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Iconic vintage store Laurence Corner closes


I was in London today, rummaging through the racks of Laurence Corner for the last time before it closed – 60 years after it first opened its doors. Yes, another piece of history bites the dust.

Laurence Corner is/was more than an army surplus store, the place has been an inspiration for generations of designer and rock stars. This is the place that provided the outfits that inspired The Beatles for Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as well as being a haunt for the likes of Keith Moon, Boy George and Kate Moss, along with clothes designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Katherine Hamnett and Vivienne Westwood. Oh yes – they even sourced some of the accessories for Star Wars here.

Everything was being sold for rock-bottom prices today (including items dating back to the 1880s) – the rest will end up in a skip. That’s because the family of original owner Victor Jamilly couldn’t find a buyer.

Looking at the amount of stock still on the racks (and doubtless in the storerooms) today, there could be some very stylish skips on the streets of London soon.

  • Simon Friedberg

    I was also there on the last day and shot a short film in it’s memory. You can see it on You Tube be searching “Last of Laurence Corner” or go to
    I hope you enjoy it.

  • Ian

    The staff of laurence corner have just reopened with a new name: Squadron HQ. See, they were interviewed on BBC London radio this morning.

  • Jonathan Jones

    There’s a unit in a shop called Retro Boutique on Headingley Lane in Leeds called Retro Centro. The way furniture, etc are displayed is fantastic. Good cross-section of affordable collectables. Definitely a show stopper.

  • Um yes – that totally sucks. Wish I’d checked before heading out today!

  • Laurence Corner has reopened in the world famous Camden Lock. The new shop has a spin, as well as selling old favorites Parkers, Combat trousers,Uniforms from all over the world, Combat Fashion has been introduced providing new and exciting fashion wear with a military twist.
    Well worth a visit.