Say Burberry and for many people it might conjure up images of Z list celebrities in garish tartan pattern like those outfits in the 2000s but the fashion house has come a long way since then.
And its latest collection, hailed as ‘feminine-chic at its best’ by fashion critics, has a little bit of Ilkeston in each garment.
Trench coats, skirts and blouses made using Cluny lace make up the fashion house’s highest end pieces in the Prorsum range. With prices ranging from £495 to £3,995, you’re unlikely to see it in abundance on the streets of Ilkeston, but you are pretty much guaranteed to see A list celebrities wearing the world famous brand on the pages of glossy magazines.
Model of the moment Cara Delevigne strutted her stuff on the catwalk during London Fashion Week in September as pop superstar Harry Styles, of One Direction, watched on alongside the likes of actress Sienna Miller and singer Paloma Faith.
Kate Knight, Cluny sales administrator at the Belper Street factory in Ilkeston explained: “It’s the best quality lace in the world.
“Nowhere else in the world crafts the lace in the way we do anymore, which makes it an entirely unique product.
“It’s as good quality as you can get because it is twisted.”
And it’s not the first time that Cluny Lace has come before the cameras. The firm’s Leavers lace was used in the making of one of the world’s most famous wedding dresses.
When Catherine Middleton stepped out in April 2011 to marry Prince William, lace made here in Ilkeston could be seen on her dress.
Kate said: “We’ve worked with lots of designers and fashion houses before but it was great to see our lace used in a different way in the latest Burberry campaign.
“It was great to hear from them and what they’ve done with the lace is really nice.
“The colours look great and the designs are really wearable compared to some that you see on the catwalk, not that I can afford any of the items!
“Burberry are a massive global brand and to open up magazines and see our lace on the catwalks and being worn by celebrities is great.”