16 Nov 2012
Following on from last week's Part 1 of my recent trip around Seven Dials, Covent Garden here is Part 2. There was way too much good stuff to cram into one single post, so here are some more stores that sparked interest whilst I was there.
Let's dive straight into some beardy good stuff with Murdock London -
Murdock's has been a firm Buckets favourite for a few years now, but this was actually my first visit to the store and I've certainly been missing out. Murdock London is basically a modern gents mecca for all things grooming related. You can be kitted out with all the finest shaving goods, fragrances and manly skincare that you'll need. Alternatively you can have you face fuzz fine tuned, get some Movember advice or just get a hair cut; they'll even offer you a whiskey after your treatment, very cool. The store itself is much bigger than the exterior would have you believe, the space is used really well and every direction you turn there's something interesting to look at. As well as stocking their own products they carry socks, scarves and leather goods from selected retailers. Murdock London, 18 Monmout St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HB. Next stop Private White V.C. -
Manchester's Finest, Private White V.C is another brand I've admired from afar for some time now (see here and here). Their second UK store is one I've been itching to visit ever since I heard about it opening a few months back. The space is small with minimal fuss, letting the products do all the work. I've mentioned previously that Private White designed the uniforms for the Industrial Revolution scenes at the London Olympics opening ceremony last summer; as soon as you enter the store it's easy to see why the brand is highly regarded. I was pleasantly surprised to find lots of other interesting bits in the store, like the vintage Claude Butler bike, wartime memorabilia and British brands such as John Smedley, Cheaney and Mr. Natty. Private White V.C, 46 Monmouth St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LE. And on to Topman General Store -
This trip marked my second visit to the Topman General Store. I was greeted with big smiles by Terry and Alfie, who were happy to update me on what's been going on since my first visit back in April. The idea behind TGS is to create a unique environment to house handpicked Topman products, which sit along side choice brands from around the world. The store boasts four rooms over two floors, mixing both industrial deco with Scandinavian inspired furniture. The place is filled with all sorts of nooks and crannies to explore at your own pace. Loads of interesting stuff to busy yourself with including an extensive Hemmingway Design for Hush Puppies collection, Pendleton, LA based The Quite Life, Anerkjendt as well as local artwork, publications and a chance to design your own Foffa bike. Topman General Store, 36-38 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LH.
Cro' Jack - Traditional British clobber using the finest materials. All made in England, nice use of fabrics including Harris Tweed, Liberty and Ventile fabric. Heavily influenced by the military. 38 Monmouth Street.
Foxhall - New to the area, stocking their urban casual/commuter range with some cracking outerwear with very clever attention to detail. 20 Earlham Street.
Well that concludes the round up, I hope you enjoyed it and that it can be of some use if you're ever planning a trip. Thank you again to Alishia at Threepipe PR for organising the trip and being my tour guide for the day.