Cardiff: Princes & Paupers is a vintage wonder

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I discovered it by a coincidence as I was shooting some photos in the lovely Castle Arcade in downtown Cardiff. My favourite of the Victorian and Edwardian arcades in the Welsh capital. I have been visiting this arcade many times but never really wandered upstairs to the balcony-level much. I’m glad I did this time.

Take a look in there” says a random customer coming out from a shop. “There’s a dog sleeping in a suitcase”. A sight we couldn’t miss as my girlfriend is a huge dog-lover. So we entered the atmospheric and workshop-looking ‘Princes & Paupers‘. And what a wonderful surprise!

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We were welcomed by the passionate owner Al, who has moved to Cardiff from Newcastle to set up his unique little shop. A shop which is focused on vintage style menswear and specialized in denim ad tweed products. In fact the shops has its own denim-line named Work Ethic Denim, which can be customized in many ways and is locally sustainable, as it’s being made in Wales.

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The intimite little shop oozes masculinity in a noble way, with a tip of the hat to the sea and the maritime style. A bite of “the good old days” right here in the present, where you can equip yourself with a tweed bow-tie and have your shoes shined on the home-made “throne”, which is an attraction in itself. You’ll also find unique products like beard-oil and quirky-collectibles, and the shop is almost like a little vintage-style museum where you keep spotting cool details. It sure is made with love.

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The best detail of them all is the adorable Jack Russel terrier “Lady” who is in fact sleeping in her little suitcase – as well as functioning as an irresistible dog-model. Because this shop isn’t just catering for the two-legged, but also offers four-legged customers the tail-wagging brand named Princes and Pawpers. Cool tweed and denim dogwear, like coats, bow-ties and collars – all made from scratch.

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This shop is an absolute can’t miss in Cardiff and so is the Castle Arcade, which is a part of the Castle Quarter. Since I visited in september Princes and Paupers has expanded to the 2nd floor, and I can’t wait to get back to check it out.

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Princes and Paupers

28 The Balcony, Castle Arcade

www.princesandpaupers.uk


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By Brian Schæfer Dreyer
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