Everyone is talking about the high street at the moment but with a negative vibe. It’s terrible that we have lost so many own grown brands like Topshop Topman Miss Selfridge Warehouse Oasis and the list goes on.
Why did we lose them? They failed to move with the times and stay relevant. The bricks and mortar stores where more often than not stuffed with uninspiring clothes.
Stores need to become destinations, they need to inspire and fuel our imagination.
I do believe that after the pandemic people will return to socialising and retail therapy will be a big part of that. I will definitely be back in the stores looking for new outfit inspiration. Online shopping is ok but for me nothing beats the buzz of clothes shopping .
Back to the high street what do we have left? We have amazing brands on the high street all offering something a little different.
Let’s start with H&M stable of brands (Arket, Other Stories, COS & Monki) I have never been a huge H&M shopper but the collaborations are superb. I cannot wait for the Simone Rocha collab on the 11th March and I have my eyes on this dress
Then we have the wonderful Other Stories this is probably one of my favourite stores. You don’t need to spend a lot if you don’t want to there is so much choice. The stores brings Scandi cool and a whole lot more, you have clothes, shoes, beauty, jewellery, accessories and the sparkly socks are the best.
Then we have Arket which carries very good basics all blessed with the Scandi cool. They have , women’s wear, men’s wear children and babies. A one stop shop for the family. I love this black knitted vest.
Next up COS I love this store you can always find a fabulous piece. The clothes are cool, well made and affordable. This winter I bought a 3 in 1 puffer coat (a coat a hooded jacket a hooded gilet)
Then we have Spanish owned brands Zara, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius & Massimo Dutti which we see all over our high street. In my eyes Zara is always a must visit store as the clothes often look so much better in real life. I can always without fail find something to buy in Zara.
I could go on endlessly about the Inditex brands they have something for everyone.
Then you have Urban Outfitters & Anthropologie (a favourite of mine). Anthropologie stores are like an amazing bazaar you can browse for hours. You have clothes, shoes, jewellery, crockery bedding plant pots. These two pairs of sandals could be coming my way soon.
Then we have Uniqlo amazing for cashmere. Where would we be without Kurt Geiger and Whistles Then we have the French brands Sandro, Maje, Claudia Pierlot and Berenice the lists are endless. We have all of this as well as the best department stores in the world Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols so let’s not focus on the negative let’s celebrate the fact that after a world wide pandemic we still have a rich varied high street.
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