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How to Soften Leather Boots

by Kathryn Hatter
Leather Boots

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Leather boots are high-quality footwear that should last the wearer many years. Unfortunately, when leather boots are brand new, they need to be broken in before they will be comfortable. The best recipe for softly worn leather boots is time and miles trod in the boots. The recommended time to allow leather boots to be softly broken in is between 80 and 100 hours of wear.

Items you will need

  • Leather Boots
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Water
  • Clean Spray Bottle
  • Leather Preservative
  • Clean Rag
  • Foam Inserts (optional)
Step 1

Wear your new boots as much as possible. Leather needs to learn your feet and conform to the unique shape and size for optimal softness. The only way to achieve this stretching is to wear the new boots as much as possible.

Step 2

Spray the exterior of the boots with a half and half mixture of isopropyl alcohol and water. After lightly spraying the boots, rub them briskly with your bare hands to encourage the leather to soak up the alcohol mixture.

Step 3

Keep the leather boots laced as snugly as possible. Be sure that the boots are tightly laced around the ankle and over the instep especially.

Step 4

Apply a leather preservative liberally to the boots. Do not apply the preservative to the hardware areas of the boots, however, because this might lead to the lacing hardware becoming loose and falling out. Place a dime-size amount of the leather preservative in the palm of your hand. Rub it into either dry or slightly damp boots and work it in completely with your fingers. If desired, blow the boots with a hair dryer to dry them more quickly. After the preservative has dried, buff the boots with a clean dry rag. Apply two times for best results.

Tips

  • During the breaking-in time, it may ease your discomfort somewhat to wear foam inserts in the boots. They are readily available in drugstores and these might make the difference between sore feet and happier feet.

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About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.


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List of current and defunct clothing and footwear stores in the United Kingdom

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This is a list of the current and defunct physical clothing and footwear stores in the United Kingdom. This includes shoes, clothing and sportswear, but not online retailers.

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List of current clothing and footwear stores in the United Kingdom [ edit ]

