3 September 2014
The success of the 2014 Edinburgh International Fashion Festival has ensured every trend-setter will be keeping a well-defined watchful eye over the capital of Scotland. Pringle of Scotland's Menswear collection swaggering down the catwalk, a photography exhibition by Helena Christensen and an unmissable Q&A with fashion experts at Topshop were some of the many unmissable events that took place during the festival. However the city has always been known for its stylish streets, with designer labels flocking to be stocked in the one-off boutiques and esteemed post codes of Edinburgh's New Town every season...and A/W 14 is no exception.
Whether it's a pay-weekend splurge or a planned indulgence, Edinburgh's New Town is home to an array of well-stocked stylish boutiques, designer shops and a renowned department store full-to-the-brim with every style, size and season's trend to satisfy those in need of a little retail therapy.
Thistle Street is home to not one, but two award-winning designer destinations, both listed amongst the best British boutiques according to Vogue in recent years. Jane Davidson is Edinburgh's elegant home of high-fashion, while across the cobbled street, Pam Jenkins provides stylish shoes and accessories, ensuring every women's wardrobe-want is catered for within a hop, skip and jump.
Jane Davidson is Scotland's exclusive stockist of beautiful designer pieces by Diane von Furstenberg and Matthew Williamson, which are available alongside a carefully curated collection that features Roland Mouret's iconic dresses, quintessentially British items from Preen and flowing feminine designs as seen on models at Temperley London. The mother-daughter duo offer first-class service with their trusted team of personal shoppers and exclusive fashion show events throughout the year.
If your ideal outfit can be found at Jane Davidson, then Pam Jenkins will ensure it has the finest of finishing touches. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, this stunning store houses sky-high heels by Christian Louboutin, sought-after statements from Kate Spade, alongside floral silk Liberty of London scarves. The personal and approachable service Pam Jenkins provides will ensure you'll be leaving with your ideal fancy footwear or luxe tote - whether it's the latest calf leather shoulder bag from Jimmy Choo or embellished pumps from Miu Miu - and a feeling you'll need to pop back again very soon for your next accessory-fix.
A stroll over Queen Street Gardens will take you to stylish men's store, Dick's. Home to a range of international independent clothing and home ware brands, this one-off boutique offers the answer to every lifestyle conundrum with its sleek selection. Its array of outerwear is enough to warrant a trip alone - from classic Mackintosh raincoats and Golden Bear varsity jackets, to edgier designs from Baracuta. Pull on your John Smedley, style your hair with a handmade wooden Groetsch comb and take some seriously stylish notes from their team in a leather bound La Compagnie Du Kraft notebook.
'Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh' image copyright Denna Jones licensed under CC for commercial use via Flickr
Head to St Andrews Square for the city's purpose-built luxury shopping area, Multrees Walk. The first new street to be built in the city in over a century had to be put to the best of uses and subsequently offers an array of the most exclusive brands available, including Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Boss, Mulberry and Tommy Hilfiger. The perfect gift selection is provided by Swarovski, Pandora and Links of London, while Harvey Nichols has five floors full-to-the-brim with the latest designer label drops as well as a chic fourth floor restaurant - where you can enjoy amazing views across the city while you rest and recuperate from fashion-induced-fatigue.
Whether you prefer the one-to-one service of an independent boutique or browsing collections in the convenience of a department store, Edinburgh offers an unrivalled designer shopping experience in Scotland...and now you can keep up with the city's most stylish residents on your next Edinburgh escape at The Scotsman Hotel.
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