Argyll Arcade opening marks historic return for royal silversmith.
Laings of Glasgow has opened a new store in Glasgow’s Argyll Arcade under the Robert Stewart name as it continues its expansion within the historical arcade space.
The Robert Stewart name is famous for being appointed silversmith to Queen Victoria. It has been revived in the Argyll Arcade by Laings, following a recent 3,000 sq ft expansion of its flagship store within the Arcade.
Laings has said it is “breathing life back into the renowned Robert Stewart brand” by opening a new store that promises value from a trusted name.
Product will include silver and fashion jewellery, on-trend crystal beads bracelets and diamond jewellery chosen specially for the Robert Stewart range.
The Robert Stewart name was originally established by two brothers in 1835 as Allan and Robert Stewart Clock and Watchmakers. Robert Stewart continued to grow the business alone and between 1886 and 1896 it is documented that Robert Stewart was appointed goldsmith, jeweller, wholesaler and silversmith to Queen Victoria.
The last Robert Stewart store was based on Sauchiehall Street and was purchased by the Laings in 1989.
Wendy Laing, director of Laings of Glasgow said: “The past six months have been really exciting for the company with the launch of our new flagship store and the introduction of several new and exclusive brands.
“Despite not having traded for many years now, the Robert Stewart name still resonates with the people of Glasgow and is regarded as a high quality and reliable brand.”
Laing added that December trading is now “ramping up to full speed” in the store, and says the opening of the store has happened at the perfect time.