Menswear: Indie Menswear - Support your locals


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snaye
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10800 posts since 24/10/02

posted 2 May 2020 13:53, edited 2 May 2020 13:53
Hostem/Blue Mountain worth a shout, the fellas in there a sound as fuck and get support some great independent talent, (M.Crow, BBDW, P.R Patterson etc) along with more established.

Always enjoy shopping in there, have put stuff aside for me, cheeky out of season dizzys and have had loads friendly conversations about random shit.
Joe Bloggs
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400 posts since 28/9/10

2 May 2020 15:01
I think the Hostem element is closing…
FrIEND
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13632 posts since 27/11/03

2 May 2020 15:12
lee7seven wrote: As is/was Clath in Poundbury, but their site is down and there's no sign of any social media posts since February.

Was looking v empty when I went there a few months back. Shame as cherryade is a brilliant home store and there’s a good woman’s shop and really decent coffee place in the same area too. That’s another good place to visit as the whole area is a bit like a film set.
Hanto
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2385 posts since 30/11/09

2 May 2020 16:31
illwill wrote: I think it's due to tastes too.

The buyers at the independents are generally big fans of the brands and have a keen eye for particularly special pieces.

At the big retailers a buyer will just be going by what they can shift most of.

True. The shifting of product does eventually become key though. I had a chat with the guys at The Hmabledon and they said that the stopped stocking brands like EG because they are a 'buyers brand'. Plus when people like The Bureau stock everything, it makes the process a bit pointless.

On the styling side, it can depend on the model making things look good, I think. Mr P is another for picking bad models. Goodhood is one of the best IMO but I can't really pull off a lot of their looks. Still admire what they do though.
roophees
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1741 posts since 18/12/10

2 May 2020 16:45
Oi Polloi has good editorials. Always passes the pub test.

Garbstores stuff is pretty good too, but seems to push one or two brands a bit too hard IMO, their own label included
Anto
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3852 posts since 19/1/12

3 May 2020 13:50
https://sunnysidersstore.com

https://www.instagram.com/sunnysiders_london/

Just came across this store, never heard of it before
Crackajack
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7663 posts since 21/4/05

3 May 2020 14:17
They had a shop next to Keston Hare in Shoreditch, London. not a huge amount of stock but some nice bits.
crutch
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463 posts since 22/11/12

3 May 2020 15:20
Kestin hare has Japanese backers doesn’t it? Same people as Margaret Howell and Nigel Cabourn? Not sure where I remember that from so may be bollocks!

Thought sunnysiders might be the same ppl?
Hanto
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2385 posts since 30/11/09

3 May 2020 15:30
Anto wrote: https://sunnysidersstore.com

https://www.instagram.com/sunnysiders_london/

Just came across this store, never heard of it before

Their store is just round the corner from Goodhood and Shoreditch HS.
bungleski
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373 posts since 21/7/11

3 May 2020 18:49
Goodhood is the one. Decent selection of brands, good editorials and their customer service is always top notch. As Hanto says, their styling is on point, although at times has made me think I’d be able to pull something off which in reality I really can’t.
Mr.X.
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3024 posts since 23/6/13

3 May 2020 20:01
I live down the road. It’s v. small. Think he’s struggling online and with walk in customers because of the location. Has Filson, YMC but not much in there over winter.


FrIEND wrote:
lee7seven wrote: As is/was Clath in Poundbury, but their site is down and there's no sign of any social media posts since February.

Was looking v empty when I went there a few months back. Shame as cherryade is a brilliant home store and there’s a good woman’s shop and really decent coffee place in the same area too. That’s another good place to visit as the whole area is a bit like a film set.
Dreep
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1481 posts since 29/7/08

3 May 2020 23:49
carl lewis wrote: Dreep, where you been?


Site upgrade is nice though.

In general? moved away from the completely different fashion style that was prevalent on this site, and kinda forgot about the site for years.

manifesto shop wise, kirkcaldy.
andymakesglasses
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20434 posts since 26/1/06

4 May 2020 08:43
crutch wrote: Kestin hare has Japanese backers doesn’t it? Same people as Margaret Howell and Nigel Cabourn?

Don't know if it's the same people as the other two but yeah, Kestin Hare had Japanese investors.

Does taking investment make a brand "not independent" though?
Joe Bloggs
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400 posts since 28/9/10

posted 4 May 2020 08:52, edited 4 May 2020 08:52
I would say it depends on whether you can buy shares in the investment in a market of some sort….

Although any investment / backing does take the shine off a bit, I mean almost all the London indies that have been listed on here come from a position of financial stability which means they can do some risk taking when it comes to creative decisions. (Garbstore, Hostem, Goodhood)
roophees
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1741 posts since 18/12/10

4 May 2020 09:27
Who are godhood backed by?
artiefufkin
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382 posts since 11/7/06

4 May 2020 11:15
Ruskin Clothing in Whitstable:

https://ruskinclothing.co.uk/
Egan
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448 posts since 17/10/11

4 May 2020 21:04
andymakesglasses wrote:
crutch wrote: Kestin hare has Japanese backers doesn’t it? Same people as Margaret Howell and Nigel Cabourn?

Don't know if it's the same people as the other two but yeah, Kestin Hare had Japanese investors.

Does taking investment make a brand "not independent" though?

Going off in a tangent here, but was there a reason for Kestin Hare to rebrand to Kestin?
YLAup
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5476 posts since 5/9/11

4 May 2020 21:15
Doesn't seem so, although it is a bit strange. I asked them if the main man was still there and they replied everything was the same. 2nd rebrand in as many years, imo to something that looks weaker.
pentonville
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843 posts since 12/3/12

4 May 2020 22:24
roophees wrote: Who are godhood backed by?

Think the OP is just someone chatting shit but will wait to be proved wrong..

menace
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1106 posts since 3/5/12

4 May 2020 23:18
pentonville wrote:
roophees wrote: Who are godhood backed by?

Think the OP is just someone chatting shit but will wait to be proved wrong..


one of their dad's is a private equity manager or something. Privately backed, not public