Clothing stores in UK Image Established in UK Owned by Number of stores Type of store Notes 7 for All Mankind 2000 VF Corporation 5 American jeans company Founded in Los Angeles by Michael Glasser, Peter Koral, and Jerome Dahan, the business was purchased by VF Corp. in 2007. The first UK store opened in London in 2010. [1] Accent 1984 Private limited company 2 Men's, ladies' and children's clothing Founded as a men's designerwear store in Queens Arcade, Leeds in 1984. In 1986 a junior department was opened, followed by Accent Ladies in 1992. [2] A new store opened in The Broadway in Bradford in November 2015. Acne Studios 1997 Private company 2 Swedish designer brand Founded by the Acne creative collective in Stockholm, the first UK store opened in 2013. Adams Apple c. 1970s Private company 1 Ladies boutique Ladies boutique founded during the 1970s in Woodbridge, Suffolk. [3] Adidas Adidas Logo.svg 1949 Public company 18 German sports manufacturer Founded by Adolf Dassler after he and his brother parted ways after WW2. Operates 18 stores including Adidas Originals, Outlets, Y3 and Stella, as well as six joint Adidas and Reebok outlets. Agent Provocateur Agent.provocateur.london.arp.jpg 1994 3i 13 Ladies' underwear Founded in Soho by Joseph Corre (son of Vivienne Westwood) and his ex-wife Serena Rees. Purchased by 3i in 2007 for £60m. Akris 1922 Private 1 Swiss designer brand for women Founded by Alice Kriemler-Schoch in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Operates in London in Old Bond Street. Albam Clothing 4 Menswear Designer brand that opened its first store in 2009. [4] Aldo Group ALDO Groupe logo.png 1972 Private company Footwear retailer Founded in Montreal, Canada by Aldo Bensadoun as a footwear concession, the business expanded internationally and opened its first UK store in 2002. Alexanders of Woodbridge 1927 Private company 1 Men's outfitters Men's outfitters based in Thoroughfare, Woodbridge since 1927. [5] Charlie Allen Charlie Allen signage.jpg 1984 Privately owned company 1 Men's tailors Charlie Allen founded his tailoring shop in 1984 AllSaints 1994 Lion Capital LLP Men's and ladies' wear Founded by Stuart Trevor and Kait Bolongaro from The Saint wholesale menswear business. The first store opened in 1997. American Apparel American Apparel logo.svg 1989 Public company 19 American manufacturer and retailer Founded by Dov Charney, the American manufacturer moved into retail in 2003 opening its first UK store in Carnaby Street, London in 2006. [6] Atom Retro Private company 2004 1 Online retro clothing retailer Founded in Scarborough in 2004. [7] American Eagle Outfitters 1977 Public company 3 American clothing store Founded by the Silverman family in 1977, the business opened its first UK store in November 2014. & Other Stories 2013 H & M 7 Swedish clothing brand Upmarket clothing brand created by H & M, with the first UK store opening in Regent Street, London in 2013. [8] Anderson & Sheppard 1906 Rowland family 2 Men's tailors In 1906, Peter Gustav, also known as Per Anderson, founded Anderson & Sheppard at No. 30, Savile Row. Moved from Savile Row in 2004. Gary Anderson 1958 Private company 1 Men's bespoke tailors Founded in 1958, Gary Anderson opened on Savile Row in 1998. [9] Richard Anderson 2001 Private company 1 Men's bespoke tailors Founded by Richard Anderson & Brian Lishak, the business was the first bespoke tailoring house to open on Savile Row in 50 years. [10] Animal 1987 H Young Holdings 38 Men's and ladies' outdoor wear Founded in Poole as a watch manufacturer. Branched out into making and retailing clothing, eyewear and luggage. Ann Summers Ann Summers - The Piazza Centre - geograph.org.uk - 1700592.jpg 1970 Gold Family 144 Ladies' underwear Founded in Marble Arch, London by Annice Summers as a sex shop. Purchased by Ralph & David Gold in 1971 and turned into a high street brand selling underwear. Anthropologie AnthropologieLogo.png 1992 Urban Outfitters 10 Womenswear Founded in 1992 with its first store opening in Wayne, Pennsylvania, US. The multigoods retailer opened its first store in the UK in Regent Street in 2009. Apostrophe c. 1990s Private company 3 French designer brand Founded by Patrick Hazan. [11] Aquascutum 1851 YGM Trading 3 Men's clothing Founded in Regent Street, London by John Emary. Ark 1992 JD Sports 5 Fashion retailer Founded as a ticket store to ARK club nights in The Corn Exchange in Leeds, before moving into clothing. JD Sports purchased the business after it went into administration in 2013. [12] Armani 1975 Private company Italian fashion house Italian fashion house founded by Giorgio Armani, the business operates stores and concessions under several names - Emporio Armani / Armani Jeans / Gorgio Armani in the UK. Asda Asda wb.jpg 1949 Wal-Mart through subsidiary Corinth Services Ltd 577 Men's, children's and ladies' clothing and footwear Founded as "ASDA Queens" from the merger of Associated Dairies and the Asquith family owned Queens Supermarket. George (named after designer George Davies) clothing was launched in 1989 replacing the Asdale and Asda