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