Anthropologie at Victoria Gate, Leeds

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Much of the buzz around the opening of the new shopping centre in Leeds, Victoria Gate, has been about the city finally getting a John Lewis.

But personally I was just as excited to see the centre’s other stores open, like Cos, & Other Stories and Anthropologie.

On the day Victoria Gate opened last month, I was invited to Anthropologie’s launch party. I found the two-storey shop was a feast for fans of bohemian style, with bags of fashion, jewellery and home extras.

I photographed basically everything – I couldn’t help it!

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It’s probably the perfect time to experience Anthropologie with winter approaching. The store is rich with textures: faux fur, wool, jewel embellishments, embroidery, colourful velvet and metallics. They are experts in monogrammed products, which have to be the perfect gifts for Christmas.

Anthropologie is not cheap – think around £30 for a pair of stud earrings or £28 for the velvet pouches with letters on, pictured below. But it is somewhere I’d go for a special occasion or if I felt like I deserved a treat.

Its dressed-down glamour is right up my street and its eclectic offering is bringing something new to the British high street, I think. An Urban Outfitters for a slightly older crowd, perhaps?

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You may be more interested in visiting Anthropologie for its home accessories than its fashion. The shop’s current displays are well worth a look if you’re hosting Christmas dinner or a new year party, for inspiration about your table display, at least.

Bohemian glamour reigns here too – there is plenty of gold and cut glass, vintage-style pieces; a little kitschy but cool. The textiles feature bright colours, bold designs and tassels.

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My browsing was accompanied by music from fab folk singer Katie Dean and fuelled by nibbles and tipples – I had the most delicious zingy gin and tonic – from Pintura. There was also a private view of ‘Familiars’, a brand new exhibition by Mister Finch. You might remember me coming across this textile artist when I went for a look round the fantastic The Imaginarium in York.

Victoria Gate itself more glamorous than I expected. Before I went I was thinking, can Leeds really need another shopping centre? But, believe it or not – with everything that Leeds already has – it does seem to fill a gap that I hadn’t previously realised existed. It has smaller boutique shops and higher-end high street brands, so it’s a perfect bridge between shopping areas like Trinity Leeds and the upmarket Victoria Quarter with its big, designer names. Victoria Gate is also quite a beautiful structure, with its honeycomb roof, shiny monochrome shop fronts and gold lettering and lights.

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Have you been to Victoria Gate or Anthropologie? Let me know what you think.

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