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      14.06.2010 14:58
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      Worth a try for the occasional piece but don't expect too much

      PunkyFish are a mainstream high-street clothing brand that sells 'alternative' style clothing. It's sort of like a colourful version of Hot Topic for us Brits. They have a very distinctive style and it's quite easy to spot if someone is wearing a Punkyfish item, as they have a strong identity within their designs. The sorts of things you can expect to find are aimed at a young female market, from teens to 20's. They have a bold use of colour and garments are heavily embellished with notions such as studs, eyelets, and zips. The trademark logo is a pink fish with piercings (!) and can usually be found on every piece, often in the form of a metal charm attached to zips, or embroidered on a small patch.

      There used to be a store in central Bristol, in the Broadmead shopping area. This closed down a while back and I can't say I'm sad to see it go. On the positive side the shop was well laid out, with the rails arranged by garment type. If you wanted tops, you'd go to one section, jeans another, accessories at the back, etc etc. It was light and clean and in a good central location. Sadly the staff were inattentive and always appeared to be disinterested and unhelpful.

      The prices seem to be above the average for items of this type, and I think the heavy branding plays a part in this. You can get quite a good deal on the sale items, and some of the accessorises are reasonably priced. However, I think that for the quality of the items they are asking too much. Currently, tops cost between £15-£30, jumpers £20-£35, skirts £25-£28, and trousers £28-£35. Leggings are a hugely popular trend now and there are loads to choose from around the £20 with different designs and prints. Punkyfish only produce women's garments but some of the accessories could be unisex, and I'm sure a lot of young men are wearing women's skinny jeans these days... I'm finding that I am losing interest with the brand as it becomes less punky and more trendy. The style seems to have developed and changed to suit a different target market.

      From my personal experience I had a bad time ordering online with Punkyfish. I found a great pair of jeans in the sales and decided to order several pairs to stock up my wardrobe. They sent only the one pair despite my order stating a multiple, and they had already charged the amount from my debit card. It took weeks of back and forth emailing with their customer service department for this finally to be rectified, but in the end I did get my items after a long wait and perseverance.

      The other problem with ordering online is their sizing options. It is difficult to determine which size will be best suited to your shape as they do not use the standard UK sizing of 8,10,12... etc. The 'one size' option is also something I will avoid in the future, I purchased a one size top online and it seemed totally out of proportion with my body. It was too low at the cleavage and not long enough in the torso, and it was a shame that there are no specific measurements listed on the descriptions as I could have saved myself some hassle.

      The other problem I have with Punkyfish is the quality of their items is not to a good standard. Of the few items that I have purchased from them, I have had problems with about 50% of them. I bought a long line trench jacket with studs and embroidery on the back, most of the studs have fallen off and the inside button was missing. I have had problems with the buttons falling off but re-stitching them seems to work ok, I just think that the metal buttons used were too heavy for the fabric and tend to pull down then wear and fall off. Zips on jeans are a big problem, they become very sticky and difficult to move, and once you've done them up they won't stay up so the zip is constantly falling down! Not a classy look. One of my favourite items I've bought from Punkyfish was a stretchy 3/4 sleeve black top, but the number of times I have found splits in the arm sleeves is ridiculous, it looks like they have sewn the item with regular cotton thread instead of using something with a bit of elastic so that the seams will also stretch along with the fabric. As the fabric stretches and the seams don't this is a recurring problem. I also have a Punkyfish brooch where one of the embedded crystals has fallen out.

      I'm not a fan of Punkyfish any more after experiencing several problems with their items and ordering. However I do occasionally get tempted by the odd piece and some of their designs can be unique and interesting. I am not a loyal customer to the brand and would only recommend people to shop with them if they are aware that what they are getting might not meet their expectations. It's ok if you want cheap "alternative" clothes and would be great for teens but I guess I'm just growing out of it now!

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        17.04.2009 10:15
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        Very good amazing clothes and accessories

        PunkyFish is defiantly a very individual style of clothing
        which I think is great if your the kind of person who
        doesn't just want to wear what everyone else is, however
        saying that they also have clothes that do stand out but
        arnt over the top.

        And as well as clothes they also have a great accessory
        line such as bags, hats, belts, sunnies, watches and jewelry.
        The great thing about there accessories is that even if they
        are plain they have either a sparkle or bright colours that
        just give it that little extra omph such as one of there logo
        necklaces which only has there signature fish and a heart
        with punkyfish written on but it has little pink gems that
        make it sparkle.