ranges. Mintel estimate that George is the fourth largest retailer of clothing in the United Kingdom, after Marks & Spencer, the Arcadia Group and Next. [13] Laura Ashley 1953 MUI Group of Malaysia Ladies' clothing Founded by Laura & Bernard Ashley as Ashley Mountney in 1953 as manufacturer of headscarves, napkins, table mats and tea-towels. The first Laura Ashley shop opened in 1968. Aspecto 1986 JD Sports 5 Fashion retailer Founded in Bridge Street, Manchester in 1986 [14] which was bought by Tessuti in 2015 after the death of its founder Mel Pilkington. [15] [16] Azagury 1987 Private company 1 British ladies' designer brand Founded by Jacques Azagury, one of the creators of the New Romantic look. [17] Oswald Bailey 1906 JD Sports 14 Outdoor clothing and equipment Founded in 1906 [18] the business was purchased by JD Sports in 2014 and became a division operating alongside Millets. [19] Ted Baker 1988 Private company 42 Men's and ladies' fashion brand Founded by Ray Kelvin in Glasgow as a menswear brand and retailer, and opened further stores in Manchester, Plymouth, and Nottingham. The Covent Garden store opened in 1990 and in 1995 they started a Women's range. They now operate 42 standalone stores and various concessions across the UK. Bally Shoe 1851 JAB Holdings 5 Shoe retailer Carl Franz Bally founded his shoe making business in Switzerland in 1851. Banana Republic Banana Republic logo.png 1978 Gap Inc. 8 American fashion retailer Founded by Mel and Patricia Ziegler as a retailer with a safari theme, the business was purchased by GAP, who repositioned the retailer to a more upmarket position. The first UK store opened in Regent Street, London in March 2008. Jeff Banks 1969 Private company 16 British fashion designer brand Jeff Banks started his own designer brand in 1969, opening his first store in 1975. Barbour 1894 Private company 30 Manufacturer and retailer of outdoor clothing Founded by John Barbour as an importer of oil cloth, the business operates its own retail stores as well as supplies wholesale. Baron Jon 1977 Fashion Brands Online Ltd / Premium Retail Ltd 39 Fashion wear Founded by the Selt brothers in 1977, the business went into administration in 2009, and was purchased by Premium Retail Limited. [20] Now operated by Premium Retail's sister company Fashion Brands Online.com Barrington Ayre c. 2009 Private company 1 Men's tailors and shirtmaker Founded by Tom Wharton as a bespoke and made-to-order clothing company based in Cirencester. [21] Horace Barton & Son 1901 Private company 1 Tailors Cheltenham tailors founded in 1901. [22] Base 1992 Private limited company 4 Childrenswear Originally called Granditer Menswear, it became Base in 1992 and started offering boys' and men's fashionwear. In 2010 Girls fashion was added, before dropping all adult lines in 2012. [23] Basler 1936 Private company 6 German womenswear brand Founded as Fritz Basler GmBH & Co. in Kreuzberg, Germany as a manufacturer of coats. In 1997 it opened its first boutique in Hamburg, Germany, and opened its first UK store in London in 2007. [24] Bawtry Shoe Company c. 1980s Private limited company 1 Footwear retailer Bawtry Shoe company is part of Hobson Shoes. Hobson & Bates was founded during the 1980s and grew to include three stores operating under the Bawtry Shoe, Hobson and Bates names. In 2014 the business entered a CVA, and a new company purchased the Hobson and Bawtry shops. [25] Beales 1881 Public limited company 29 Department store Founded by John Elmes Beale in Bournemouth. The business expanded rapidly during the 2000s, purchasing former Bentalls and Co-operative department stores. KJ Beckett 2003 [26] Private company 1 Retailer of designer clothing Online retailer of designer clothing with a store based in Keynsham. [27] Bellville Sassoon 1953 David Sassoon 1 Ladies' clothing Founded by Belinda Bellville in Knightsbridge, London. David Sassoon joined in 1958 and the name was changed in 1970 from "Bellville". Belstaff 1924 Labelux Group 1 British designer brand Founded by Eli Belovitch and his son-in-law Harry Grosberg in Staffordshire as a manufacturer of all-weather jackets for motorcyclists. In 2011 the business was purchased by Italian business Labelux, and in 2012 opened a store in New Bond Street, London. L.K.Bennett LK Bennet in Winchester High Street - geograph.org.uk - 1539843.jpg 1990 Private company 99 Ladies' clothing and footwear Linda Kristin Bennett is an English-Icelandic clothing designer who set up the first L. K. Bennett shop in Wimbledon Village in 1990. Bennett sold a 70 percent stake in the business in 2007 to Phoenix Equity Partners and Sirius Equity, a retail and branded luxury goods investment company. Berghaus 1966 Pentland Group 7 Outdoor clothing brand and retailer Founded by Peter Lockey and Gordon Davison as LD Mountain Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 1972 they launched their own brand of clothing called Berghaus to sell in their store. In 1993 Pentland Group purchased the business. Berluti 1895 LVMH 2 Luxury menswear manufacturer and retailer Founded by Alessandro Berluti in