Bricks and mortar move
Glasgow hosts first store for online menswear firm Bee Inspired
On the ball: co-founders Steven Robb and Mark Corcoran
An online clothing brand that boasts Lionel Messi, Roberto Firmino and Luis Suarez as customers has chosen Glasgow’s Princes Square for its first “bricks and mortar” store.
Singer and songwriter Craig David, boxer Josh Taylor and star of BBC TV’s Line of Duty, Martin Compston are also well known fans of Bee Inspired.
The Glasgow-based company, which was formed by former St Mirren footballers Steven Robb and Mark Corcoran in 2013, claims to be the UK’s fastest-growing streetwear brand.
It has more than 175,000 Instagram followers and 700,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook and last year agreed a lease on a 66,000 sq ft distribution warehouse in Kinning Park, Glasgow.
Katie Moody from Princes Square said: “Bee Inspired is one of the most talked about current streetwear brands and we’re delighted that they’ve chosen Princes Square as home to its first ever physical retail space.”
Mr Robb said: “We’ve had customers begging us for years to open up a store, so now felt like the perfect time with the brand growing so rapidly on a global scale.
“We put so much time and energy into getting the details and quality spot on, and sometimes our customers don’t get to experience that until they’ve got their products.
“With the store we have the chance to let our customers interact with our products first hand and see how each piece fits. The store is really going to bring our brand to life and we can’t wait to welcome customers through the door.”
Princes Square has hosted a number of leading retail brands over 30 years such as Kate Spade New York, Vivienne Westwood, Space NK and COS.
Bee Inspired’s move into the high street follows publication of a report by the consumer group Which? stating that the rise of independent shops was helping to transform town centres and fill units left vacant by the demise or slimming down of big chains.