In September 2015 a new clothing brand launched in Leeds, West Yorkshire. This brand is Ross Barr. The brand debuted with a single piece of men’s knitwear called 'The Spencer', which is inspired by the elegance of the Regency Period and is completely 100% made in Britain, from the Scottish wool which is spun and dyed in Keighley West Yorkshire to even packaging which comes from Huddersfield. Everything is designed by the designer Ross Barr-Hoyland. Ross aged 27, comes from Wakefield and launched the company after receiving full support from The Prince’s Trust as part of their Enterprise Programme.
Since then, the brand and Mr. Barr-Hoyland are continuing to go from strength-to-strength. Ross has one main goal and objective for what he wants for the brand; to celebrate and demonstrate the true beauty and quality of the British manufacturing industry via the means of fashion. Ross grew up in the world of business and industry with his father operating a haulage firm in West Yorkshire for over three decades. However, like many industries across the country, he witnessed the dramatic decline of industry over recent decades and what that means to society as a whole.
In his local areas he has seen the old mills and once industrial power houses become nothing more than crumbling shadows of their former splendour, especially in the wake of our most recent economic crisis. Sadly, this has meant that there is severe lack of opportunity in many areas which has led to degeneration across much of the United Kingdom. Ross Barr though seeks to change this by a revival in their own their way.
Inspired by the ethos of The Prince’s Trust, Ross wants the brand to resurrect these old industries, such as woollen, textile and even metalwork in the hope that it will provide hope and opportunity to the areas and people that are crying out for it.
The launch season was incredible for the brand as it not only saw sales come in from across globe, but also saw the world’s biggest male supermodel, Mr. David Gandy who wore The Spencer for the Campaign for Wool Week held in London on October 4th 2015. With the brand’s amazing imagery and ethos, men and women from across the world bought not only into the style, but the ethos and dream of the brand and that of its founder. One important key principle of Ross is to also give back and help as and when he can. To date, the brand has raised over £2,000 for charity by donating Spencer’s for auction in aid of The Prince’s Trust, Children with Cancer UK, Cancer Support Bradford & Airedale and the RSPCA Bradford Branch.
Since the launch of the brand people have seen the sheer will, determination and passion Ross has not only for fashion but also for British industry and the country as a whole. For him, the ethos for Ross Barr will always be that ‘every stitch and every thread is authentically British’.