Leeds has always had a thriving fashion scene – and that’s one of the great things about the city. There really is something for everyone here.
Away from your typical high street stores you can find some amazing pieces and vintage finds, all just a stone’s throw away from the main shopping centres. Local blogger Laura Anderson picks out 5 essential fashion destinations to visit.
First opening its doors as a pop-up last year, Lambert’s Yard finally launched on a permanent basis in November. Leeds has been crying out for a store like this one. It has a plethora of specially curated emerging and already established brands. You can pick up something really special which you won’t find anywhere else. They also have WAH LONDON in store until the 2nd of January, so it’s the perfect time to pop down, see the store and get your nails done at the same time! They also promise a programme of events which will bring a whole host of events to Leeds.
162-163 Lower Briggate, LS1 6LY; www.lambertsyard.com
This store seems to have been around forever; they’ve actually been at this premises on Call Lane since 1998. This was a mecca for me in my teenage years, which was the time I really got into vintage. You can pick up some amazing vintage jumpers – especially helpful around the festive season. Not only do they sell vintage but they also stock some up and coming designers. They also stock their ‘Remade in England’ brand which is re-worked from recycled fabric – you may have seen some of it stocked in Urban Outfitters too. If you ever find yourself over on the other side of the Pennines meanwhile, they also have another store in Manchester.
9-11 Call Ln, LS1 7DH; www.bluerinsevintage.co.uk
Selling their own label clothing and vintage, Pop Boutique is nothing short of a powerhouse. They stock a selection of carefully selected vintage and up-cycled garments. The grunge look is still a big deal, so Pop is a great place to pick up checked shirts. They have so many different varieties, it’s hard to know which to choose. With the 60’s and 70’s all the rage for Spring/Summer 2015, you’ll need to get yourself down to Pop and pick up some serious vintage steals. Keep an eye out for button up mini skirts and knee high boots to really look the part.
12-14 Central Rd, LS1 6DE; www.pop-boutique.com
Not in the city centre but well worth a visit, Retro Boutique is a treasure trove of vintage clothing, accessories and furniture on the way to Headingley. If you want to add a little bit of quirk to your home, this is the perfect place to pick up some vintage trinkets to do just that. There’s interesting mirrors that will add some real intrigue to your home, and they have an amazing range of vintage accessories too. If you happen to be looking for that special handbag, this is the place for you.
8-10 Headingley Ln, LS6 2AS; Facebook
If you’re looking for some designer pieces but don’t want to brave it in the big department stores, then Room7 is the place to go. Another boutique nestled just a short trip away from the city centre, its setting is a lot more intimate and it allows you to try on items without any added pressure. The service is what you come here for. Room7 pride themselves on being knowledgable about their stock and about the upcoming trends, so you know you’re in safe hands. They stock the likes of Alexander Wang and Jil Sander, so you are bound to find something to suit your tastes.
64 Street Lane, Roundhay, LS8 2DQ; www.room7.co.uk
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