- Bicester designer village
I had the misfortune to visit Bicester designer village today .I cant get my head round how much people are prepared to pay for stuff .Over priced and not always well made .Missus was looking at Kipling bags 50 quid in a sale for a snotty cheap nylon bag you could get for a tenner in any tat outdoor shop.Never mind all the overpriced clothes .Horrible ostentatious consumerism at its worst !Dont get me started on all the people who loved themselves walking round preening themselves in those stupid oversized shades !Posted 4 years ago
I heard that the Vans shop didn’t fit in with the rest of the place and was made politely aware that their presence wasn’t welcome!
Nice story but complete bollards. The temporary CP is long gone. Lets be honest here if those places didn’t exist the people that like going to them might decide they’d like a day in the countryside….Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
As I live in Bicester I HATE the place. Boxing day a couple of years ago the whole A41 dual carriageway from the M40 junction to Bicester was totally gridlocked- people abandoned their cars and walked to the village FFS.
Nice story but complete bollards
Not completely. The profits the higher end brands can turn are stunning which is why all the lower end/outdoors stuff (Tog 24, Helly Hansen, Fat Face, Quiksilver, Vans) have been driven out. The most profitable shop there turns over £500K a week and apparently its the biggest and most profitable Starbucks in the UK.
Massively popular with Asian tourists, but I’d love to know how much (read “little”) money stays locally. The Clarks store is famous for COMPLETELY selling out all its stock once, its a brand which is well regarded in the far east and a few coach loads came in bought whatever they could get their hands on.
PS nick you got the Shan built yet?Posted 4 years ago
Never been there but I have to laugh at the irony…mountain bikers discussing a world where people pay over the odds for products to make themselves feel better about themselves…what bike do you ride? Do you NEED it?
.I was waiting for this !I ride /race a 9 year old Dawes Edge.With Deore mainly and a lightly used xt shadow rear mech chain cassette drivetrain I bought from a mate .Is that ok ?Posted 4 years agocurvatureMember
Always call in if passing and it does make me laugh the amount of far eastern tourists that are there.
As for the shops I tend to go to the few brands that I like. If they have anything that is the right price and right size make my purchase and off I go again.
I have had some good buys.
I don’t think I would make a special trip to go there.Posted 4 years agoteamhurtmoreMember
Convenient location for me to pop in on way to see family. Wife loves it, I can take it or leave it, kids hate it! I miss more of the outdoors shops – I always topped on HH lifa stuff etc in the early days. Have found a few bike/outdoor bargains in NF and Musto still and then the odd opportunistic buy in some of the other shops. Amazed at how Ralph Lauren has become “pile em high” place and even funnier to watch recent mayhem when Colin Jackson was browsing in there!
Happy to have a quick one hour max pit stop and leave it at that. But do smile at the bus loads of tourists and the idea that this has become a tourist attraction in its own right – oh and the percentage off burqa wearing ladies coming out of agent provocateur!!!!
(Edric, last pair of timberlands cost around £80-100 about 15 years ago (quality lasts?), now £55 at Bicester. I wonder if the quality is still as high?)Posted 4 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
I found it the most phenomenally depressing place. Crammed with millions of Chinese tourists who instead of going to look at some of the most beautiful parts of England decide instead to squander money in a crap facsimile of a New England shopping mall. And they’re so bloody rude – pushing in front in queues, or simply elbowing me out of the way to talk to a shop assistant.Posted 4 years ago
Crammed with millions of Chinese tourists who instead of going to look at some of the most beautiful parts of England decide instead to squander money in a crap facsimile of a New England shopping mall
They might have already seen the beautiful bits, and decided to spend some dolla…Posted 4 years agoannebrSubscriber
These days you can’t get much at a good price there. We get the same stuff and often cheaper in the sales at House of Fraser in Wycombe.
A few years back you could get good end of line stuff at a reasonable price. Now it’s so popular they barely discount anything very much.Posted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
was looking at Kipling bags 50 quid in a sale for a snotty cheap nylon bag you could get for a tenner in any tat outdoor shop
I remember once upon a time, (oh alright then, early 90’s) when Kipling was reasonably affordable, decent quality, a little bit niche and best found in little shops in Europe. Another once-kooky brand lost to the masses. 🙁Posted 4 years agoMunqe-chickMember
IT is a horrible horrible place and wish it would burn to the ground! It brings Bicester to a complete standstill you can barely even move around to get to my own house! It’s full of idiots with sat nav’s who can’t drive as they aren’t paying attention. And not HH, Van, Quicksilver etc have gone it’s full of over priced chav gear which is all old stock from 2003. Don’t ever waste your time going there!
Hateful place.Posted 4 years ago
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