The home of Horsley

A high quality British-made collection of stylish and feminine clothes that will make you feel chic and ladylike.

Designed and made right here in Britain, the essence of elegance is captured in our vintage inspired designs. But whilst we look to the past for our inspiration, we colour each style with a touch of our unique, contemporary design and cut. Each garment is lovingly made especially for you, in your choice of colour and fabric from our current seasonal range. We will even adjust the size and fit for you if you don’t fit to our standard measurements. Please see our size chart for size specifications to help you choose just the right fit for you.

Eleanor

The Horsley label was founded in 2015 by designer and pattern cutter Eleanor Horsley.

Having worked for five years as a professional pattern cutter for various prestigious brands in London including Burberry, and run a successful bespoke bridal design business for a further five years, Eleanor has recently become the new owner of Lakeland Skirts and Cleasby’s quality garment manufacturers in the beautiful English Lake District.

Training as a fashion designer in Bristol, with post graduate qualifications in creative pattern cutting from the prestigious Central St Martin’s in London, Eleanor worked as a pattern cutter, cutting patterns for a variety of well known London designers such as Louise Goldin, Jean Pierre Braganza and Jens Laugesen, as well as working as the senior in-house pattern cutter for Burberry.

In 2007, Eleanor left London for Vietnam, where she taught fashion design and started up her own design label ‘Ele Horsley’. The essence of the brand was to create beautiful silk tea dresses, the like her grandmother’s generation wore, to bring femininity back to a fashion world that seemed steeped in black androgyny at the time. Upon returning to the UK, Eleanor moved to the Lake District where she continued to design and make beautiful collections as well as offering bespoke wedding gowns to those looking for something a bit different to anything that they could find on the high street.

In August 2014, Eleanor took the reins of B & B Cleasby and Lakeland Skirts, keeping the small garment manufacturing business alive in the face of closure. Now, the manufacturing business continues to design and make high quality garments for independent retailers around the UK, and the mail order brand, Lakeland Skirts, continues to offer made-to-measure skirts for the discerning lady.

"A keen runner, walker, cyclist and skier, Eleanor loves nothing better than to make the most of the wonderful countryside of the Lake District when she’s not at work. What a great place to call home!"

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