piece. I absolutely love the icy blue of the yarn with its touch of cashmere for luxury”.

     

    “Each of these accessories are true statement pieces, perfect for the season! Handmade by the Italian craftsmen and women in the heart of Florence, I just love the dramatic set of drop pearlised pendant earrings which echo the opulence of the 17th Century. Combined with the statement drop bead necklace they make a gorgeous elegant look”.

     

    “I was lucky enough to spend a day working with our UK manufacturer recently with Eve (Our Social Media Co-Ordinator) in Somerset where we got to see their team creating their exquisite pieces. From hand-cutting and styling coats for stores in the USA stores to making their designer handbag collection, including our new Cotswold evening bag. Handmade and finished by hand with love, care and consideration, this limited-edition piece will be a wonderful addition to your wardrobe! Featuring an unusual contrast metallic python print and metallic zipped flap with a removable shoulder strap, I hope it’s a piece you’ll love for years to come”.
    Learn more about our Owen Barry Clutch bag here >>

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    Buyers favourites from our Winter 2019 Collection

    If you're unsure of which items to add to your wardrobe from our Winter 2019 collection, our buyers have shared their favourites to help you decide... 

    “In flattering shades for easy but elegant outfit combinations, this super soft fine needlecord skirt is a lovely example of the cord trend we’ve seen lots of this season yet it’s a more subtle and classic way of wearing it. The slight sheen will add a little glamour to your look and begin to get you thinking about upcoming festive occasions. Effortlessly take this piece from daytime wear with a chunky knit and boots through to evening with smart shoes and a blouse”.

    “Featuring a striking geometric print, the flattering cowl neck of the top adds simple but attractive detail while the skirt is elasticated for comfort. Each piece is delightfully soft, warm and can be paired together for an easy, relaxed and beautiful ensemble, or paired with your existing wardrobe plains for simple yet beautiful outfit variety”.

    “There is nothing like a traditional Fairisle to see you through the colder months. I love this jolly mix of colour with the navy background and red, ivory and blue pattern. It looks especially beautiful paired with the jersey rollneck and is an easy outfit choice for the season. Made in Scotland using traditional circular knitting methods this cardigan will keep you warm with its lovely British spun pure new wool yarn”.

    “As soon as I saw this design in our Italian suppliers collection I knew it was the one for us! I worked closely with their designers on the scarf colours to complement and highlight our crushed velvet effect dress and the contrasting tones look fantastic against it. It’s a very cheerful piece that we hope will be a joy for you to wear and the Art Deco inspired design is super stylish! I’d like to think it’s a nod towards the glamour of how Dame Judy Dench wears her scarves”.

    “Style and functionality spring to mind with this useful bag and purse set. The classic Navy leather features an attractive metal stag detail on each piece and they have lots of useful inner pockets to keep your possessions organised”.

    “Tweeds, checks and tartans are some of this season’s must-have pieces. From graphic to muted, traditional and bold, it is truly the perfect fabric to showcase our winter seasonal colours! There are so many beautiful examples in our latest collection that I find it difficult to choose just one favourite, but if pushed my top three would be the British tailored pieces (stylish checked jacket, smart checked trousers and versatile checked skirt) in our Italian check twill weave fabric that beautifully combines the muted traditional black watch colours of bottle green, navy and black”.

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    Buyers favourites from our Autumn 2019 Collection

    If you're unsure of which items to add to your wardrobe from our Autumn 2019 collection, our buyers have shared their favourites to help you decide... 

    "Our latest collection introduces gorgeous top-to-toe colour combinations which add a fresh, energetic look to your wardrobe. Including our luxurious mock suede jacket with matching trousers that emanate the warm hues of Autumn. While our Merino blend knitted dress and coordinating coatigan are distinctly stylish in rich, opulent grape melangé. The boiled wool jacket and skirt also provide a complete tonal look in brilliant layers for the cooler weather."

     

    "Our easy to wear, pull-on jersey dress is a fantastic piece for enjoy the late summer sunshine in and can be paired with a warm knit for the approaching cooler season. The scoopneck front has a draped knot feature which draws in the waist and enhances the silhouette while its beautiful russet leaf pattern is wonderfully eye-catching."

