Saturday, 28 November 2015

Cordings comes to T'North

In which G.M. Norton enters a tweed utopia.


Northern types, I bring good news! After more than 175 years of trading in London, Cordings of Piccadilly now have a second store, in the historic Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate. What's more, your favourite protagonist was there to witness the second coming by attending their opening evening.
I was tickled pink to be invited to celebrate their new home in Harrogate. The store is located in the beautiful Westminster Arcade and is spread across three floors. The womenswear is located on the ground floor with the two remaining floors dedicated to gentlemen.
The store is a visual delight, with tweed at every turn. They really do stock everything for one’s country wardrobe (along with some charming city suits too). 
Tweed jackets, moleskin waistcoats, Tattersall shirts, socks, silk and woollen ties. If a gentleman would wear it, Cordings will have it. As the Duke of Wellington once observed, “Without question Cordings is the complete outfitter, you have everything under one roof.” I’m inclined to agree. 
The opening evening was absolutely jam-packed with Champagne guzzling guests. Not just any fizz either, Pol Roger Champagne, as sipped by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Only the best for Cordings.

I had enormous fun and met some terribly good eggs. Guests were generously presented with goodie bags on their departure. 
My bag contained a beautiful pheasant adorned pocket square. Just stunning. 
I think it’s wonderful that such a fine establishment has opened up for business in the north of England. Although I’m not sure my bank manager will agree. 
G.M. Norton
Protagonist of ‘Norton of Morton’

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4 comments:

  1. Splendid news! I might even pay them a visit if I can tear myself away from the remote fastnesses of Edinburgh. Harrogate is also home to one of the best bicycle shops on the planet - Spa Cycles - and a visit to the two establishments (together with Betty's Tea Rooms) will set me up nicely for a long weekend.

    Now, if only Cordings could venture further north and cross the border into Edinburgh, that would be an occasion for major rejoicing in these parts!

    Niall McGuinness
    (north o' t'border)

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    1. I'll put a good word in for Edinburgh with the powers at Cordings. There's no harm in sowing a seed for the future! It does sound to me as if you have jolly good reason to cross the border and partake in some Yorkshire air.

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  2. I hadn't heard of Cordings, but I looked them up and they do some lovely ladieswear as well as all the fine gents tweed! Looks like it was a nice event to pop along to, and your goody bag sounds amazing x

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    1. Cordings are just wonderful. Owned by Eric Clapton, they have the best selection of trousers in all kinds of colours.

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