Whilst London is often at the forefront of people’s minds when they think about UK fashion, we’re shifting the focus to Bath for a moment. Picturesque, steeped in history and home to numerous vintage and contemporary fashion stores, aesthetically pleasing cafés and beautifully British hotels, it’s one to bookmark if you’re tired of the capital and want somewhere a calmer to set the tone for your shopping trip.
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Vintage to Vogue is Bath’s answer to Aladdin’s Cave – a treasure trove of pre-loved fashion and jewellery and the kind of place where just about every piece that you come across tells a story. Quality is at the heart of its ethos so it’s not the cheapest of vintage stores but it’s worth searching through the items on offer because on a good day, you might just find the perfect 1970s Prada that your collection has always been missing.
Vintage to Vogue, 28 Milsom Street, Bath, UK, +44 1225 337323
Choosing your wedding dress should be a momentous and special occasion and that’s exactly what partner-run boutique, Ellie Rose Bridal does so well. Stocking a specially-curated range of striking silhouettes by Ti Adora and LA-born designer Hayley Paige as well as bridesmaid dresses to complement each collection, the products on offer here celebrate feminine design with a sense of modernity and acute attention to detail. A flair for making clients feel completely at ease, this is the boutique to head for to enjoy a completely bespoke experience to go alongside your purchase.
There’s something wonderfully emotive about stepping inside an Anthropologie store. Its creativity slots seamlessly into the Bath city scape, championing everything we know about the brand, its recognisable aesthetic, and its eclectic approach to visual merchandising. If you’re paying a visit pre-Christmas then it’s the tree decorations that you want to stock up on but in summer look out for the hand-painted ceramic serving bowls.
…because is there anything more important when it comes to choosing somewhere to eat these days? The Bath Priory has the kind of terrace that might just make you forget about shopping. Set in the hotel’s award-winning gardens and surrounded by well-designed floral arrangements and precision-mown lawns, you may feel like you’ve travelled back in time and found yourself in a Jane Austen novel – until you start browsing the cocktail menu, of course, which is a tempting and indulgent way to refuel after a morning in the city.
The Bath Priory, Weston Road, Bath, UK, +44 1225 331922
There’s little not to like about a Mr and Mrs Smith hotel and it’s for that very reason that we’re championing The Queensberry on picturesque Russell Street as our number one choice for a stopover in this captivating city. Interiors are appropriately curated with a certain British charm but they feel modern and design-focused in otherwise traditional surroundings. Expect a rich, jewel-tone colour palette, velvet and dark wood that work together to elevate minimal silhouettes and sleek furniture lines.