"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." (Mark Twain).
"Travel provides an appreciation of things that define us, what is real and what is imagined." (me)
As I've experienced foreign cultures I've started to understand and appreciate the positive things about being English. There is much that is negative, as with any nation, but there is also much that is positive and in some cases unique. A great deal of English national identity is cliche and parody, and I'll try to avoid that, but as is always the case, many of those cliches and parodies are based in some way on fact, so it's a fine-line to tread.
Classic English Style attempts to curate, analyse and inform about the things that define a recognisable English style, from tweeds and Fox hunting to PVC and punks.
- Through our Magazine we look at the history, current state and future trends of all things that are recognisably English and English style.
- Through our Shop (coming soon) we will offer for sale a small number of niche items that we think might be of interest to a wider audience, some new, some pre-owned.
- Through our Directory (coming soon) we will list companies, events and 'things' that can honestly claim to be Made in England and help define English style, as a small way of supporting the future of an authentic English style.
Many of the things we feature, and 100% of things in the Shop, are still 'Made in England'. England and the United Kingdom has lost much of it's manufacturing over the last 100 years, such that many things that define English style are now made elsewhere in the world. This is a great loss in many ways, not least because a country that has lost the capacity to make things has also lost an important grounding in the real world.
However, the United Kingdom is still one of the largest manufacturers in the world, and we'll celebrate where things are still Made in England.
I use the term English not in any political sense, only in a geographic sense. I do not believe in cultural superiority, but having been born and brought-up in England I do not feel qualified to comment on Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish culture or identity. I believe we should all celebrate our local and national identities as well our shared Britishness. These things are intertwined in many areas, making clear differentiation difficult, so please excuse any errors or ignorance on my part.
At all times the thoughts, opinions and information expressed here are my own and do not represent those of companies I work for.