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Brilliant Sussex fashion boutiques

PUBLISHED: 15:27 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:55 22 October 2013

Darcy, Lewes

Darcy, Lewes

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Explore the best fashion boutiques that Sussex has to offer

The Lavender Room, Brighton

A fragrant, feminine enclave stocking everything from high-end lingerie, through pretty trinkets to scented candles, this is the perfect place to find a ladylike gift for almost any occasion. There’s also a rather lovely range of avian-inspired artwork from Woop Studios.

16 Bond Street, Brighton

01273 220380, www.lavender-room.co.uk

I gigi, Hove

Two sister boutiques on Western Road, which connects Brighton and Hove. The first shop stocks accessories for the home, all pristine white and distressed wood. The owners also offer an interior design service. Upstairs is a delightful café, with gorgeous homemade cakes.

The clothes shop sells interesting, sophisticated designs with a touch of bohemia, from labels including Nygards Anna, Humanoid and Day Birger et Mikkelson.

31a and 37 Western Road, Hove

01273 775257, 01273 734160, www.igigigeneralstore.com

Edit, Cuckfield

Second-hand designer fashion from labels like Stella McCartney, Isabel Marant and Vanessa Bruno. There are even Chanel handbags for a fraction of the original price. Some of the stock has never been worn, so there are plenty of bargains to be had.

01444 413143, www.editsecondhand.com

Tribeca, Brighton

21 Bond Street, Brighton

Iconic Brighton shop that’s often named as one of the best boutiques outside London. Upscale urban clothes from labels like Margiela, Vanessa Bruno and J Brand.

01273 673755, www.tribeca-brighton.co.uk

Neilson Boutique, Cuckfield

Luxury womenswear boutique stocking Humanoid, Isabel Marant and Ash, among many others. Cool, calm shopping in a lovely village setting.

The Clockhouse, High Street, Cuckfield

01444 416288, www.neilsonboutique.co.uk

La Vida, Horsham

Affordable, flattering designs for a slightly younger market, with a good line in prom and bridesmaid dresses. The shop offers a personal styling experience and private, after hours shopping; perfect if you have a big event coming up and don’t want to risk an impulse buy.

17 Piries Place, Horsham

01403 259222, www.lavidaboutique.co.uk

Twinkle Twinkle, Lewes

Lots of girly treasures, from pretty, preppy clothes including Danish brand Becksöndergaard to scarves and accessories. Owners, friends Lucy and Susannah, also do a nice line in smellies; scented candles from Branche d’Olive and bathtime treats from Côte Noire.

16 Market Street, Lewes

01273 486555, www.twinkletwinkleonline.co.uk

Vanilla Handbags, Worthing

The brainchild of local businessman, hairdresser Richard John, this sumptuous store is for the serious arm candy addict. Brands stocked include Lulu Guinness, Vivienne Westwood and Coccinelle, and manager Rowan and her team are personable and helpful.

13-15 The Royal Arcade, Worthing

01903 212165, www.vanillabags.com

Sloanes, Petworth

Gorgeous boutique stocking the likes of By Malene Birger, Missoni, Milly and Issa, for those who like their designs with a dash of sass. Owner Charlie Kirk-Elmy is a pretty fabulous advertisement for her shop, as she always looks impeccable.

New Street, Petworth

01798 343747, sloanesboutique.com

Flint, Lewes

One of those shops that makes you resolve to change your life. With classy skincare brands and well-chosen clothes on the first floor and subtle, exquisitely considered homeware and books on the ground floor, it’s all utterly covetable.

49 High Street, Lewes

01273 474166, www.flintcollection.com

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If you go down to the Lanes today…

It’s no secret that Brighton’s charming cobbled streets are a treasure trove of all that is unique and desirable. Here are some of our favourites, from the city that’s never knowingly under-dressed

Gresham Blake, Brighton

Rock and roll tailoring from a man who’s practically a Brighton institution. Gresham honed his tailoring skills at Brighton University before establishing his boutique at the height of Cool Britannia in 2000. Since then he’s dressed some of our sharpest dressers, including Fatboy Slim and Plan B.

01273 609587, www.greshamblake.com

Hope & Harlequin, Brighton

Glorious vintage selected from all eras; the only criteria being those of design and quality. There are clothes, accessories and gifts, and a delightful, unique bridal collection. There’s also the option of having vintage inspired dresses made to measure (Prices start at £750).

01273 675222, www.hopeandharlequin.com

Allium B, Brighton

Not strictly a boutique, but sisters Mary and Clare Burgess’ dresses (designed in Brighton) are so pretty they deserve a mention anyway. Think of their online presence as a shop window; they also run regular sales in Brighton and elsewhere. Join the mailing list to find out about dates and venues.

www.alliumb.com

Pretty Eccentric, Brighton

Does what it says on the can. These quirky boutiques (both in Brighton) celebrate the great British sense of individuality, with one-of-a-kind millinery jostling for space with shape-enhancing dresses and swishy capes.

Meeting House Lane, 10 Bond Street

07870 607925, www.prettyeccentric.co.uk

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