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Top 21 Upcoming British Fashion Brands To Know (In 2020)

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A new wave of popular British fashion brands is emerging fast from Britain, the country of Viviane Westwood, Stella McCartney, and Burberry, to name a few.

This article introduces you to TOP 21 most popular upcoming British fashion brands right now.

Without further ado, here they are, in reverse order:

21. ART SCHOOL

ART SCHOOL is one of the most controversial or nonconformist British fashion brands.

The label was founded by two fashion and art graduates, Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt.

The London-based label is very famous for its gender-fluid fashion collections.

The brand’s creations aim to highlight the limitations of ready-to-wear, gendered designs while celebrating the idiosyncratic individuality of queer style.

ART SCHOOL 2020 collection

ART SCHOOL Autumn/Winter 20 Collection.

20. E.L.V. DENIM

Hailing from East London, E.L.V. DENIM is one of our favourite British fashion brands.

E.L.V. stands for ‘East London Vintage’, a name matching the label’s dedication to sustainability.

The brand uses discarded denim patches and turn them into sophisticated ‘Vintage Fashion‘ styles.

With a strong emphasis on reducing waste, the label follows a zero-waste design philosophy:

“Every piece of denim we use in production is giving second life to a fabric which otherwise would be destined for landfill,” said the label’s founder.

The brand’s collections are manufactured in East London, seeking to minimise water consumption and carbon footprint.

For example, it only takes 7L of water to create a pair of E.L.V. DENIM jeans, compared to 7000L for an average pair.

E.L.V. DENIM 2020 collection

E.L.V. DENIM 2020 Collection.

19. E. Tautz

Unlike most of the names in this article covering emerging British fashion brands, E. Tautz has a rich heritage.

Founded by Edward Tautz in 1867, E. Tautz has a rich presence on London’s prosperous Oxford Street.

Ever since, the British label has been continuously releasing sporting clothes from innovative materials.

The label is still going to great lengths to source and develops exceptional fabrics.

E. Tautz 2020 collection

E. Tautz Menswear Fall 2020 Collection.

18. Ahluwalia

Priya Ahluwalia launched her label in 2018, after graduating with an MA in Menswear from the University of Westminster.

Two years later, Ahluwalia was joint awarded the LVMH Prize.

The designer blends elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage with her London upbringing roots.

The brand works with vintage and ‘deadstock’ apparel to create unique and forward-thinking garments, designed for the modern man.

Ahluwalia 2020 collection

Ahluwalia Fall 2020 Collection.

17. Alighieri

Alighieri is a small London-based British jewellery label, founded by the self-taught fashion designer, Rosh Mahtani.

While studying French and Italian at Oxford University, Mahtani decided to create a modern jewellery label, inspired by her studies.

Alighieri’s recent jewellery collection draws inspiration from Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’.

And, just like Dante’s subjects, each piece of jewellery is battered, imperfect, but with a story to tell.

Alighieri 2020 collection

Alighieri AW 2020 collection.

16. Aries

Aries is an established British fashion label helmed by the Italian-born and English-based, Sofia Prantera.

The label is famous for its cult-like streetwear collections for women.

Sofia’s signature style reflects a plain and minimal design, inspired by London’s nonconformist rave fashion culture.

Often associated with Romeo Gili and Giorgio Armani, Aries’ creations have a unique, sensual touch, which sets them apart from these established labels.

Aries 2020 collection

Aries FW 2020 collection.

15. CRAIG GREEN

Craig Green is the creator behind the British fashion label with the same name.

A graduate of Central Saint Martins, the London-born designer explores new concepts of uniform and utility in menswear collections.

Craig Green’s unique stylistic approach is dramatic and intensely passionate.

CRAIG GREEN 2020 collection

Craig Green Menswear Fall/Winter 2020.

14. David Koma

David Koma is one of the upcoming British fashion brands, known for its ‘sculptural statement’ dresses inspired by the feminine silhouette.

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, David Koma has studied Fine Art in St Petersburg and graduated from Central Saint Martins.

With a first collection at the age of 15, David has showcased at London Fashion Week twice so far.

David Koma 2020 collection

David Koma Resort 2020 Collection.

13. BIANCA SAUNDERS

Bianca Saunders is one of the most popular gender-free fashion labels from London.

The menswear designer label was launched by Bianca in 2017, following her graduation from The Royal College of Art.

The label seeks to disrupt the conventional gender stereotypes in fashion with ultra-contemporary collections.

BIANCA SAUNDERS 2020 collection

BIANCA SAUNDERS Fall 2020 ‘Menswear’ Collection.

12. Edeline Lee

Founded by the Canadian-British designer with the same name, this British label is known for its immersive and performative shows at London Fashion Week.

The designer puts a lot of emphasis on precision cut, hand-made details, and femininity of form.

Here’s how Edeline Lee depicts her novel concept of fashion:

Female identity is in flux in our generation. Modern women live hectic, collaged lives. We can’t automatically subscribe to the possible identities that have been laid out for us historically. Women now are more beautiful, more powerful, more free, stronger, more aware, more capable than any other time in history. Yet, we still have ways to go before we fulfil our true potential.

