Aberdeen-based young fashion independent Attic Clothing is on the hunt for additional stores after it scooped the top store gong at the annual Scottish Design Awards.
Attic came first in the Interior Design category at the Scottish Design Awards last month, for its Jenga game-inspired store concept. Its flagship store, located in The Academy shopping centre in Aberdeen, has a trendy warehouse feel, with painted pipes on the ceiling.
It was revamped last November and almost doubled in size to 7,000sq ft, after the store was extended into two adjacent units. McColl Architects was responsible for the refit, which features slatted and stacked timber display units.
Attic Clothing owner Richard McLaughlin said sales had rocketed 70% since the refit, which has prompted him to hunt for five more shops, although he declined to reveal target sites. He said: “The new store layout has proven to be a big hit with our customers, who seem to love it.”
The shop also features a denim wall, which McLaughlin said has worked well. “Jeans are displayed on mannequin legs which are hung from the ceiling, and also on rails showing each of the fits and finishes – customers can then choose which size and style to try,” he said.
The womenswear area is set out in a private area of the store, which separates it from menswear. The men’s area is split into a denim gallery, a streetwear section which includes brands such as 55DSL and a heritage section which features brands including Lyle & Scott.
Attic Clothing has a second 2,000sq ft store in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, which McLaugh-lin is planning to refit in the next 18 months.