If you've managed not only to stay afloat but to flourish for over 45 years in the rough & tumble world of fashion retail, you learn a thing or two about what fashion-minded folk want. Which includes high-profile pro footballers who have long liked to head over to Stuarts London to get their shopping on when in town for work. "The Lads would use the match days as an excuse for a shopping trip to Stuarts, coaches would park outside, to catch all the latest sought after brands," explain the folks at Stuarts, which started as a bespoke tailor in the mid 1960s. "It is well known that on match days Stuarts would be mobbed with customers. Some-days a queue would even stretch outside the shop." While the internet has made it less necessary to do your mobbing in person, the merch they carry is still just as good, which is why Stuarts is frequently nominated for various awards, include the 2010 list of the top 50 UK indie retailers and more recently by Esquire Magazine readers voting via Twitter on their Top 5 picks for London destinations to shop the latest trends.
Like this ensemble I styled using a mix of Paul Smith clothing plus a desert boot from Red Wing, the "Denmore" khaki messenger by Brady Bags, classic Wayfarer sunnies from Ray-Ban & a snazzy old-school'ish watch by Tsovet - all from StuartsLondon.com.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with Stuarts London. The words & fashion styling are mine.]