Paris, the business was purchased by LVMH in 1993. Bershka Bershka logo.png 1998 Inditex Group 5 Fashion retailer Fashion retailer founded by the owners of Zara, the business opened its first UK store in the Metro Centre in 2004. [28] The Big Red Building Gold Family 1 Men's factory outlet Founded by Warren Gold, of Lord John (Carnaby Street) fame, from its predecessor Goldrange. Based in Golders Green, London Blacks Outdoor Retail Blacks Leisure Group.png 1861 JD Sports Fashion plc Outdoor clothing and footwear Formerly Blacks of Greenock, originally a sail maker, then tent maker, the company became Blacks Camping during the 1980s before becoming Blacks Leisure in 1994. It purchased rival Millets in 1999. It went into a CVA in 2009, before going into administration in 2011 and being purchased by JD Sports Fashion plc. Blue Inc Blue Inc new logo.png 1912 Marlow Retail Limited 200 Men's and ladies' clothing Founded as A. Levy & Sons in 1912. Traded under various names including Mr Byrite. Blue Inc name introduced in 2002. Purchased by Marlow Retail Ltd in 2006. Blunts Shoes 1865 Private company 29 Footwear retailer Founded a shoe shop in Kidderminster, the business first expanded locally opening shops in Stourport, Bromsgrove, Bridgnorth, Stourbridge and Worcester. The business then moved into Birmingham before expanding stores further afield. [29] Ozwald Boateng 1995 Private limited company 1 Men's tailors Ozwald Boateng opened his first boutique in Virgo Street, London in 1995. He moved to his current location No. 30 Savile Row in 2008. Boden 1991 Private company 1 Men's, ladies' and children's clothing Founded by Johnnie Boden in 1991, the business started out offering menswear products. It has since moved into women's and childrenswear selling primarily online in several countries. The business has one physical store in Park Royal, London and plans to open further UK stores. Bolongaro Trevor 2006 Private company 9 Men's and women's fashion brand Founded by Kait Bolongaro and Stuart Trevor after they had sold their shares in AllSaints. Bonmarché Bonmarche - Broadway - geograph.org.uk - 1532884.jpg 1982 Sun European Partners 240 Ladies' clothing Formed by Parkash Singh Chima after the merging of two clothing business - Wiltex and Hartley, with the first Bonmarché opening in 1985. Acquired by Peacocks in 2002. Sold in January 2012 to Sun European Partners. Hugo Boss 1924 Public limited company Men's and ladies' fashion Founded by Hugo Boss as a clothing manufacturer in Stuttgart. The first UK store opened in 1996 after Moss Brothers purchased the franchise. In April 2011 Moss Brother sold the franchise and its store back to Hugo Boss. Bottega Veneta Logo Bottega Veneta.svg 1966 Kering 1 Italian designer brand Italian designer brand that opened its first UK store in Sloane Street, London in 2002. [30] Boundary Mill Stores 1983 Bannister Family 5 Department store Founded by Richard Bannister in Colne, Lancashire as a women's clothing store, [31] an extension to the family weaving mills business that supplied Marks and Spencer. [32] Boux Avenue 2011 Theo Paphitis 9 Lingerie retailer Founded by Theo Paphitis, the name is inspired by a French waitress who served Paphitis when holidaying with his family in France. The retailer opened its first stores in Spring 2011. Bowhill & Elliot c. 1870s Private company 1 Independent shoe retailer Norwich based shoe retailer based in London Road for over 140 years. [33] Bowleys Fine Shoes Private limited company 5 Footwear retailer Small footwear chain operated by larger chain Johnsons Shoes. [34] Richmond store was damaged by a fire in July 2015 that took 30 fire fighters to tackle. [35] Brandy Melville Private company 2 American designer brand American designer brand worn by celebrities Miley Cyrus, Ashley Benson, Karlie Kloss, Taylor Swift, Vanessa Hudgens, and several famous YouTubers. [36] Bravissimo Bravissimo (company) Aug 2013.jpg 1995 Private limited company 21 Ladies' underwear Formed by Sarah Tremellen and Hannah Griffiths as a mail order business in 1995. In 1999 they opened their first store in Ealing. Ellis Brigham c. 1930s Private company 34 Outdoor clothing and footwear Founded by Frederick Ellis Brigham started out by making walking boots and cycling shoes, opening his first store in Harpurhey. The business continues to be owned by the Brigham family. Brook Brothers 1818 Retail brand alliance 4 Menswear Founded as H. & D. H. Brooks & Co. in Manhattan, US, was rebranded Brooks Brothers after founder Henry's sons took charge of the business. From 1988 to 2001 the business was owned by Marks and Spencers. In 2006 the business opened its first UK store in Old Broad Street, London. [37] John Brown Menswear c. 1980s Private company 1 Menswear Independent menswear store based in Plymouth. [38] Browns of York Private company 4 Department store Founded over 100 years ago, the Helmsley store featured in ITV series Heartbeat. Burberry HK TST Sogo shop Burberry night visitors.JPG 1856 Public company 12 Men's, ladies' and children's clothing brand Luxury fashion brand started by Thomas