        The store itself is also very good they play music that is not
        like 1000 years old and they also decorate it very well, but
        one thing I have found about the clothes is they are a
        little pricey BUT I have also found that everything I have
        bought from them has been well worth the price as
        the quality has been really good and everything I bought
        From there was comfy, I do however suggest that you
        try the clothes on before buying them as each clothing
        piece suits different people and yes I will admit the
        clothes are mainly aimed at the skinner sizes but I have
        been in there and found things that would suit the bigger
        build, Ages I think the clothes would range from 12-25.

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        13.01.2009 19:13
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        Great customer service, not pushy, but very friendly

        When I first found Punky Fish I was in retail heaven! If your into retro and daring clothes, you'll love this place. The style can be grungy, skateboarder, and stylish.

        I bought some skinny bright blue jeans which look really smart with a dressy top. They cost me £20 which I think is a bargain! Everyone comments on them. Unfortunately now though I can't seem to get the bright orange curry stain off...Damn my love of indian food!

        All the clothes are well priced, jeans around £20-£35. Tops are around £10-35. Which is great for my budget.

        Even in the sales they have some really nice things, because they're clothes are really individual you'll find things that you can wear still, like my bright blue jeans. You can buy things from £3 up to £25.

        Punky Fish also sell Nightware, belts hats, shoes and other accessories. I bought some velcro shoes and they were a bit painful to wear and the trainers made my feet smell. So maybe stay away from the shoes but the clothes are well worth looking at. There's one in Milton Keynes and most big highstreets.

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          05.07.2008 12:30
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          it's alright

          Punkyfish has a some great clothes and stuff in store, that's ideally suited to the adventurous teenage girl. They've got quite a wild style in this shop, with bright colours usually on every item of clothing, and yes, it's rather punky. I would probably decribe it as a little bit new rave, or a tiny bit 80's when you see big dresses with fluorescent block patterns and colours on them.

          To be honest, I think they may have gone a tad crazy with the prices of stuff in this shop, especially with the jackets. I saw one for £65! This is going over the top, since this isn't designer or anything is it?

          I'm not so sure about the quality of the clothes in store, I once bought a banana yellow jacket from there, and it was very thin and it felt quite cheap. I didn't like the style of it, because it had a weird zip down the side of it.
          As for the comfort of the clothing, they are not comfy at all. I bought a black jacket that had zips all over it,which obviously was not nice at all.

          So overall, it's a good looking store, with plenty of style, but maybe they are a bit too stylish, and expensive.

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          10.04.2007 12:16

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          Ok if you are loaded and quite skinny

          In my opinion, Punkyfish is a good clothing line with some brilliant styles which are appealing to many teenage girls, such as my friends and I. However, I feel that there isn't enough variety in what is designed and that the clothes are overpriced. Whenever I go to a Punkyfish store, I go to the sale rack as I can generally afford what is on there, but a lot of the time I am disappointed in what I see. The last time I went to Punkyfish, a brought a top from the sale rack and it only cost a fiver. It was a nice top, and looking at the other items on the sale rack, it was the best one there. The items of clothing on the sale rack were digusting, and in my opinion looked like clothes that nobody wanted. I also spotted a jacket that I really liked. I was thinking of buying it when I looked at the price tag, £49.99. I was gutted, I only had £20 on me. Many of my friends can't afford the clothes, most of us only get a tenner a month from our parents.
          Another thing that annoys is the sizing, 'one size fits all' and 'S/M/L'. The S/M/L sizing for tops is ok, it's when they use that for trousers. It annoys me so much as you can be a different size for a different style. For instance, you could be a M for a pair of skinny jeans, but a S for some jog bottoms. In other words, you don't actually know what size you are in most cases. So although Punkyfish styles are nice, the garments are overpriced and the sizes aren't clear enough. Saying 'one size fits all' is stupid; I'm 13, so if a skirt fitted me, would it fit someone twice my age who is a lot bigger than me? Also, Punkyfish, like many other stores, has fallen into the trap of stocking clothes for skinny people. Perhaps they should stock for larger people and lower the prices; they may attract more publicity.

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          30.05.2006 12:36
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          why slate punkyfish? its only like buying nike or addidas

          I started loving punkyfish about a year ago and i think that its the best label around, so why are you all slashing it?
          i can understand y some of you say it can be a tad pricey, but you dont have to necessary get it from a punkyfish shop. i know shops like house of phrasher and tk max that sell punkyfish clothing that has at least 50% off the original price.
          moreover, i brought a sweatshirt from the punkyfish shop in brum and i love it! it only cost me £10 which i thought was a bargin! my friend also got a top from there costing only £5, shes worn it everyday since and there's nothing wrong with sizes.
          im a size 8-10 and tops and that fit me fine, but i don't know if you have noticed but punkyfish is for the slimmer people, not for the "bigger range". i mean, what do you expect?
          I think your all over-reacting with punkyfish and clothes can get natural wear and tear, how do you know that you didn't accidentally tear it???
          has anyone heard of a diet? hehe

          punkyfish rockz!!!!!!

