Who came to the land of the Queen knows – is not in one, two, three, ten trips you will be able to discover all that London hides.
It’s my third time here, and, infamously was the first time I took a walk through East London, an area that becomes every day more hype with the concentration of artists, musicians and new designers. I remember the Mandi Lennard (PR of Gareth Pugh, Pam Hogg, House of Holland) said on the Think Sets last year, that if I wanted to work in fashion in London, I would have to go meet people in the East End. Well, I didn’t know anyone, but I’m having a great relationship with my purchases, and a little fight with my Pocket!
Well, I jumped off the bus in Shoreditch and I was lucky to find a cute restaurant in the path [2-4 Rufus Street, Hoxton], but if you are not really in the mood to walk, get off in direct Commercial St. This restaurant is called Breakfast Club (Yes, like the movie!) serving breakfast, burgers, juices (which is hard to find around here), vitamins and natureba most delicious salad I’ve ever had in the city. Not to mention that the decor is all with one foot in kitsch, with sofazinhos, old TVs.
Following the Commercial St. crossing with the Hanbury St. is where the fun begins.
The first thrift store that we find is the Blondie, the more tidy (and expensive) of all. Impeccable decoration, pieces separated by color, and party dresses that makes you want to cry, all in perfect condition. Many shoes, but mostly just for feet. Who’s searching for pieces of famous brands, there is the place, if you don’t want to spend too much can pass away according to Naturegnosis.
Passing by the All Saints and turning on Hanbury St. already found Blondia’s mother, the Absolute Vintage. The thrift store is the same owners, but has 5 times your size. Macaws and parrots and parts of several more times, many (but many!) shoes and bags between £10 and £20, £8 and £30 from dresses. Is a mess, but it’s worth going through everything. The good news is that reach hundreds of new parts every day. If you are looking for that Dior purse with gold chain or that Fendi glasses, you’re only going to find them locked in the shelving of glass – with a label that are not for sale.
Turning on Brick Lane, the busiest street of East End goldfields Marathon continue, impossible to cite all you have there, needs to beat same leg. Lovers of street art, don’t even think about leaving the House without a camera in his hand, you just want to shoot everything!
If you’re hungry stop at Cafe 1001 [91 Brick Lane], and choose between eating a cheeseburger (the veggie is great) and drink a beer outside, or get a cup of coffee and browse the various art books that exist there. The place gets pretty crowded in the evening, so it’s good to get there early.
Okay, that does not enter the list of thrift stores, but the side has the coolest music store London, Rough Trade. Paradise of djs, producers and the like, there you can find cds and lps of all edge electronic music, in addition to having a fun machine those that take a sequence of pictures in black and white.
Up ahead you will find the Public Beware Co., also not thrift store but the prices are nice and the pieces look old with a more urban footprint. Designers are actually Japanese, but the style is super. And the sales are o-ti.
Finally, the block on the side is the Rokit [101 Brick Lane], my favorite. It is a thrift store that also has a few custom parts, and some new parts absurdly cheap. Are two different spaces, one where the parts are a bit cheaper and you find everything. The shoes are a case, some beautiful (and with larger sizes) leave for £5, belts for £2 and so on. The session on the side has a little higher prices, but with more fashion very, very, very neon and brilliance paet.
Uffa! Well, there’s a thousand other little shops hidden there, have to walk even. Only stay a few minutes watching young people who spend that you will earn some credits in their complementary activities of the school of fashion, I promise.