Being able to claim a spot on Cowbridge’s prestigious main street is an honour few businesses can claim to have accomplished. But in the later months of 2016 Leila Thornton managed just that and so King Fox was quickly born.
Leila’s family had a strong connection with the main thoroughfare of Cowbridge; not only did her Grandmother trade along the street but her father did too, the former in charge of the famous ‘Bettina’s’ with the latter in charge of a popular cafe.
After years in London Leila decided to move away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and to move somewhere a bit more refined, a place that had a strong family connection.
In the years since Leila has not regretted moving to Cowbridge, stating how welcomed she was by the lovely local people when she first opened King Fox.
Speaking of her business; the men’s fashion store has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years. With bold and bright designs on offer, Leila receives constant compliments regarding her handpicked designs. “I try really hard to ensure that all of my clothes are good quality and fun, with as many from Europe or the UK as possible.
I think it is nice to support British designers whenever possible; this is why I stock John Smedley, Sunspel, Aquascutum, and Van Buck. All of whom make their products in the UK and Europe.”
In addition to those brands, you will also be able to find a wonderful range of items from Eden Park, Orlebar Brown, GANT, Sunspel, Santinelli, Brühl, Magee 1866, Van Buck, John Smedley, Giordano, Stetson, Pantherella and Aquascutum.
On a recent visit to Cowbridge, Vale Life asked Leila what her best fashion recommendations were for the coming months.
“Orlebar Brown make fabulous swim shorts, perfect for lounging around in the sun, each pair are guaranteed for 5 years and are designed with some wonderful photographic prints.
We also stock their plain blue Riviera Setter shorts, famously worn by Danial Craig in the movie ‘Skyfall’.
Following on with the JamesBond theme; Sunspel have been making a Riviera polo with a cotton mesh fabric since the 1950’s, a range of which can be found in store, which featured in ‘Casino Royale’ back in 2006. These items are still very much in fashion today. The fact that they are made up of cool, lightweight fabric means that you will never get too hot and that you’ll always look smart.”
6 High Street, Cowbridge, CF71 7AG