Style and Heritage – H&W clothing line sets sail
It’s not often you can buy clothes that actually represent where you are from, without looking tacky, or like an American Tourist minus the bum bag.
I was scanning through twitter recently and an image of some cufflinks popped out at me, not just any cufflinks, but industrial heritage cufflinks…emblazoned with one of our most famous icons – Harland and Wolff. They looked robust, understated, manly.
So i got in touch to find out more about the reason behind this surge in local industrial pride. It turns out this sartorial celebration is thanks to two young Belfast entrepreneurs, Dennis Bree and Tim McAllister who have created the Harland and Wolff Apparel brand.
Launching the first phase of the collection, available at www.harlandandwolff.co.uk the duo have aimed to represent the history, quality and workmanship of the famous brand through a select choice of men’s products.
Currently offering men’s t-shirts, polo shirts, and ties, Harland & Wolff Apparel have shirts and boots in the pipeline, as well as the smartest, limited edition antique brass cufflinks.
You can see that these are high quality clothes, rooted in the original values of Belfast’s heritage. This isn’t tourist fodder.
The pair’s biggest ambition is to ensure everything is designed and fabricated in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Great Britain, “there’s nothing more easily and immediately identifiable as “Made in Belfast” than Harland and Wolff,” says Bree.
So while you might not be able to buy your own ‘Samson’ or ‘Goliath’, with Harland and Wolff Apparel, you can get yourself some smart new gear with a little bit of Belfast history thrown in.
Let’s hope this venture can help bring the H&W brand back to a global audience.