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Reiss, 34 Milsom Street

A separates-driven collection scores high points for this branch of Reiss.

Product 8

Loose tailoring, long hemlines and a separates-driven collection make up Reiss’s spring 11 range at its Bath store. A loosely pleated white dress, cream maxi skirt and lovely knitted maxi dress all nod to the 1970s trend, as do high-waisted flared jeans in sub-brand 1971. Reiss’s trouser offer is superb, ranging from slim-cut to flared - with the latter silhouette also seen on skirts and shorts. Loose silk blouses are beautiful, lace is used on tops and the palette is largely muted.

Experience 8

Wide wooden floorboards and high ceilings make this a beautiful store, with similar architecture to Ted Baker’s a few doors down. Varying wallpaper throughout the store represents different trend stories and the changing rooms feel luxurious, with customers able to relax on a velvet couch. Staff were chatty and helpful.

Value 7

Reiss said at its spring 11 press day it would introduce more entry-level prices, but there isn’t much evidence of this just yet in Bath - or if there is, the difference is subtle. Basic knits at £79 are in line with Reiss’s traditional pricing architecture, although simple lace T-shirts are perhaps a touch cheaper than they would have been at £65. Trousers start from a reasonable £80, up to £110 for flared styles. The silk blouses are worth the £95 price tag.

Score 23

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