The heritage fashion edit
Iconic brands you’ll love forever
From Dr Martens to Vivienne Westwood, we’ve done our research and rounded up the best heritage fashion brands to be seen in this spring – all available at Union Square. And don’t think these are one-season wonders. These iconic investments can be enjoyed year after year, so think of them like your super-stylish heirlooms… Enjoy!
Few brands do boots better than German-born British shoemaker Dr Martens. Beloved of punks the world over, this 1947-founded brand has gone from cult favourite to global fixture. Gigi Hadid, Gwen Stefani and Robert Pattinson are all fans of its fearless footwear. Keep it classic with the eye-catching style that started it all. Barely changed since its birth in 1960, the Dr Martens eight-hole boot in cherry red is statement footwear built on solid foundations. With Goodyear-welted soles and smooth leather, a pair of these will ensure you always get off on the right foot.
Recognisable for its Golden Eagle emblem, Scottish brand Lyle & Scott has been a byword for quality since it first started crafting knitwear in 1874. Celebrated by men from professional golfer Tony Jacklin to indie rock legend Pete Doherty, the brand’s sharp cuts and bold colours are still top of the leaderboard today. Crafted from 100% cotton pique, Lyle & Scott’s classic polo shirt is a year-round staple. Wear it with sweatpants and trainers for a winning sporty look. Or dress it up with a pair of chinos and desert boots for easy weekend style.
A mainstay from the tennis court to the football terraces, Fred Perry takes its name from the Stockport-born three-time Wimbledon champion who helped found it in 1952. No man’s wardrobe is complete without some Fred Perry classic casualwear, instantly recognisable for its embroidered laurel wreath and contrast tipping. Inspired by the original tennis shoe, these ecru canvas trainers are the kind of versatile off-duty footwear that play as well with tailored sportswear as jeans and a tee. Ace.
With a pioneering approach that combines rigorous science with classic design, British shoemaker Clarks has stayed one step ahead of the competition since its foundation in 1825. And the brand’s Trigenic sneakers continue its tradition of trailblazing footwear. Inspired by boots worn by army officers in 1940s Burma, Clarks’ original desert boots are the ultimate off-duty shoes. Made from soft English suede and fitted with supremely comfortable crepe soles, they’re a shoo-in for looks from smart to casual.
A rebel at heart, Dame Vivienne Westwood turned her back on a career in primary school teaching to revolutionise fashion with her punk-inspired designs. From pirate boots to political T-shirts, her daring wares are provocative and impeccably crafted. No wonder she was awarded an OBE (which she famously received sans knickers!). Lend your look a little drama with Vivienne Westwood’s orb watch. Nothing short of a showstopper, its black dial and embossed leather strap are perfectly complemented by the brand’s signature gold-plated orb motif and charm.
Our picks: Dr Martens 1460 boots in Cherry Red, £110, Sole Trader; Lyle & Scott classic polo (various colours), £50, JD Sports; Clarks Originals suede desert boots, £95, Clarks; Fred Perry Horton canvas trainers, £60, free Click & Collect at JD Sports; Vivienne Westwood orb II watch, £185, Rox
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