Burberry in Basingstoke, Hampshire in 1856. The business opened its first London store in 1891, and changed its name to Burberrys due to the colloquial use of the Burberrys of London name. The business stayed in family hands until Great Universal Stores bought the business in 1955. In 1998 the business changed its name back to Burberry, and in 2002 the business was floated on the London Stock market, with Great Universal Stores seling their final share in 2005. Burtons Burton etc - Darley Street - geograph.org.uk - 1533004.jpg 1904 Arcadia Group 400 Men's clothing and footwear Founded by Montague Burton as The Cross-tailoring Company. Was once a member of FTSE 100, but now a brand name of the Arcadia Group. Byrne & Burge 2007 Private company 1 Men's tailors Founded by husband and wife team of Joshua Byrne and Emmeline Burge. [39] [40] Cad and the Dandy 2008 James Sleater, Ian Meiers 2 Men's tailors Founded in 2008 as a tailoring brand, the business opened its first store in 2009. Calzedonia The Calzedonia Group Lingerie retailer Italian lingerie retailer that opened its first UK store in 2011. [41] Camper Camper shoes Logo.png 1975 Private Spanish footwear manufacturer and retailer Founded by Lorenzo Fluxà Rosselló in Spain from a Spanish shoe manufacturer, opening its first store in Barcelona in 1981. Vince Camuto Kurt Geiger 1 American designer shoes Founded by the former Nine West designer, the sister brand of Kurt Gieger opened its first UK store in 2013. [42] Canali 1934 Private company 1 Men's clothing Founded as a men's clothing business in Italy by Giacomo Canali and Giovanni Canali. In 1996 Moss Brothers purchased the franchise rights for opening Canali stores in the UK, and opened its flagship store on New Bond Street in 2000. In 2010 Moss Brothers relinquished the Canali franchise and re-branded the stores under other brands they operated. Carven 1945 Private company 1 French designer ladieswear Founded by Carven Mallet in Paris as a Haute Couture house. [43] Opened its first UK store, in a licence agreement with Club 21, in 2013. [44] Chadds of Norwich [45] Private company 1 Men's clothing store Founded over 50 years ago, the store is located in Bedford Street, Norwich. [46] [47] Chanel Chanel logo interlocking cs.svg 1909 Private French designer brand Founded by Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, also known as Coco. Opened boutiques during the 1980s. Charlies Stores 1986 Private company 7 Outdoor clothing and footwear Formerly an Army surplus store with branches in Newtown and Welshpool, the business changed to an outdoor retailer in 1986. [48] [49] Cheap Monday 2000 H & M 1 Swedish jeans Started by Örjan Andersson and Adam Friberg as a secondhand jeans store in Stockholm, before starting selling their own clothing in 2004. In 2008 H & M bought the parent company Fabric Scandinavien AB, and the first UK store opened in Carnaby Street, London in 2012. [50] Chester Barrie 1935 Prominent Europe 1 Men's tailors Founded in 1935 by Simon Ackerman. At one time owned by Austin Reed. Chittleborough & Morgan 1981 1 Men's tailors Founded in 1981 as a bespoke tailor with no off the peg suits. Choice 1966 Private company 20 Discounter of Next company clothing Founded by Con Donovan in Hadleigh, Essex as a catalogue discount store, the business moved over in the 1990s to selling discounted lines from Next. [51] Choice 1993 Private company 5 Independent designer label retailer Founded in Romford in 1993. [52] Jimmy Choo 1996 JAB Holding 5 Designer ladies' footwear Founded by Jimmy Choo, a bespoke footwear designer in the East End of London along with Vogue accessories editor Tamara Mellon. Owned by JAB Holding since 2011. First store opened in Motcomb Street in 1996. Also operate concessions within department stores. Church's 1873 2 Footwear Founded by Thomas Church and his three sons. Owned by Prada in the late 1990s, the business was expanded internationally. Supplied shoes used during Pierce Bronsan's tenure as James Bond. Ciren Jeans Private company 1 Jeanswear store Independent jeanswear store based in Cirencester. [53] [54] Clarks Clarks, Belfast, March 2011.JPG 1825 Private limited company Footwear Founded by Cyrus & James Clark in Street, Somerset. 84 percent of the business is still owned by the Clark family. It started retailing its own products in 1937 using initially the Peter Lord name. Charles Clinkard 1924 Clinkard family 33 Footwear retailer Founded by Charles and Eveline Clink in Middlesbrough. The business has expanded to 33 stores and is still run by the Clinkard family. [55] Cloggs.co.uk Cloggs Online limited logo.png 1979 JD Sports Fashion plc 3 Footwear Founded in 1979 by Russell Thomas in Oasis Market, Birmingham. Went into administration in 2012 but was purchased by JD Sports Fashion plc in early 2013. Cloudo Kids 2013 Private company 1 Children's designer clothing Designer clothing store for children opened by Fei Yuan in Birmingham. [56] Coach, Inc. 1941 Public company 5 Men's and women's fashionwear Founded as a leatherworking workshop on 34th Street, Manhattan, NY, US. The business