A young Glasgow brand is bringing cheer to Byres Road as it prepares to open its first shop.
Finnieston Clothing says the High Street has a future and is looking forward to offering shoppers something different.
The company was set up in 2018 and is led by creative director Ross Geddes and Luke Miller, marketing director.
Luke said reports of the death of the physical shop were premature.
He told Glasgow West End Today: “These days, although bricks and mortar retail appears dead and buried, it is also the future.
“It’s coming back around - especially now with all the Covid thing.
“People are much more wary about where they are spending their money.
“And I think that is going to filter down to people actually supporting their local street again.”
Finnieston had a rebrand at the start of the year and is now focused on quality men’s jackets and outer wear.
They have taken over the former Flight Centre unit but say they are in for the long-haul.
The experience is being described as a ‘concept store’.
Luke said: “It is going to be an all-encompassing shopping experience.
“You will have our jackets, but a pair of boots and a shirt from another brand.
“It’s not just our home it will be a store in its own right.
“We also have bits and pieces from local craftspeople and artists, things that are made in Glasgow.
“We will offer the kinds of things that people can’t currently get on Byres Road."
He added: “Online is a constant price and discounting war, but people deserve better.
“When you are asking people to part with £300 for a jacket, you want to give them the experience.
“These days, although bricks and mortar retail appears dead and buried, it is also the future. It’s coming back around - especially now with all the Covid thing”
“It is better for us as a business to have people in our jackets because trying to sell that over the internet is quite difficult.
“It doesn’t matter if you have done everything right online, if people can’t try before they buy they might never buy.”
The new range takes its inspiration from the gear worn by generations of shipyard workers.
Finnieston worked with a local historian on its designs and got permissions to use shipyard logos.
The team are hoping to have an opening date soon and be up and trading in time for Christmas.
Luke said: “There is definitely a future for the High Street. We always wanted that.
“They say you go from clicks to bricks - start off online and if you are lucky you move to the High Street.
“But it’s not easy and just finding a unit has taken us a massive amount of time, but we are fortunate to end up in the position we are in now.
“It’s a great spot here at the old Flight Centre and next to the opticians.
“We had looked at pop-ups but we are here for the long-term.”