The Priory is a business built on the foundation of an attraction to refined designs and a Northern personality; beginning with merely one shop and a passion for gathering specific aesthetics to come together for a hybrid store of unique styles. Hailing from the coastal fishing town Bridlington in East Yorkshire, Priory has adopted the name from the town’s former locale of pilgrimage, Bridlington’s Priory Church and adopted a branding which reflects our addiction to consumption
From the minds of Vincent Clarke and Leo Jarvis, the Priory has currently achieved 6 years of business that’s consisted of work with the online side of retail, as well as two brick and mortar stores. From Leo’s experience and vision in the design aspect of the business, to Vince’s long serving experience in the industry, the recipe for refined aesthetics and premium products was ready to go. It all started in our original store located on Manor St., the beginning of what would be our journey to finely curating a list of brands and products that would showcase our passion for clothing. After a few years, we expanded with the opening of our second shop titled Victoria Mill, providing us the opportunity to enhance the aesthetic of our business with the feel of a unique retail space that worked cooperatively with other facias such as the cafe/bar area and the barbers. After obtaining two shops at our disposal, the business refined the brand mix to what would be the division of skate, street, work and premium wear - changing the way you shopped both physically and virtually through the website.
Even though we built a foundation for the company in which we offered a fresh take on garment shopping, we expanded our services with the implementation of events held within the Mill, with the likes of particular brand events that worked in collaboration with companies such as: Lee Jeans, Le Coq Sportif, Fred Perry and Carhartt.
In 2017 we had the pleasure of joining a larger company that focused on the details and services of online retail, allowing us to enhance our website and what you, the consumer, could experience. With the expansion of the new family of companies, our experience and skill sets have worked together in building upon our specialities to form a much more consistent company. From this, we made the decision to close our physical retail stores in Bridlington to focus on the online aspect of our company, working hand in hand with our team to create a more powerful and efficient shopping experience.
With previous experience in the industry and the evolution of the team, The Priory has now become a business that has reached a level of retail we had hoped to become. This is reinforced with the variation and quality of our brand mix, ensuring that our customers can be safe in purchasing a product that is of high-quality or of rich heritage.