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Blue Mountain School – not your average corner shop



floating staircase by Valentin Loellmann at Blue Mountain School London by Alastair Strong for NYT

If you’re planning a trip to London and want to see some retail newness, you’d be mad to miss Blue Mountain School.The name alone is artily seductive with its Rauschenburg-esque ‘Black Mountain College’ connotations, and the building… well you’ll have to see – and feel – for yourself.

The NYT has all the spoilers, but suffice to say a lot of time, money and thought has gone into this unique six-level Shoreditch corner store. (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…)



L’Officine Universelle Buly: the book



Buly 1803 - L'Officine Universelle Buly

What to buy the beauty-phile who has everything? Well there are a few always happily received items one can rely on. A Fornasetti candle, in its illustrated ceramic holder is a definite keeper, or maybe the trinket tray with the illustrated hand to hold her nail polishes and cotton pads. If she’s a lover of the double-Cs, then the Chanel Jasmine Facial Oil is a fabulous everyday treat. (I’ve been using mine daily and it’s still full to the top.) (more…)



Arket’s curated archive wardrobe is a breath of fresh air in the toxic world of fast fashion



Arket women knitwear in the London Regent Street store

In an age where sustainability in fashion and provenance in food are starting to define how we choose to consume products, it’s refreshing to see a company building longevity and durability into a brand concept from the ground up. DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON reports.

Arket is a new retail brand from Swedish fashion giant H&M, but it is about as far away from ‘fast fashion’ as it’s possible to be. (more…)