With the leaves starting to turn and autumn fast approaching, you may well be opening your laptops for a glimpse of the latest AW collections from your favourite brands. It seems some of the magic from our independent clothing stores in the UK has been lost due to the rise of online shopping.
Although independent online retailers ourselves, we still relish the chance to meander through the city and appreciate the wonders of British boutiques. It could be uncovering a new vintage stand at Afflecks Palace in Manchester or stumbling across a charming little shop in east London. Whatever it may be, there will always be a special place for real clothing stores.
To celebrate our love for the British independent clothing store, we’ve compiled a short list of the ones that stole our hearts.
Chimp, Leeds: A store that initiated the inspiration to create a clothing brand and brought the beginnings of Otter & Goat to life. Set out over two levels in the Victorian built Thorntons' Arcade, Chimp has an exclusive selection of irresistible items to make your eyes light up and give you the feeling that you absolutely cannot leave the shop without purchasing something. An eclectic mix of UK, US and Japanese streetwear brands set out with intriguing décor and particularly helpful staff.
Huh, Stoke Newington: In our eyes the finest magazine to come out of London in a long time. Focusing mainly on arts, culture and lifestyle, the content they produce is so interesting, I find myself glued to their website for hours. Their store in Stokey stocks established streetwear brands such as Carhartt WIP, Norse Projects, HUF and Libertine Libertine. The jewellery stocked is simplistic but stunningly beautiful. I especially love the Danish jewellery designer Pernille Corydon’s freshwater pearl ring. A valued asset to the east London community.
Junk, Manchester: When we first moved to Manchester in 2012, we instantly fell for a little shop in the Northern Quarter called Junk. Their ethos, “sustainable fashion that's creative, playful, multi-cultural and distinctive” (which aligns with our brand in many ways) really made us feel like they’d tapped into something quite different from other stores in Manchester. Collaborating with talented, up and coming designers and also producing three of their own fashion labels, it’s really nice to see this type of store succeed. Interestingly enough, their store is completely furnished using recycled or reclaimed materials! An ethical and inventive shopping experience – perfect!
JuJu, Brighton: Located on Gloucester Road in the iconic north lanes of Brighton, Soly & Tim host JuJu, a shop that provides a wonderful mixture of brands such as Cheap Monday, Alice Takes A Trip and Pop, all housed in a warm wooden interior. The clothing they stock has an alternative feel, with jazzy all over prints and interesting, intricate designs. We especially enjoy their nature inspired items and festival wear.
Found, Bath: Independent, creative, unique and stylish. All words to describe the delightful city of Bath and all words that define the clothing store, Found. We’re huge fans of their illustrated logo and the shop layout, with interesting artwork and garden gnomes.
So, if you're ever wandering around any of these wonderful cities, make sure you pop in for a look and fall in love with 'offline' shopping again.
Comments will be approved before showing up.
We've hunted for a few of our favourite ethically and sustainably made gifts, as well as organisations whose sole purpose is to donate to a worthy cause, so you can feel good about shopping this Christmas...
Following the successful completion of the orphanage on the outskirts of Arusha in Tanzania, Made With Hope have been hard at work building a secondary school...