    "I wanted to offer our lovely customers some more relaxed knitwear this Autumn while maintaining our smart style and quality. This beautiful, superfine merino wool and cotton blend jumper is perfect for transitional dressing and features a gorgeous central stitch pattern that is echoed on the sleeves.

    Our new Supergeelong rollneck mirrors a similar fit to the Textured jumper and is based on our classic merino shape, but it has been lengthened with added deeper rib knit trims and side slits. Our Supergeelong lambswool yarn originates from the merino sheep grazing the meadows of Geelong, Australia. The carefully selected fibres are then shipped to Italy for spinning by Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia. This is a superior lambswool yarn giving a very soft hand feel and looks great with both skirts and trousers!"

    "I love this handmade necklace that’s been made by our new UK supplier using natural abalone shell which has a beautiful iridescent quality and a statement feature agate stone cut to show off its beauty and colour. It’s finished with a hoop and hook fastening and as each necklace is made of natural shell and semi-precious stone, each necklace is individual to you."

    "Exceptionally versatile, this blouse can be paired with a light top or t-shirt underneath or buttoned up. Its print is striking while still being wearable, truly an easy statement piece that will add new life to those black trousers in your wardrobe. Made in warm touch viscose that creates a lovely feminine and fluid drape, it can be worn for both casual and occasion wear."

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    Buyers' Favourites from the Spring 2019 Collection

    Spring is always an arduous time of year when it comes to deciding what to wear. There is still a chill in the air, a bit of snow or rain and the odd glimmer of sunshine. If you’re unsure of what to wear, our buyers have revealed their favourite pieces from our latest collection to inspire you.

     

    "Mix and match these beautiful polo tops depending on if you want long or short sleeves. Both feature a collar which makes them a little smarter too! Pair them with the cropped bottoms that have a flattering high waistband and are wonderfully soft as well as being beautifully tonal for all the coordinating pieces".

     

    "Our cashwool coat is a personal favourite as it offers a touch of luxury in a sophisticated colour that looks great with trousers and skirts. The cashmere wool combination offers lightweight warmth perfect for wearing through spring and with its one button front it will look wonderful draped over the shoulders in the summer evenings".

     

    "In nature’s signature shade of green, our jacket and trousers are a flattering fresh willow, creating a peaceful spring palette that is ideal for your existing wardrobe as well as the accompanying pieces we have paired".

     

    "It's hard to choose between my favourite pieces this season. I developed this style of the top with one of our Italian knitwear factories working through an archive of floral illustrations as I wanted to bring in the chambray denim but keep the style feminine. The design has raised metallic that highlights the pattern and is printed on a cotton base creating a look that’s fresh and appealing for spring through to summer.

    I adore the crackle of the necklace. The contemporary beads create an almost natural stone like appearance and I mixed in a soft metallic bead in an antique bronze colour to give it eye-catching contrast. As it's surprisingly light it can be popped over your head for easy wear and will finish an outfit beautifully".

     

    "Made in the UK, this abstract high-quality Austrian print is very stylish and would be the perfect choice for a special event with friends such as an afternoon tea, spring wedding or even a garden party! Match both the new style wider neck jersey top and skirt for a perfectly paired easy and comfortable chic look".

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    Buyers' Favourites from the Christmas 2018 Collection

    Can't decide on what to wear this Christmas? Our buyers reveal their favourite pieces from this season’s collection:

    “Add a little sparkle to your current or new festive outfits with our must-buy jersey top. It provides both Christmas glamour and comfort! For extra luxury and warmth, pair with our stunning faux fur waistcoat

     

    “Our jacquard jacket is beautifully vibrant and seasonally toned making it a perfect statement piece for the festive season! As it is collarless it can be paired with either a blouse or jumper to create a stunning outfit, day or night.”

     

    “My favourite from this season has be to our lovely warm duffel coat! Perfect for those cold winter days and a fantastic colour that goes with everything. Just a great piece for casual style when walking or going to the shops.”

     

    “Our wool scarf is sure to brighten up any Christmas outfit and beyond with its jolly floral print and subtle fringing and I love our drop bead earrings! With their glamorous faceted Swarovski crystal and Venetian glass beads, you’d be hard pressed to find a clip earring like this anywhere else. Super stylish, I can’t wait to treat myself to a pair.”

