Think fashion, think looking good .... but think a little deeper. Let's think heritage, quality, integrity ... let's think about fine British craftsmanship.
This is what Clandar is all about. We're about more than just fashion ... we like to go further.
We were founded in 2012 with the launch of our shop in Bath, England. Our desire was to offer the great British public and our overseas customers, something of quality that had actually been made in Britain. On delving into the British textile industry we realised that there was a rich heritage and history stretching back generations and that promisingly, some British textile mills are still weaving and some fine tailoring companies are still creating quality garments, using age old skills that have survived through the centuries.
Britain is famed for its high quality craftsmanship and we wanted to showcase this and to support the last remaining British textile mills, tailors and manufacturers that are still doing wonderful things, in the face of a changing and challenging world.
We began by offering pieces obtained from third party suppliers - that is companies who bought tweed from British mills and then turned it into garments using their own designs, that they then sold on to numerous retailers.
We soon realised that we wanted to go further with the designs we offered. We wanted them to have more of a fashion edge, be more flattering and wearable. We also wanted to offer something far more exclusive ... more exciting.
So, the hard work began .... researching British tweed mills, going through thousands of tweed samples, sourcing lining companies and button producers and the hardest bit - finding our own tailors and manufacturers, which was an almost impossible task, as the majority of them have closed down.
At times we felt that there was an insurmountable mountain to climb, but our goal always was and still is, to look first to Britain for our manufacturers and suppliers.
After a huge amount of work and effort, we established our own team of textile mills, tailors and manufacturers, all of whom have helped us to turn our dream into a reality.
We now offer a range of exclusive pieces made solely for our shop in Bath, England and our website. They feature British tweeds, lining, trims and buttons all sourced by ourselves. Production wise, our pieces are made in tiny production runs which adds to their exclusivity. We don't make 1000 tweed coats in one go ... we'll make just 25 - 50.
We promise to always use tweeds, cashmere and woollens woven in the British Isles. We will always look first to the British Isles to have these wonderful fabrics turned into garments for us and our aim is to always keep all of our production in the British Isles. If we sometimes run into the problem that the necessary manufacturing facilities no longer exist in the British Isles and have to look overseas - we will always make this clear to our customers.
Our current exclusive offering includes men's tweed caps, men's tweed waistcoats, jackets, ties, ladies tweed coats and jackets and fine accessories.
A highlight has to be having our own house tweed especially woven for us in a British mill. It's a mid weight tweed in an earthy but vibrant colourway. The idea that it literally cannot be obtained from anywhere else in the world, makes it extremely exciting.
What are we up to in 2017? Well, we've had our House tweed made into slim cut men's jackets and trousers and have also launched a range of lighter weight tweed men's trousers for casual wear. We've just taken delivery of these and are arranging a photo shoot, so that we can get them online soon. We're also working on a second ladies Harris tweed coat. We've designed it, had the pattern made and sourced the tweed, lining and buttons and are currently working with our English tailors to produce samples. It has a more asymmetric cut and will provide a good contrast to our more classically tailored Lansdown coat. We've also embarked on a second House tweed. We've just finished designing it and have focused on a contemporary navy and charcoal colour palette, which contrasts well with our first House tweed, which combines earthy browns and rich gold tones. It's being woven exclusively for us in a British mill and will be ready end of May 2017. We'll then turn it into men's jackets, waistcoats, trousers and ties.
So, the story continues, but what has been incredibly heartening is that so many people have supported us and have appreciated what we are doing. They 'get' it and that is what makes all the hard work worthwhile and keeps us striving to do things differently ... to keep offering our wonderful customers items of quality that will keep them warm, looking great and put a smile on their face.
With warmest regards
the Clandar Team
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