Instead of hitting the regular high-street shops whilst indulging in some retail therapy, how about checking out some independent fashion boutiques instead? The benefits being, most will offer something a little different with regards to style, and you’ll also receive a more personal service! With the help of our loyal Twitter followers, we’ve rounded up some of the best throughout Cornwall so take a read to see if any take your fancy…
Busby and Fox, Truro
An elegant and stylish collection of flowers & beautiful things – women’s clothing, accessories, jewellery and homewares. Busby and Fox is a calm retreat with gorgeous clothes, unique gifts and hand-chosen items of furniture for your home. You are also able to order bespoke flower arrangements for collection. They have two more stores in Kingsbridge and Totnes and a brand new website launching soon!
Plum is the baby of Sam Salvoni and is now home to a passionate and talented team in their shops and back-office. After several years as a successful milliner, creating hats and headpieces for Royal Garden Parties, Weddings and the Races, Sam launched her first shop selling hats and accessories in 2006. Plum seems to have an uncanny knack of spotting and pre-empting trends, with much of their stock gracing the pages of the fashion press and finding their way into high-end national boutiques well after they have flown off the shelves of Plum.
Roo’s Beach, Porth
Roo’s Beach is amongst the best independent shopping experiences in Cornwall, and indeed a one-of-a-kind destination online. The assortment consists of womenswear, with a refined collection of clothing, accessories, jewellery, objects, stationery and vintage pieces, sourced exclusively from all over the world, from the UK to France, from Australia to California. The products have been featured in the major lifestyle publications, including Elle, Stylist and Sunday Times Style Magazine, amongst many others. The curated edit each season sets out to transmit a message of optimism, fun and a relaxed, luxurious approach to style.
Fishboy PZ, Penzance
Fishboy PZ is a Cornish clothing company that has been designing and screen-printing clothing since 2001, taking inspiration from the Cornish landscape and traditions of farming, mining and fishing. In February 2015 Cornwall-based artist, Mat McIvor, and local entrepreneur, Izzy Phillips, took the reins with the dream of putting Penzance on the map and strengthening the independent Fishboy brand. By enlisting talented and local creative minds, the fusion of Art and Fashion began. As well as their own locally-inspired collections, they stock t-shirts, jackets and jeans from the likes of Dr Denim, Matt & Nat, and Libertine-Libertine.
If you are planning a visit to Cornwall or live nearby, then do try to pop into Nomads boutique in Launceston. Their shop has lots of natural light, fresh air and friendly smiles – not to mention a vast selection of bohemian and contemporary clothing. Ownevers Duncan and Vicky met while backpacking around India in the late 1980s. With only £200 left in their pockets, they used the money to fill up a trunk of wonderful ethnic clothes and head back to the UK. They soon returned to India with the profits they had made, mixing business with pleasure; staying at Buddhist retreats, discovering crafts at local markets and picking up gorgeous handmade fabrics along the way. A shared love of India and its culture inspired them to start up their own clothing company.
Established in June 2012 by husband and wife Steve and Tracy, Bow Fashion Accessories offer one of the largest selection of quality fashion accessories, fashion jewellery, scarves and handbags in Cornwall. Their expansion upstairs took place in August 2013, creating another space beautifully designed to house their Ladies and Gents collection of leather bags and luggage, and a small selection of hats and fascinators. They also proudly offer one of the largest selection of Handbags in Cornwall! Customers will come from as far as Bristol and beyond in order to find the perfect hat for a wedding, attending Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta as well as events closer to home like Helston Flora Day.
Fusion has been trading since 2000 and has stores in Padstow, Wadebridge and Polzeath. The brands stocked are an eclectic mix of the hottest labels as well as small independent labels to create the different looks that the fashionista of today morphs between, from cutting edge to casual. For the men they stock the likes of Only & Sons, Bellfield and Native Youth and for women there are brands such as Saint Tropez, Vero Moda, Ichi and Vila. In the accessories department they have a fantastic range of bags from Long & Son and Mi-Pac. You can add to your outfit from their statement and beautiful jewellery from Treaty and White Leaf.
Ocean Blue, Polzeath/Wadebridge/Padstow
Ocean Blue Clothing is an independent ladies clothing store with three shops in North Cornwall.They have been operating for 15 years, opening their first shop by the sea in Polzeath and have since opened shops in the pretty market town of Wadebridge and the popular fishing village of Padstow. At Ocean Blue they love clothes! They strive to offer their customers something new and fresh every season. They carefully select items that reflect the current trends, which are also very wearable and functional. Customer service is paramount to them and they aim to offer a friendly and personal service.
Little Boutique, Truro
Little Boutiques are located in Walsingham Place which has a lovely, historic feel, surrounded by beautiful Georgian houses and small independent businesses.
Megs and Jo both have a true love for anything fashion, lifestyle and shopping which is why they joined forces to create Little Boutique. Somewhere where a woman of any age, size and budget can go and enjoy a boutique shopping experience without the boutique price tag. The majority of their clothing is ‘One Size’ Made in Italy, making it super easy to wear and style without the worry of it going out of fashion.
Style is more than just fashion, more than a mere follower of trends. At BitterSweet, they aim to help you find the style that suits you. They are proud to provide women with something truly different, whatever the occasion. Like you, they believe that looking great is more than the label you wear. You will find a fantastic range of Womens clothing, shoes and accessories from brands including; Out of xile, Avoca, Fever, Irregular choice, Fly london, Rosie fox, and Komodo, to name just a few.