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I III JIVBS 1 13 Candleriggs, 552 5451. Just up the road from the European designer-wear of the Italian Centre, this long established outlet presents exclusive quality designer threads of a very different nature. Dr lives is famous, to those in the know, for its Stateside street wear and its stock of the elusive Stussy range including Stussy Sista and Stussy Eyegear and jewellery. Look no further for the latest T-shirts, jackets, jerseys down to shoes and bags, from affordable labels like X- large, Ben Davis and Pervert to prove your taste is far from ‘casual’. Vast array of hats (not only baseball).
I Pierre Victoire 91 Miller Street, 221 7565. Glasgow’s restaurant-goers no longer need to take the Shuttle to sample the Pierre Victoire Experience as Edinburgh‘s most celebrated restaurant chain has finally made it to Glasgow. All the essential elements are here: good French food at almost unbelievably low prices (including the
£4.90 three-course lunch), unpretentious rustic French setting and
a relaxed ambience, now enhanced by light music at weekends. With second
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I Bab ila’s 83 Hutcheson Street, 553 1545. Quite apart from the many other attractions on offer. the selection of pubs and bars to be found in the Merchant City make the area worth a visit. Rab Ha’s is no exception: offering an attractive atmosphere, good value food in the restaurant and a lively bar complemented with background jazz and blues tunes. A perfect drinking place: prop up the bar before a visit to nearby art galleries or theatres.
I The Tron Caie-Bars 63 Trongate. 552 8587. With the airy, traditonal Victorian Bar and the recently extended designer Chisholm Street Bar, between them the Tron offers ever popular and relaxed venues throughout the day (10.30 to
1 1pm. 12 at weekends). From coffee and cake, self service salad-bar and homemade lunches and dinners to pre and post-theatre tapas, the Tron, on the outskirts of Merchant City. has one of the most versatile menus around. This list is not exclusive; from next month you can sample the new all-day Sunday brunch while quafftng a specially imported Belgian beer. Appetising and original food at an hour that will aid rather than interfere with any lingering
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As prooi positive that an economic recession is no impediment to realising your ambitions, Biba Love is an exemplary case. A compact unit in Glasgow’s rummage-heaven Virginia Galleries, it daubs a splash oi club- orientated colour onto the designer wear market, with its reasonably- priced range oi rainbow-coloured tops and t-shirts, gaudy ilares and skimpy black togs. It is proprietor Susan McGee’s consummation oi a pipe drean.
‘Ever since I’ve been 17 I’ve always wanted to open up a clothes shop. I like the Idea oi really young designers ’cos they’re much more imaginative, the stuii is more marketable and it’s a better price range as well.’
The ilyers say ‘young london designers’ and a speculative trip to llyper Ilyper, London’s home at designer innovation, yielded Biba Love’s initial rail-tillers, but the shop now stocks the Glasgow-based Sidewalk label and garments irom iurther aiield. The presiding theme at the moment is the omnipresent 10s revival.
‘I love the trash element,’ says Susan. ‘There’s a recession on and everything’s dull In the world lust now and all the clothes In the 70s were so
bright and so careiree. The 80s was all power-dressing, horrible shoulder pads and the 70s revival is just a total reaction to that. But there’s an element at bad taste In the 70s clothes, so I think it’ll go through spring and die out.’
The entrepreneurial spirit runs in the blood. Susan’s older brother is one Alan McGee, boss oi Creation Records, one of this country’s most successiul independent labels. ‘It was basically because Alan had started his business and so young as well that I thought “I’m sitting back in this oiiice lob; surer 1 can do It ii Alan can” so in a way he’s probably the main reason I
started up.’ (Fiona Shepherd)
75 The List 26 March-8 April 1993