A Portuguese Love Affair
142 Columbia Rd., Shoreditch
This sweet shop in Shoreditch was founded by Portuguese owners Olga Cruchinho and Dina Martins in an effort to bring their favorite staples from their home country to London. There's a range of products, from foodstuffs (tinned fish, jams, honey, olive oil) to beauty products (creams, soaps, even specialty toothpastes) to Portuguese wine, notebooks, and stationery. It's a great spot for hostess gifts, in particular.
9 Calvert Ave., Shoreditch
With stores in Portobello and Shoreditch, this perennial brand has endured the decades with its classic, pared down designs for both sexes. Simple totes and cool bike bags are our picks.
28 Old Nichol St, Shoreditch
Winter through summer, the dominating color for men and women in this avant-garde shop is black—all meditated on by forward-thinking designers like Rick Owens, Dries van Noten, Comme de Garçons, P.R. Patterson, and Thom Browne. There's that, and the beautifully pared down, sleek interiors to delight in here, making an artful backdrop to the hand-selected pieces on the rails. Currently housed in a studio a few steps away from their original locale, the revamp will no doubt be something quite spectacular.
House of Hackney
131 Shoreditch High St., Shoreditch
This brand originally caught our eye with its wry animal print textiles and wallpapers for the home, all made traditionally in sumptuous fabrics, but with a slightly subversive edge. They've now taken their prints and turned them out in clothes, wrapping paper, and more which actually totally works.
Labour & Wait
85 Redchurch St., Shoreditch
Even the wooden brooms are carefully selected to fit in with the artfully stark aesthetic at Labour and Wait. Come for striped sailing shirts, Japanese enamelware, hand-forged gardening tools, leather satchels, and polka-dot primary-color handkerchiefs. In sum, a slightly random selection of household goods that come together beautifully.
Luna & Curious
24-26 Calvert Ave., Shoreditch
Run by a collective of designers and craftsmen, Luna & Curious brings together a pretty outstanding (and affordable) assortment of home wares, clothing, toys, and curios made by young, predominantly British makers. Every few weeks, they turn a section of the shop over to a new designer to arrange and display their wares however they'd like; it's always pretty inspiring.
1-3 Rivington St., Shoreditch
This art and design bookshop located on one of the coolest streets in Shoreditch stocks beautiful titles that run the gamut from photography, to food culture, to art, to design, to books for kids. The selection is curated with a great eye: You'll find excellent new tomes, along with great, slightly older finds. Quirky stationery and affordable screenprints are available, too.
33 Redchurch St., Shoreditch
Sure, it's a boutique, but this beautiful space is also a really great hangout spot. Stop by for a coffee, peruse their selection of small objects and tabletop goods, have a light lunch meeting at one of their gorgeous green marble tables, or stock up on Etre Cecile t-shirts, Pamela Love jewelry, and the shop's own brand linen shirts. With its laid-back vibe, Modern Society has quickly become a fixture on Redchurch Street, one of East London's coolest shopping drags.
93 Redchurch St., Shoreditch
Shop owner Pavel Klimzak left an interior design agency to start his store, and he brought many new brands previously undiscovered in the London market with him. Along with more prolific design labels like HAY and Muuto, Pavel is mixing in exclusives from lesser known but equally innovative studios like La Chance and Atipico. We're impressed.
140 Shoreditch High St., Shoreditch
Walk into this meticulously put together men's store and you'll start wishing you were a guy. Start with an espresso at the coffee bar by the entrance before browsing the internationally sourced assortment of plaid shirts, perfectly masculine totes, puffy fishermen's vests, and suede shoes. There's also an excellent non-apparel section where you'll find made-in-Japan stationery, vintage-inspired grooming staples, and an extensive collection of ashtrays.
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