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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
Stock Zone: Bargain Clothes in Zamalek
You can tell the economy is on the downfall when Zamalek is suddenly getting packed with stock shops. About three have opened up in the past month, Stock Zone being one of them. Located just across from Fostok and Matchbox, this area of Zamalek seems to be quite attractive for buyers looking for bargains.
Stock Zone has two floors with the ground floor dedicated to children’s clothing only. It carries clothing for babies, toddlers, as well as for slightly older children. There are various one-pieces for boys and girls starting off at 30LE and going up to 60LE. Most of the brands are unknown and the designs can be somewhat a hit or a miss. The girl’s outfits are generally all right, though embellished with lots of pink and ruffles. For the older children there are clothing sets that consist of a pair of trousers with a t shirt, starting at 45LE. Single shirts are mostly around 20LE and trousers vary between 45LE and 70LE.
Upstairs there are the men and women’s collections and even though the space is limited; the shop is packed with clothing. All the girls out there who are crazy about harem-style and yoga trousers, you will be very pleased to hear that Stock Zone carries tons of different designs; some have prints while others are just plain – most of them are priced at around 55LE. There are also a number of flowery dresses; there are shorter ones reaching the knee for 80LE, and longer ones to the ankle for 120LE. There are also funky leggings, starting at 26LE, in all colours of the rainbow, including some neon-coloured ones. We also found some jeans that claimed to be from Mac for 55LE and a pair of supposed Adidas trousers for 80LE. There are also quite a few shirts and sweaters, all priced between 50LE and 80LE.
The men’s department offers a variety of nice shorts. Most of them have a checker pattern; they come at the reasonable price of 80LE. T shirts with funny texts and cartoon animals are for around 50LE and carry labels from Bershka, Jack & Jones and Tommy Hilfiger. Though we have serious doubts about the Hilfiger ones, the Bershka ones might actually be genuine. Standard designed shirts of good quality are priced at 80LE. We also found some jeans for 120LE, but they might not be the ideal pair because of their outdated design.
Though Stock Zone might not have anything particularly special, it wouldn’t hurt passing by every once in a while since there is always a chance you find something useful, especially when it comes to baby and children clothing.
With the fashion industry becoming more difficult to navigate every season, it’s refreshing that there are still shops in Cairo opting to carrying classic items and simple cuts. Internationally acclaimed clothing brand, Next offers such items on level two, phase two of Heliopolis shopping haven, Citystars. Although it all runs into one large shop, there are two separate entrances for both the adult and children’s departments.
Stepping directly into the women’s section, we were immediately greeted by an overflowing sale rack. Although prices were clearly marked with big, yellow tickets and heavy marker strokes, there was no visible information regarding an overall percentage decrease in price meaning that the discounts seemed somewhat erratic.
Sale items were priced at around 160LE-225LE and included everything from sheer blouses and sequined t-shirts, to jumpers and shapeless dresses. The patterns tended to be a bit awkward and would most likely suit the more mature patron; however, for the more discerning, eye there were a few choice items that would compliment almost any outfit.
Located near the entrance, we headed over to the trouser section. The majority of jeans were skinny and cigarette style, ranging from 325LE-400LE, while colourful yoga and harem pants went for around 225LE-380LE. A cramped corner was dedicated to a plethora of flat shoes and colourful handbags and clutch bags, reduced to around 50% of their original prices (150LE+).
The sock display took up a hefty quarter of the space, with a range of ankle and calf-high socks. A five pack of animal print ankle socks boasted a considerable mark down to 65LE from over 100LE. After a couple of curt, ‘no-thank-you-we’re-only-looking’ responses to the salespeople’s anxious advances, we were largely left to shop in peace.
The women’s larger, new collection area appeared to be a mismatched jumble of art-deco-inspired t-shirts, ruffled blouses, unusual silk and polyester cardigans, wool jumpers (295LE) and overpriced cotton pyjamas (375LE). Expensive but plain maxi dresses were thrown into the mix (500-1150LE), as were some long, pleated skirts (695LE).
The men’s section sits at the back of the store and boasted a variety of items ranging from a fleeced, snugly onsie (275LE) and tracksuit bottoms, to a smart-casual selection of trousers (300LE), polo shirts (240LE), and short-sleeved linen shirts (400LE).
The children’s section was easily accessible from between the women’s and men’s area and stocks items for newborns, toddlers and children up to the age of 10 years. The smaller items were unbearably adorable and upon seeing tiny vests, little chinos, waistcoats with suit ties (375LE), leggings and frilly tutus (200LE), we simply had to evacuate before buying up the entire collection.
Offering a wide selection of modest cuts and bold prints, Next prides itself on modestly stylish, quality garments. If you’re willing to spend both time and money, this reliable one-stop shop is sure to provide a few unique items to jazz up any bland outfit.