Laura Ashley

Initially inspired by traditional handicrafts and Victorian patterns, Laura Ashley’s quintessentially English designs became very popular after one of her early designs was worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Roman Holiday. Founded in 1953, the company moved from Kent to Wales in 1961 and clothing bearing labels from this era are particularly sought after.

By the end of the sixties Laura Ashley had developed its designs and was well known for its dreamy, floaty maxi skirts and dresses and the stylised Prairie dresses are particularly associated with the brand.  During the early 80’s the brand began to incorporate the frills and pin tucks of the ‘Sloane Ranger’ - an altogether crisper, posher look popularised by Princess Diana.