Kestin Hare has opened a nautical-inspired Edinburgh flagship store in the Leith area on Customs Wharf
Overlooking the water of Leith in Edinburgh’s Customs Wharf, a 1,400 sq ft 19th-century townhouse is home to the new flagship store of menswear brand Kestin Hare. The two floors contain menswear alongside a select edit of product made in Scotland including sunglasses, stationery, homeware, grooming, Banton Frameworks eyewear and Campbell Cole leather accessories.
Hare says: “At the front of my mind has been to create something that gives customers a real reason to come to my physical store. We want to involve the community, to tell a story and inspire. I want to build an experience where someone feels like they want to come, relax, feel at home and live the Kestin Hare lifestyle.”
There are future plans to have an onsite barber who will offer men’s haircuts and beard trims, and florist Hedgerow will stake its claim to sell seasonal Scottish flowers and plants.
“There is definitely a local customer in Leith for us, and Edinburgh also benefits from a buoyant tourism industry,” Hare explains. “We will have a unique offer, housing the very best selection of Scottish design, which has been a lifelong dream of mine.”
The Leith area, which is not currently known for its retail, includes just a couple gift shops among restaurants and bars, and hosts a weekend farmer’s market.
On picking the location, Hare says: “Leith is a bit like [London’s] Shoreditch was. It’s up and coming and has a great vibe and buzz, but commercial and residential rents are still cheap in comparison with the city centre, which has seen an influx of creatives and artists moving to the area both to live and work. Studio space has popped up all over and it’s great to be part of this creative community. I am excited to see how things grow and develop over the coming months and years.”
The storefront is on Custom Lane, which houses art galleries, event space, workshops, and studios.
The curated interior, designed by Hare himself and built by local crafts and tradesmen, reflects the area’s nautical culture. Yachting rope is used to suspend hanging paddles from the ceiling and a 1960s speedboat decorates the changing room located on the lower floor.
The store, which opened on 11 March, ties in with the launch of Kestin Hare’s spring 17 collection, “The Northern Shores”. The pieces – which have a sun-bleached colour palette and contain prints reminiscent of geological rock formations and seascapes – draw inspiration from the modern-day explorer.