Fashion and accessories

Both menswear and womenswear are sold at this former  winner of the Best Accessories Offer in an Independent at the Drapers Footwear and Accessories Awards.

In its own wonderful way The Wool Clip is part of the renaissance in British wool. Founded in 2001 after the foot and mouth epidemic, the idea behind this Cumbrian co-operative is to encourage traditional skills like weaving and knitting while at the same time helping local farmers and adding value to native sheep breeds and British wool. As you’d expect in this county, there’s a strong Herdwick influence.

Casanova is one of Carlisle’s best known independent shops, Terry Foster establishing the menswear business in 1977. Over the years his range of clothes and accessories and his service have attracted many loyal customers.

This is a great Cumbrian success story, the business starting in a village near Carlisle in 1984 but now sending its leisure, travel, business and sporting bags, its totes and satchels - for men and women - all over the world.

It’s not all fleeces and waterproofs in Keswick as this independent womenswear shop appealingly demonstrates. Opened in the town in 2010, Alexandra’s mission is to ‘specialise in ethically sourced and produced clothing and accessories’, with a range of dresses, jackets, coats, knitwear, skirts, tops, trousers and underwear.

‘It’s good for your mind, it’s good for your soul. You’re making something. In essence that’s so valuable to me’. So says Kate Wilson in the short film about Oubas Knitwear on her website.

New Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year at The Footwear Industry Awards 2018, Little Brogues is about as jolly and colourful a small shop as you’ll find anywhere. It was opened in 2017 by Simon Dernie and Kate Williams and sells shoes for leisure and school, trainers, sandals, wellies and walking shoes - all for children.

Ruby Shoes Day in Ambleside. Cinderella Me and Gina Ricci (shoes) in Windermere. Julia Tasker Bridal Couture and Daniella Draper (jewellery), both in Bowness. 

Herdwick (bags and accessories, sold online).

Clothing/beauty shop at Rheged near Penrith. Annabelles Fashion and Strolling4Shoes in Cockermouth. Millican (bags and rucksacks, online store and at stockists). Crookabeck Farm (products from the wool of Herdwick sheep and Angora goats, online). 

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