Hand & Lock – Haider Ackerman & Burberry

Hand & Lock

Haider Ackermann and Burberry Prorsum use little known London embroidery atelier to kickstart a major 2016 Trend: Military detailing

Hand & Lock Goldwork at Burberry Fashion Show

British embroidery house, Hand & Lock have supplied the royal family and Britain’s Royal Forces with embroidered accoutrements and regalia for the last 250 years. In recent years, there has been a new type of customer taking an interest.

The central London atelier’s cords, military laces, gold work badges and trims are now finding their way into the catwalks’ of Paris and London.

Hand & Lock Goldwork Shoe at Burberry Fashion Show

Haider Ackermann, the designer tipped to succeed Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, hand selected gold military laces and braids for his SS16 collection that debuted at Paris Fashion Week in June. The trimmings were used to, in his words ‘switch it up’ adding a rich contrast to his otherwise dark palette.

Gold Russia Braid


At this September’s London Fashion Week, Burberry Prorsum, Britain’s perhaps most successful luxury fashion brand, showcased a collection practically dripping with military details; all sought from Hand & Lock. Cage boots were edged with gold orris cord traditionally used as piping on ceremonial coats, the iconic Burberry trench-coat was updated with button holes lined with gold Russia Braid. Everywhere on the catwalk colourful hand-made regimental badges graced collars and shoes.

Hand & Lock Goldwork Jacket at Burberry Fashion Show

Last season the Burberry must-have was its cashmere monogrammed blanket poncho first worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Cara Delevigne. The large monogram was tested and developed with Hand & Lock to get the perfect size and setting.

Hand & Lock Goldwork Bag at Burberry Fashion Show

This coming season’s must have will undoubtedly be the monogrammed rucksack featuring a monogram with hand made Hand & Lock goldwork letters. Each letter takes around two hours to embroider and is made with extreme care from wire bullions with a 0.01% gold content.

In 2016 expect to see more couture shows featuring military detailing from the embroidery house.