opened its first UK store in Sloane Square in the 1990s, as well as a store in a store inside Harrods. However this was not successful due to the weakness of the pound and the business pulled out of the UK. [57] In 2010 Coach Inc signed a joint venture deal with Hackett to distribute their goods in UK, Spain, Portugal and Ireland as well as open standalone stores and concessions. In 2011 the first standalone store was opened in New Bond Street, London. [58] Coast 1996 Aurora Fashions 52 Ladies' clothing and footwear Founded in 1996, the chain was purchased by Oasis. In 2004 a management buyout of Oasis/Coast called Mosiac Fashions went through. In 2009 Mosiac went into administration. Bought out by another management team under Aurora Fashions. Coes 1928 4 Men's clothing Founded by William David Coe in 1928, the business flagship store is in Ipswich, with the remaining stores located in East Anglia. [59] Cole's Menswear 1928 Private limited company 2 Men's clothing Founded by William Edgar Cole in 1928. Owned Tissimans, 400-year-old tailors in Bishop Stortford which claimed to be the oldest men's clothing establishment before its closure. Colton Footwear 1952 Private company 2 Footwear retailer Founded by Charles Potter in Berkhamsted in 1952. [60] COS 2007 H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB 14 Fashion brand Collection of Style was first shown at a Royal Academy catwalk show in 2007, with the first store opening in Regent Street, London in March of the same year. [61] The business is positioned upmarket of parent H & M Cotswold Outdoor 1974 70 Outdoor clothing and footwear Founded in a garage next to the Cotswold Water Park selling basic camping equipment. Has operated as Cotswold Camping, Cotswold The Outdoor People and Cotswold Essential Outdoors Corneliani 1958 Corneliani family 1 Italian menswear manufacturer and retailer Founded as a coat manufacturer in Italy, the business opened its first UK store on the site of Beale & Inman at 131-132 New Bond Street in 2008. Cotton Traders 1987 Fran Cotton & Steve Smith 125 Men's and women's clothing Founded by former England Rugby players Fran Cotton and Steve Smith as a mail order rugby shirt retailer based in Altrincham. In 1997 Next purchased 33 percent share of the business, but this was bought back by the founders in 2014. Craghoppers 1965 Regatta 4 British outdoor clothing manufacturer and supplier Founded in West Yorkshire, the business was purchased by the Regatta group in 1995. The business operates four outlet stores. Crockett & Jones 1879 Private company 7 British luxury shoes Founded by Charles Jones and Sir James Crockett in Northampton, England. Daniel Craig's James Bond in Skyfall wore a pair of Crockett & Jones shoes. Crombie 1805 Private company 3 Men's and women's fashion brand Founded as J&J Crombie Ltd by John Crombie and his son James in Aberdeen, Scotland as a manufacturer. The business started making coats under their own label, and eventually retailing at three UK locations and 40+ stockists worldwide. Cruise 1981 Private limited company 8 Men's and ladies' fashion boutiques Founded in Edinburgh as a menswear designer boutique, which has expanded to include ladies' clothing. [62] DAKS DAKS Old Bond Street.JPG 1894 Sankyo Seiko Co. Limited 2 Men's and ladies' fashion brand Founded as S. Simpson by Simeon Simpson was a manufacturer of bespoke tailoring based in London. In 1935 Simeon's son Alexander invented the first supporting trouser, and branded it DAKS. In 1936 Alexander opened the first Simpsons store—Simpsons of Piccadilly—to sell the company's clothing. In 1991 the business was sold to Sankyo Seiko Co. Limited, who at the turn of the century moved the store from Piccadilly to Old Bond Street and renamed the business DAKS. W. J. Daniel & Co. 1901 Private company 3 Department store Founded by Walter James Daniel in Oxford and is a royal warrant holder. Danish Wardrobe Company 2009 Private company 2 Ladies' clothing Ladies' clothing company based in Leamington Spa that specializes in Danish and Scandinavian design. [63] Dapper Fox 2015 Private company 1 Menswear Founded as a menswear store in Bury St Edmunds in 2015. [64] Dapper Men 1 Menswear boutique Menswear boutique based in Huntriss Row in Scarborough. [65] D'Artagnan Menswear c. 1970s Private company 1 Men's boutique Independent men's boutique opened during the 1970s in Chichester, on the corner of St. Johns Street. [66] Davies and Son 1803 Alan Bennett 1 Men's tailoring Founded in Hanover Street in 1803, it moved to its current location in Savile Row in 1986. Owns several other tailoring companies—Bostridge and Curties and Watson, Fargerstrom and Hughes, Johns and Pegg, James and James, Wells of Mayfair and Fallan & Harvey. Aubyn Davies 1906 Private 1 Menswear and school uniforms Independent menswear store opened in Bury St Edmund in 1906. [67] Debenhams Debenhams, Leeds.jpg 1778 Public limited company 178 Department store Founded by William Clark in 1778 at Wigmore Street, London. Since 1993 the business has the 'Designers at Debenhams' brand, which sees designer clothing at