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Village Fashion

A council with style!

Posted on November 26 2006 at 1:17:55 0 comments

Louise and Lesley

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Sally Oldaker visits a new Barnt Green boutique just for men. 

Barnt Green has become something of a mecca for women’s fashion, boasting a number of popular boutiques, but until recently there had been no such outlet for men, who had to travel further afield for a choice of good quality clothing.

However, a new shop in the village centre is seeking to redress the balance somewhat by offering a large selection of men’s outfits, accessories and gifts.

Style Council, based in the Hewell Road premises recently vacated by Scandals hair salon, is a sophisticated and stylish addition to the Barnt Green, with the attractive window display providing an indication of the quality of garments within.

Owner Lesley Read and her daughter Louise – who has plenty of fashion experience from her time working for Beatties – are already familiar faces in the village, since the family also owns Meadow Farm butchers, and the family theme continues with Lesley’s sister-in-law, Lisa, on hand to assist at Style Council.

The shop has been designed to cater for a range of ages, and features a variety of clothing styles from the classic to the ultra-modern. Vintage-look jeans from Pod are aimed at younger customers, while the Gabicci label appeals to more mature gentlemen.

Style Council stocks traditional work shirts from well-known brands like Van Heusen and Peter England, and also brings in some more unusual items – the shop is one of the only English stockists of shirts from the Irish label Andre, and there is also a collection of trousers from Sunwill in Denmark, plus underwear from the Portuguese Impetus label.

A mixture of smart and casual clothing is available, including T-shirts and polo shirts, sweaters, corduroy trousers and jeans.

For more formal occasions, there’s a selection of evening shirts plus cummerbunds and bow ties in various colours, perfect for a Christmas ball – and to complete the outfit, customers can choose a pair of cufflinks from the extensive collection.

Style Council also offers the option of hiring evening wear or wedding suits – including kilts – from a reputable outside company, and the Reads have thoughtfully provided space for customers to relax in a comfy chair while they browse through the brochures.

If you’re stuck for a gift for male members of a wedding party, the shop also stocks special cufflinks and socks for the groom, best man and ushers.

These are just some of the accessories on offer at Style Council, alongside smart and colourful ties, leather belts with decorative buckles, wallets and laptop cases, all of which should provide some inspiration for Christmas presents (for other times of the year, there’s a range of male-orientated greetings cards).

Gift sets containing a silk tie, handkerchief and cufflinks, or a tie, tie-pin and watch are another customer-friendly idea.

Recognising that a growing number of modern men are taking more of an interest in grooming as well as fashion, Style Council has opted to stock the Men-U collection of “ultra-concentrate” grooming products for body, face and hair – making the business even more of a one-stop shop for men who enjoy looking their best.

Style Council
48 Hewell Road
Barnt Green
0121 445 1996


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