I have all these DIY projects brewing up in my head, so much so I’ve taken to jotting them down in my Muji notebook. Furthermore, going to places like The Shop on Cheshire Street near Brick Lane just inspires me even more. The non-descript name is apt for what can only be described as an Aladdin’s cave of vintage fabrics and trimmings with a mix of vintage clothes added in the mix at super cheap prices – anything goes here! Drawers stuffed with old lace, bedlinen, placemats, buttons, gloves, and other kinds of ribbondry. Shelves piled high with soft furnishing fabrics, vintage prints, soft knitted jumpers and handbags. The sheer quantity of stuff they have means you have boxes lying on the floor and everything spilling over things. In other words, a perfect rummaging ground for me! I bought a ton of pom pom trim, lots and lots of lace and a sweet knitted skirt that I might turn into something Tao by Comme des Garcons-esque. When you end up spending a pretty penny on materials for a DIY project, you start to wonder why you bother at all, but here, the prices are so low, it’s all the more encouraging when you’re a clothes-customising amateur such as myself.
One for the list of must-sees for all people coming to London or living in London.