High Street prices, with designers including Jasper Conran, John Rocha, Betty Jackson Black, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson, H! by Henry Holland, Star by Julien Macdonald, Frost French, Erickson Beamon, Eric Van Peterson, Janet Reger, Pip Hackett, Melissa Odabash, Ted Baker, St George by Duffer, Jeff Banks, and Ben de Lisi. Decathlon Group Decathlon Logo.png 1976 17 Sports clothing and footwear Founded in Lille, France. Came to the UK in 1999. Dege & Skinner 1865 Skinner family 1 Men's tailors Founded as J. Dege & Sons, William Skinner Jnr. joined the firm in 1916. Name changed to Dege & Skinner after the Skinner family took control. Denman & Goddard 1853 [68] Private company 1 Men's tailors Men's bespoke tailors based in St. Georges Street, London, whose house tie is mentioned in John Le Carre's book The Tailor of Panama . [69] Desigual 1984 Private company 2 [70] Spanish Fashion brand Founded by Swiss Thomas Meyer in Ibiza, Spain as a fashion brand, the first store opened in Spain in 1986. The business opened its first UK store in 2010. Diesel 1978 OTB Group 17 Italian designer brand Italian designer brand that opened its first UK retail store in 1996. Diesel Black Gold 2008 OTB Group 1 Italian designer brand Designer brand launched in 2008 by Diesel, with its first store opening in Conduit Street, London in 2014. [71] Dior 1946 Groupe Arnault SAS 5 French designer brand Founded as a fashion house in Paris, the business has five standalone stores and several concessions spread across London. Dolce & Gabbana Dolce and Gabbana.svg 1985 Private company 5 Italian designer brand Italian designer brand that operates five stores and a concession in London. Donalds Menswear 1984 Rooke family 1 Independent menswear store Founded by Donald Rooke in a former Hepworth's store that he had started working in during 1969. [72] Dorothy Perkins Burton and Dorothy Perkins on the junction of Briggate and The Headrow, Leeds (11th April 2011).jpg 1909 Arcadia Group 600 [73] Ladies' clothing and footwear Founded in 1909 as H. P. Newman, the store changed its name to Dorothy Perkins in 1919. Purchased from the Farmer family in 1979 by Burtons. Dr. Martens HK Causeway Bay Hysan Place at Lee Gardens mall shop Dr Martens visitors Aug-2012.JPG 1947 Permira 23 Footwear brand Founded as a shoe design by Dr. Karl Märtens in Munich, the design was licensed to British shoe manufacturer R. Griggs Group Ltd who anglicised the name, changed the heel and added trademark yellow stitching. In 1994 the business opened its first store in Covent Garden. In 2013 the business was purchased by Permira. Drake's 1977 Michael Hill & Mark Cho 2 Men's shirt and tie manufacturer Founded by Michael Drake as a scarf manufacturer. They went on to make ties, pocket squares and shirts. They opened their flagship store in Clifford Street in 2011. DSquared2 1994 Private company 1 Designer brand Founded by Dean and Dan Caten with funding from employers Diesel. The UK store opened in March 2015. Duchamp Duchamp London logo.png 1989 Private company 2 Men's clothing Founded by Mitchell Jacobs in Suffolk as a cufflink brand. Opened first boutique in Notting Hill, London in 1998. In 2006 Mitchell Jacobs sold the business. Ducker & Son 1898 Private limited company 1 Footwear Founded by Edward Ducker in Oxford, where they are still based. Appeared in the film Atonement and has many well-known customers. Dune 1992 Private company 50 Footwear retailer Started as a concession in Oxford Street in 1992, [74] The business operates 50 stand alone stores in the UK as well as concessions. In 2009 it purchased the brands of Shoe Studio from the administrator of Baugur. [75] Dunnes Stores Logo of Dunnes Stores.png 1944 Dunne family 19 Men's, ladies' and children's clothing and footwear Founded by Ben Dunne in Cork, Ireland as a drapery. Became a full line department store opening its first UK store in the 1970s. DW Sports Fitness 2009 Whelan family 60 Sports clothing Founded by Dave Whelan in March 2009 after purchasing 50 JJB Sports Fitness clubs and their attached sports stores. East 1994 37 Ladies' fashion retailer Founded on the Fulham Road, London as a small independent boutique. [76] In June 2015 the business went into administration but was purchased in a pre-packaged deal by East Lifestyle plc, [77] however 19 stores were closed. This left 37 stores and various concessions across the UK. ECCO Sutton, Surrey London Sutton High Street - Ecco Shoes.JPG 1963 Privately owned company 46 Footwear retailer Danish footwear manufacturer and retailer started in Bredebro by Karl Toosbuy. The first ECCO stores in the UK were franchises run by former Clarks executive Michael Fiennes, who grew the number of stores to 17 by 1999, before ECCO took over the running of the brand's stores. [78] Ede & Ravenscroft London city eastern part 08.03.2013 17-02-41.jpg 1689 Private limited company 6 Men's tailors The company was founded in 1689 by William and Martha Shudall. The present name dates from 1902 and is a result of the inheriting of the business by Joseph Ede and then merging with