Burberry is an iconic British brand specialising in luxury clothing, accessories, shoes, and fragrances. Founded in 1856 by 21-year-old Thomas Burberry, a former draper’s apprentice, Burberry has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The brand prides itself in its innovation, creativity and, of course, its tribute to British heritage, showcasing quintessentially British looks for us every year. This is clearly evident in the items they are most famous for:
You guessed it. The sturdy, stylish trench coat. Burberry’s timeless tartan is another crowd favourite and our American duchess, Meghan Markle, certainly seems to agree.
But Burberry isn’t just known for its impeccable taste within the fashion industry. It’s also known for the outstanding work done by the Burberry Foundation, an independent charity set up by Burberry in 2008. Since its formation the Burberry Foundation has tackled a variety of pressing issues. In the past year alone the foundation has embarked on some very notable projects. Last year It announced a five-year partnership with Elvis and Kresse – an environmentally friendly, London-based organisation that creates its products from reclaimed materials – to reduce leather waste. Earlier this year the Burberry Foundation teamed up with Oxfam and PUR Projet to launch a five-year programme that provides support to rural cashmere-producing communities in Afghanistan by giving them the training and tools they need to enhance their livelihoods.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the Burberry Foundation begun to address the UK’s decline in enrolment in the Arts. British schools and universities are facing funding cuts to arts programmes and creative skills and thinking are being put on the back burner. So, the Burberry Foundation decided to launch its first in-school arts and culture programme in Yorkshire. The aim is to measure the positive impact that theatre, film, dance and art have on young people.
It’s fantastic that a global scale brand like Burberry is focussing on these issues. And, although Caramel Rock is a small, educational charity in comparison, our passion for empowering the British youth more than makes up for our size. We believe that any difference on an individual level contributes to the greater cause and are excited to continue shaping the futures of young people within the creative industries. One stitch at a time.
— Pratichi T. Nag