Because there’s no place quite like the Great British high street – from its niche independents, to seasonal Pop Ups and those expansive yet elegant department stores – Because Magazine is on a mission to champion the bricks-and-mortar of London in all its glory. Each week, we’ll beeline to the rails of our favourite retailers to scope out the must-have pieces and in-store exclusives that are more than worth making an effort for.

While the pandemic may have skewed our original plans for a summer holiday, we all deserve a getaway. Whether you're deciding to go on holiday in the UK or are just in need of a trip out of the big smoke for a few hours, the newest pop-up at Bicester Village, Barefoot Chic, is the new destination for fashion that caters for warmer weather. Opening today for the next six weeks, the pop up presents some of the best British luxury brands that are must-haves within a summer wardrobe.

Sophie Hedley from Bicester Village shows us her favourite pieces from the curated edit.

What… Mira Mikati’s crisp cotton dress with adjustable waistband

Because…This is a vibrant brand, created by it’s namesake Mira Mikati: the Lebanese creative who launched it in 2015. This cool label combines crisp cottons, crazy prints and denim which are all staples for self- confessed fashion girl about town.  The prints and colours, of this brand truly shout ‘SUMMER’ and this easy to wear dress works with a pair of plimsolls or sandals for a fine day in the UK or somewhere warmer.

What… Cire Trudon scented candles

Because…You can never have too many scented candles and this old fashioned French label is the absolute best in class. Founded in 1643 by Claude Trudon, the owner of a boutique on Rue St Honore where he honed his skills as a grocer and candle maker. Centuries on this brand still stands strong and is known for its exquisite and unusual scents with their signature gold labels.

What… Seraphina

Because… Seraphina is THE luxury summer clothing brand for both Mums and daughters. Made from 100% cotton, the signature looks this summer comprise of fresh pink in little bloomers, tunic tops for toddlers and over sized shirts for mum, for their signature ‘mini me’ matching outfits.

Support bricks-and-mortar: visit Barefoot Chic at 50 Pingle Dr, Bicester OX26 6WD.

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