London, a city full of lively bars, five-star restaurants and a flurry of innovative and unique fashion. As popular as the high street is, independent retailers are on the rise with an array of different and new styles flooding the streets around us. So, here's is what we think are the top 5 best independent stores in London.
The Idle Man
The Idle Man Guide Store is one of a kind, taking out the middleman, the store provides the best style advice from a small team of stylists. With both own brand and a selection of branded products the store allows you to try on and pick out the perfect outfit to be delivered home, to the office or the Idle Man store itself. Located on Leather Lane and open Monday to Friday, why not head down and build up that summer wardrobe.
As the summer months approach, The Idle Man offer everything you need to hit the trends on the head, we have a great selection of t-shirts available as well as shorts, shoes and sunglasses to finish off the look. We have teamed up with Shoptrotter to offer you an exclusive 10% discount when you visit us in store.
Launched in 2010, Trunk Clothiers offer unique and stylish menswear from all over the globe including Japan, Italy and Sweden. The boutique, that can be found in Marylebone at No.8 Chiltern Street combines modern classics with high-quality products for the refined gentlemen. If one shop wasn't enough, Trunk also has an accessory shop, Trunk LABS. This aims to cater for men that are searching for ways to add a hint of something extra to their look. Stocking luggage, accessories and bags it is also the ideal place to find a fitting gift for the man that seems to already have it all including a variety of grooming products, stationery and home wares.
Article's second branch in Brixton is an unusual place to find such an interesting shop, stocking contemporary unisex ranges and home ware. Hidden away under a railway arch this instagrammable store needs no filter. The minimalistic decor, metal ceilings and general hipster feel is home to brands such as YMC and Levi's, but that's not all, the shoe room which is ironically coordinated by colour is something you wouldn't want to miss. The huge selection of trainers and shoes is impressive, making this a one-stop shop.
With 4 stores located in London, Albam is a contemporary menswear brand that produces four collections a year. Opening in 2006 they characterise themselves with original yet modern pieces designed and manufactured to the highest of quality by some of the UK and Europe's best craftsmen. The timeless, simple designs are essential for every man's wardrobe with each collection telling a story.
Entirely sourced and produced in the UK, OTHER/shop is home to their own branded products as well as a carefully chosen selection of brands that link a combination of good quality, attention to detail and individual style. The level of service and knowledge provides every customer with a fulfilling experience while taking in the androgynous aesthetics and creative fashion. The independent store offers new and unique unisex styles as well as classics that have been moved forward to comply with today's trends.
Top 5 Independent Menswear Stores In London
- The Idle Man Guide store offers the best style advice around
- Trunk Clothiers stocks products from all around the globe for the refined gentleman
- Article's shoe and trainer room is something you don't want to miss
- Albam offer modern yet original essentials for every man's wardrobe
- OTHER/store's unisex ranges and customer service puts them in the top five
On That Note
Priding themselves on excellent customer service, contemporary interiors and a hint of vintage treasure these independent stores are on the rise. All with unique elements differentiating them from the rest of the high street, these stores, whether living in London or just visiting the city, should all be on the shopping bucket list.