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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
U Turn: Thrifty Men's Clothing in Heliopolis
There is something unique about U Turn, despite the fact that they merely provide copies of world class cuts, albeit very good copies. With several branches around the city, the shop has made a name for itself, almost as good as a name as they would earn by creating something original. But the truth is, U Turn import all their clothes from Turkey and that gives them the advantage of selling the same merchandise at a cheaper price than its local counterparts.
The jeans cost around 350LE and come in different shades of blue and navy blue made with tough denim and a range of cuts. A selection of t-shirts and shirts are available between 100LE-200LE, while some Turkish brands can reach up to 250LE - these are most suitable if you’re looking for an original piece of clothing to wear. Make sure to check out the row of chequered shirts to your left as you enter the shop. There are also leather jackets and coats starting at the great price of 450LE, reaching no more than 600LE.
Moving onto the top level, we were pleasantly surprised with the variety of suits in style, colour and models. The prices range between 900LE-1900LE and are Italian cut, though Turkish made. You’ll be able to find whatever you’re looking such as slim fits for very reasonable prices. For a total of 1300LE you can buy yourself a whole new outfit including the suit, shirt, shoes and even socks – leaving you feeling like the chicest man in town.
There is also a selection of blazers sold separately and would work for both casual and more formal occasions. They come in a bunch of colours such as blue and khaki, priced between 400LE-600LE.
The shoe collection wasn’t particularly enticing, carrying mostly casual options though the variety as a whole wasn’t very big. The general price tag for a pair is 300LE.
The atmosphere in U Turn is a pleasant one, with staff who are efficient and helpful without crossing the line into being overbearing. It pays to ask; they are happy to help and make suggestions. With every corner offering something different, we suggest you check it out as soon as possible.
With the wedding season upon us, many men are dusting off their suits or cruising the malls for the seasons’ latest nuptials. As Orange Square opens its doors, Heliopolis residents can now have an alternative to navigating large malls for wedding attire.
Their outlet behind the Baron Hotel in Heliopolis sports a large window display and a well-organized interior. The collection includes everything and anything a man could need for formal – and often less formal – occasions.
Their new collection includes summer suits, available in a variety of colours and fabrics. These range between 1450LE and 1790LE, depending on the material and colours include white, beige, shades of blue and grey. Unlike their formal suits, the summer wear is sold by piece, with casual trousers and jackets sold separately. Summer jackets cost 1370 LE and trousers cost 390LE.
For the more traditional attire, a pair of formal trousers will cost you somewhere between 550LE and 600LE and come in black, grey, blue, and pinstripes, while a full suit will cost you somewhere between 1200LE to 7000LE+, depending on the fabric.
Their selection of ties is all locally made, and range between 280LE to 450LE, with a funky collection of hand-woven ties for the more adventurous. Although they sport a large collection of cuff links, they are not as diverse and they range between 250LE and 390LE. Formal belts are between 250LE and 390LE and come in black and brown. All accessories are imported from Italy and brand names are nowhere to be seen here, so if you’re looking for something flashy, you’ll have to shop elsewhere.
For those who have to come under the spotlight, Orange Square sports a large collection of tuxedos. Tuxedos start at 3850LE and go all the way up to 6000LE. Bow ties cost 450LE while suspenders come at 550LE. Other accessories include satin tuxedo belts (450LE), brooches (550LE) and artificial flowers brooches (175LE).
Orange Square also tailor-makes everything from suits, tuxedos, shirts and trousers. Fabrics are a combination of wool and cotton, while many have polyester and Lycra for comfort; they are all imported and are either Pakistani, Italian or Indian. We were happy to hear that all their shirts are made using Egyptian cotton.
Tailoring doesn’t end at suits, though; the selection of fabrics includes customizing suit linings in a variety of colours, from the conservative greys and blues to louder fuchsias and bright greens for the more flamboyant.
A spacious and well-lit dressing area also serves as a fitting room for those tailor-making items.