Have A Very Indie Christmas!

This Christmas UK online retail figures are set to reach £10 billion and as online volumes reach the highest proportion of overall sales since the digital boffins started measuring this sort of thing; this Christmas promises to be a cracker for our major retailers.

The trend has been undoubtedly driven by online giants such as Amazon and Asos.

Amazon; the company that introduced the UK to Black Friday, highly competitive prices and lightning deals, and Asos the “fast fashion” trail blazer offering consumers a  vast choice of 850 brands,  40,000 styles and free delivery to 190 countries.

Both are becoming  a must for the savvy Christmas shopper and have almost come to capture the retail zeitgeist of our times.

That’s great. But like the Grinch that stole Christmas, doesn’t it seem like these online juggernauts seem to have taken some of the spirit of Christmas shopping in their wake?

The unique independents that line Leeds high street  are not only key to maintaining our high street’s individuality and character but at this time of year give us something that sofa surfing just can’t replace – true individuality and rediscovering the joy of actually going out and shopping at Christmas!

So if you are going to give the gift of fashion this Christmas, or just after something handmade and different-  embrace the winter chill, take in the sparkling  lights and support our local indies- you never know what you might find for that difficult to buy family member.

With this in mind, here’ a few suggestions from some of our local heroes-

1.       The Corn Exchange – everyone and anyone!

The home of the Leeds indie.  Leeds Corn Exchange built in 1864, was seen as an architectural triumph and is a latter day city icon, still operates as its original purpose – a bustling centre for trade, housing many unique independent clothing businesses, as it did years ago. The Corn Exchange has some great shopping events on this Christmas; ideal for finding that quirky little stocking filler for the person who has everything.

Candy Candy is one example of a great store inside the Exchange.  Here Japanese styling meets retro cool- it’s great place to visit for fashion and accessory gifts for women.

corn exchange

The Corn Exchange, Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7RB


2.       Pop Boutique – for the scenester sibling

Pop Boutique started life in Manchester in 1994. The Pop brand then expanded to Leeds following the success of its other stores. Pop is not just your average vintage shop; it has a quirky and home spun appeal, offering 60s and 70s clothing for both men and women along with retro fashion trends under their own Pop label.  From men’s  bow ties, genuine leather satchels to sparkly sequined jackets that would make Joan Collins green with envy.

This shop is ideal for finding something for a trendy sibling, friend  or even yourself for the work’s Crimbo party. Guaranteed you won’t be sat next to someone in the same outfit if you buy from Pop.

pop boutique

Pop Boutique, 12-14 Central Rd, City Centre, Leeds LS1 6DE


 3.       Aladdin’s Cave – for the mother, or significant other..

Aladdin’s cave is a friendly, family run business that has been selling, beautiful, hand-picked jewellery for over 25 years.  From art deco rings, watches and unusual silver antique pieces; Lizzy Duke this aint.

aladdins cave

Aladdin’s Cave, 19, Queens Arcade, Leeds LS1 6LF

Oh and remember our high street is not just for Christmas it’s for life!