Everyday glamour - the world of Annabel Brocks
This week we're focusing on a wonderful brand that epitomises style and substance with bringing a little glamour to the country and equestrian lifestyle scenes. Annabel Brocks combines beautifully versatile designs with an eye for different colour combinations that really mark the brand out among a crowded market, and Annabel's commitment to British design and manufacturing means that the quality is second to none.
In the beginning...
Like those of us who are always cold, Annabel found British winters a challenge following her gruelling fight with cancer. The lack of garments that combined warmth, colour and style for an outdoor lifestyle inspired Annabel to design them for herself, creating items she felt were missing from her own wardrobe.
Starting with her Faux Fur Reversible head warmers, still a staple of every autumn/winter collection and voted ‘Top Gift’ in Horse & Hound in both 2014 and 2016, Annabel immediately attracted attention from such household names as Mary King and Charlotte Dujardin when she first exhibited at Your Horse Live in 2014. The speed at which the brand took off confirmed a lot of other people also had some holes in their outdoor wardrobes…
This year has seen the launch of the Beach Boutique at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, and, although the need for beach attire is a distant dream for us as we head into a British winter, we’re very excited to see how this section of Annabel Brocks expands in time for (hopefully) next year’s hot weather and sunshine-filled holidays.
How does Annabel create her collections?
Originality and versatility are still key inspirations for Annabel when she designs her new pieces, as is a fundamental belief in the importance of using materials and manufacturing skills found in the British Isles. Not only does being able to visit suppliers and manufacturers enable Annabel to ensure the quality of her pieces remains consistent, but supporting other world-class British businesses is something Annabel has always been keen to do. Annabel is also keen to continue helping others and raising money for causes close to her heart. Proceeds from some items in her different collections regularly go to such worthy charities as McMillan and Cancer Research UK.
Our top picks from the current collection
All Seasons Wrap – Nude
A gorgeous size and shape for those times when you just want to wrap yourself up against the elements, the All Seasons Wrap is the perfect choice for everything from a quick trip to the pub to the office meeting. Made in the UK from 100% cosy lambswool, we love the versatility of this piece for the colder months, and the solid block camel/nude colour is such a lovely warm colour for both town and country wear.
Tan leather and Cobalt Blue suede belt
As seen on several high-profile three-day eventers since its launch in 2016, we fell in love with this super stylish belt at first sight. Bringing just the right amount of colour to an outfit, we love the versatility of the design, which works equally well as a pop of colour for a sophisticated work look, or for weekend fun with a pair of white jeans.
Beige faux fur and pink stripe herringbone tweed reversible headwarmer
We’re always looking for fun and stylish ways of keeping warm as the temperature drops, and what better way of doing it than with this reversible faux fur and tweed headwarmer? Designed to flatter most skin tones, cold, painful ears would definitely be a thing of the past in this. We especially love that Annabel has designed this to be reversible, giving you the choice of whether to go for the full fluff look or to show off the delicious tweed, which has a fun pink stripe to give a subtle twist.