Earlier this week I was lucky enough to be invited to the official opening of American retailer Anthropologie in Leeds. Located in the swanky new Victoria Gate shopping mall (shopping centre sounds doesn’t quite describe its grandness), Anthropologie joins the likes of &Other Stories, COS, Calvin Klein and John Lewis, making Leeds even more of an amazing city.
I never doubted what the store would have to offer, but I genuinely didn’t know where to start when I made my entrance. With a glass of wine in one hand and my camera in the other, I made my way around the store, starting with homeware first. Anthropologie, if you didn’t know, is part of the Urban Outfitters family. It has the same UO vibe of offering niche labels and eclectic pieces, but more suited to the more, erm, sophisticated shopper. It’s like Urban’s older, slightly more stylish sister in my eyes. It’s all very bohemian – which I love obviously – from the clothes to the cushions, with embellishment and intricate detailing around every corner.
There were so many pieces I fell in love with last night, especially the bar trolley bits and pieces – scroll down for the lemon bottle openers. I need one of these in my life and it was only £8. OK, I don’t drink alcohol, but what if I had a bottle of coke or something?
And of course, who wouldn’t love a huge array of stationery and books. Erm, hello! Not me. As I was walking around the shop I was making a mental shopping list for Christmas presents, feeling especially festive with the fake snow everywhere. As it started to reach triple digits, I thought it best to rest for a second.
Even the girls who worked at Anthropologie looked effortless, floating around in their bohemian maxi dresses, cool as cucumbers. My goal in life is to be the epitome of an Anthropologie girl.
Can we just take a second to discuss how stunning these velvet initial makeup bags below? At £28 they’re not cheap but what you don’t see in this picture is the stunning bead work on the back of each bag. The perfect Christmas present if you ask me.
What I love is the fact that I spotted so many amazing pieces in the Anthropologie in Chelsea Market, when I was in New York last month – at the time totally forgetting that the Leeds opening was just around the corner.
If you’re looking for a little something different for Christmas present ideas this year, then I’d definitely recommend giving this place a try – even if you just go to be inspired. And just a little tip, make sure you check out the Tarte & Berry pop-up stall in Victoria Gate. I bought a salted caramel brownie last night and it was better than sex. Ask any woman who’s tried one.