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Christmas and New Year have been a whirlwind and now that it is January and all the excessiveness and fun has ended it all feels a bit dull and grey. Good thing that January also means it’s peak sales season, so there are plenty of things to distract you from the dullness of this month, and lots to get excited about.
One of those things is my latest crush, the Pringle of Scotland outlet. I’ve grown rather fond of this little store in Hackney with its lovely sales staff and beautiful knitwear.
The Scottish heritage brand is famous for luxury knitwear of exceptional quality and has always been loved by celebrities and royals (the Queen is a loyal customer and Princess Grace of Monaco was a major fan of the Cashmere house). Producing flawless knitwear for over 200 years, it popped up again on the fashion radar when Fran Stringer launched her first collection in 2016. Stringer’s aim was to move away from the traditional argyle and twinset and welcome a fresher, wilder and more modern look. Her vision translated well into the look & feel of her debut collection, which can be seen in its full glory at the Hackney outlet store.
What can you expect at the store?
The store offers both menswear and womenswear and as a general rule of thumb, the seasons are one year behind the brand’s flagship store on Mount Street. Right now you’ll find the Pre Fall ‘16 and Autumn Winter ‘16 collections including some beautiful pieces from Fran Stringers first collections. Then there’s the outlet specific branded stock, which is a bit more classic and perfect as a wardrobe staple. You’ll find jumpers in almost every colour, be it Merino wool or Cashmere, hats, scarves, mittens and even socks and underwear. The latter was rather surprising and got the seal of approval by my very picky boyfriend, who was raging about the great feel of his new trunks (and will hate me for revealing such intimate details).
The store is very inviting to shop with everything for her at the front and a great selection for him further to the back. The atmosphere is relaxed with a premium boutique feel. Forget what you know about cramped full outlet stores and imagine a light and airy boutique that looks just like your normal Pringle of Scotland store, but with everything at half price.
How much can you save?
I guess this is the most important piece of information for all you keen sales shoppers! The store offers great value for money with everything reduced by 40-50% and up to 70% off during sales season (which is now – hooray!).
You can bag some real bargains with both, the menswear and womenswear collections heavily discounted. Prices start at £20 for accessories and £65 for knitwear.
If you’re more after a fashion editor looks, then check out the catwalk collections (starting from £399) or get one of the heavenly soft Cashmere jumpers from the outlet collection. I also spotted a great selection of coats (from £…) and an awesome range of jumpers for guys. I loved the colours for him ranging from bright neon yellow to black with contrasting orange stitching.
No matter whether you go for fashion-forward or timeless, these pieces will last you a lifetime and they feel amazing! That was one of the nicest discoveries in the store. Whatever you try on, you just want to keep wearing it.
Is it worth the track to Hackney?
Absolutely yes! I personally would go there for the Pringle outlet alone but there are lots of other great shops nearby. The shop is part of Hackney Walk and situated next to the Burberry outlet. You'll find it opposite a whole range of other great boutiques; amongst them are Joseph, Zadig & Voltaire, MATCHESFASHION.COM, Sunspel and Nike. If you like sample sales, then there’s also The BOX, one of London’s best sample sale venues with a calendar that comes straight out of a fashion editor’s black book.
In my bag: That lovely fairisle jumper, the white chunky knit and a Cashmere hat for my boyfriend. I paid £949 (instead of £2,355). That's a saving of more than £1,400!
Images: Lorraine Goddard