Brexit bonus for savvy style shoppers who enjoy the best of British

Regardless of the recent Brexit decision, there's rarely been a better time to invest in some quality British menswear, what with the value of the Pound driven down relative to the stable Aussie Dollar.

At the time of writing one Australian dollar was buying 57 pence – still far from parity, but better than we've seen in recent years.

The Brits know a thing or two about how to attire an elegant gentleman. For example, Savile Row has been creating the world's best suits since 1946, when Henry Poole threw open his doors at Number 32. And it was the English who invented the waistcoat and the cardigan and the Wellington boot.

So in the spirit of a soon-to-be independent Britain, we thought we'd grab a nice cup of Twinings and take a look at 11 of the most iconic British menswear outiftters worth investing in.

In other words, Keep Calm and Grab your Credit Card. Scroll through the gallery above to see the collection.

1) Huntsman

There are many tailors on Savile Row, and everyone has an opinion on who is the very best. It's a tough choice but for our money it has to be Huntsman, which we featured earlier this year. Founded in 1849 by Henry Huntsman, the studio is known for its traditional sense of style and highly structured shoulders. Renowned as much for its equestrian wear as its fine suits, Huntsman's riding breeches have been worn by a who's who of Hollywood royalty from Clarke Gable to David Niven, as well as genuine royalty such as Edward VII. Huntsman has long had a reputation as Savile Row's most expensive tailor. 

Top pick: only those with very deep pockets can afford one of the fully bespoke suits.

Price: bespoke suits start at £5000 ($8792) from Huntsman

2) Hunter

Undoubtedly the most iconic wellies in the UK, preferred by the upper class to trudge around on their soggy country estates. Originally established as the North British Rubber Company in 1856, Hunters have appeared on the feet of everyone from The Queen to the late Princess Diana. The brand was granted a Royal Warrant by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1977.


Top pick: the classic tall black boots.

Price: $189 from Hunter Boots Australia

3) Orlebar Brown

Not all British brands are steeped in history. Orlebar Brown (OB) was only founded in 2007 when photographer Adam Brown was on a summer holiday and noticed the men sitting around the poolside all wore ugly board shorts. He came up with the idea of a tailored swim short that was attractive enough to wear from the pool to the bar. Many of the designs are inspired by Slim Aaron's photographic images of the French Riviera in the 1960s. Nowadays the range includes jackets and T-shirts.

Top pick: the 1950s style Setter Sky swim short as worn by James Bond in Skyfall. They feature adjustable side tabs and a quick drying polyamide fabric.

Price: $145 from Orlebar Brown

4) N.Peal

Another favourite of the spy with a licence to kill, N.Peal sweaters featured in both Skyfall and Spectre. This uber-luxury cashmere brand was launched in London in 1936 using the best of the best wool from the Shetland Islands. During the '50s N.Peal sweaters warmed the likes of Cary Grant and Jackie Kennedy. 

Top pick: we rather like the round neck cashmere sweater in 'Blue Wave' worn by Daniel Craig in the final sequences of Skyfall.

Price: £229 ($402) from N.Peal

5) Edward Green

Those in the know, know that this Northampton shoemaker creates the finest footwear in Britain. Still hand-cut as they have been since the workshop was first established in 1890, Edward Green is associated with the best of the best English Goodyear-welted footwear. All its shoes are made from French and Italian calfskin with oak-barrel tanned soles. Ernest Hemingway wore Edward Green. So should you. 

Top pick: Westminster 915 contemporary monk shoe. 

Price: around £800 ($1406) from Edward Green

6) Sunspel

The ultimate British sporting brand, and another of those that 007 likes to slip into when he's doing His Majesty's Service. Sunspel should be your go-to label for the very best T-shirts and polo shirts on the planet. There's certainly some history behind the name. Thomas Hill opened his textile fabric in Nottingham in 1860, creating some of the earliest T-shirts ever made. The secret of the company's success has always been the quality of the material it uses, especially its sea island cotton.

Top pick: James Bond's Riviera polo in navy.

Price: $130 from Sunspel Melbourne

7) Dunhill

One of the world's first luxury brands, and one that cannot be ignored in a list of the best of British. Alfred Dunhill started at the turn of the 20th century making accessories such as clothing and goggles for a relatively new invention called the motor car. By the 1920s Dunhill was creating luxury goods for 'gentlemen of refinement' and one of the earliest customers was artist Pablo Picasso who purchased a lighter. Nowadays the company has a complete range of luxury products.

Top pick: the goatskin billfold wallet would be high on our list.

Price: $US545 ($725) from Dunhill

8) Rapha

We had to include one cycle clothing brand and it had to be Rapha. Founded by Simon Mottram in 2004, Rapha is now considered the finest high-end cycling clothing in the world and supplies Team Sky with all their pro kit. Quality materials such as super-soft merino wool and cutting-edge technical fabrics are the key to Rapha's burgeoning success, along with collaborations with top designers such as Paul Smith and Liberty. Even non-cyclists are impressed with the company's superb 'city' range.

Top pick: it's a tough one, but probably the Hooded Rain Jacket.

Price: $420 from Rapha CC

9) Paul Smith

Hard to believe that Paul Smith once had his sights on being a professional cyclist. He shelved that idea following a run in with the rear of a car that put him in hospital for several months. He decided instead to become a fashion designer, studying tailoring in the evenings and setting up his first store in Nottingham at the age of 24. Nowadays Paul Smith is one of the most successful designers in the world sold in 66 countries and with 200 stores in Japan alone.

Top pick: heavyweight biker jacket. 

Visit: Price £795 ($1385) from Paul Smith

10) Hutton Desert Boots

For many years Hutton was the last name in desert boots, with Steve McQueen wearing the company's famous Playboy chukkas on and off the screen, most famously in the movie Bullitt. The company was founded in Northampton in the 1930s and became popular amongst American Ivy League types who were trying to capture the British look. In 1990, Hutton closed its doors and remained that way until the name was relaunched in January this year, with each run limited to just 100 pairs worldwide. These days Hutton boots are handmade in Italy the way desert boots used to be made, with premium Italian vegetable tanned suede and a proper crepe sole.

Top pick: the new release in Havana Sand (chocolate brown).

Price: £125 ($220) from Hutton

11) Swaine Adeney Brigg

This very British company has been making leather goods since 1750, however the Brigg part of the name is also famous for its beautiful brollies. And seeing as Sydney and Melbourne both boast higher annual rainfalls than London, it might be worth investing in a decent one. Brigg supplied Colin Firth's umbrella in the 2015 movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Firth's particular brolly featured a gun and a bullet-proof canopy. Unfortunately, none of the actual range include these handy features, but there is a flask umbrella that comes with a glass drinking tube in the handle, that we can thoroughly recommend for a sneaky tipple.

Top pick: the Brigg Malacca Prince of Wales with a canopy of nylon or hand-woven silk, a sterling silver nose cap and collar, and a handle of Malacca wood.

Price: from £475 ($835) from Swaine Adeney Brigg

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What are your favourite British menswear brands and why? Tell us in the Comments section.