Rita Britton a Fashion Icon.
Rita Britton, mother, wife and friends to many, the lady known as the queen of fashion in Barnsley. She is the history, ambition, style and the river of Barnsley that rushes through this woman’s veins and her shop ‘Pollyanna.’ I’ve known Rita all my life and she has always inspired me, however my passion for fashion is nothing compared to hers. She has always been the best dressed person i know either head to toe in Lanvin or mixing Prada and YSL, to you and me, it’s a casual look with an expensive edge.
Rita’s fashion career began in 1967 when she took over Pollyanna in Barnsley and both have rolled with the times ever since.“At my age now, I have to make sure I’m forward-thinking and not looking backwards. One of the most exciting things for me is the website. I now sell across the world. Pollyanna started off being 100% Barnsley clients; this was before the M1 or M62. Now it’s only 3% from Barnsley. Barnsley had strong industries and so people had money to spend and when they declined the trade stopped. With word of mouth customers started travelling.”
As soon as you walk in to Pollyanna you feel as if you are walking into something extraordinary.
Rita Britton had her own brand called NOMAD which has become extremely successful. It is all created in-house Atelier of Pollyanna. Nomad draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, resulting in a wide and varied selection of garments. An almost cult following of the brand proves that the pieces created are what women want from a garment, respecting all body shapes and styles.
EVERY PIECE IS MODERATELY PRICED AND OF A SUPERIOR HAND MADE QUALITY.
NO CORNERS ARE CUT WHEN IT COMES TO POLLYANNA’S OWN CREATIONS – AFTER
ALL IT IS THE ULTIMATE REPRESENTATION OF US.
Nomad is for women with active and hectic lives. Contemporary women have enough on their plates without having to worry about what they are going to wear to dinner. Whether you’re flying in from Paris for a important breakfast appointment, arriving home from holiday in Egypt or just simply rushing back from the city to work. Nomad is designed to be convenient, comfortable and chic. However there is something unique about Nomad, it is designed to be dressed up or dressed down, all you have to do is add your lippy and earrings to your work and travel clothes which transforms into elegant evening-wear. Nomad pieces are made to order which offers you a bespoke service.
By Amelia Watson
Pictures taken from http://www.pollyanna.com/designer/show/nomad