flip is no longer there and hasn't been for almost a year
Flip was one of the coolest shops goin, with al the metal,emop, punk clothes u could want and other bits and pieces. I happliy spent loads in there but now it has closed. Why Why Why. Edinburgh has lost a great shop. Flip RIP
i would like to say a few words about the staff in the store on Bath St glasgow. mainly the man on the door. my partner and i went in on our day off from work .as my partner isnt the best dressed on days off he was treated like a druggie or shoplifter type. which made him rather upset. when i tried to explain that we are LAW ABIDING CITIZENS i was made to feel very frightened by his aggessive and intimidating manner. i have never experienced such behaviour from a sales assisistant in all my lifes worth of shopping. i suggest anyone who is thinking about going into this clothes shop in future PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE DRESSED AS SMARTLY AS YOUR WARDROBE ALLOWS. rest assured that none of my family or friends or colleagues or any one i happen to tell my experience to will ever shop in that shop again.
Flip is a cool shop on Edinburgh’s South Bridge that has become a Nu-goth hangout. Part second hand clothes shop, part new stuff, and what with Applejack downstairs (A haven for punkers and hippies), it’s a pretty unique place to shop. Few places could boast to catering for both hippies and rockers but this place does successfully if somewhat expensively. Unlike most of the kinds of shop that cater for hippies and punks, Flip is pretty damned enormous. The back part of the store is dedicated to selling second hand gear…it’s a great place to get hold of old Levi’s or cords, as well as sale clothing, while the rest is new stuff, notably extremely baggy jeans and very large leather wrist cuffs. The shop itself Flip is very large and eye-catching. It usually has very eye-catching displays in the window…eye catching if you like wallet chains and t-shirts that say things like “Fuck Fcuk”. Enter through the barriers to see a mosher, goth, hippy, nu-punk and old punk heaven. To the front right are the jewellery, hair dyes, beanies and belts essential to mosherdom, the guys stuff is at the front, the girls further back and the sale and second hand gear right at the back. At first Flip seems haphazard and very disorganised, but after you’ve spent a good few hours browsing (and it demands a few) you will know the system well. Despite the large, airy premises, the racks are very close together and its more or less impossible to move without knocking something…or someone, over. Again, the sale and second hand racks are hazardous as well as haphazard, but its part of the places charm. The section for non sale, new items is fairly well organised if somewhat crammed. When you take one pair of jeans off the rack about five usually come off, grrr, and the racks go up far too high for little people (i.e., hobbitses), like me. The sale section and second hand section, in true sale section style
, is an absolute nightmare for people who have low tolerances for clothes shopping. You really feel the need to go through everything in case you find the perfect t-shirt/pair of trousers/Darkness style silver jumpsuit, and this can take hours if not days and you may find yourself kipping under the neat range of Incubus T-shirts. The important stuff…the merchandise Flip does a ridiculously large range of stuff from tie dye t-shirts to the popular-among-yahs Emily Strange range. Reviewing it all would be ridiculous so here’s a general idea of what Flip has to offer… The style- as I have mentioned before, is suitable for kids who like to call themselves (or find themselves labelled), Goths, hippies, punks, skaters and moshers. Flip is licensed to sell band gear and you’ll find hoodies and t-shirts for bands like Incubus, Slipknot and the Deftones if that is your bag (you poor bastard). The range of patches is better still with the usual Incubus, Slipknot and Deftones, but also stuff like Dead Kennedy’s, Black Flag, the Rolling Stones and the Doors, and of course, the ever-present-in-nu-rock-culture Nirvana. As well as this Flip does a neat range in ridiculously baggy jeans with the wallet chains and leather collars and bands to match, beanies of every design imaginable and funky hair colours. The girls stuff is a little less varied with the emphasis being on the cute bleach-blonde mini-mosh chick who wears Emily Strange and Vans trainers and is a skater groupie. Downstairs in Applejack is great for fans of old punk like the Clash, and hippies, but it’s a different shop and thus another review in itself. Although the stuff is mostly nu-rock geared, the discerning non nu-rock kid can wade through the new and old stuff in here and come up with a great, unique wardrobe. Jewellery- not jewellery so much as several million dead pigs. Most of Flips jewellery is leather…studded collars, wrist bands