    “I also love all the enamel pieces we have in our Christmas gift collection this year. Especially the pill boxes and scarf ring featuring beautiful pastel colours and enamel patterns inspired by the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The smart ball point pen is also a stylish gift with a traditional inspired CRM design.”

     

    “The tweed long-line jacket with its rich texture and hint of sparkle makes it a perfect finishing piece. To elevate the look for festive occasions, wear it with our black separates for a stunning combination of style and comfort.”

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    Buyers' Favourites from the Winter 2018 Collection

    Can't decide on what to wear this season? Our buyers reveal their favourite pieces from the winter collection:

    "Super warm but lightweight, this cosy coat features a herringbone print design for a classic twist on a modern design. In very wearable hues, it also has the added benefit of a detachable hood as well as a detachable faux fur trim so you can pick and choose your look."


    "This is the perfect dress to take away with you this winter. It will look great dressed up for those special occasions or worn more casually every day. The colours are great as they will work with lots of other things you already have in your wardrobe and if you are not a dress person the matching print skirt and plain navy top is just as lovely. They are all made in the UK too."


    "I am so proud of this design having developed this jacquard idea with one of our knitwear suppliers. I really think this top worn with the skirt or a smart pair of trousers is a stunning look. The pattern is based on a floral trellis design, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. I think the skirt has the look of a woven piece but with the added ease of a knit plus it won’t crease up so a win, win!"


    "Need a quick fashion fix?  Add this bold stand-out abstract print to your wardrobe! Our take on the ‘on-trend’ animal print. This soft, flattering pull-on top with coordinating scarf works beautifully with tailored trousers."

     

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    Buyers' Favourites from the Anniversary Collection

    Can't decide on what to wear this season? Our buyers reveal their favourite pieces from the anniversary collection:

    "In a warm, autumnal tone that is very flattering for mature complexions, this gorgeous wool-rich rever collar coat is an investment piece that will take you all the way through to winter. This is a completely new design that features interesting details, like the half–belt at the back, the statement double-breasted style with single button and the wider collar. It will look great with jeans, smart black or navy trousers and with its wonderful, elegant shape you can throw it on quickly for instant, classic style.

     

    "Working with our supplier in the North of England, we designed this silk scarf to echo the influences of the Arts and Crafts movement, which is so rich and influential in the Cotswolds, along with the attractive border which represents the many Regency buildings we have in Cheltenham with their lovely wrought iron window boxes and balconies. Complementing the highlighting shades of berry in the collection, it is a special piece to celebrate our 25th anniversary."

     

    “I wanted to create something that you could wear again and again and it wouldn’t matter where. Made in Britain, this fleece jacket is superbly soft and has a simple zip-fastening and hand-warming pockets. It’s very trans-seasonal, versatile and comforting, making it a good choice for autumnal holidays, gardening or in the house.”

     

    “Using my expertise in garment technology, I designed this jacket and the co-ordinating top and leggings for optimum performance in a technical fabric that wicks moisture away from the body, is quick drying and is odour-neutralising, so it stays fresher for longer. Not only that but the high-quality fibres are durable and allow for ease of movement. They are flattering, comfortable and great worn around the house, walking the dog or in the gym.”

     

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    Buyers' Favourites from the Summer 2018 Collection

    Can't decide on what to wear this summer? Our buyers reveal their favourite pieces from the summer collection:

    "My favourite is the performance gilet because it is perfect for changing seasons when it’s too warm for a coat but not warm enough for just a t-shirt or jumper. I've worn it while walking, cycling and jogging as it's really lightweight but will keep you lovely and warm. It is also wind and rain-proof!"

    "This is the perfect summer dress to take on holiday, as it can be worn casually with flip flops on the beach or dressed up more smartly. Made from 100% cotton, which is a breathable natural fibre, perfect for summer weather. I will definitely be packing this dress in my suitcase this summer, although I haven't decided on whether to wear the navy or khaki version."

