London life

Deep cuts



cuts book Steve Brooks Gimme 5

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind month for CUTS, my hairdresser and London landmark of sorts. It’s a kind of ‘if you know, you know’ thing; it’s been around forever but was never treated as a ‘brand’, rather a word of mouth hangout that does very good hair. (Side note: they came out with the phrase ‘You Look Good’ long before anyone else.)

CUTS started in Kensington Market during the post-punk years, then progressed to Kensington Church Street (I would pass it on the way to school) and ended up in Soho where it’s been for a couple of decades. It’s where I went when I decided to go short in the early 90s. (more…)



Secret shopping: 45R arrives in London



45R Brook Street london

Japanese slow fashion brand, 45R has just opened its London outpost at 6 Brook Street, selling its cult denim, lived in knits and quilted outerwear. The Americans may be the originators but the Japanese are experts at producing artisan-quality denim that you’ll keep for years. (At 45R they hover between £350 and £800 which gives you an idea of the level of quality we’re talking about.) (more…)



London memo: TASAKI to Bond Street



Melanie Georgacopoulos for M/G TASAKI

I missed the memo that TASAKI, the pearl specialist has brought Prabal Garung on board as creative director for its TASAKI Atelier line.

I really love the modern statement aesthetic of this brand; Melanie Georgacopoulos also does a fantastic job with her M/G TASAKI line (above). We’ll be able to see it for ourselves when the jeweller opens its first European flagship in New Bond Street this summer. (more…)



Mount Street news: Marc Jacobs to close and Dean & Deluca a no-show



Marc Jacobs Mount Street. Image by MRA Architecture


Marc Jacobs
is closing its Mount Street store, according to Business of Fashion.

This is such sad news!

As BOF reports, when the store opened in 2007, it kicked off the reinvention of Mount Street as a luxury retail destination. The Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs stores were temples of style and fun that were always such a trip of discovery joy. Remember when the Marc by Marc Jacobs store opened over here and we too could snap up the £5 keyrings, logo tote bags and other tchotchkes that our Bleeker Street cousins had queued for previously? They also sold seriously good (but cheap!) cashmere scarves, socks and gloves that were my staple buys for years. (more…)