Leeds Fashion. From the independent boutiques in the arcades, to the designer shops in Victoria Quarter, and the department stores on Briggate, Leeds has often been referred to as the Knightsbridge of the North, and with the opening of Trinity last year, our choice of shops and designers has multiplied.
For Leeds Fashion and as a shopping destination, we’ve pretty much got it made. The compact city centre allows shoppers to go from high street to high end via the Victorian Arcades, which in themselves, hold more shopping treasures.
The choice of designers Leeds Fashion has to offer doesn’t stop in the city centre. There are loads of independent designers working from studios around the outskirts of Leeds, offering bespoke services, from wedding dresses and evening wear to lingerie and hats.
Fitting neatly into this category myself, I can’t stress enough, the work and the passion that goes into this unique type of service, and the fact that everything created is perfectly fitted to the client and the feeling the client gets from knowing they have had a hand in designing their own item, makes it even more special for them.
For the last 2 years I’ve been sharing my Farsley studio with Milliner, Beth Hirst, and between us we have dressed race goers and entire wedding parties with their full outfit…all they need to do is get their shoes! (Which, let’s be honest, is a hobby for most women anyway, so it’s a pretty painless process for the client, all in all). Being able to work together like this, we’re able to perfectly match colours and even incorporate the dress fabrics into the headpiece, which I’m pretty sure no other city can offer.
The shops in Leeds may be amongst the most exclusive you’ll find in the UK, and the people the most fashionable, but it’s the independent spirit that gives Leeds its attitude
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