and so on, although they are very helpful if you ask them to try and order an alternative in non-leather (very helpful for veggies like me). The theme of the jewellery is…Avril Lavigne. You get multi-coloured sweat bands, those rubber bracelets we used to call shag bands (never mind), leather collars and wristbands with single, double or even triple rows of studs or even, eek, spikes of ridiculous length. They also do metal jewellery along the lines of dog tags and occasionally do a nice range for body piercing. Other accessories- beanies, belts, patches, buttons and hair dye. The dye is semi-permanent, natural and veggie too. Its not your typical boring blonde and auburn, it comes in a brilliant range of colours from fuchsia to lime to violet. Its fairly easy to use but does dye your bathrooms insane colours which is lots of fun. The range of belts is fantastic. Not only do you have those cool double studded belts (and many other studded in all sorts of colours), you’ve got those little soft webbing belts with the clip buckles in every colour and design imaginable (army, communist stars, rainbows etc) for only three quid each…which is a cunning capitalist marketing ploy as you come out with about ten. The beanies tend to be advertisements for brands like Duffs or for rubbish bands like Shitknot (oops I mean Slipknot). The patches and pins are self-explanatory really, but there is a good range for people who aren’t fans of nu-metal, they do pins and patches for all sorts of old punk, rock, grunge, mod etc…bands. Clothing- Flips clothing comes in a myriad of forms. You’ve got baggy jeans and rock band t-shirts as well as those insanely fluffy coats and boots that make you look like the Cookie monster. Some of it is your run of the mill stuff that wouldn’t look out of place in TopShop what with its new riot grrl Avril type style, you get a lot of gothy stuff, and some fairly unusual bits and bobs. Flip do a v
ery cool range of girls t-shirts with all sorts of kick-ass statements of them, from the suggestive “I’m with the band” to the downright stupid “no I’m not married, no I don’t have a boyfriend…”. They also do a range of Emily Strange gear and a very funny top of a baby with a punk hairdo and lots of facial piercing. Unfortunately these tops are on the expensive side of things at around £25-£30 each, although you get them cheap if you hang around for the sale. The new jeans are usually expensive too, rarely less than forty and going up to around a hundred, but they are usually very hard wearing denim that you will be wearing for the next five years before they fall off your back. They also do a good range of coats…from those aforementioned insane fluffy things to posh afghans that make you look and feel like a film star. Second hand gear- Flip does a great range of second hand clothing. There are racks and racks of jeans and cords as well as loads of mad Hawaiian shirts. The great thing about the Hawaiian shirts in particular is they are loads in kids sizes, which is great for girls like me who love Hawaiian shirts but find you can only get them in XXXXL guys sizes which come to our ankles. it’s a great place to search for a Halloween outfit as you find all sorts of weird and wonderful retro gear from forties dresses to powder blue eighties suit jackets. The range of jeans and cords is massive, and if you want a pair of ripped, stained jeans of the sort that rich kids are paying ninety quid for, then this is the place to get a genuine pair. There appears to be absolutely no order in the jeans section it doesn’t even say if the jeans are girls or guys so you literally need to wade through them. The cords are a little better organised with a guys section and a girls section, but this is the charity and second hand shop way, if you want the perfect pair (of jeans that is) you need to be prepared
for a long, hard search! The staff- Most of the staff in Flip are very nice and friendly, although if facial piercing and bright hair colours scare you then you might be a tad frightened. There is usually one or two bitchy girls working in there though, and they can be rather snobbish and very caustic, because they think they’re Avril Lavigne no doubt. Prices- prices in Flip vary according to the new stuff-old stuff idea, however it is on the pricey side, you wont get any second hand gear for under a fiver (for the shirts) and the jeans are usually about twelve quid. The new stuff can be quite extortionate, especially the licensed ranges for the bands and Emily strange stuff. The new jeans usually start around forty, maybe thirty for a pair of girls trousers, and the tops usually about twenty to thirty. The sales there are magnificent though, you will often get stuff for less than half its original price. I got hold of a gorgeous floor-length patchwork Hooch afghan cardi for thirty quid which is less than a third of its original price, I also now have some very cool vintage rock Jim Morrison and John Lennon t-shirts for a fiver each. There is virtually always a sale going on in Flip. Flip is a great place and I non-mosher types shouldn’t be put off by the place. it’s a great place to start cultivating a unique look without necessarily having to look like a reject from the auditions for Busted. So don’t be scared by the Slipknot hoodies and body pierced staff, next time your in Edinburgh, pop in and have a look for a slightly more unusual shopping experience. (PS, I apologise for the overuse of labels like mosher in this op but I felt it necessary given the shop I was reviewing).