Alexander James- English Country Clothing

Alexander James– English Country Clothing-  located in one of my favorite cities to visit around Christmas – Manchester, UK.  They have impeccable tailoring according to Equestrianista Brandy Greenwell.


Alan Little founded ALEXANDER JAMES 35 years ago. An accomplished tailor and cutter, born in Lancashire, the textile heartland of England, he had a passion for form and fit in clothes. He chose sporting wear to prove his skills, deciding to specialize in riding, hunting and shooting, where tradition rules. He knew this was where his hand tailoring, combined with the best cloths, would be quickly recognized. He was right.

Alan Little developed a highly successful formula, a range to suit everyone – and of all ages. ALEXANDER JAMES offers ready to wear items, a customized option, and a full bespoke service. This gives choice both in product and price. The only common thread is the finest material from some of the oldest mills and weavers in Britain.

Alan is a Past President of the Federation of Clothing Designers and Executives, as is his son, Mark; Both he and Carl can draw on his long experience for they work in this family business. Thus customers old and new, at home and abroad, reap the rewards of the ALEXANDER JAMES tradition in the robot age – good service and individual attention to detail by hand – so they look their best, in clothes just for them.


Introducing The Victoria!


Expertly cut and tailored using only the finest English fabric woven in Yorkshire.

Alexander James tailor side saddle habits to fit the individual, where style and elegance are of utmost importance.

The ‘Victoria’ is our latest style. The jacket has a very elegant, fitted look and is at home both in the show ring and the hunting field.

Comprising of two button single breasted cutaway jacket with square fronts, curved sleeves and double vents at the rear. Two drop slanted flap pockets and habit buttons.


All of Alexander Jame’s  habits (they have 5 habits currently available EE, Victoria, Elizabeth, Cathrine and a Vintage but they can make unique bespoke habits that are not on our site for individual customers) They have amazing options:  a waterproof option and their own StormTeq Lining- an additional charge but so worth it- the lining keeps the rider dry whilst out in wet weather, but it is also a breathable material so will not hold sweat in.

I know people stereotype custom clothing with very expensive prices attached to them.  When you are looking for good quality basics that were made for your body type, their work and quality are priceless.  If you look at Alexander James’ prices, they are in the same range as a good quality riding coat off the rack- So ITS WORTH IT!

Photo Credit: Nadina of Ironia Art


Speaking of affordable gear:

Alexander James will be releasing an everyday wearable and machine washable habit!

I’d like to introduce:

Everyday Elegance when it is released will be a every day wear habit, that will be made out of one type of material (polyester-wool), It will be machine washable, and would be great for people to practice in, and for people who are just starting to learn side saddle as it would be a cheaper option for entry level riders. You wouldn’t really wear this habit for showing or hunting in even though the style of both habits are virtually the same, there is more craftsmanship in the Victoria.  UPDATES on facebook will be posted!

If you love Tweed- they have a wonderful selection!



Anyone looking for something made for just them- take a look at this company.  You can choose from a wide variety of clothes and really make it your own.

Follow Alexandar James on Facebook


Valentines Admirer – What has caught my eye recently

Two things in the past couple months have really caught my eye.    A photographer by the name of Raphael Macek and cowboy boots.  I know they are completely opposite of each other, but just as beautiful in their own way.

 “The Art consists in transforming something simple into something special” –Raphael Macek





Follow Raphael on Facebook and check out his website.  There are lots of beautiful and action packed photos of Raphael’s.  More to post about about him when we get to Jumpers in the summer!



 I must admit, I’m still obsessing over getting a new pair of cowboy boots, I think I’m sold on the Bronc Rider  boots from Lagrange Leather.  Here’s a great sampling of cowboy boots that are Valentines Themed!  Don’t you just love them?


Love Cowboy Boots

Foxhuntings’ Drink of Choice & Foxhunt inspired labels


I have a theory that each equestrian discipline has a drink or two of choice.



 So far I have found that for Foxhunting, the drink of choice is usually Bourbon, Whiskey, Brandy, or Port.  The men tend to sip on Bourbon & Whiskey while the ladies go for something lighter like Brandy & Port.  There are variations within hunt clubs and within different foxhunting countries.

A recent drink trend in Middleburg Hunt, for the women, is a pomegranate liquor according to foxhunting equestrianista Brandy Greenwell.  Stay tuned for a full interview with Brandy on the first week in February!




Foxhunter and husband to Brandy, Nick Greenwell shared with me the most clever idea!   He said he was taught this trick from and old huntsmen.  Tradition is very important- so pay attention- this one is brilliant!

Bourbon & Raw Honey!  Make sure you get local raw honey- the floating wax bites will keep your mouth moist and you can use the wax to keep your lips protected from the harsh weather conditions.



Fine English tailoring company – Alexander James of Pendlebury shared with me – their “friends” on Facebook have been sharing images of Le Baron de Malleret 2009.  What a beautiful label!






Last weekend, I visited friends in Philadelphia and tasted a wonderful pear & apricot cider called Fox Barrel!



Try one of these drinks and let me know what you think!

New Year, New You…Outerwear

Take a second to look through your outerwear closet.  Do you have the basics?  Are they in good shape? Do you have too many of a particular style?

I feel as an equestrian, I end up gathering a lot of jackets.   The coming New Year is a good time to go through and make sure you have enough but not too many!



Jacket Basics

By the way, I’m totally obessed with the Durberry long coat and the Joules oilskin!

My Joules Wishlist

My Joules Wishlist

Joules is a popular equestrian country type of brand.  Love the color choices and Love the beautiful details.

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