Pelicans and Parrots in Noir

A light came into my life during the summer when I discovered Pelicans & Parrots and they've now ventured even further up the Stoke Newington stretch to open up Pelicans & Parrots Black store.  I don't want to sound like a grumpy grandpa but in this climate it does seem slightly unwise to branch out so soon after their first store.  We can thank vintage behemoth Beyond Retro opening up their Dalston branch in the art deco beaut of a building Simpson House and Pelicans & Parrots owners Ochuko and Juliet sniffing the prospect of a decent flow of people traffic up round these Stoke Newington Road parts.

Pelicans & Parrots Black is exactly what it says and is black inside, lending a far more dramatic appearance to the wonderful array of objects and furniture inside it.  There is a smaller selection of clothing in this store compared to the other one but every piece still feels carefully selected and I think this is the one shop where I do feel like picking up an armchair, a jumper and a coat hook all in one go.  A rack of men's workwear already makes the store feel more specialist and less about pleasing the "average" vintage crowd.  On the womenswear front, there are some beautiful knitwear pieces, which is down to Juliet's eye in her sourcing pieces from Italy and France, which is supposed to be the main focus of their vintage in this store.  I know my pictures are heavy on the objects but by having those African masks sitting next to the Phyllis Galambo Maske book, an African printed top that's hanging up suddenly looks a whole lot more enticing.  This clever contextualising makes the store a joy to browse through and gaze at.  You might not come away with bulging yellow bags of vintage but a piece or two from here will give you broad smiles 



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A quick look through the rails back at Pelicans & Parrots, the original store and again Juliet's eye for textiles and colour has not waned at all.  Here is just a smattering of the prints that she has in the store at the moment…





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