The heritage fashion edit
From Mulberry to Alexander McQueen, we’ve done our research and rounded up the best heritage fashion brands to be seen in this spring – all available at Victoria Leeds. And don’t think these are one-season wonders. These iconic investments can be enjoyed year after year, so think of them like your super-stylish heirlooms… Enjoy!
Few brands do boots better than German-born British shoemaker Dr Martens. Beloved of punks the world over, this 1947-founded brand has gone from cult favourite to global fixture. Gigi Hadid, Gwen Stefani and Robert Pattinson are all fans of its fearless footwear. Keep it classic with the eye-catching style that started it all. Barely changed since its birth in 1960, the Dr Martens eight-hole boot in cherry red is statement footwear built on solid foundations. With Goodyear-welted soles and smooth leather, a pair of these will ensure you always get off on the right foot.
Sported by a slew of style icons including Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne, Mulberry has grown from a family-run business based in Somerset to become one of the world’s most coveted leather fashion houses. Impeccably crafted and timelessly chic, this brand’s trendproof bags make for heirlooms everyone will hope they’ll inherit. Launched in 2003, the Mulberry Bayswater bag boasts a sophisticated style that will never date. Expertly crafted from the finest leather and finished with subtle hardware, it’ll lend your everyday look a certain polish.
Burberry might have started out as a military outfitter, but today the brand is much more than the trench coat that made it a household name. From stylish tailoring and knitwear to luxe scents, invest in this brand and you’ll be following in the footsteps of icons from Ernest Shackleton to Audrey Hepburn. Adorned with Burberry’s signature check, Burberry Brit is a captivating oriental fragrance with fresh zesty bursts of lime and pear with a base note of amber, mahogany and vanilla. Say hello to your new favourite scent.
Even without its founding father at the helm, Lee McQueen’s eponymous label still continues to enthrall the fashion set. With designs as boundary-pushing as they are beautiful, the London-based house has garnered fans in the highest places, including Kate Middleton. Her wedding dress was designed by creative director, Sarah Burton. A perfect example of McQueen’s signature brand of macabre glamour, this skull-print chiffon scarf is the epitome of elegance with an edge. Crafted from 100% silk, it’ll lend any look a truly luxurious finish.
A rebel at heart, Dame Vivienne Westwood turned her back on a career in primary school teaching to revolutionise fashion with her punk-inspired designs. From pirate boots to political T-shirts, her daring wares are provocative and impeccably crafted. No wonder she was awarded an OBE (which she famously received sans knickers!). Add a tongue-in-cheek touch to your look with these chic gold-tone earrings. Featuring the designer’s infamous orb – loosely inspired by the British Crown Jewels – they’re equal parts fancy and fun.
Our picks: Dr Martens 1460 lace-up boots in Oxblood, £170, John Lewis; Vivienne Westwood thin lines flat orb earrings, £65, Vivienne Westwood; Burberry Brit for women eau de parfum, from £45.90, John Lewis (other Burberry fragrances available); Mulberry Bayswater small leather bag, £895, Mulberry; Alexander McQueen rose skull-print silk chiffon scarf, £235, Harvey Nichols