The Coolest Brands In The UK This Year

Fashion Isn't Just About Clothes...

REBEL Editorial || September 11th

1000's of UK consumers and industry experts have been voting on what are the Coolest Brands out their in 2016. From fashion to festivals, technology to cars, a full range of categories were put to the vote. By the numbers, here's the UK's Top Brands.

20 LIBERTY

Since it first opened its doors in 1875, Liberty has been renowned for its celebration of innovative and eclectic design. Situated in London’s Regent Street shopping district, it remains the destination of choice for the sophisticated shopper. At Liberty, a rich heritage combines with the cutting-edge and avant-garde, making each visit a voyage of discovery. Six floors of carefully curated products ranging from fashion, beauty, home and a selection of Liberty’s renowned fabrics can be explored.

19 VIRGIN ATLANTIC

Innovation is at the heart of Virgin Atlantic, and Ida is its latest breakthrough. An ‘Immersive Digital Adventure’, Ida combines a narrative with advanced technology and sensory effects to allow guests to experience Upper Class from the ground. On board its incredible 787-9 Dreamliners, more customers than ever are experiencing the airline’s dedication to unique design and friendly service. They are even fulfilling their own long-held ambitions, spurred on by the ‘Let it fly’ campaign.

18 ADIDAS

adidas continues to create the new through translating its world class performance technology, Boost, into the greatest running franchise ever, the Ultra Boost. As a creator, adidas dares to change the beautiful game, reinventing its football franchises – Ace & X – to the best in class. Also dominating in the spheres of streetwear and fashion, Adidas Originals writes the modern design aesthetic, inspired by its vast back catalogue and iconic footwear franchises Superstar and Stan Smith.

17 URBANEARS

Urbanears makes headphones for extraordinary people like you. Superb on sound, playful and minimal in design, each model is well thought out in both form and function. And you can usually expect the unexpected in terms of extra features, which up your listening experience and just make life easier. Urbanears is all about self-expression and being exactly who you are, while also celebrating music’s ability to bring people together in a unifying sound experience.

16 PICTUREHOUSE CINEMAS

Formed in 1989 to challenge the multiplex model, Picturehouse Cinemas are the largest independent cinema group in the UK, owning and operating 23 cinemas, including the flagship West End cinema Picturehouse Central. Picturehouse Cinemas aims to create a haven for film and culture lovers. Focusing exclusively on the experience, Picturehouse Cinemas take their events as seriously as their bespoke food and drink offerings.

15 ZEO

To create their soft drinks, Zeo handcraft every flavour combination by distilling a unique mix of 32 fruits and botanicals. Blended with spring water and sweetened using stevia leaf, Zeo is natural, low sugar and low calorie. Release your brighter side.

14 SONY MUSIC

Sony Music UK’s London offices are home to renowned labels including RCA, Epic, Syco Music and the legendary Columbia Records – the record industry’s oldest existing label. Recently the company has steered international campaigns for domestic artists including George Ezra, Calvin Harris, Paloma Faith and Mark Ronson, who achieved the biggest-selling single of 2015 with Uptown Funk. In May 2016, Sony Music UK Chairman and CEO, Jason Iley also completed a partnership with 17-time BRIT award winner Robbie Williams.

13 THE BARBICAN

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre, visual arts and cinema. Almost two million people pass through its doors every year, while its creative learning programme invests in the artists of tomorrow and underpins everything it does. Audiences experience this world-class programme within an iconic, Brutalist urban landscape acknowledged as one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century.

12 HIVE

Award-winning Hive Active Heating™ launched in September 2013 and today, more than 200,000 people use Hive to control their heating and hot water from their mobile, tablet or laptop. In July 2015, the next generation Hive Active Heating™ was launched and will be joined by a family of connected products as Hive continues its journey to make the connected home a reality for everyone, creating a little magic in the everyday along the way.

11 EQUINOX

“It’s not fitness. It’s life.” That mantra has powered Equinox's commitment to turning gyms into buzzworthy destinations and member visits into unforgettable experiences. With unmatched expertise and a provocative attitude, Equinox inspires its members to lead high-performance lives. As its portfolio grows to over 80 locations across the US, UK and Canada, Equinox continues to redefine the industry with breath taking clubs, electrifying new classes, and the most advanced personal training you’ve ever encountered.