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            17.08.2005 23:54
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            Nice, but poor quality clothing.

            Punky Fish is a cheap designer label, known as clubbing wear for women. It is fast becoming the new Gucci, and everyone's talking about the weird and wonderful clothes made by this company. I too had raved about this new range of clothes for a months, until a couple of weeks ago, I bought a skirt by Punky Fish. It was a pink, tiered skirt with a wide waistband. I absolutely loved it, and couldn't wait to wear it. I'd worn it once, when, just as I was about to wear it to a wedding anniversary party, I discovered a large split where the waistband joined the skirt. I could have understood if the item had been cheap, but at a price of £20, this item was quite expensive. However, when I returned the skirt and asked for a new one, the staff were very understanding and swopped it.

            Since buying the skirt, I have read many reviews stating the same problem. Clearly this is a big concern for Punky Fish, and they do need to sort it out. As well as the clothes being poor quality, they are quite hard to "get hold of". Not many shops sell products by Punky Fish, and so this is also a problem for the designers. Moreover, I found that most of the clothes didn't even have a proper sizing range. On the label, it jus said "One size". When I tried the skirt on, it fitted perfectly. Well I'm 13, so surely that in itself is saying something. If the skirt fits on a 13 year old, what chance has it got of fitting on a 23 year old, who the clothes are really aimed at?!

            So, although the clothing may be nice and fashionable-is the quality really up to the price? I don't think so.

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              03.12.2004 13:51
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              I bought my daughter a pair of punkyfish black cords.She adored them BIG MISTAKE.These have got to be the poorest quality trousers I have ever bought.I would have had more joy with an item from ether austin.The cord was like tissue and ripped like mad.The seams also ripped on the pockets etc.I cant even repair them they are so bad and she has only worn them twice.Shes a size 8 so shes not busting out of them.THINK carefully before parting with your cash o anything from punkyfish.ALSO you cant get through to their customer service.I wonder why!!!

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                05.08.2004 19:33
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                When I was about 15 or 16 and obsessed with black baggies, string vests and pink furry bags, I saw a girl wearing a black punkyfish top with 3 zips across her boobs (which were open) and I fell in love with it. I asked her where she got it from and sure enough I was there the very next day to hunt down my very own. I took £20 with me, because surely that would be enough for it (I don’t usually spend more than a tenner on a top) , anyway I got to the shop and immediately saw one that was perfect. It was black and pink (my 2 favourite colours in the world) and it was basicly a vest with lines of string across the front. I was absolutely gutted when the price tag read £24.99, but my mate lent me a fiver so I got it. A week later one of my friends showed up at my house in the exact same top and grey punkyfish trousers (which cost £49.99), then we met up with some more friends who were all wearing punkyfish too. That was just the start though, every other month I’d get a new one to add to the collection, as did a lot of people that I was friends with at the time. It got silly, everyone had the same tops, trousers and jackets that never fit properly (most punkyfish lines only some in ‘one size fits all’). After about 2 months the tops would fade and go out of shape and I’d never wear them anymore. I remember feeling sorry for my bigger friends, as punkyfish tops are quite fitted and they only came in one size, so if they managed to actually fit into one then it would look absolutely horrendous. I think Punkyfish is overrated, over priced and over sized. Just because a top says ‘one size fits all’ it doesn’t necessarily mean it. It might aswell say ‘one style fits all’, because in my experience that really was the case. There weren’t even any different style tops that Punkyfish brought out, all with zips and bits of net here and there, all made out of the same material and came in a
                bout 4 different colours. Wheres the ‘range’ in that? Everyone was more or less a clone of eachother, its was just a fad that little mini moshers followed because they wanted to be alternative. I thought the whole idea of being alternative was like being a free spirit, wearing whatever you felt comfortable in instead of following the crowd. Looking back I get really annoyed that I spent a lot of money on silly items of clothing that were mostly too big for me and got ruined after a short while anyway. Punkyfish mainly appeals to girls in this age category, and its so overpriced that its unbelievable. I was only earning a mere £100 a month from a weekend job, so how are young impressionable girls supposed to afford to buy clothes like that? The thing is they aren’t even great quality, its just a name that you’re paying for at the end of the day. There were loads of unbranded tops in exactly the same style that were probably just as poor quality but a hell of a lot more affordable. Thankfully I grew out of that phase after about a year, now I have a full time job and I appreciate what my parents said to me about buying clothes for the name and wasting money.

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