Edeline Lee 2020 collection

Edeline Lee Fall 2020 Ready-To-Wear Collection – London Fashion Week.

11. EFTYCHIA

Eftychia is a womenswear brand with a focus on traditional menswear tailoring.

The British fashion brand was launched in 2017 by the Greek fashion designer and Central Saint Martins graduate, Eftychia Karamolegkou.

This British fashion brand is known for its beautiful creations of relaxed feminine style infused with subtle masculine details.

EFTYCHIA 2020 collection

Eftychia Ready-To-Wear Fall 2020 Collection.

10. Halpern

Halpern is one of the modern British fashion brands that bring back to life sequin designs.

Launched in 2016 by Michael Halpern, a London-based designer, the label’s disco-inspired aesthetic is a fresh breath of colour and craftsmanship.

Halpern 2020 collection

Halpern Ready-To-Wear Fall 2020 Collection.

9. King & Tuckfield

King & Tuckfield is one of our favourite British clothing brands, thanks to its ‘slow fashion‘ philosophy.

Launched in 2016 by Stacey Wood, the brand combines sustainable materials with the rare art of tailoring.

The label’s timeless creations, constructed from denim and merino, often showcase Stacey’s obsession with genderless shapes.

King & Tuckfield 2020 collection

King & Tuckfield 8th Collection with a classic collared shirt.

King & Tuckfield 2020 collection

King & Tuckfield indigo denim dress is featuring a wrap style front fastening with corozo buttons, matching tie belt and side pockets.

8. Kwaidan Editions

Kwaidan Editions label was founded by the fashion designers and husband and wife, Léa Dickely and Hung La, in 2016.

‘Kwaidan’ translates to “strange stories” in Japanese.

‘Kwaidan Editions’ originates from the 1965 movie of Masaki Kobayashi and the book of Lafcadio Hearn, both with the same name.

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7. 16Arlington

Helmed by Marco Capaldo and Federica Cavenati, a design duo and life couple, this British fashion label has anchored its confident narrative in “design for a good time”.

According to its founders, 16Arlington makes clothes “with stories to tell, the morning after.”

The brand’s uncompromising and straightforward vibe has supporters from all around the world.

Think celebrities such as Solange Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Adwoa Aboah, Lena Dunham, Celeste and Jorja Smith.

16Arlington 2020 collection

16Arlington Autumn/Winter 2019 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

6. Chopova Lowena

Chopova Lowena is another British clothing brand with sustainability at the core.

The label is the joint creation of Emma Chopova, an American-born designer from Bulgarian parents, and Laura Lowena, a British designer.

Thanks to its co-creators beautiful cultural blend, Chopova Lowena’s designs are rare ‘letters’ of traditional craft and responsible sourcing.

Chopova Lowena 2020 collection

Chopova Lowena Spring 2020 Ready-to-Wear Collection.

5. Liam Hodges

This British fashion brand was founded in 2013 by the designer Liam Hodges.

The London-based luxury streetwear brand caters for those who forsake conformity.

Liam Hodges aims to serve the ‘online-born’ generation who has its own definition of being successful.

Liam Hodges 2020 collection

4. Matty Bovan

Matty Bovan was founded by the 27-year-old designer with the same name.

The York-based designer has a cheeringly unconventional approach to fashion couture.

Matty’s remarkable work melds shamanistic totems, neon knits, and an air of futuristic shipwreck.

Matty Bovan 2020 collection

3. LOVERBOY

Founded by Charles Jeffrey, Loverboy is one of the upcoming British fashion brands taking the fashion community by storm.

The clothing label has earned an LVMH Prize nomination and won the British Emerging Talent prize at the 2017 Fashion Awards.

Loverboy successfully depicts the contemporary lifestyle of Londoners, through superb fashion collections.

Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY 2020 collection

Loverboy Spring 2020 Menswear Collection.

2. Bethany Williams

Bethany Williams is a UK-based clothing designer label with sustainability at heart.

Founded by the designer with the same name, Bethany is one of the most famous British designers right now.

With creations centred around social issues, Bettany protests against the climate crisis, homeless shelters, and fashion waste.

Bethany Williams 2020 collection

Bethany Williams Autumn/Winter 2020 Collection – London Fashion Week.

1. Chalayan

Founded by Hussein Chalayan, a Turkish Cypriot/British fashion designer, Chalayan is one of the most innovative British fashion brands to date.

Thanks to his obsession with technology, Chalayan’s future-gazing creations transcend the runway.

Known as ‘fashion’s big thinker’, the designer continually challenges the idea of what fashion is and what it can be.

In fashion critic’s eyes, this British fashion brand has a safe place in the company of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.

Chalayan 2020 collection

Chalayan Fall 2020 Menswear Collection.

With the hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of ‘most promising upcoming British fashion designers right now’, I’m asking for your help.

Which upcoming and popular British fashion brands you feel we should cover next and why?

What’s your top 3 British fashion designers right now? – old and new.

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