Fashion and accessories

In its own way The Wool Clip has been part of the renaissance in British wool over the last few years, the co-operative producing original and creative craftwork, using wool from primarily native British breeds.

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). 

Jules B (mens and womenswear), Maya Maya (mens and womenswear), H Hogarth and Banks Lyon (both jewellers), all in Kendal. Superlove Merino (clothing and sleep bags for babies and youngsters, online sales). Davenports Fashion House (womenswear) at Grange-over-Sands, Silver Forge (jewellery) in Milnthorpe, She Sells (pre-owned fashion) at Arnside. 

Two by Two (womenswear), Working Class Heroes (streetwear), Tracy Wells (millinery), Loopy Wool Shop, Tantrum (children’s clothes and more), all in Ulverston. Charlotte Chaplin (Herdwick tweeds, online), Woodcock and Snipe (sporting clothing and accessories, online store).

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