Introducing: Open Lifestyle Store

Today saw the opening of a brand new premium streetwear store in Leeds city centre, the culmination of months of hard work, which I think you’ll agree, looks like it’s paid off.

Open Lifestyle is situated in the Thornton’s Arcade (the same place you’ll find The Chimp Store and HIP), and along with a tight range of hand-picked brands, stocks a selection of homewares, music, and men’s grooming products. On the clothing side of things you’ll find the likes of Black Scale, Us Versus Them, Tantum, Superb LA, and Lee 101, together with UK stand-outs Listen Supply, Too Much Posse, and Victate. The apparel sits alongside Agora Vintage snapbacks, Timex Originals watches, iPhone cases from Cote et Ciel, and other great bits like Marvis Toothpaste, Baxter of California face products, and Jason Markk’s sneaker cleaning kits – not forgetting music from Stones Throw and Wax Poetics magazines.

It’s a great little selection so far, with even more set to follow from brands like Actual Pain, 10Deep, and Carter & Bond. Open Lifestyle’s focus is set firmly on an in-store shopping experience, and they’ve pulled out all the stops on a great looking shop fit that I look forward to checking out for myself.

While some might question their reasons for opening on the same block as two existing stores of a similar nature, maybe Thornton’s Arcade is to become the UK’s answer to Fairfax? Regardless of that, it takes a lot to put together something like this and actually pull it off, so definite props go out to those involved. If you’re in the Leeds area, pass by this week, grab a coffee in-store, and have a browse. If not, take a look at some shots below, and view the online store at Open Lifestyle.

Open Lifestyle Store
17 Thornton’s Arcade

Adam Scotland

One of the three founding members of THE DAILY STREET, Adam is our Editor at TDS. Adam works in the streetwear industry for Out Of Step Ltd., specialising in both USA and UK brands. He also contributes to The Hundreds website.

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  • cal

    I’ll have to visit this place, looks like a really nice boutique.

  • Ed

    This place looks sick, shame i’m skint and stuck in shitty kent.

  • RUDO

    The UK is screaming out for more stores like this. Hope to see plenty of support for UK brands on the shelves, and in turn see the public support a boutique like this.
    Looks great, and will have to make the trip to visit

  • Stephen

    Looking impressive, will be sure to call in next time I’m in town.

  • Allpraisedue

    Looks like a great store. Gonna be taking a trip there soon!

  • Al

    Visited the store yesterday, WOW! at last a management team with vision. The two guys made me feel the most important person in the world. Wake up leeds retail stores, OPEN LIFESTYLE has set a bench mark and that bar is going higher.

  • 60hz

    Can’t wait to make the trip down to Leeds to see this store, form the photos looks fresh!!

  • Edd (Victate)

    Nice to see them up and running! Real glad they are stocking us, one of only 2 we have chosen right now! Props to them for making this shop look so good, real fitting for everyone they carry

  • kid-fix

    Dropped by yesterday to have a browse. The shop fittings look fantastic and are tastefully in-tune with the historic setting of Thorntons Arcade. It’s thoroughly refreshing to see an independent making an effort to source interesting and high quality brands they have belief in, rather than jumping on the bandwagon of mediocrity that’s become commonplace in today’s streetwear market. Similarly gratifying to see the store trying to make the real life shopping experience a pleasant one. Needless to say I didn’t leave empty handed.

    Onwards and upwards for Open Lifestyle.

  • Rumel Haynes

    Yes lads, shop looks amazing.

    wish you guys all thee success in the world, good luck.