London life

Petticoat Lane, London 1966



Roger Taylor - Petticoat Lane London 1966 Cafe Royal Books

Café Royal Books is a really great niche publisher of photography mini books. I think it’s quite unique in its approach, publishing these small format books at very affordable prices.

This one, Petticoat Lane, London 1966 caught my eye from this week’s email. Photographer Roger Taylor created this series on his first ‘proper’ trip to London as a young photographer in 1966. His images of Petticoat Lane market traders capture a very ‘London’ essence of camaraderie, community and a little eccentricity. (more…)



Ask Alison: How Browns Brook Street has recast itself as the new luxury omni-flagship



Browns Brook Street The Focus

There’s a new luxury retail destination in town and it’s a storied Mayfair townhouse that features a heady mix of culture, community and the latest personalised tech-led shopping services. DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON reports…

Apart from the appealing fact that visiting an actual store is somewhat of a novelty as we emerge post-pandemic, we are about to enter a new era of phygital retail. Phygital 2.0 plays to the strengths of being inside a physical boutique environment – all the trappings of tangible and joyous purchases plus social interaction – while having frictionless digital retail services at your fingertips.

Launching on 12 April, at a reinvented flagship location, Browns Brook Street is the manifestation of owner, Farfetch’s visionary ‘Store of the Future’ omnichannel strategy that we first heard about in 2017. (more…)



Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer at The Barbican



Michael Clark retrospective, The Barbican 2020
Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer at The Barbican looks amazing. Frieze has a deep dive on the choreographer’s retrospective (read it here), and you’ll want to get in early with your ticket booking – social distancing an’ all that…

I’ve already been trawling YouTube and found the incredible video that Frieze writer Brian Dillon references of Clark’s dancing to T Rex’s Cosmic Dancer on an Italian TV show. (more…)



The Horse Hospital, a London style and culture landmark is under threat



Contemporary Wardrobe - fashion archive at The Horse Hospital

“It’s very sad news, I have always thought that The Horse Hospital is perfect for Roger and for The Contemporary Wardrobe Collection, it’s hard to imagine the clothes in any other setting. Contemporary Wardrobe is the real deal, it’s authentic… it has never let me down.” Stylist, fashion director and filmmaker, Joe McKenna

A London cultural landmark is under threat. The Horse Hospital, a historic old stable in a cobbled mews behind Russell Square station is a bit of a gem. It has been for 27 years. It’s a not-for-profit arts venue that holds exhibitions for London’s displaced artists and also houses an incredible costume archive. But maybe not for much longer. (more…)