5 William Street, Edinburgh
Who you need to know Owner Sam Withall
Brands include Culture, French Connection, Great Plains, Seasalt, The Masai Clothing Company
2010 was a hard year for Sam Withall, who was forced to liquidate her Sam Thomas mini-chain owing to the tough economic climate.
Despite the experience, Withall returned to retail last year with the launch of contemporary womenswear indie Sam Brown.
Customers and suppliers have all backed the indie. “Our old customers have returned to the shop and have been very supportive,” says the determined owner.
With a website set to go live this month, and potential plans to open a pop-up shop selling discounted stock from suppliers, Withall is living proof that a retail rebirth can be a success.