Bristol regularly tops “best places to live in Britain” lists for its green spaces, buzzy music venues, and thriving theaters. Its boutiques are similarly quirky (Papersmiths is a must for stationery buffs, while Dig Haüshizzle is brimming with unusual antiques). The Cabot Circus mall, in comparison, might seem mainstream, but look closely, and between the big high street names are plenty of independent treasures.
The Garment Quarter, slap bang in the middle of the shopping center, is one such gem. It’s actually two shops — one men’s, one women’s — both of which have an eclectic mix of designer labels that are impeccably tailored to the Bristolian customer. The owner, John Reid, has filled the women’s rails with everything from corseted gowns by Vivienne Westwood to gingham-printed jeans from Victoria Victoria Beckham, Versus Versace biker jackets and checked overcoats by Paul Smith.
As well as more classic occasion wear — frothy confections from the fashion pack’s favourite Self-Portrait, for example — Reid likes to bring in edgier capsules. This season it’s the Moschino designer Jeremy Scott’s “trash couture”, which has whimsical phone cases (one has a mousetrap on the back) and all manner of slogan T-shirts. The phone covers might be strictly for millennials, but the “Couture is an attitude” tee is surely for everyone.
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I am so thankful for an opportunity to write articles for both The Times and The Sunday Times, you can check out my top-tier cleansers as featured on their Beauty segment! Do you guys have any favourite boutiques we should check out? I would love to go for an explore!