The stores are still having the post-holiday sales. So when the weather turned arctic last week, I crossed my High Street to buy, cashmere.
What a great buy! Snuggly, practical warmth without bulk! I really like Brora, especially, on sale.
Other British brands I’ve attempted with no regrets-
Barbour. You’ll need to wear Barbour for riding in the rain and cold, My husband said 3 years ago.
Back then I had no idea what Barbour was. My husband explained, The Queen wears, Barbour. He also said, Maybe you need a Range Rover.
Barbour offers incredible protection against the elements, if you need to spend a good portion of your life, outdoors. I love my Barbour jacket. It’s also really easy to care for; just toss in the wash with dark colours, and then hang it to dry.
Burberry. Yes, that trench coat. I resisted and resisted, as I always thought it looked kind of corny/Sherlock Holmes-y/fashion victim-y. But there’s transitional dressing to think about, spring, pre-fall, and the constant rain.
Eventually, I succumbed. It’s up there on my list of Best British Buys. In between seasons, it’s all I wear; and when jetting between Singapore and London- it’s easily folded up, stowed away.
Another thing I appreciate about London- living, is that we can buy local produce, directly from the source. Every Monday, I walk downhill to the grocer parked between the Pub and Library, to buy fruit and vegetables. Today’s buy cost me 2 pounds, 10 pence. That includes a week’s supply of carrots for Cookie. This for me, is pure luxury, as the cost of living in Singapore is phenomenal. The same amount purchased would easily cost about 25-30 pounds in Singapore, and sadly would not even be, as robust or as fresh.