Drop in and fall in love with retro, vintage and pre-loved ladies clothes, shoes and accessories. Lots of bargains for the man in your life too.
What a buzz there was in Handbags and Gladrags when I was there today and little wonder. The shop is looking wonderful with fabulous designer labels, chic coats and some stylish jackets to brighten up dull days and beckon in Spring. I particularly loved the Jaegar camel coat, completely classy and great price. There was also a wonderful Grianfranco Ferre leather coat. Totally exquisite – had it been my size I would have snapped it up.
There are also plenty of glamorous dresses for clubbing and super bargains in slinky narrow trousers.
I spotted some absolutely fantastic bargains including a beautiful Anne Klein black leather coat. Fun handbags as well and I was tempted by a beautiful cream holdall and an eye catching gold bag.
Also in stock is some amazing footwear. Plenty of knee high boots and smart ankle boots but what particularly caught my eye were the black patent Jimmy Choo’s, in perfect condition, and sitting side by side some exquisite Louboutin, also black patent and very reasonably priced.
A pair of Karen Millen shoes were also on display and some funky blue shoes just shouting out to be aired on the dance floor and I loved the casual animal print flats.
An exquisite pale green tweed jacket by Browbands would look equally good on an equestrian or worn with your best jeans for a stroll up Byres Road. One young woman had her heart set on it but it was just a teensy bit too wee.
You’ll find plenty of high street brands, including Zara, River Island, Top Shop, Wallis, Per Una and Miss Selfridge – the list goes on and on. I even spotted some Biba! All preloved and a fraction of the price you’ll find in shops up town – check them out, dress up and get set to go clubbing or dine out in style.
I really loved a long black dress – very sophisticated. Looking for someone tall, slim and elegant. A beautifully styled coat by Joseph Ribkoff also caught my eye. Not a designer I’m familiar with but I Googled and that coat will be a real find for somebody.
Handbags and Gladrags is a main attraction for all fans of retro, vintage and bargain shopping. Maxine, an expert in the second-hand clothes trade, has pushed out the boat in sourcing a wonderful assortment of romantic vintage, fun retro items, girl glam, second hand designer gear and an astonishing number of amazing bargains. Watch out for those one off designer labels such as Paul Costelloe, Aquascutum, Burberry and Miss Sixty
Maxine’s shop is an Aladdin’s Cave of clothes and accessories – all in excellent condition. If you like to create your own unique style then you will be spoiled for choice – you can take your pick from row upon row of skirts, trousers, denims, coats, jackets and dresses. Styles reminiscent of the 60s and 70s are particularly popular. Plenty of worn once shoes and boots including a selection of Uggs.
- plus all the quality high street brands: Wallis, Warehouse, Top Shop, Miss Selfridge, Kookai, Zara, New Look, Per Una and River Island – the list goes on and on. I even spotted some Biba!
There are even some great finds for the men, including Barbour jackets, cosy tweed coats and cool hats and woollen scarves.
There are some great outfits to choose from if you’re going along to any Vintage and Retro Weddings or if you’re after a costume for a theme night then you’re in the right place.
Whether your look is grown up chic or glamourous and sparkling you will not leave empty handed. The selection of accessories is extraordinary there are evening bags galore, leather shoulder bags and one off’s that will make you stand out in the crowd. There are vintage shoes fit for your display cabinet or if you like to totter in five inch wedges or 60′s style white black leather boots you could find just what you are after.
There are scarves of every hue and clothes for all seasons – even if you are planning a holiday somewhere hot in the middle of a Scottish winter – you can pick up a nifty little sundress at Handbags and Gladrags. There are lovely hand knitted cardis, tailored blouses in every hue and slinky evening attire.
The area at the back of the shop is rather special and that is where the real retro gems can be found but Maxine’s really has something for everyone – plus bigger sizes and stuff for the gents too.
There’s a selection of beads, bangles and brooches. Sequinned basques and evening attire. It’s not just for the youngsters either and discerning ladies can pick up Merino jumpers, Cashmere cardis and tailored suits at ridiculously low prices.
It’s not unusual to find people in the shop searching for things that they cannot find elsewhere or just out enjoying a bargain hunting spree. So even when the funds are low you can still have a little treat.
Handbags and Gladrags is one shop that I can truly say that I have never, ever, left empty handed. Much of their custom is through word of mouth and many of my friends have gone along to investigate after admiring some of my fabulous finds.
A God send for skint students at the Uni and nurses from the Western Infirmary and Yorkhill. The best thing is that there’s no chance that they’ll be wearing the same thing as their friend.
Right next to Kelvinhall Underground and on Dumbarton Road main bus route it’s very handy – even if you’re just in town for the day.
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