The response to our Twitter appeal for Best Independent Men's Clothes Shops in the UK was so enthusiastic that we feel compelled to publish another Top Five - or Part 2, if you prefer. So here we showcase the best in men's outfitters from Wales, Norwich, west London, Leeds and beyond.
Daniel Jenkins, Monmouth: Opened in 2007, Daniel Jenkins is housed in a converted 1724 grade II listed building. The ethos is simple: if Daniel Jenkins wouldn’t wear it, he doesn’t stock it. British labels are the order of the day, but things have expanded somewhat to showcase the likes of Carolyn Massey, Satyenkumar and Lou Dalton, all exclusive to the store. The brand mix of YMC, Passarella Death Squad and ARN Mercantile will continue next season. Coming soon: full collections from Norsea Industries and Arn Mercantile, as well as exclusive new pieces from Carolyn Massey and Lou Dalton. (94 Monnow Street, Monmouth, NP25 3EQ. www.danieljenkins.co.uk)
Bespoke Boutique, Norwich: Co- owned by friends Sean Ward and David Holland, Bespoke Boutique is a relative newcomer, having only launched in summer 2007. Bringing a fresh take on British and European style, they misx up rock 'n' roll inspired couture, modern tailoring and matching footwear, as well as accessories. Top-selling brands of the moment include Cheap Mondays and April 77, whilst a more niche audience is catered for with a limited edition Raf Simons collection for Fred Perry. Coming soon: the Spring/Summer Acne jeans range, plus new arrivals from Twelfth Letter. (18B Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EL. 01603 76 66 11. www.bespokeboutique.com)
Stuarts, London: Having celebrated their 42nd birthday last year, on top of a 2003 nomination by Drapers for ‘best combined clothing and footwear retailer’, Stuarts has long proved itself as West London's top independent mens fashion retailer. This season, well-known brands such as Barbour and Red Ring are selling well while specialist niche labels are also proving popular. Coming soon: Stuarts are itching to unveil the first collection from Ma.Strum alongside the more familiar styles and textures of Pendleton. (35-37 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, London W12 8LH. 020 8749 4056. www.stuartslondon.com)
Hip, Leeds: With a stellar reputation in the city, Hip has quickly established itself as the clothing outlet of choice for the Leeds creative set. Doing the tried and tested things well, you can expect Levi Vintage, Barbour and Engineered Garments from the US. Coming soon: Hip advise us to keep our eyes peeled for incoming gear from Post Overalls and Norse Projects (9 & 14 Thorntons Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LQ. 0113 242 4617. www.hipleeds.com)
A2 Clothing, Glamorgan: Bestsellers at this Welsh outlet include edgy designs by Luke 1977, a range of jeans and jackets by Luke Roper. Lyle and Scott is popular too, offering polos, jackets, footwear and jumpers. While it’s still cold, the knitted winter wear is also worth a look. Coming soon: Weekend Offender ‘street-style’ graphic print t-shirts and jackets - the t-shirts flew off the shelves last year. (2a Victoria St, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid GlamorganCF47 8BS. 01685530999. www.A2 clothing.com)
Compiled by Tom Ford. To see part one of the Top Independent Men's Clothes Shops in the UK, click here.