    "Printed onto a smart silk twill by the shores of gorgeous Lake Como, this Italian silk floral scarf has so many lovely colours in it! A piece that can be worn from summer through to the autumn/winter season and as ochre is the colour of the moment in fashion and looks set to continue next year, this is a real investment piece!"

    "I designed this new style for summer, creating a versatile option with the same classic fit of our trouser. Ideal for holidays and travelling, due to the crease-resistant fabric, handy pockets and of course, navy goes with everything. Easy to pack with an elasticated waist, these trousers are the definition of casual chic this summer."

     

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    Buyers' Favourites from the Spring 2018 Collection

    Spring provides the opportunity to wear more daring colours and prints, and to experiment more with your style. With so many beautiful pieces to choose from in our latest collection, we had a hard time deciding! We turned to our buyers for help and they revealed their favourite pieces from the Spring Collection.

     

    "The stripe zip top is such a versatile layer. It's perfect for holidays but equally great to layer up on a crisp spring walk in the countryside. The contrasting cornflower blue stripes add a feminine, chic touch to this useful and comfortable top."

     

    "I've designed this stunning textured jacket in a new, contemporary style. The zip front makes it very easy to wear and because the textured fabric is lightweight but soft and comfortable, it makes a wonderful piece to take travelling. You can wear it with the co-ordinating trousers or skirt, all of which are made from easycare fabric that has good recovery due to a touch of elastane. This jacket will take you through to summer with its lovely teal colour."

     

    "For most women, a great jacket is the backbone of a good wardrobe. We have an abundance of choice in this collection but my favourite is the limited edition spring tweed jacket. With its vibrant poppy colour and edge-to-edge style, it's perfect for a special occasion."

     

    "This is such an easy piece to wear, which is why it's my favourite. Whether you are relaxing on the sofa or doing light exercise, this is the top for you. The polo collar adds structure and the grey shade makes it a versatile addition to your wardrobe. It looks great with the other matching pieces and is made from a quick-to-dry fabric."

     

    “What a great find this hat has been! Made in the UK for us, this is a stylish and useful hat with an adjustable fit and boned brim that can easily be folded into your handbag to pull out when the sun appears. I can see this being a favourite at the Chelsea Flower Show or for visits to National Trust properties or indeed any outdoor pursuit when you’re not sure if the weather will be kind. You can pop it out of your handbag and voila! Instantly stylish and safe from the sun’s gaze!”

    "I love the collection of contemporary bead necklaces handmade for us in Italy by a family-run supplier who has a wealth of experience. I work in collaboration with them, using our colour palettes to create these great designs; it’s like being a child in a sweet shop with all the fantastic colours, shapes and beads to choose from."

    "This silk neckerchief is a great collaborative piece with our local silk printer, Beckford Silk. We worked really hard on designing a silk print that would complement the green tweed jacket. I think that the colours we have highlighted in the scarf complement the beautiful Lochcarron weave really well. I hope this will be a special piece of design that co-ordinates well with our customers' wardrobe, as it is a really jolly piece that would lift many outfits. It is a beautiful piece of artwork created here, in the heart of the Cotswolds."

     

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    Our Buyers' Favourites from the Christmas Collection

    With Christmas drawing ever closer, it is never too early to invest in your festive outfit! With so many wonderful pieces to choose from, we asked our buyers for their favourites to help us (and you) decide.

    A must-have this festive season, this kimono-style soft jacket is an effortless way to achieve refined layering. A gorgeous printed crêpe provides the backdrop for this festive print, which is ideal for co-ordinating with wardrobe staples.

    “Who doesn’t need a black skirt for the festive season? In beautiful satin and crêpe, this classic black skirt features side back waist elastication to fit Christmas dinner in, a vent at the front for movement and chic satin bands for finesse.”

    "This style is very flattering and effortlessly transitions from day through to night. Featuring gentle pleats from the waistband and soft jersey with elastane for shape in seasonal hues, this long-sleeved pull-on dress is perfect for Christmas."

    "I really like the Italian clip earrings, made for us in Italy using a generously sized pearl bead. They are finished off with a tiny crystal bead for a touch of sparkle and glamour." These popular earrings are available to backorder now.

