Here we go, my first guest post – how exciting! This column will be a place where I share my fashion and style musings with you from inspiration to outfits to lots of shopping. Hopefully it’ll offer a bit of an insight into the Leeds fashion and retail scene that perhaps isn’t always exploited to its full potential.
I could have been a bit predictable with this first instalment and done a bit of an introduction post about me and my style, but I thought I’d be topical and tackle a seasonal issue head on, ‘guns a blazing’ as it were… Christmas shopping. When I say Christmas shopping, I don’t mean just rocking up and down the high street, barging people out of the way and slalom dodging flailing shopping bags, I mean that time when you have to actually think about what on earth you’re going to get that someone special. Specifically, the man in your life.
Now, I’m just as guilty as a lot of men and women for making a beeline for Topman and sifting through the piles of carrot jeans and polyester-wool knitted jumpers to find something that the man’s wardrobe is lacking. Many a time have I become fumigated with stink as I ploughed through the hazy land known as the men’s aftershave section in Boots. Once I even braved the unknown dark depths of the Sports Direct basement in search of some athletic inspiration. Well, not any more…
MKI - Not at all am I suggesting it to be the ‘one stop shop’ for Christmas presents for all men, but it’s a pretty strong place to start in my eyes. Tucked away in the Corn Exchange, this calming and serene haven of menswear is not only a pleasure to shop in experience wise but also aesthetically, offering menswear that actually isn’t as expensive as you might first think. Considering the majority of the collection is their own brand, with each garment individually designed in it’s own right and not just as another piece in the range, I’m astonished by the value. Normally I would think boutique = lots of pennies, but I can honestly say it’s no more so than Topman or Zara’s premium ranges, plus in the majority of cases it’s a hell of a lot nicer.