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Hit or Miss: Banana Republic - 4/10

Westfield London, first floor, unit 32

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Pros

Bonus points for one of the most inventive windows, in which mannequins hold oversized umbrellas and interesting string structures represent rain showers. If you’re looking for wardrobe classics this is a good place to start thanks to nice fabrication, although some prices are high, such as £125 for a thin Harrington jacket. A tailored blazer-like jacket in technical fabric (£150) is not seen elsewhere.

Cons

Banana Republic might be aiming to be a premium-style store with quality classics, but the shopping experience is a little rough around the edges. Mannequin bodies are chipped and cracked, some rails are packed with too many items and small alcoves have rails with larger items stuffed into them, squashing pricier items like blazers. In other areas, displays are too bare, such as a large low shelf with one shoe and one pair of socks. The changing rooms are unmanned and messy. A shelf holds broken hangers, litter and a hand sanitiser bottle – it looks like the assistant’s store cupboard. 

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