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About Us

Ravens, Southend’s original family-run department store has offered shoppers in Essex and beyond an unparalleled choice in menswear, mens dinner suit hire and gifts for well over 100 years. The shop was originally founded in 1897 and has moved around the town since then although it opened its doors in Clifftown Road 60 years ago.  Since 2002, its womenswear department has grown from strength to strength and a womens shoes department was added in 2008 offering wide selection of quality shoes, bags and accessories.

Ravens is the place to shop if you want something for that person who has everything – whether it’s crystal jewellery, leather goods, cufflinks, a stocking filler or just some gift inspiration – in a veritable Aladdin’s cave over three retail floors.

Our customer service is legendary, and if there’s something you need to complete an outfit, we’ll do our best to help.

Neil and Marian Raven run the shop now with their daughter Hannah who is the fifth generation of the family to join the business. 

We are open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm.