A smorgasbord of styles spans youthful basics to performance outerwear and affordable suits.
With Debenhams’ branded offer balancing trend-led looks with age-spanning brands (think Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, Wrangler) the own labels do pale a touch in comparison. A host of brown and green shades look anonymous on Rocha John Rocha linen shirts, while Maine New England’s biggest thrill comes from the performance fabrics. But the younger Red Herring range is heavy with key items.
A big department, this is nonetheless mostly easy to navigate and the shopfloor is slick and clean. The staff are helpful – one fetches an unpackaged Thomas Nash shirt to substitute the packaged one Drapers takes to the fitting room. But while the assistant is faultless, the changing rooms are not. Once in there, massive clumps of dust and fluff float down on to shoppers’ shoulders from the filthy ceiling.
In Red Herring, the buy-one-get-one-half-price offer on £20, £25 and £30 jeans is good value on soft-touch clean and subtly sand-blasted denim. Baseball-collar T-shirts are just £8 while Mantaray graphic T-shirts are £20. A leather biker is affordable at £105 and checked shirts are £28 – in the Maine New England range this hops up to £29.50. Tailoring in the Jeff Banks Studio tailoring range hovers at an affordable £185, with shirts at £40.