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Republic, The Centre MK

A one-dimensional, unsophisticated experience that has been crammed onto the first floor.

Product 4

This is all about your lads’ holiday to Málaga.

There is nothing wrong with that per se, but if you don’t want commodity cargo shorts and bright polos or multi-pocket, overworked Police jeans then there is nothing much here for you. There is the odd pair of chinos, updated with elasticated ankles, and a chambray shirt to provide a bit of relief. There is also a small All Saints-inspired illustrated graphic T-shirt story.

Experience 5

The windows speak better to women than men, with four female mannequins versus two male that are surrounded by floral window stickers, butterfly props and buckets of daisies, but the dark interior is more masculine. Menswear is on the first floor, which is brought to life with some cool graphics. Overall, brands like Bench and Firetrap are clearly defined, though stock levels mean the floor is cramped.

Value 5

Republic’s BOGOF and two-for promotions are starting to wear a little thin. Shoppers can’t move for tickets screaming two for £35, two for £50, three for £70, two for £12 and 10% off for students. It’s supposed to create the feeling of a bargain purchase but it is totally confusing due to the number of offers. Having said that, prices are reasonable with the deals but not competitive without. Own-brand denim shorts are pricey at £39.99, chinos by own brand Soul Cal are £34.99. Illustrated T-shirts are not worth £44.99.

Score 14

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  • rubbish shop that treats its suppliers brutally

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