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Tuesday 18 November 2014

Check out Southampton's most 'unique retail experience'

Lovers of fashion, design and art are converging around Re:So, Southampton’s most unique retail experience.

As the only student managed store to be based within a major UK shopping centre, Re:So has been appealing to those who are bored of the high street by offering a unique mix of fashion, accessories, publications, furniture and art – much of which has been produced by Southampton Solent University students and graduates.

Here we take a look at some of this month’s best selling products, from one of a kind kimonos to couture capes.

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Hannah Lloyd Kimonos have been one of Re:So’s best selling products since the new store launched last month. All the materials for the kimonos are individually chosen and each kimono is entirely handmade. As well as being one of our best selling suppliers, Hannah is also Re:So’s buying and sourcing manager.

Hannah is currently in her third year studying BA (Hons) Fashion at Southampton Solent. Her kimonos are priced at £22. Follow her on Instagram at @lloydfashion.

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Working in partnership with publishers Thames and Hudson, Re:So stocks a wide range of fashion, design and lifestyle books which are perfect for Christmas!

The books pictured above are ‘My Wonderful World of Fashion: Postcards’ (£6.95), ‘My Wonderful World of Fashion: Notebook’ (£8.95) and ‘Blogging for Photographers’ (£12.99).

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Designers like Burberry Scott first introduced capes to the catwalk, and now fashion graduate Scot Massey has put his own twist on the trend with this beautiful monochrome print.

After graduating from Southampton Solent University, Scott Massey set up his own bespoke fashion label under the name of ‘Scott Massey Couture’. As well as being a supplier for Re:So, he also uses the space to design and make his garments live in the store on a weekly basis. These capes are available in store, priced at £45.

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‘Envy’ clutches borrow their name and shape from the humble envelope. The designer, Lucy Ballard, says:

“Being a woman who was brought up in the countryside, I particularly warm to natural colours and fabrics. The outer faux leather / vinyl fabric resembles this. But as for the lining, I like to think it brings out the contrasting Fashion freelancer in me.”

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Julia Soboleva makes original art and sells it to the public at Re:So. A recent project of hers saw her drawing and painting scenes from the Re:So launch night, which can be seen here. On her work, she says:

“Being curious, observing, insightful, responsive and vulnerable towards life’s turnovers is what I am trying to do in my art. I am fascinated by contrast of oppositions like beauty/ugliness, joy/sorrow, good/evil and their undefinable boundary. Creating and getting lost in my surreal worlds, with the hope to ‘break on through to the other side’ (and then take you there with me!) is the plan I have for the nearest future.”

To hear the latest from the Re:So team you can check out their blog, or connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.