We called in on the girls at Maya Maya in Wainwright’s Yard to grab some Christmas fashion tips and to check out their autumn and winter collection. Surprisingly we found them knees-deep in Pretty Woman, Shrek and Peaky Blinders’ costumes – all for their fashion fundraiser, which raised an amazing £18,000 for local charity, CancerCare. But they still made time to tell us all about their plans for Maya Maya at Christmas.
Christmas wish-lists and trendy wardrobe refreshes at Maya Maya
This independent retailer is stacked with some really trendy pieces that will most definitely set you apart from others. Amanda tells us her stock is ‘different, but wearable’ and the price point is somewhere between designer and high street. This means that you’re getting a good quality stand-out piece that you can wear over and over again so it’s great value. We love the range of distinctive styles and the shop is a must visit if you’re looking for a pretty unique Christmas gift.
We could have spent hours trying on chunky knits, blouses, posing with a new handbag and shoes or picking a scarf to match each outfit in our wardrobe. And that was without even getting to what we’d wear to the works Christmas do. There are racks of classic and on-trend occasional wear and the shop is one of only a few locally who hire out fascinators and hats.
The mens’ range
Maya Maya Man offers a contemporary and stylish look and there’s an abundance of accessories to jazz up an outfit for every occasion – we loved the tweed Marc Darcy suit with gold paisley waistcoat, floral shirts, leopard print bow ties and Harris tweed flat caps. Really dapper!
You’d be spoilt for choice at Maya Maya but if we had to pick our top Christmas offers, these are the ones we want to share –
A Christmas wish-list, a bit like the one you’d write to Santa
Set aside some time for browsing, trying on and letting the girls develop your list. We liked this idea for sharing with a partner who could be stuck for ideas.
A personal wardrobe, a bit like the girls becoming your Christmas Elf
The team offer a 2 hour personal wardrobe experience. The list of things they’re happy to help with is endless, but we liked the idea of bringing in some of the items we already wear – perhaps a core Christmas or winter outfit – and giving it an on-trend refresh with a few different pieces from the shop. The charge is £150 but the experience is free if you spend that amount on the day.
A £60 spend which comes back to you after the festive period, a bit like having a January Christmas Day
If you spend £60 on full price items before Christmas, you’ll receive this amount in vouchers to use in January and February (terms and conditions apply).
Now back to the fashion fundraiser. The 30 November saw the girls bring ‘if Maya Maya did the movies’ to Kendal Rugby Club. The show was a light-hearted cabaret they choreographed themselves. The fundraiser is in its seventh year and the team have raised a remarkable 35k for different charities. Tickets will be available for the next event in February 2019, so pop in and get your name down on their mailing list.
Maya Maya in Kendal is open from 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.