Republic is a one-trick pony this season - sadly its magic is lost on this branch.
Republic serves up a very young and very two-dimensional offer for autumn, backing Abercrombie & Fitch-style sweatpants, sweatshirts and hoodies to the hilt and sprinkling on a few jeans in grey or dark blue washes. A chunky quilted grey, lumberjack-lined Soul Cal cardigan is as directional as it gets and the rest of the offer comes from heavily branded mainstream tees and hoodies from what are becoming yawn brands like G-Star and Bench. Disappointing.
With a store so geared towards young lads going down the pub or to football, it is somewhat bizarre to see such effeminate mannequins - think tiny waists and pointed pecs - displaying the product. Buff this certainly isn’t. The first floor menswear department is also reminiscent of some Sports Direct shops - piled high with product and ticketing flagging up promotions. Drapers didn’t spot any staff offering help to make sense of this jumble.
It’s all relative. Two pairs of jeans for £50 is more expensive than Burton, but Republic (aside from River Island) is the only high street chain in town to deliver denim anywhere near the quality and style of the big-name brands - so points are earned here. Duffle toggle cardies match Burton’s at £44.99 but don’t quite live up to the quality. Own-brand sweat pants must be good margin-makers at £29.99 - these probably work to the untrained Cheltenham man’s fashion eye though.