Tramp Menswear: Keeping it British

Today I wanted to give a little love to an upcoming brand called Tramp Menswear. After meeting the founder and designer Sapphire at a recent London event I got to see some of the collection up close and now I'm road testing one of her designs.

I'm wearing the Tramp Menswear Grey Zip Neck Jumper, with my AG Jeans and Dr Martens. You may have noticed how my socks and jumper match, that is not an accident. 

It's a perfect jumper for a casual event. It's slim fit with a ribbed collar, cuffs and hem. The logo is a something that draws attention. When I'm around people, I catch them trying to subtly identify the logo and that allows me to explain the story of the brand

It's a very British brand, all the products are made to order and manufactured in Norfolk. You can find out more about the manufacturing in a video on Tramp Menswear site. Their tagline is “designed to shape the stray’s and inspire the heroes.” Which I like. The logo which you'll find embroidered on the left breast is an exclusive signature dog that features on every Tramp product.

It's a good time to shop for some new pieces for your wardrobe, there are many items on sale and all items over £20 offer free delivery. This grey zip jumper is currently reduced to £65.80. 

This outfit is perfect for everyday events. I've worn it to coffee meetings, walking Charlie around the Common and out shopping on weekends. The black jeans offer a great contrast to the grey. You may have noticed I don't wear a whole bunch of blue denim generally. 

Other items on the site I would recommend is the Mull long sleeve tee, with contrast rib collar and sleeve hems. You'll also find accessories such as caps and socks as well as subscription boxes. 

2 Great British Menswear Brands to Know This Season

Buying British is something I'm more aware of these days, it's not just about the guaranteed quality of the goods you'll be purchasing but the knowledge that you've supported the British economy in times of uncertainty with Brexit. At Hawkins & Shepherd I'm currently designing a range of shirts that will also be made-in-Britain using the highest possible tailoring and fabrics available. But here are two brands who have been manufacturing in the UK for some time and have been extremely successful in doing so. Welcome Duke + Dexter and Ross Barr.

Duke + Dexter is a British born footwear brand who specialise in premium footwear, all of which is handmade in England. Since launching in 2014 they are now selling in 100 countries worldwide  including major luxury retailers in the UK such as Liberty's, Selfridges and Harrods which signifies the power of a made-in-England brand in a global marketplace. In 2016 they opened their flagship store in Covent Garden, London and recently launched their very first Chelsea boot collection for AW17 in 4 colour-ways. Impressive. The brand wanted to champion masterful techniques dedicated to British craftsmanship and believe in exceptional quality, unique charm and authenticity that comes from traditional handcrafted products. The Duke + Dexter take on the Chelsea boot is available in 4 colours, black and brown leather as well as camel and navy suede. Constructed using Italian leather or Northampton suede, whichever style is your personal preference, they are guaranteed to tick all your sartorial needs not only this this autumn but season after season. 

Ross Barr are slightly newer, launching in 2015 in Leeds, West Yorkshire by 27 year old designer Ross Barr-Hoyland. Ross Barr specialises in knitwear using 100% sustainable British wool and also manufactures in the UK. Ross Barr is supported by the Princes Trust and is certainly one to watch. They are destined for big things for 2018 and I'll be keeping a keen eye on any new collections or colour-ways in the future as I love their knitwear so much. They are currently stocked in a handful of boutique style stores in the UK but they have big ambitions to not only crack the UK market but also take our Great British made knitwear to markets abroad. The brand started its journey perfecting a single design which they call 'The Spencer' and have expanded over the years and now have 'The Elliot' and 'The Hoyland' in their current range. My favourite design personally in 'The Hoyland' which I've styled in my look above, warm enough to wear simply over a t-shirt or dress it up a little with a blazer or some tweed.





Photography by Charlie Sawyer