Leeds will open its first independent concept store to the public on Saturday November 22.
Located in the city centre’s oldest courtyard, Lambert’s Yard is pitched as a new premium retail and lifestyle destination for the north of England. The first floor retail space will showcase brands including womenswear labels Antipodium, AnhHa and Number 35, as well as accessories specialists Subversive Store and Cote & Ciel. Products will also be sold on the Lambert’s Yard website, set to launch next month.
Buying is headed up by Adam Jagger, former Topman, Ralph Lauren and Coggles buyer, who joined the project in July. Jagger has been tasked with bringing new or lesser-known independent brands to Leeds, with the aim of establishing the city as an independent retail destination to rival London.
The focus is firmly on premium British brands such as Edie Mac, specialist in silk dresses and soft separates, and leather accessories labels Charlie Borrow and Hull-based Blanket Row.
New British menswear brand Dobson will be stocked in the Leeds city centre concept store. Founded in 2014 by Nina Dobson, former head of design at luxury goods group LVMH, Dobson offers utility workwear made from formal menswear fabric sourced from Yorkshire mills.
Lambert’s Yard will also showcase products from the Centre for Fashion Excellence’s new north of England ‘Pioneer Programme’ winners: Cabba (made in Britain womenswear), Zara Mia (men’s and womenswear), Williams Handmade (leather accessories), Studio 805 (contemporary menswear) and D’Albert (contemporary womenswear). It is the first time the business support programme for emerging talent has been delivered outside of London.
The second floor will act as an event space for seasonal creative and cultural events.