wig-maker Ravenscroft. They have three stores in London, and also in Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh. The company holds the Royal warrant as "Purveyors to the British Royal Family" as robemakers to HM The Queen, HRH Prince Philip and HRH Prince Charles. Edge of the World 1997 Private company 5 [79] Outdoor clothing Incorporated in 1997, [80] the business has stores in Cumbria and Derbyshire. Edinburgh Woollen Mill 1970 Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd 192 Men's and ladies' clothing Created by the Langholm Dyeing and Finishing Company. First store opened Randolph Place, Edinburgh. El Ganso 2004 Private company 4 Spanish fashion chain Founded by Alvaro and Clemente Cebrian [81] in 2004. [82] The first UK store was opened in Carnaby Street, London in 2012. Eleven Paris 2003 [83] Private company 1 French designer clothing French designer clothing brand that opened its first UK store in London in 2013. [84] Emmett London 1992 Private company 4 Men's shirt maker and retailer Founded by Robert Emmett in Kings Road, London in 1992. English Cut 2001 1 Men's tailor Founded by Thomas Mahon, who had previously started Steed Bespoke Tailors. Known to provide suits for the Prince of Wales. Etro ETRO logo.png 1968 Private company 1 Italian designer brand Italian designer brand started by Gimmo Etra. The business opened its first stand alone UK store in August 2011. [85] Evans Evans clothing logo.png 1930 Arcadia Group 180 [86] Ladies' clothing Founded in 1930 by manufacturer Jack Green. Purchased by Burtons in 1970. Timothy Everest 1989 Timothy Everest 1 Men's tailors Welsh bespoke tailor and designer who started out on his own in 1989, opening his first store in London in 1993. Nicole Farhi 1982 Private limited company 2 Men's and ladies' clothing Started as a high end fashion label within French Connection. In 2010 sold by French Connection to Opengate Connection, but in 2013 the business went into administration. The business was saved by Maxine Hargreaves-Adams, the daughter of Matalan founder John Hargreaves. [87] Thomas Farthing 2012 Private 1 Menswear Founded at Museum Street, London WC1A as a menswear store. Fashion Wheel 3 Ladies' clothing Small chain located in Norfolk. [88] [89] [90] Fat Face 1988 Bridgepoint Capital 209 Men's, ladies' and children's clothing Founded by Tim Slade and Jules Leaver as a business selling T-shirts at ski resorts, the business opened its first retail store in 1993. In 2007 the business was acquired by Bridgepoint Capital. Fendi Fendi logo.svg 1925 LVMH 4 Italian designer brand Founded in Rome by Edoardo and Adele Fendi as a fur and leather shop. Since 2001 the business has been part of LVMH. Fenwicks Exterior of Fenwicks Department Store, Market Street, Leicester.jpg. 1882 Fenwick family 11 Department store Founded in Newcastle by John James Fenwick. Now operates 11 stores including subsidiaries Bentalls and William & Griffin. Field and Trek 1973 Sports Direct 6 Outdoor clothing Founded in 1973, the outdoor clothing and camping specialists had expanded to 11 stores when Sports Direct purchased 60 percent of the business in 2007. [91] George Fisher 1957 [92] Graham Tiso Ltd 1 Outdoor clothing Keswick based retailer located in the famous Abrahams Photography store and equipping early expeditions to Everest. Purchased by Tiso in 2007. [93] Anne Fontaine 1987 Private company 2 French designer brand Founded by Anne Fontaine, with her first boutique opening in Paris in 1994. Famous for white shirts. Foot Locker Foot Locker - Kirkgate - geograph.org.uk - 1544000.jpg 1974 Foot Locker Retail Inc. Sports footwear retailer Founded by Woolworth company, Kinney Shoe Corporation in 1974. Footasylum 2005 Private company 40 Sports clothing store Founded by the founders of JD Sport, John Wardle and David Makin after they sold the business in 2005. [94] Tom Ford 2006 Private company 1 American designer label Founded by Tom Ford, the former creative director of Gucci and YSL. The first standalone UK store opened in Sloane Street, London in 2012. [95] Forever 21 Forever21Logo.png 1984 Do "Don" Won Chang (Hangul: 장도원) 7 Men's, children's and ladies' clothing and footwear American chain opened in 1984 as Fashion 21. First UK store opened 2010. [96] Frasers c. 1960s Private company 1 Men's tailors Founded in the 1960s, the men's tailors operates from Petersfield in Hampshire. [97] French Connection French connection windows.jpg 1972 PLC 38 Men's and ladies' clothing Founded by Stephen Marks as a ladies' mid-market brand, the business expanded into menswear in 1976. It now operates over 130 stores across UK & Europe. Gallyons Country Lifestyle Clothing Private company 2 Independent country clothing retailer Independent country clothing stores based in Norwich [98] Gant GANT-logotype-Black.png 1949 Maus Frères 16 American designer brand Founded as a shirt manufacturer in America, the retail business was started by the former Swedish franchise owner Pyramid Sportswear. The business is now owned by Swiss department store group Maus Frères. Gap Gap, Briggate, Leeds (11th April 2011).jpg