“Quiet luxury” is how Bamford describes its aesthetic — and given that its clothing and lifestyle products emphasize organic materials, muted colors, and understated elegance, the description fits. Founded by Lady Carole Bamford of Gloucestershire, this British fashion brand offers ready-to-wear clothing and accessories for men and women, sumptuous homewares, and Body: a collection of bath and beauty products infused with natural ingredients such as geraniums and chamomile. For women, slim-fitting cigarette pants, flattering dresses, classic wool riding skirts, and draping cashmere knits will inspire daydreams of sitting ringside at polo matches or sipping tea at a London café; for gents, Bamford & Sons' cable-knit sweaters, hound's tooth blazers, and flat-front trousers epitomize classic preppy chic. When Bamford launched a limited-edition line of heirloom-quality handbags in lavishly textured ostrich and crocodile skins, even jaded bag lovers swooned. When visiting the UK, be sure to visit Bamford's shops in London and in Lady Bamford’s hometown.
Bamford is a collection of carefully selected objects. From clothing, items for the home jewelry and accessories, the Bamford range reflects the supreme skill of the makers and artisans with whom they have collaborated, resulting in a style that is simple yet sophisticated. Each piece illustrates the effortless grace that is intrinsic to articles of beauty: clothes that are hand worked, spun and woven finished with subtlety and care. Textures, so often sacrificed by mechanization, are left in their original form: Handmade cloth from India, nettle fibre textiles and roughly hewn semi-precious stones. The consciousness Bamford puts into the creation of every object is extended to how they treat the land – What they take from it and what they put back. With stores throughout the UK and distribution in top retailers including Bergdorf Goodman and Holt Renfrew, Bamford is an exciting addition to Gilt Groupe.
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Bamford is a well-kept secret of the handbag-obsessed and a few key fashion insiders. The ultimate in luxury handbags, they’re made from exotic skins that are valued for their unusual (and extremely rare) characteristics like ombré crocodile or especially plush mink. These investment pieces are usually made to order, but we’ve scored a few beauties you won’t have to wait for.