About Us

Claytons first opened for business in Bedford’s Arcade in 1905. As an independent menswear shop it has served generations of the county’s shoppers – many members of the same family tell us that they came to Claytons to buy their first suit!

Things have changed a great deal over the years: We still supply well made suits to men of all ages but they can now buy stylish brands like Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Crew, Robert Graham and Giordano at the same time.

In 2005 we added a womenswear department which sells everything from well-priced contemporary designers like Masai, Taifun, Pomodoro, Crew, Gerry Weber and Olsen to dresses, hats and fascinators for wedding guests, birthday girls  – and anyone who likes a really nice frock! Add to this a stunning collection of contemporary jewellery, bags and scarves and you can easily refresh your wardrobe without breaking the bank.

You can now find us in spacious air-conditioned new premises on the first floor of the Hatters building on the Goldington Road. There is ample free parking at the front of the store and we are opposite Bedford’s new Waitrose. (Busy customers tell us it’s now easy to combine food, clothes and gift shopping all in one trip!)

Those of you who prefer to shop for menswear and gifts online can click on the Online Store button on the menu bar and you will be able to order much of the stock we carry from there. Not everything from the Bedford Store is available online but if you need help and advice, just call us on 01234 352429. Our experienced sales staff will be delighted to assist.

Do send us your email address so that we can keep you up to date with new arrivals and regular customer events. (These aren’t advertised to the general public.)