If you follow my Instagram, you can probably remember my new year’s resolutions. “Exploring new independent brands” was one of them. I’ve gotten bored of seeing the same clothes from chain stores on streets. I’ ve wanted to buy unique pieces, which make me happier and show my individuality. So I started searching.
Sunglasses: Aliexpress/ Bum Bag: Bershka
Instagram (together with Pinterest) is my primary source of fashion inspiration, and I found there a small independent brand Ragged Priest. This name refers to rebel punk tradition of British street style, but I see more similarities with grunge 90s aesthetic such as windbreakers or stripes (and that’s why I like it). Unfortunately, if you are not living in the UK, you will have some difficulties to try their clothes. They have only one store in London opened a few months ago (on Ganton Street if you’re planning a trip). Luckily, They concluded a collaboration with Topshop this month, so you can shop their hottest pieces there.
Other options are flagship stores (f. e. Freshlabels in Prague) or Asos, but they have limited choice. Of course, Ragged Priest owns e-shop too, but it’s always better to try before you buy.
However, there is one “tiny detail” I absolutely hate on their website – they do not offer free returns. I wouldn’t care if it was cheap clothes for a few dollars, but it’s far from being that. One crop top for 35 pounds is insane so I would expect better customer service. I bought my Resentment Dress in Freslabel’s sale for a half price (from original 45 dollars). I was happy because I’m a poor college student, but I understand why they are selling so expensive clothes. If you are not fashion corporation like Zara with thousands of Chinese workers, you won’t sell t-shirts for 5 bucks. Nevertheless, Ragged Priest is not one hundred percent slow fashion and eco-friendly brand (and It makes me sad).
On the positive side, clothes by the ragged priest are brilliantly sewn with funny particularities such as goth embroidery “You’ve changed” or long sleeves with stripes. It is one of the most comfortable items I have, and I like wearing it with leggings and bumbags when I’m traveling or schooling. For more grunge party feel, I can wear them with nylons and converse. What’s more, they have a fresh Instagram community and answer your questions quickly.
In conclusion, Ragged Priest can design truly original pieces, which you wouldn’t find in other stores, but Chinese e-shops will try.
“Yeah priest, you’ve changed me – I become addicted to you, but I have to pray for more money”
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Thank @karolfialova for beautiful photos.