British fashion designers you should know about

Want to know more about UK fashion designers and where you can get your hands on their creations? Finder's fashion team can help.

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With thousands of renowned and up-and-coming designers currently out there, it can be difficult to know what’s the real deal.

That’s why we’ve done the legwork for you, pulling together a list of British fashion designers that need to be in your wardrobe arsenal all year round.


Vivienne Westwood for John Lewis

1. Vivienne Westwood

Arguably the most influential of British designers, Vivienne Westwood has had a career that has spanned five decades (so far). She was responsible for a whole fashion genre – punk as we now know it, which was inspired by S&M, bondage and bikers. The result? Fierce pieces that incorporated tartan, chains and safety pins, most famously worn by the Sex Pistols. In her later years, Westwood has become more known for her curve-hugging, corseted dresses and colourful designs.

  • Slim-fit designs. Great for smart-casual looks
  • Variety of colours. Perfect for standing out
  • Not too expensive. Relatively affordable pieces

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Stella McCartney at ASOS

2. Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney is another industry heavyweight. The famous fashion house oozes a quintessentially British style with a punch. With everything from fur- and leather-free garments, shoes and handbags to the most delicately designed lingerie and swimwear, McCartney’s designs are extremely wearable and versatile. Want to know another plus? They’re all sustainable, too.

  • Environmentally friendly. Sustainable materials
  • Versatile. Wearable no matter what the dress code
  • Not too expensive. Relatively affordable pieces

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Thomas Burberry at John Lewis

3. Thomas Burberry

One of Britain’s oldest labels, Burberry is most famous for its unmistakable check pattern, seen on the likes of trench coats, scarves and glasses. Worn by everyone from Barack Obama to Kate Moss, it goes without saying that Thomas Burberry is a key household British designer name that you should know about.

  • Traditional. One of Britain’s oldest labels
  • Rebranded youthful feel. Perfect for young professionals
  • Worn by celebrities. Get serious style points

Shop Burberry at John Lewis

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Alexander McQueen at Amazon

4. Alexander McQueen

London-born Alexander McQueen’s controversial career saw him popularise low-cut trousers nicknamed “bumsters”, debut a collection called “Highland Rape” and enjoy a spell at Givenchy before launching his own line. Sadly, McQueen took his own life in February 2010 but his former assistant Sarah Burton has taken over proceedings, with her recent collections earning rave reviews.

  • Statement pieces. You’re sure to stand out from the crowd
  • Great range of flat shoes. Smart trainers galore
  • Not too expensive. Relatively affordable pieces

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Paul Smith at John Lewis

5. Paul Smith

Nottingham-born Paul Smith is one of Britain’s most famous modern tailors for men. His bright and inventive approach to shirts and suits saw the business expand to London and eventually become a global brand, with 12 different collections all celebrating his mixture of the classic with the quirky. The brand also offers womenswear too.

  • Bright and inventive. Colourful patterns and unique designs
  • Offers clothing for all. Menswear, womenswear and children’s clothing
  • Not too expensive. Relatively affordable pieces

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Victoria Beckham at Amazon

6. Victoria Beckham

From Posh Spice to revered fashion designer, Victoria Beckham has masterfully rebranded herself to become a commercially and critically acclaimed businesswoman. Beckham has set up a thriving and respected business that few designers, let alone celebrities can dream of with her roll-neck cashmere knitwear and separates a perennial must-have for any wardrobe.

  • Subtle but chic. Killer pieces for your wardrobe
  • For all occasions. Casual, smart casual and dressy
  • Not too expensive. Relatively affordable pieces

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