Choosing my favourite shops for Time Out’s 100 Best Shops In London list wasn’t difficult. I’m not a big online shopper because I prefer to make really considered purchases and I find the whole store ambience and experience adds to the value of what I’m buying. My top five stores are the ones I visit on a regular basis, not just to buy, but also to ‘keep my eye in’ and research what’s out there. (more…)
The Shop At Bluebird
The only benefit of having a dentist in Battersea is that the journey home inevitably involves the reward of a quick shifty in The Shop at Bluebird. In yesterday’s case, that ‘quick shifty’ amounted to a good 45 minutes. The buyers have upped their game by a huge leap this season and I’m told it’s looking even better for ss11.
I make no secret of the fact that I’m a big fan anyway. Maybe it’s that artfully presented mix of clothing (both obscure and established), books, furniture, magazines, music and knick knacks that always keeps my eyes darting in ten directions at once, but each visit allows for a new discovery. This time I fell in love with the clever trench coats by Lahssan. The capsule collection is simply a series of cropped trench coats with silk ‘fur-printed’ linings that feel beautiful and make for an interesting layering of textures and optical illusions. I couldn’t find much information online about Lahssan but I know he’s also stocked in Colette. I’d call that a name to watch…
[Images: The Shop at Bluebird, The Sartorialist]