Our finest hour: The 2nd Best of Britannia show 2013

Last Saturday I travelled up to Farringdon to visit the 3 day trade show Best of Britannia, which is housed inside the Farmiloe building. The Farmiloe building is a gorgeous landmark of Clerkenwell. Built originally by George Farmiloe & Sons merchants and completed in 1868. The shows layout was in the multi floored warehouse part of the building which is open in the middle to reveal exposed wrought-iron beams, hoists and also untouched paint work. The building was left untouched for many years & still boasts its original panelled office compartments with original fixtures & painted wallpaper, which I found out on the day is used in BBC period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ for location shots plus several other film appearances

bob4Best of Britannia is in its second year of showcasing a selection of brands all contributing to rebuilding British industry. From jewellery to knitwear, trainers to furniture. The atmosphere was buzzing and visitors were in their thousands. Everyone I spoke to was so passionate about what they were producing and also interested in the publics feedback. The layout flowed up through three floors and it felt like you really got a great view of the whole buildings inner workings. That alone was worth the trip.

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The guys at Brighton based Small Batch Coffee wearing their Dawson Denim Barrister aprons!
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Kamm & Sons looking good!

insidejackpeopleI fell head over heels with Rosita Bonita’s leather tooled jewellery!

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Rosita Bonnita’s painted bust with the most gorgeous necklace & earrings!

fansShe shared a stall area with the lovely Pip Jolley too! Talk about a tempting combination!

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Swoon worthy sunnies from FANoptics with frames made in the UK using Italian acetate

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The main reason I visited was to see Kelly & Scott with their stand for Dawson Denim! It looked amazing, they’d brought along their custom scooter which is an original 1950s Lambretta (a wider model than the later scooters and was endorsed by Jayne Mansfield!)

scooterddThey were launching their unisex jeans too and had the new look book printed. You can see more shots from the look book here or on Create’s site here

I also got to try out a new alcoholic ice tea who I will be doing a taste test for in my next post, so stay tuned! Oh & here is a reflective window shot of my outfit

bobmeI look forward to next years BoB event!

Love VV xxx

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