5 Chatsworth Rd., Hackney
Beautifully arranged and sourced by Angela Maynard, an ex-product developer, this is a London green-thumb's dream with ceramics in muted tones, handmade woven baskets, all the succulents you could dream of, and hard-to-find skincare brands. Botany hosts mini gallery openings in the space, too, which is just another great excuse to head there more often.
18 Shacklewell Ln., Hackney
You'll find this underground, fantastical shop—which usually requires an appointment—in the far reaches of East London. The space is as sculptural as the labels: You'll find Damir Doma, Margiela, Ann Demeulester and plenty of drool-worthy Dries Van Noten. While the appointment component might seem intimidating, the service is casual and friendly. Stopping by is worth it even just to see the space (don't miss their quirky and pared-down book selection). >>Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
79a Wilton Way, Hackney
Momosan, a teensy, whitewashed space a few doors down from Violet Cakes on the up-and-coming Wilton Way, is a collection of beautiful, useful objects owner Momoko Mizutani has found on her travels. While there is a definite Japanese bent to the look and feel of the delicate glassware, quirky ceramics, and home-y odds and ends, these are her finds from friends across the world. Ceramic mugs by LA artist Peter Shire, London-based Jochen Holz' delicate colorblock glassware, Japanese incense, and more: It's a hodge podge, but a painstakingly edited one—and at great prices—making this an ideal gifting destination.
Unit 3, 10-28 Millers Ave., Hackney
This Dalston screenprinting studio offers workshops, studio space, and sells prints by many of the talented artists who make work there. It's a great place to pick up a few original prints to liven up your home.
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