Modern Heritage Brands: Inspired by Tradition

We’re proud that so many of our #brandstotrust embed heritage into their products, borrowing inspiration from history while creating designs that are relevant to contemporary audiences.

Here are a few examples, from brands with a long legacy of their own to new brands that draw on the traditions of days gone by.


By Royal Appointment…

House of Garrard

Founded in 1735, House of Garrard is the longest serving jewellery house in the world. The brands rich heritage includes creating jewellery pieces for the British Royal family, from iconic tiaras worn at state occasions to the engagement ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Each piece of beautifully crafted jewellery from the House of Garrard showcases the brand’s meticulous attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship. Designs include contemporary interpretations of heritage pieces and modern collections inspired by British history.



Heirlooms of Tomorrow…


Rachel Bates describes her contemporary homeware designs as the antiques and heirlooms of tomorrow. When you take a look at the quality and craftsmanship in each piece you can see why – from hand-cut crystal to carefully-painted porcelain.

Produced by some of the finest manufacturers and artisans in the world, each piece encapsulates a respect for tradition while adding in Rachel’s own vibrant personality through vibrant colours and playful details.



Handcrafted Memories…


Alexandra Llewellyn was first introduced to backgammon as a child while walking through the alleys of Cairo with her step-grandfather. Years later she began a brand that shares her name inspired by her fascination with the game, producing handcrafted backgammon boards that are breathtaking in their design and craftsmanship.

There are fourteen designs in Alexandra’s collection – each evoke their own unique feeling, from exotic palms to sensual nudes. Each board can be personalised with message or initials, while Alexandra also works with clients to create bespoke designs that capture the owner’s personality or memories.  



Legendary Craftsmanship…


Stivaleria Cavallin’s craft and heritage in boot making is legendary. Founded in 1961, the Italian workshop is revered by industry insiders for its traditional techniques and the unparalleled quality of its designs.

Shoe connoisseurs travel from far and wide to visit the Stivaleria Cavallin boutique is London’s Belgravia, the exclusive retailer for its exquisite boots. Here you can find a wide choice of premium leathers and colours, along with discussing an idea for your own bespoke design.



Pioneering Innovation… 

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Designed in New York and manufactured in London, Passavant & Lee’s luxury leather goods combine the spirit of American engineering with the English tradition of craftsmanship. These statement accessories are built to last and designed for the modern pioneering man.

Each product begins with a base of solid aircraft grade aluminium, which is wrapped in vegetable-tanned leather and lined with suede and silk for a premium design that is imbued with durability and desirability.



Rooted in Ingredients…

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You may be familiar with Kiehl’s, but did you know that the brand actually began 160 years ago as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village. Originally a full-service pharmacy, the store offered its customers homeopathic and herbal remedies, which became the first Kiehl’s brand name products.

Today this passion for natural ingredients is blended with advanced science to create premium skin and hair care products. Quality ingredients remain the single most important component of Kiehl’s products, which is why they are proudly displayed on every piece of packaging.



If you enjoyed this, you might like to read Global Artisans: Craftsmanship From Across the Globe or Bringing Traditional Craft to Modern Life


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