I’ve already mentioned my love of West Port (see Just G Boutique article), an area just off the Grassmarket that is becoming a bit of a go to for fun and funky shopping. Where Just G Boutique is a new addition to this neighbourhood Godiva is my original love here.
What makes Godiva unique is their mix of vintage and independent fashion, particularly the focus on limited edition or one-off and up-cycled pieces.
The shop is split into two. The front section displays items by a range of independent fashion designers where the stories behind the clothes are often as interesting as the clothes and accessories themselves. The back of the shop is devoted to vintage finds – a treasure trove of fashion from the past.
A word of warning though, the limited or one-off nature of the finds in Godiva means it’s not the sort of place to browse and then come back later to buy. More often than not the clothes don’t hang around too long. I’ve been burned one too many times, by taking too long to decide to buy a top or dress only to come back and find it’s gone.
I especially like the up-cycled items. Most recently I’ve been admiring the Paperthinks wallets and bags – fun, bright and made with 100% recycled leather.
To find something truly distinctive this is the place to visit in Edinburgh.