Village Life

By Mohini Babbar

Located in Oxfordshire an hour away from London by rail, find luxury brands such as Gucci, Balenciaga, Dior to British Designers Sophie Webster, Alexander McQueen, and many others Bicester Village is home to more than 160 boutiques each offering savings up to 60% on retail price all year. Find out more in Village Life

From chic restaurants, designer outlets to pop-up stores Bicester Village is also known for art, exhibition, and extraordinary luxury and VIP services for an effortless shopping experience.

Especially at this time of year, the place is decorated with a heartful of Christmas decorations with large pop-ups, bright lights to give you the ultimate experience and special Christmas gifting opportunities.

One of the most interesting qualities of Bicester Village is that you find wonderful options to purchase designer items at massively reduced prices usually from past seasons. This encourages people to waste less fabric and adapt to more sustainable fashion shopping. Bicester is also known for its pop-up boutiques, art exhibitions, and eateries making for multiple visits a must and giving a great day out in return.

Sustainability is one factor we are in tune with BUT can we find a sustainable wedding dress? Well, it’s a pretty complicated subject. There is no universal agreement upon this definition for sustainable fashion as such.

There are a lot of factors to consider, including what the garment is made of, its carbon footprint, how much the garment factory worker was paid to produce it, and where it’s going to end up. Along with a unique opportunity to make sustainable, eco-friendly and ethical fashion that equally looks fabulous, wedding dresses pose to be a great start to it.

As wedding season comes close “Brides Do Good”, the social enterprise tackling child marriage is just one example of unique pop-ups that Bicester Village has housed in the past. Selling luxury second-hand and sample designer wedding gowns, they opened a boutique pop-up store at Bicester Village earlier in the year.

A company founded by Chantal Khoueiry in 2016, encourages brides-to-be to shop more ethical and sustainable fashion for their big day by purchasing luxury second-hand and sample designer dresses, in which two-thirds of all sales are invested in charitable projects. These initiatives aim to provide education for vulnerable children in a world where, at present 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 each year. Brides Do Good has joined the United Nations mission to eradicate child marriage by 2030.

To meet the increasing demand for an alternative solution to bridal wear, Brides do Good will return to Bicester Village in the future but multiple trips are advised. Now as we get very close to Christmas, if you are short of gifts or you need a day out when things to do are getting thin on the ground then take the train for a day out of retail therapy and Christmas cheer to Oxford.

To find out all Bicester Village information please click Here

Monday 14 to Saturday 19 – 8.00 to 20.00
Sunday 20* – 9.00 to 19.00
Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 – 8.00 to 20.00
Thursday 24 Christmas Eve 8.00 to 18.00
Friday 25 Christmas Day CLOSED
Saturday 26 Boxing Day 7.00 to 21.00
Sunday 27* – 8.00 to 20.00
Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 – 7.00 to 21.00
Thursday 31 New Years Eve – 8.00 to 18.00

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