Shopping independent fashion in Hull

Published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 by wpengine

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The words Hull and high-fashion don’t exactly go hand in hand but this quirky little city has so much more to offer than the chain stores dotted about its centre. If you take a closer look, Hull is filled with retro popups, handpicked markets and pre-loved vintage havens from the Arcades to The Avenues. Contemporary prints and designs are showcased yearly at Hull’s very own Fashion Week, in which the models are styled head to toe in the very best that Hull has to offer.

High-end vintage is a trend that Hull does beautifully with a selection of boutiques spanning from Newland Avenue – home to Poorboy, stocking everything from re-loved Burberry to re-worked Nike hits from the 80s – to the heart of Old Town’s Trinity Market where The Magpie’s Den first began. It can now be found thriving in one of Hull’s backstreet Arcades, its hangers ladened with vintage leather, fur coats and shimmering party pieces.

Not forgetting the time-warp that is Dove House Hospice @ No. 87 (Newland Avenue) that, once you step inside, transports you right back to the mid-twentieth century with rail after rail of vintage gowns, trenches and trinkets – all in the name of charity.

Whilst graphical prints celebrate the uniqueness of Hull-based boutiques, Beasley’s stocks a variety of screen-printed shirts dreamt up by a whole host of Hull-based designers. Most iconically, their Raglan baseball tees and sweatshirts that have earned their right as a student staple. Likewise, the iconic lantern-print shirts of Chinese Laundry – stocked somewhere between the dazzling prints and oversized denim jackets.

More contemporary brands include Social Junkie – created by local fashion designer, Jau Junior Oke, stocked in Bolo – and Bowes Threads – originating from Princes Avenue, now stocked in Poorboy and on the ASOS Marketplace – starring their Hull Loves collection that celebrates Hull’s extraordinary heritage and with slogans such as ‘Pattie Butty’ and ‘American Chip Spice’.

With all eyes on Hull as the City of Culture 2017, it’s an incredibly exciting time to be a part of the city and I for one cannot wait to see the possibilities it brings to our home-grown boutiques. So whether you’re just passing through, or are a local yet to discover the charm of our independent labels, next time you’re in Hull venture off the beaten track or pop into one of our many markets – Humber Street, Princes Quay and Trinity Square, to name a few – you never know what hidden gems you may find!

Author: Charley Ivill

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Published: Tuesday 1st March 2016 by wpengine

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