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Phlip owner launches a new menswear concept

Aziz Abidat, the owner of London streetwear independent Phlip, has made his first foray into contemporary menswear with a new concept.

The store, called Made Man in Queen’s Park, north-west London, will sell a higher-end offer focusing on menswear, to target style-conscious residents in the local area.

Although there will be some brand crossover with Phlip’s offer, Man Made will also sell brands including Lyle & Scott, J Lindeberg and Holland Esq.

Abidat, whose father started the Phlip business in 1985 selling second-hand Levi’s and army surplus clothing on London’s King’s Road, took over at Phlip in 1995. He said plans for the business were uncertain because trade in the area had slowed.

“Footfall on King’s Road has decreased over the years and many businesses are falling by the wayside,” he said. “But Phlip is still a pull for consumers in the area who want traditional American streetwear.” He added that more Made Man stores could be on the cards.

“At the moment Made Man is just finding its feet and, if the success of the first couple of months are anything to go by, there is a strong possibility that more stores could open,” he added.

Abidat said the Made Man name was chosen during an industry lunch, where he dis-cussed possibilities with friends Nathan Bullen of Per Lui and Darren Harris of Scotch & Soda.

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