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Menswear Retailer of the Year: Signature, 349 Union Street, Aberdeen

Brands include Armani Collezioni, Gant, Hugo Boss, Lyle & Scott, Ralph Lauren

In the relatively small city of Aberdeen, Signature has successfully carved a name for itself as the destination for the man about town who is wedded to branded merchandise. Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren and Gant are among the big-hitting names that keep shoppers coming back, and it is testament to Signature’s customer service and customer loyalty that when a Hugo Boss standalone opened on the same street, Signature’s sales of the brand actually increased. An impressive refit of the Signature store earlier this year proves that owner Patrick Ritchie isn’t afraid to invest

in his business even through difficult times. The judges singled out his brave approach to retailing as the secret to the store’s continued success.

Finalists

Highly commended

1. Pritchards

9 King Street, Hereford

Brands include Armani Collezioni, Bäumler, Boss Black, Paul Smith

An indie that knows a thing or two about good retailing - and surviving the odd recession - Pritchards has been in business for 164 years.

2. Kiosk 78

7 Duncan Street, Leeds

Brands include APC, Folk, Nom de Guerre, Margaret Howell

With a great mix of denim and menswear brands, Kiosk 78 is a small space used in a very effective way. Brands such as Nudie Jeans, APC and Naked & Famous keep Leeds men coming back for more.

3. Psyche

175-187 Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough

Brands include Barbour, D&G, Polo Ralph Lauren, Pretty Green

Owner Steve Cochrane’s recently reconfigured premium directional menswear area on the ground floor is driving some of the biggest sales volumes across the store.

4. Sarah Coggles

91-93 Low Petergate, York

Brands include G-Star, Lyle & Scott, Natural Selection, Nigel Cabourn

A great mix of commercial and niche brands ensure male shoppers keep returning to Sarah Coggles. Stock is merchandised by style and price point rather than by brand.

5. Seasons Clothing

20-22 Carver Street, Sheffield

Brands include Adidas Originals, Barbour, One True Saxon

A mix of contemporary classic and lifestyle brands makes Seasons a destination store. Retail theatre and an exciting environment are as important as product to this store’s success.

6. Six Whiting Street

6 Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds

Brands include Armani Jeans, Diesel Black Gold, Hugo Boss

This is a shop with all the key elements for menswear success: retail theatre with a relaxed environment and super-friendly and expert customer service.

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