Explore Independent Cambridge - Cuckoo Clothing


With the help of Independent Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Cuckoo Clothing.

European women are renowned for their effortlessly elegant styling, and it’s a look that can be difficult to emulate from the rails of high street retailers. Not so for shoppers at Cuckoo Clothing, which stocks a wealth of labels from the continent.

Cuckoo was the brainchild of Michelle Veenman, who having sold vintage clothes on Portobello Market, was disappointed at the lack of diverse fashion in Cambridge.

Opening her first boutique 12 years ago at indie enclave Burwash Manor, Barton, Michelle was joined by business partner Kate Bols two years later, and their city centre store in bustling St Mary’s Passage launched a couple of years after that.

Today, Cuckoo offers an eclectic range of clothes, bags, footwear, jewellery and fragrance. Bestsellers include Scandinavian label Two Danes, quirky Italian brand Ottod’Ame, Parisian line Stella Forest, Ilse Jacobsen’s versatile rainwear, Lofina’s grunge-style boots and pretty Dutch Pom and French Inouitoosh scarves.

There is plenty of affordable attire, and Cuckoo’s staff are a cheerful bunch, offering award-winning service, and regularly raising money for charity through various events.

Michelle and Kate are currently collaborating with store managers – fashion designer Debora Rodriguez and dressmaker Annette Broad – on Cuckoo’s first ever own-brand label. Watch this space!

Cuckoo Clothing
4, St Mary’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PQ
Telephone 01223 364345

New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY
Telephone 01223 262123


Discover unique boutiques and boutique hotels mingled with communities of artists and craftspeople. Sample an award-winning restaurant or thriving little café tucked away in a back street – all easy to locate via the comprehensive Independent Cambridge directory.  It features hundreds of local traders, artists, makers, producers, venues and events – all of which play a part in the real life of the city and local area. Run by long-term residents with a true passion for all things indie, the site is packed with valuable insider knowledge of the local scene. And whoever you are - resident or visitor; whatever you search for, read about and choose to visit, you can be sure it’s independent!



A celebration of the city’s best independent traders, venues and events

Indie Cambridge