The best independent menswear shops

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Our guide to the best independent menswear shops in the UK features places from all over the country. If you want an alternative to the high-street, these stores have curated the menswear essentials you'll want to invest in, including rare, limited-edition pieces, unusual collaborations and brands you might never even have heard of. Pick something up from one of these stores and work it into the other items in your wardrobe.

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Kiosk 78, Leeds: Specialising in niche denim ranges from Japan, Kiosk 78 has built its name on sourcing the best of emerging labels, such as Flathead, Edwin and Our Legacy. This season they’ll be going big on British brands such as Universal Works and the heritage label from their native Yorkshire, Norsea Industries, as well as best-selling staples such as Naked & Famous and Edwin. Coming soon: full denim range, fisherman parkas and twill shirts from Kiosk 78’s new favourite label, Heritage Research (7 Duncan Street, Leeds, L1;

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Present, London: Only four months old, Present is an Aladdin’s Cave of absolutely anything and everything from vinyl toys and handy luggage to a wide selection of key fashion labels. The store’s popularity is partly due to the extensive selection of original brands they ship in from Japan, including the quirky R2 resistance full clothing range. Other popular sellers include high-quality basics from Wings and Horns and Reigning Champ. Coming soon: check out Present’s hand-made footwear range produced in collaboration with Trickers, exclusive to the store. (140 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JE. 0207 033 0500;

Badger Clothing Company Ltd, Brighton: Situated in one of the most vibrant areas of Brighton & Hove, this fine store stocks a wide range of men's casual clothing, accessories and footwear brands. Among their top selling lines are the classic, quintessentially English labels Barbour and Fred Perry, as well as polo shirt and knitwear specialists Penguin. For 2010, new lines from Carhartt and denim kings Levi’s look strong. Coming soon: the new range of Sperry Top-sider shoes, which are described by the store manager as the "original boat shoes from America". (26 Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD. 01273 722245;

Ideology Menswear, Sheffield: Internationally sought after brands as well as exciting, up and coming labels can be found amongst stock that’s expertly updated from season to season. Best-sellers include the daring print Passarella Death Squad tees and the mod-rockers styled APC jeans in the New Standard style. Coming soon: treat your feet to a pair of fair-trade pumps from the fast improving Veja footwear range — not only stylish but environmentally friendly as they’re made from 100 per cent organic cotton and rubber. (Unit 11, The Forum, 127/129 Devonshire St, Sheffield, S3 7SB. 0114 2723482;

Oi Polloi, Manchester: Home to an extensive variety of must-have labels, including the ever popular full clothing range from APC and hand-dyed Edwin jeans, this has long been a favourite for clued up men in Manchester. For something a little different, you can pick up a pair of Superga super-classic canvas tennis shoes in a variety of colours. Coming soon: keep an eye out for Oi Polloi’s Reigning Champ full clothing range from Canada. (70 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LG. 0161 831 7870;

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.

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.

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.

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.

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