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1. Dover Street Market
Comme des Garçons’ amazing emporium of fashion in Mayfair is both a destination for the hoards of fashionable Japanese tourists and a veritable fun-house for London’s most stylish. Set over six floors it stocks everything from Alexander McQueen to Gareth Pugh and Rick Owens.
Owned by style-setting siblings Teresa and Nick Letchford, the brains behind hip Hoxton bar DreamBagsJaguarShoes, No-one is very much part of the Shoreditch scene and its range of cool labels, jeans and sneakers caters to local tastes.
Start’s his ’n’ hers boutiques are the joint venture of Philip Start (the founder of Woodhouse) and his wife Brix Smith (once guitarist in The Fall). Casual daywear, denim, beauty and accessories feature on the ground level, while downstairs are carefully selected pieces by a strong line-up of designers, from Miu Miu and Sonia Rykiel to Issa and Alice McCall.
Darkroom is a beautifully curated concept store selling hand-made, unusual and one-off accessories for men, women and the home.
Super-cool jewellery boutique selling unusual and colourful pieces by a wide selection of designers.
6. Browns Focus
Browns Focus sits opposite the main Browns store on South Molton Street and is a mecca of avant-garde fashion. Stocked with new and original designers that immediately become ‘must-haves’.
Goodhood is another store that sprung up a few years ago in hip Shoreditch. As you’d expect from a boutique in this area it stocks contemporary styled brands for men and women including APC Madras, Antipodium, Peter Jensen, Surface to Air, as well as a huge range of less established designers.
8. Poste Mistress
Quite simply the best shoe shop in London! Handily located in Covent Garden Poste Mistress stocks a lovely range of shoes from designers such as Dries Van Noten, Chie Mihara, Eley Kishimoto, Stella McCartney, Hudson, Miu Miu, Jil Sander and Vivienne Westwood, and there’s also a good range of more casual footwear from the likes of Converse and Melissa.
Not one shop, but a pop-up mall made of connected (and refurbished!) shipping containers. With an eclectic mix of stores it’s a great one-stop shopping destination in the heart of Shoreditch.
10. b store
Situated on Savile Row b store couldn’t be further removed from the traditional tailors that line the rest of the street. Successfully combining art gallery with fashion store, b store stocks designs from both Saint Martin’s graduates and from more established designers such as Peter Jensen.