I am convinced that London is my fashion soul-mate and the best city in the world (that I have visited) to find affordable and unique clothing. The keywords are affordable and unique, because you can always go to an H&M or Topshop or TJMaxx, but London offers boutiques supporting local, independent designers. Plus, there are endless amazing vintage shops. Also, on the streets of London, you find endless inspiration, as one can see on the street style websites like FaceHunter (photos above).
Here is a list of the shops that I heart that I stumbled upon my week in London.
1) The Laden Showroom: 03 Brick Lane, London E1 6SE:
This place is amazing. 'Nuf said. It's supports and promotes multiple young, independent fashion designers, and it's affordable!
2) THE LAZY ONES, 102, Sclater st. E& 6HR London This was my other favorite local designer shop that is so cheap for what you get. The label is called Des Moines, and it is very close to The Laden Showroom.
3) Luna & Curious: 198 Brick Lane E1 This shop is also very close to the two listed above. It is perfect to find unique jewelry and tea pots. They had wishbone necklaces, earrings made from beetle wings and paper eyelashes as you can see below.
Now this one is difficult to find, because it is upstairs, above Marcus and Trump. and it is only opened on weekends.
Otherwise, you must schedule an appointment, but it is defintiely worth it!!! It is the most adorable, whimsical shop I have seen. Go there on Sunday so you get the flower market and delcious hummus bagels as well on Columbia Rd.
I was on a mission to find the tea cup necklaces, because tea is my drug and these are too cute for words.
5) Paper Dress Vintage:114-116 Curtain Road London EC2A 3AH
Great vintage store with a little tea room and good cakes.
So, now you see why London is my fashion soulmate? I have many more, but I really must go pack my bags to head back to the USA! Toodle-loo!
The title of this blog originates from Joni Mitchell's "People's Parties": "They've got stamps of many countries/ They've got passport smiles." In sum, this blog is dedicated to musings on Travel, culture, art and fashion. Take off your coat. Make a cup of tea. Stay for a while.