10 MERCEDES-BENZ

Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with style and glamour, yet the guiding principles in the creation of every car remain the same. Combining tradition with cutting-edge innovation and technology, the iconic car brand brings modern luxury to life, attracting new audiences and making Mercedes-Benz more relevant to more people. Whether it’s building supercars, family cars or autonomous cars, taking the chequered flag in Formula 1®, or supporting fashion events, Mercedes-Benz does everything with energy, integrity, effortless style and passion.

9 ITSU

The early pioneers of Pret are the creative force behind itsu. After years of listening to customers they created itsu – a place dedicated to lower fat, lower calorie, delicious food. Its ‘eat beautiful’ menu celebrates the flavours of the Far East; high in nutrients yet refreshingly low in calories and saturated fat. Sixty-four delicious dishes are freshly prepared in each itsu everyday to be enjoyed hot or cold, in or out, home or away, early or late.

8 DERMALOGICA

The Dermalogica® story began in 1986, pioneering postgraduate education for skin therapists. The brand then shocked the market by formulating the Dermalogica® range free from commonly used synthetic and artificial ingredients. Today, Dermalogica® is the number one professional skin care brand across 80 countries, training over 100,000 therapists annually. With education and empowerment at its core, Dermalogica® launched FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) in 2011, helping women around the world invest in their potential. To learn about FITE visit joinFITE.org.

7 NOW TV

NOW TV exploded onto the scene 4 years ago and offer a range of fun, simple and contract-free ways to watch the best entertainment. Now with the launch of the NOW TV Combo – the UK’s first no contract TV, broadband and box package - they’ve transformed the grey world of communications with their colourful, vibrant and insuppressible brand spirit.

6 ALEXANDER McQUEEN

A mix of razor sharp tailoring, the fine workmanship of the haute couture atelier and impeccable manufacturing creates the signature Alexander McQueen look.

Innovative, emotional, uncompromising – all describe the romantic and provocative fashion of Alexander McQueen, a brand now synonymous with modern British couture. Integral to the McQueen culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: fragility and strength, fluidity and severity. Sarah Burton, Creative Director, continues the Alexander McQueen legacy with a flagship store in Paris which opened in 2015. Her critically acclaimed collections fuse the McQueen aesthetic with her signature handcraft and technical expertise.

5 TRIUMPH

Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer, renowned worldwide for creating truly iconic motorcycles such as the classic Bonneville, TT-winning Daytona 675R and head-turning 2.3 litre Rocket III. Currently making approximately 54,000 bikes a year, Triumph holds a unique place in motorcycle history as a multiple land speed record holder. It is the brand of choice for 20th century icons, such as Steve McQueen, and today’s famous motorcyclists including Tom Cruise, Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper.

4 HAVAIANAS

The first pair of Havaianas was produced in 1962 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since then, Havaianas have been bringing Brazilian spirit to the world through their legendary rubber soles and bright designs. Havaianas represent comfort, happiness and freedom in the most simple and stylish form for everyone’s feet – from travellers to celebrities. You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy Havaianas... and that’s kind of the same thing!

3 ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

The Festival's first incarnations in 1968, ‘69, ‘70 were landmarks in British music culture, with crowds of 600,000 gathering to watch Jimi Hendrix, The Who and The Doors in 1970. In 2002, the event was resurrected, growing from a one-day event to a four-day camping festival. The world's biggest names in rock, indie and electro music have graced the main stage including The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Foo Fighters and REM.

2 ASPALL CYDER

Barry and Henry Chevallier are proud custodians of the legacy of Clement, a Huguenot refugee who chose a very special corner of England for his ancestral home, Aspall Hall. The Chevallier family still lives there, among Clement’s Suffolk orchards, which blossom in spring and reap their annual autumnal rewards. Apples pressed on site produce the very finest, world-class cyders and cyder vinegars – emblems of the modern artisans, enjoying increasingly global acclaim for quality and excellence.

1 APPLE (= 1st with REBEL...)

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Continuing to lead the industry, Apple has spearheaded the digital media revolution. Apple reinvented the mobile phone with its iPhone and App Store, and remains at the cutting-edge of technology, recently launching the all-new MacBook – a thinner and lighter line available in gold, silver, and space grey aluminium finishes – and the revolutionary Apple Watch.