Products, fashion and style

State of Independents

The homogenisation of the high street must stop. Enough of branding, big logos, uniform layouts and lame products. Instead, we take a walk on the autonomous wild side and highlight 30 of

the best independent retailers Glasgow and Edinburgh have to offer. Words: Carolyn Aiken, Maureen Ellis and Anna Millar


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attention to detail is unrivalled. Stands disolay hats. scanes and accessores: wooden sne". f‘g; is [pp—v . « -,. , ,, .. over-flouwng With bags. boas. trims and ties. At one side of the store Bef“s\, Gray '2; ](E‘.'.‘(3|'(}l‘:.

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assOCiated With second-hand stores. , , , f ,' . Owner Anna Graham has been collecting C'othes all 'ier life. She happih, (list: a‘,s a ::<:’:e::‘.:on ~ ' it " V” ' I " "

of antidue gowns b0ught at auction from a European prince. Demand for these. S;"<: excia ns. ’° H A": 5

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Must-have buy: An unpriced black Silk velvet rope.

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WALKER SLATER Catering for the discerning gent since 1994. Walker Slater can tailor you anyth .ng a fashionable male could require. With over 5000 different cloths and 200 different lihings. the price of a full configuration Stilt starts at C650. while a handmade Suit WI” cost yOu from E1200. Must-have buy: Handmade suit. $31200 upwards. How very Saville Row.

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