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The Hippest Store in Leeds

7 September 2015
The Hippest Store in Leeds
When it comes to high-class cutting edge fashion, independent retailer The Hip Store has got it spot on. Treating the men of Leeds to head-turning garments for nearly 30 years now, they have established themselves as one of the UK's most famous menswear retailers. As they stock a hand selected collection of exclusive lines from around the world, this a must-visit destination for the style-savvy crowds of Leeds.

Founded in Leeds in 1987, Everton Campbell and Umberto Annechini began to provide the fashionable males of the city with an exquisite selection of menswear options and today in 2015, the store continues to do so with great success. Having being voted in the top 5 menswear independent destination stores in the UK for the last 3 consecutive years by The Guardian, The Independent and Shortlist, placed in Esquire's prestigious top 10 best independent menswear shops in 2014 and also having won Independent Store of the Year by Drapers Record, it's no secret that The Hip Store is leading the pack when it comes to independent style. Offering high quality and beautifully designed items, The Hip Store caters to men of all ages as Campbell believes that the purpose and quality of a product overrides the latest trends.

A haven for label lovers, as well as stocking established high-end brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste and Converse, The Hip Store also offers a hand selected assortment of labels that are perhaps a little less well known. Including Engineered Garments, Kway and Neighbourhood for those seeking under the radar styles, Hip Leeds became one of the first UK stores to stock those hard to find gems.

Offering everything the stylish man needs under just one roof, the store has an extensive range of tops, outerwear, legwear, footwear and accessories, providing people with both simple, timeless styles and contemporary fashions. Whether you're after something casual for everyday wear or something cool yet practical to complement your wellies for the mud-filled festival season, The Hip Store has an outfit for every occasion.

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With the first of their Autumn 2015 collections recently hitting the store from the likes of Our Legacy, Filling Pieces and Folk and new season collections from A.P.C and Edwin Jeans launching shortly, now is the ideal time to get fashionably equipped for Autumn. Don't forget to watch out in the coming months as The Hip Store is set to introduce even more lusted-after brands to the people of Leeds including Barena and LA Panoplie for smart-casual basics, Hawkesmill Denim Co. for jeans full of character and McKinlay's for beautifully stylish footwear.

As well as amazing stock, having a store that truly provides an enjoyable shopping experience is always a plus, and that The Hip Store definitely does. Owing to the need for expansion, they recently relocated from Trinity shopping centre to their new Victorian premises on Vicar Lane, an exciting move which Campbell says 'allows us to do things we've always wanted to, such as profile local artists, introduce great publications and present our special projects and exclusives in really interesting ways.’

Within approximately 10 seconds of walking into The Hip Store, you'll see that the place simply oozes with coolness and individuality. From a stand-out wooden log to sit on whilst you try on one of the ever so neatly presented shoes from their shoe wall to the greenery hanging from the ceiling complimenting the original brick walling, The Hip Store stands out from the crowd. On top of the attractive displays of garments positioned around the store, there's also a coffee and publications bar for a relaxing read.

A place that will transform men's opinions on shopping, The Hip Store is a godsend for label lovers and those who desire even the most exclusive of garments.

Hannah is head of Retail Therapy and Health and Beauty at Leeds Living. She is an English Language Graduate with a penchant for all things fashion and beauty.