5 amazing independent menswear stores

Looking for some of the best menswear shops to visit during a weekend away?

Whether you’re buying for yourself or as a gift for a family member, independent retailers have some of the best men’s fashion around.  

Here we round up a few favourite one-off clothes shops in London, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and York.

The Hip Store – Leeds

The one for: Men with a hankering for hard-to-find contemporary street fashion. Loved by indie kids, DJs, designers and artists

The Hip Store has been serving up threads to the most style-savvy menfolk of Leeds since the 1980s. Expect labels loved by designers, artists and musicians at this iconic shop. 

Exclusive and hard-to-find, it was originally the type of place you’d only know about if you spoke to the right people, went to the right clubs and read the right magazines.   

Expect selvedge denim, mountaineering jackets, old-school trainers and classic polo shirts. Classic design and timeless style. 

Brands: Fjallraven, APC, Folk, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Nudie Jeans co, Nigel Cabourn, Clarks Originals, Patagonia, New Balance  

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End Clothing – Newcastle

The one for: A mash-up of slick streetwear, catwalk-influenced high fashion and British heritage brands  

Whether you’re a clothes-obsessed football fan, a fashionista who reads GQ Style, or an indie kid with a love of natty threads, End has you covered.

Find Alexander McQueen alongside Adidas, and Comme des Garcons alongside Canada Goose at this laidback North East style hub.

The staff are knowledgeable but relaxed, and will help you find the right cut of jeans or fit of jacket.

Brands: Barbour, APC, Edwin, Fred Perry, Stone Island, Dries Van Noten  

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Present – London

The one for: Northern hipsters enjoying a weekend in London – find British heritage brands alongside chic European labels  

Achingly hip, Present is a beacon for London’s style-conscious men. It blends timeless British style with hard-to-find Parisian and Japanese labels.

The overall feel is preppy.

There are exclusive collaborations with designers and labels – and shoes and shirts made by Present’s own designers.

Think Penny Loafers from Bass Weejuns, Parisian shirts from Hartford and Breton T-shirts from Gant Rugger.

The look of the store is always changing, with tables covered in rare sneakers and drawers stuffed with shirts flung open. It could only really be in Shoreditch.

Brands: CP Company, Pendleton, Stone Island, Hartford, Bass Weejuns

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Robert Smart – York

The one for: British heritage brands, the Oxbridge look and folky country gent vibes

Historic York is steeped in history and culture. It’s one of our most distinctive-looking cities. And it has its own distinctive look.

The York look sits somewhere between the Ivy League colleges and the country gent. Think sweaters and chinos from Gant, natty jackets from Harris Tweed, smart brogues, cashmere scarves and fitted denim.   

You can find all of this at Robert Smart Menswear, a clothes shop that effortlessly encapsulates the York ‘look’. 

Brands: Gant, Holland Esquire, Harris Tweed, Diesel

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Corniche – Edinburgh

The one for: High fashion in Scotland’s capital at this award-winning store packed with clobber from world-renowned designers

Corniche has been dressing Edinburgh’s most stylish residents since the mid-1970s. It’s the place to come for high-end designer clothes.

Originally a womenswear boutique, it now stocks a range of high-end menswear labels. 

It has stocked catwalk designers such as Vivienne Westwood for decades, and was also importing vogue Japanese designers such as Izzy Miyaki back in the ‘70s.

Nowadays men can find corduroy jackets and duffle coats from Nigel Cabourn alongside Comme des Garcons. 

Brands: Comme des Garcons, Nigel Cabourn, Peregrine Men, Vivienne Westwood MAN accessories

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