You are probably rushing to buy tickets after the news of quarantine-free travel to the United Kingdom (UK), but do you know which stores to hit up once you arrive? The UK has a vibrant streetwear scene that has fully embraced thrifting and embodies a unique mix of casual lifestyle brands and tailored high street labels. Our UK streetwear store guide will help you navigate their one-of-a-kind streetwear scene.
1) Duke’s Cupboard
14 Ingestre Place, Soho, London, W1F 0JQ
Founded by Milo Harley and Ned Membery, Duke’s Cupboard is a streetwear store known for its vintage clothing. The collections that the store brings in is filled with unexpected pieces that have hits of nostalgia like the 2000 Nike Air Wovens and rare Supreme x Levis 550 star jeans. Pop by their shop and take a trip down memory lane.
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2) Wavey Garms
Location (To be updated)
Started in 2013 as a small Facebook group created for people to sell and cop clothes, Wavey Garms is now a streetwear store with close to 100,000 members. The brand has its own collection of apparel and even published a book compiling two decades worth of photographs, which tells the story of how Wavey Garms came about.
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3) Storm in a Teacup
366 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4DA
Storm In A Teacup is a designer archive clothing store that is known for bringing in rare pre-owned designer pieces and making them affordable for everyone. All of the pre-owned items are personally sourced from fashion collectors and ensured that only the best quality pieces are put on the shelf. The store regularly brings in pieces from household designer brands such as Alexander McQueen, Versace, Prada, and more.
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151 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3QE, United Kingdom
Founded in 2007, Goodhood is a retailer that brings in over 200 brands that span beauty, menswear, and womenswear, from Stussy, Comme des Garçons and Converse. The brand retails an in-house label offering apparel, accessories and homeware. Keep a lookout for their raffle system, Launches, where you can find some of the sickest kicks – they recently dropped the Nike x Peaceminusone Kwondo1.
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5) The Other Side of the Pillow
47 Carnaby StCarnaby, London, W1F 9PT
The Other Side of the Pillow is a store that focuses on selling deadstock sneakers, eyewear and clothing. Walk into the shop and you’ll be greeted by the extensive collection of vintage Vans pieces – from footwear to apparel. A haven for all the Vans enthusiasts out there.
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6) Oi Polloi
63 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1LQ
Started in 2002, Oi Polloi specializes in contemporary menswear. The store sells the Carhartt Work in Progress collection, and has even collaborated with Fred Perry to release a line of ‘70s style leisurewear.
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80 Berwick St, Soho, London, W1F 8TU
Footpatrol is the go-to sneaker store when you’re in the UK. Known for stocking coveted sneakers, you can find the classic Nike Air Force 1, Nike dunk lows, and also modern silhouettes like the New Balance XC-72. There is even an app, Footpatrol Launches, just for the store’s raffles which currently includes the Air Jordan 11 in Cool Grey.
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39 Brook Street, London, W1K 4JE
21 Club Row, London, E2 7EY
First opened in 1970, Browns is the UK’s first multi-brand luxury boutique. At Browns, not only can you find sportswear brands like Adidas and Asics, but also designer brands like Moschino, Tom Ford, and Burberry. Besides selling apparel and homeware, Browns also provides jewelry customization and personal shopping services. With so many things to check out, don’t be surprised if you end up spending the whole day there!
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If you have extra time: Sneakers ER
77 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB
With the UK’s rainy weather, you don’t want your precious sneakers to get destroyed. Pop by Sneakers ER for shoe care services. Started in 2015 by two sneaker enthusiasts, the store offers cleaning, protection, shoe and heel repairs and more. In addition to shoe care, the store also provides customization services. While you wait for your shoes to be sorted out, you can pass time at the in-store café.
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