50a Broughton Street
Scotland EH1 3SA
Tel: 44 131 558 7130
A showcase for young designers, particularly Scottish ones, Concrete Wardrobe is worth a visit for contemporary gifts (pottery, jewelry) and clothing—particularly woolens. Look for woven and knitted pins by Mary Fraser, and textile throws in funky patterns.
87 George Street
Scotland EH2 3EY
Tel: 44 131 225 4898
Established in 1866, Hamilton & Inches would be remarkable even if it didn't have a royal warrant as silversmith to the queen. Its grand shop is decked out with chandeliers, red carpets, ornate moldings, and glass jewel boxes displaying diamond rings, pearls, gold bracelets, and luxury watches (Cartier, Rolex, Patek Philippe). The workshop on the building's upper floors turns out a fantastic contemporary silver collection too. As the surroundings suggest, it's not cheap.
52 Thistle Street
Scotland EH2 1EN
Tel: 44 131 225 3280
Hidden away in a Georgian town house on a narrow cobbled street, this women's clothing boutique has been open since 1969. Expect excellent service and three floors of grown-up labels that run the gamut from Diane von Furstenberg and Chine to Ben de Lisi and Allegra Hicks.
54 Broughton Street
Scotland EH1 3SA
Tel: 44 131 557 6672
Joey D deconstructs traditional pieces such as tweed jackets, denim, and army khakis, reassembles them with leather, zips, and buckles, and ends up with distinctive men's and women's garments that are a bit punky and a lot of fun. He also approaches bags, belts, and watches in the same fashion. His shoe lounge, in the back of the shop, can be overwhelmingclothes hang at all levels from scaffoldingbut don't miss it.
Two upmarket malls on Buchanan Street, the main shopping drag (mostly pedestrianized) that cuts through the city center, should be on your shopping list. Buchanan Galleries houses both chain stores and small independent shops (220 Buchanan St.; 44-141-333-9898). Farther down the same street, the more upmarket Princes Square mall has great shops and excellent bars, restaurants, and cafés. The decor is heavily influenced by the architectural style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (48 Buchanan St.; 44-141-221-0324).
This central neighborhood has lots of funky little shops, cafés, and bars. It's also where you'll find the Italian Centre (7 John St.), the place to go for a good cappuccino and Italian labels such as Gucci and Versace. Within the center, Cruise is a one-stop upmarket label destination selling mens- and womenswear, as well kids' clothing for their style-conscious offspring. Big names on offer here include McQ (a side brand of Alexander McQueen's), Gucci, Prada, and Christian Dior (180-188 Ingram St.; 44-141-572-3232; www.cruiseclothing.co.uk). Cruise Jeans is nearby at 223 Ingram Street (44-141-229-0000).
1921 Dowanside Lane
Scotland G12 9BZ
Tel: 44 141 337 1837
A lovely name for a lovely shop selling all manner of vintage clothing, from Charleston dresses and '50s cardigans to tweed jackets, kilts, and even a Victorian Lord Lieutenant's uniform. The prices are pretty reasonable too, making it a favorite of students looking for a glam party outfit.
There's an eclectic mix of independent little shops on Byres Road and Great Western Road that cater to both boho types as well as the West End's sophisticates. Felix and Oscar is the perfect stop-off for funky gifts, kitsch stationery, cards, and home wares. Highlights include Cath Kidston products and local designer jewelry, such as Mojo's colorful crystal and bead creations (495 Great Western Rd.; www.felixandoscar.co.uk).