British heritage label Wolsey, known for its woolens and outerwear, marks its 260th anniversary this year and the label’s creative director Chris Lee has gone back to the company’s long-established roots to create a capsule collection to mark the milestone.
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The Made in the U.K. collection launches in September, and comprises two coats, a sweater and accessories that take their cues from Wolsey’s archives.
All the designs are made at Wolsey’s factory in Leicester, England.
The label began in the same area as a hosiery manufacturer in 1755, and evolved over the years to incorporate outerwear, military garments and sportswear.
In 2010, Jamey Hargreaves — whose family founded British retailer Matalan — acquired the label, and set about relaunching it as a heritage and performance sports brand.
Prices for the collection start at 50 pounds, or $78, for a beanie hat.
The line will launch at Wolsey’s London flagship on Soho’s Brewer Street.