BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE : ESQUIRE CLOTHING

With a rich 50-year history, family-run Esquire Clothing is one of Atterley’s longest-standing boutiques. Hear from owner Faiz Rasul about the evolution of this Scottish style destination.

Esquire Clothing first opened its doors in the 1960s. Based in the small town of Elgin in Northern Scotland, this locally cherished business has evolved in the decades since. From the ’70s denim craze to today’s streetwear leaning, the family team has seen trends come and go and has tailored its offering to suit. Now, the boutique is home to a hand-picked edit of international labels, including Kenzo, Stone Island and Off-White.

On the hunt for a new shopping haunt? Scroll on to learn more about this cool, current boutique from the owner himself.

3 INDEPENDENT BOUTIQUES TO DISCOVER

From Brighton to Bologna, Paris to Porto, you can shop from over 300 independent fashion boutiques on Atterley.

Our boutique partners hand-pick every look and label on Atterley, which means with every purchase you’re supporting an independent business. Our community stretches across the globe, and with so many stylish offerings to explore, you might not know where to start.

Let us help you out. This month, look to these three boutiques, spread across London, Copenhagen and Exeter, for unique summer-ready styles.

YOUR 2021 STAYCATION STYLE GUIDE

Whether home or away, you’ll be needing summertime staples for those long-awaited days in the sun. Introducing our definitive staycation style guide…

You may not be able to embark on a far-flung getaway this year, but summer adventures aren’t totally off the cards. From relaxing country retreats to blissful beach-side stays, there’s plenty of opportunities to dress for sunny weekends away.

Because travel plans are limited to closer-to-home destinations, our packing lists look a little different. Struggling to pin-down the essentials you need? Don’t fret – we’ve curated the perfect looks for three stylish staycations.

MEET THE DESIGNER : PAOLITA

Who says you can’t holiday closer to home? Enter London-based warm weather label Paolita.

Featured in Conde Nast Traveller, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, InStyle and Elle to name a few, Anna Paola’s luxury swim and resort wear label is loved for its directional prints, figure-flattering silhouettes and breezy, beautiful pieces that inspire some much-needed sartorial escapism.

The American-born Greece-raised designer founded her brand in 2010, drawing from her cross-cultural upbringing and love of travel to create vibrant swimsuits, bikinis, beach dresses and cover-ups. The collection blends influences, referencing the multicultural buzz of London, the laid-back lifestyle of Greece and the warmth and spirit of South America. Anna hand-draws her one-of-a-kind prints that are energetic, timeless and unique. You’ll often spot her summer-ready looks on the Made in Chelsea cast – and Vogue Williams is a big fan.

Want to hear more? We spoke to Anna about her creative process, storytelling in fashion and what she’s wearing for the sunnier days ahead.

MINIMALISTS, MEET YOUR NEW FAVOURITE LABEL

An emerging sustainable label championing slow fashion, A-Line creates trend-defying, minimalist pieces that will form the foundation of your wardrobe.

A-Line’s latest collection is a palette cleanser – think fluid shapes, easy silhouettes and soft tailoring in calming hues of white, cerulean blue, mint green and brassy gold.

The brand is committed to a more conscious, considered offering, creating pieces that are simple yet thoughtfully designed to remain relevant for years to come. The production process is entirely in-house meaning the supply chain is as short as can be, curbing over-production and ensuring a sense of exclusivity for its offering of shirting, dresses and separates. A-Line uses directional detailing to elevate its minimalist pieces – like the crisp, boxy shirts with balloon sleeves.

A-Line is one to note for understated, quietly elegant staples. Here’s why you’ll be wearing on repeat for this season and beyond…

ALEXANDRA’S PICKS : 4 ATTERLEY BOUTIQUES TO SHOP NOW

Now we can visit shops and buy online it’s a great time to look at the boutiques that Atterley.com has supported throughout the lockdowns. Here are a few of my fashion choices from these great, independent businesses – including Atterley Boutiques Maze, The Dressing Room, Albion Stores and L’Exception.

SUSTAINABLE STYLE MADE EASY

In the market for expressive prints and vibrant weekend staples? This emerging sustainable label should be on your style radar. 

Brava Fabrics has been on a mission to bring more trust, respect and transparency to the fashion industry since launching in Barcelona in 2015.

The brand offers unique wardrobe cornerstones designed with comfort and sustainability in mind, made by hand from low-impact or recycled materials like organic cotton sourced from Spain and Portugal. Brava Fabrics’ fun prints and fresh palette of warm blue, spring green and mustard accents have earned it the attention of fashion editors at GQ, Esquire and The New York Times. “For us, fashion is more than just seasonal it-pieces,” says the team. “We are not chasing the latest trends – our goal is to create timeless and durable pieces that are made to last.”

If this is an attitude you can relate to, keep scrolling to explore your new off-duty style staples.

THE BEST PRAIRIE DRESSES TO GET YOU SUMMER-READY

The prairie dress is here to stay, and it’s not too late to jump on the bandwagon. These are the brands we’ll be looking to for homely, frill-filled styles.

It might have started with the 2019 release of Little Women, but over a year on, we’re still swooning over prairie style. Cottagecore – think ditsy florals, plentiful ruffles and rustic colourways – has captured our hearts, and with fresh iterations hitting our boutiques each week, it’s truly the trend that keeps on giving.

Summer just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to embrace your femininity and slip into a floaty prairie-style frock. Whether you favour balloon sleeves or pie-crust necklines, breezy linen or smocked cotton, we know you’ll find one you love from these independent labels…