Last week my bestie and I went to the Hollywood themed shopping event at The Victoria Quarter, Leeds for a night of glitz and glamour and discounts galore. When we arrived, we were blown away by the decor, the ambience and the amount of effort that went into this event that I knew from that moment that I had to share my experience with you. A shopping event of this magnitude happens only once a year at The Victoria Quarter and this year was all about old school Hollywood. There were makeovers, black and white films playing in the Harvey Nichols Expresso bar, free popcorn on every corner and of course, prosecco in every store to help whet your shopping appetite.
Along with prosecco and canapés, many of the stores had additional activities going on throughout the night. Sandro had cocktails supplied by The Alchemist, Folli Follie hired the wonderful Willa Gebbie to do illustrations and had their own nail and makeup bar, Ted Baker were handing out Ted Baker popcorn bags, Kiehl's had a photo-booth and were handing out samples and Mulberry were giving everyone a chance to win a Mulberry handbag by giving out keys around the event and allowing people to test their chances at opening their glass cabinet.
After browsing a few of our favourite stores, Lizi and I went to check out Culter and Gross who kindly invited us in for a chat. Culter and Gross are a luxury eyewear brand founded in 1969 by Graham Culter and Tony Gross. The company have their flagship store in Knightsbridge, London but have recently opened their only northern store at The Victoria Quarter, Leeds. Culter and Gross glasses have been worn by numerous celebrities from Rihanna to Sir Elton John and according to staff they attract a very loyal fan base due to their quintessential British style and exquisite designs and of course the quality of the frames.
Culter and Gross have such a wide selection of glasses that it is almost impossible to find a pair that you will not like. The vintage collection seen above is full of quirky, bold designs in a variety of colours and they also sell more traditional style frames for those looking for something a bit more subtle.I left the store wanting several £300 a pair glasses - a pair of heart shaped sunnies, a dark turtle coloured pair and those seen below. I had to keep telling myself that I can't afford a pair yet now, but I haven't ruled it out for the future. I have convinced myself if I find a pair of glasses that really suit me and I have spent that much money on them, I would probably wear them for once and my eyesight would seen some improvement. Although I'm not sure I trust myself yet, I should probably try wearing my pair from Specsavers first.
Have you been to an event at The Victoria Quarter in Leeds?