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  • Re:So - The Retail Solent Initiative - allows students to gain valuable experience as part of their work-based learning element of the course. The unique retail store is run by Solent students and sells clothing, accessories, art and other items designed by Solent students and graduates. Some items can now also be purchased in our new online store!

  • The BCSC Purple Apple Marketing Awards are the only awards which identify and reward effective shopping and town centre marketing within the UK retail property sector.

New products in stock

    • Re:So has collaborated with Chancellor Theo Paphitis' central London art shop, London Graphic Centre, and now has a shop-in-shop selling a selection of popular art materials. 

      The student team at Re:So manage the products by working with the London based team, two of whom are Solent University alumni.  Purchasing manager Suzanne Hack studied BA (Hons) Illustration and graduated in 1998 and operations manager, Zain Husain graduated from BA (Hons) Popular Music and Record Production in 2012.

      Photo credit: BA (Hons) Fashion Styling student Guiseppe De Piano

    • The vintage collection at Re:So is sourced by students. We plan each buying trip in advance to ensure each piece of the collection is well thought out and trend led. This also helps the students gain industry knowledge of what it is like to be a buyer within a retail environment.

      The collection follows what has been forecast to be on trend for vintage that season, meaning that we have pieces that are specifically picked for the customer for the current season, not just what the buyers think should be on the shop floor.

      The majority of the vintage products are single pieces, meaning we don’t usually have multiples of the same garments, which adds more meaning behind each great find.

      Products from Re:So Vintage are available to buy in store.

    • After graduating from Solent in 2015, Cool Cat and Hotdog clothing took their love for illustration, printing and rappers and came up with the t-shirt series: ‘Rappers that sound cool until you find out their real names’. It makes fun of rappers’ real names in comparison to their stage names.

      Cool Cat and Hot Dog clothing design and hand print all of their t-shirts in a screen-printing studio in Hampshire. Three years on, Cool Cat and Hot Dog clothing are now stocked in two stores in the UK, and in August 2018 their clothing sold at a pop-up store in Shoreditch’s Box Park.  

      Course studied: BA (Hons) Illustration

      Products from Cool Cat and Hot Dog are available to buy in store at Re:So.