    "Made from luxurious devoré fabric, using the traditional burnout method, this versatile kimono is great as a cover-up piece for the festive period and beyond." This limited edition piece is selling quickly, make sure you order now for your Christmas parties.

     

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    Buyers' Favourites from our Winter Collection

    Dressing for cooler weather can be hard, as you all you want to do is reach for a large, enveloping jumper, which leaves you feeling shapeless and un-chic. Whilst we are very much fans of our jumpers, we asked our buyers for some stylish suggestions on what to wear this winter, whatever you are doing.

     

    "This Total Easycare Rollneck is very flattering, in a lovely deep shade of blue. I love the easycare aspect of it and it's certainly a great piece for winter months as it's comforting and warm. Finished with classic rib trims, this is an easy addition to your wardrobe and a great trans-seasonal piece taking you through into the colder months ahead."

     

    "This beautiful Nightdress is made from pure cotton and is finished with a brushed inside that will keep you nice and cosy on winter nights. Embellished with touches of lace and featuring a delicate floral print, this is the perfect option for elevating your sleepwear."

     

    "The epitome of modern sophistication, this Tweed Jacket is tailored in London using a beautiful bouclé tweed fabric. Its contemporary zip front makes it easy to wear and can be effortlessly paired with a pair of jeans or a skirt, dressing it up or down to suit your occasion. Add this faux fur collar for an even more glamorous, chic look."

     

    "Perfect for any physical activity, this Performance Jacket is made from a specially designed technical fabric for optimum comfort and performance. It's quick drying, durable, stays fresher for longer and is easy to care for. What's more, this jacket is incredibly versatile; whether you are popping to the shops, walking the dog or more strenuous exercise, it's guaranteed to combine comfort with style. Wear it with the matching trousers and top for the complete look!"

     

    "Heritage checks are the story of the season, looking fresh and modern again. Our softly coloured Dogtooth Jacket is so versatile in this easy shape, making it a perfect wardrobe staple. It also makes a great country suit worn with its matching skirt or on its own it is a great finishing piece perfect to wear with grey, navy or denim existing pieces."

     

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    Buyers' Favourites from our Autumn Collection

    As the summer evenings start to draw in, we look ahead to Autumn and which pieces to invest in. With so much to choose from in our latest collection, we turned to our buyers for their favourite garments.

    But before we reveal their favourites, we thought we should shine a little light on to all the hard work our brilliant team of buyers do before a garment reaches your wardrobe: they spend every waking minute (well almost) creating new styles and considering carefully the fit and shape of each garment, so that the end result is a piece that looks wonderful, is incredibly comfortable and flatters your figure. Led by our managing director Jane, our all-women buying team are focussed on developing the best product for you. Being women themselves, they understand we all like a little give in our waistbands, more room in our sleeves and tailoring that flatters and know that our figure changes over time.  If you should ever return a Cotswold garment (we can't imagine you would), they read every bit of feedback on the returns form to ensure they are taking all viewpoints, comments and suggestions into consideration. They then tweak and update style favourites using your feedback, resulting in a garment that is perfect in every way and will continue to become better and better over time, using your invaluable feedback on fit, style and colour.

    So here they are:

    "This fleece-lined jacket is great to take you through the seasons. It is lovely and soft, and very easy to put on. With its neutral colouring, it can go with lots of other things in you a wardrobe. A great autumnal piece."

    Style tip: wear with jeans, over a jersey t-shirt for a relaxed, not to mention comfy ensemble.

    "I love this wool scarf, inspired by autumnal leaves. Printed by a mill in Lake Como, with so many gorgeous seasonal colours onto a dark chocolate background, this will take you through the season."

    Style tip: read our scarf style guide for ideas >

    "Simple and versatile, this comfortable polo top can be worn on so many occasions, from exercising to walking the dog to relaxing around the house."

    Style tip: layer over a plain long-sleeved top during cooler weather.

    "The answer to those chilly autumn days is this beautiful textured coat, which features a lovely flecked tweed fabric with touches of wool and silk. Its simple tailoring is offset by the striking colour and statement buttons for a timeless look."

    Style tip: the colourful flecks in this coat will complement many different hues in your wardrobe, so be brave and experiment with colour.

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