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22
May
2018

Trade alert: Why buying British is bang on-trend

Nobody does pomp, ceremony and tradition like us Brits, and the world got a real taste of that once again when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in what proved to be a beautiful wedding last weekend.

It was a great time to celebrate not just our royal family and the unique touch they add to this island's history, but also being British full stop. Californian-born Meghan was welcomed with open arms into 'The Firm', and although she'll no doubt continue to be influenced by her American heritage, she has also shown she's proud to be embarking on a new life as ambassador as part of ours too.

While us commoners rolled out the egg and cress sandwiches, bunting and strawberries and cream, Meghan showcased British designers as part of her all-important wedding outfit ensemble. Her dress might have been Givenchy, but it was designed by Brit Clare Waight Keller.

And the stunning halter-neck gown she sported to the reception party? That was Stella McCartney, who, in case you didn't notice, is another native of this country.

It has sparked a wave of interest in what Britain has to offer in terms of fashion, but actually, Meghan has been giving a nod to our skill in this industry since her engagement to Harry was announced.

She's carried bags by Strathberry and jeans from Hiut Denim of Wales, among other items, all of which were swiftly photographed by the press and subsequently sold out in minutes.

It isn't just our new duchess either - reports suggest that no less than 20 of the hats at the royal wedding were designed by milliner Philip Treacy, who has long been a favourite of our royal family.

Meanwhile, away from true royalty but still in the realms of celebrity royalty, the British Fashion Council has announced that David Beckham has become its latest ambassadorial president, tasked with raising the profile of British designers around the world. Considering his suave arrival at Harry and Meghan's nuptials nearly broke the internet last Saturday, we think he's going to do a great job, especially alongside wife Victoria. Talk about a British fashion power couple. 

This array of endorsement comes at what's already something of a boom time for the sector. In 2017, Alliance Experts revealed that the UK fashion industry is valued at £29 billion, having grown to become home to some of the world's top designers and influencers in recent years.

Trend-setting products, high standards, ingenuity and the fact that we can cater for everything from high-end brands to inexpensive ones were highlighted as playing a key part in this.

Analyst at Kantar Retail Anusha Couttigane told FashionUnited: "In recent years, we've seen a rising interest in the 'British Made' label across the fashion sector. This is particularly true of upmarket segments, for example, tailoring, but especially for smaller, artisanal labels. Personally, I've spoken to a number of small fashion labels - both up-and-coming and established - which expect to trade more on their 'British Made' credentials."

We love to see homegrown makers and products get the recognition they deserve - gone are the days that New York and Paris dominated the pages of Vogue et al while Britain rode their coat-tails as apparently second best.

Here at Majique, we have a whole host of products that you can get your hands on from right here in the UK; so many, in fact, that we'd run out of room here before we ran out of enthusiasm.

To give you just a taste, though, this rose gold-toned knot bracelet is right on-trend, while this multi-strand gold tone necklace is perfect for what we hope is an excellent British summer.

This turquoise, faux pearl and gold-toned stretch ring is also sure to look great against sun-kissed skin.

And in a very personal nod to Britain and Manchester in particular, our beautiful bee brooch makes a statement and is also reminiscent of traditional meadows in full bloom.

There you have it - jewellery buyers keen to stock...