London life

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…)



Read this: Live at the Brixton Academy



Live at the Brixton Academy by Simon Parkes

“I made the police an offer, ‘you have a problem with illegal raves; I have the solution: make them legal. Give me an all-night licence and you can stop the ravers from panicking the Daily Mail readers of Middle England.’”

This old article about the Brixton Academy found it’s way into my Pocket (my favourite app for bookmarking articles). It’s a few juicy recollections from Simon Parkes, the founder of The Academy and was part of the promotion for his memoir, Live at the Brixton Academy. (more…)