Your graduation day is a key milestone, and is one you, your family, and your friends will remember for life. It’s a chance to celebrate your new found freedom and all your hard work over the past few years.
If you’re yet to decide on the all important outfit, we’ve put together a selection of Leeds’s independent clothing shops and boutiques to make sure you stand out from the crowd and avoid the dreaded moment that you and two other people turn up in the same high street dress.
Here are our suggestions:
- Bo Carter, Batley
Bo Carter is a ‘unique, independent, ethical fashion brand, creating high quality, contemporary garments’. ‘Her vision of fashion is clear: be unique, be bold and most of all be ethical.’
Bo takes a ‘tough stance against animal cruelty […], which is why you won’t find leather, fur or garments made using child labour or exploitation in any of her collections.’
Click here to view the website.
- Twit-woo Vintage, Leeds Corn Exchange
In the beautiful setting of Leeds’s Corn Exchange, here you’ll find a fabulous selection of unique accessories as well as a range of stylish garments from the 1930s to the 80s. ‘Twit-Woo Vintage aim for quality and affordable vintage for ladies and chaps, whether for the everyday or something more elegant.’
Click here for more info.
- Lambert’s Yard, Leeds
Lambert’s Yard is a unique creative space which marries art, design, fashion and lifestyle. It is a chic contemporary events venue and showroom, used for ‘product and brand launches, pop ups, receptions and a wide range of other events’. With a full bar and retail amenities it’s an uber-cool space where you can browse modern and individual designs for both men and women. It’s well worth a visit.
Click here to view the website and where to find them.
- Little Pink Wardrobe and Jewellery House, Leeds Corn Exchange
Also situated in the Corn Exchange, this small boutique is filled with quirky accessorises and trinkets, so whether you’re looking for that timeless brooch or bold clutch bag, this is the place you’ll find it.
Click here to view their Facebook page.
- Accent Clothing, Leeds
‘Accent takes pride in sourcing garments and accessories that contribute to making [its] customers feel special and unique.’ With a wide range of formal to more casual clothing for both men and women, Accent supports local independent designers including ‘Kevan Jon & Rebecca Rhoades; giving [its] customers exclusive and rare designer clothes to choose from’.
Click here to visit the website.
We hope we’ve helped to inspire your retail imaginations and given you some alternatives to the usual high street shops, so you can not only support your local businesses, but can also find your dream signature item and stand out from the crowd at your graduation.
Congratulations to all graduating this year and the best of luck in whatever your future may bring.