21 May 2011

Richmond Classics

If you're looking for quality designerwear, you could always visit the closest department store - large floors, plenty of stock, and a familiar atmosphere no matter which town or city you visit. However, there's always an exciting alternative, and in Bournemouth in particular, such an option comes in the shape of Richmond Classics.

Although having been open since April 1st 1988, I only discovered this jewel of a store yesterday during a routine search for stylish somebodies. Located near the foot of Richmond Hill (where the store's name derived from), this designer outlet doesn't seem like much from the outside, but once you take a few steps in, I guarantee you won't be leaving any time soon.

The main area of the store should wow you as soon as you walk in. Rustic wooden décor furnishes this section of Richmond Classics - shelves lined with men's casual wear from the likes of Lyle & Scott, Fred Perry, Lacoste and Canterbury, and decorated with antique paraphernalia, such as vintage sewing machines and typewriters.

In the women's section to the left, a rose print carpet lies beneath your feet whilst you browse through designerwear from Vivienne Westwood, Paul's Boutique, Polo Ralph Lauren and many more. Upstairs, you'll find even more clean-cut menswear, including Dolce and Gabanna shoes, Barbour quilted jackets, True Religion jeans and a selection of formal attire.

However, the store's most recent expansion is the Fashion Pharmacy, where those looking for a more youthful trend can order a prescription of the freshest designs. You'll find old-school style trainers mixed with the latest brands, Diesel jeans stacked neatly in vending machines, New Era snapbacks adorning the wall, Franklin and Marshall jackets hanging on the rails, Religion clothing tucked away just around the corner, Ray-Ban Wayfarers and ToyWatch watches in glass displays, and so much more! Take your purchases to the till and check out your "fashion remedy".

You could say Richmond Classics is like any other designer store with the brands it sells, but if you're going to go shopping, this inconspicuous outlet offers you an experience from the moment you step through their door. This isn't a plain, mainstream store - it has character and provides an atmosphere that maintains your enjoyment in browsing through its quality designer brands. The décor is unbelievably cool in both halves of Richmond Classics, and I would say it's this - as well as its superb variety in contemporary fashions - which really sells this store to me as first class. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself.

(For more information about the store, visit their blog, or to view the exciting fashions they have in-store, visit their online emporium)

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