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Heal's: 200 Years of Design and Inspiration book

Heals 200

Much loved store Heal's will be celebrating its bicentenary next year and will be celebrating in a number of ways including the publication of this limited edition book, Heal's: 200 Years of Design and Inspiration. The book contains an account of the history of the store, illustrated with material from their archives. The likes of Terence Conran, Lucienne Day and the famous Heal's cat from the Tottenham Court Road store should all get a mention on its pages. 

With its gold edged pages and black fabric binding, the £25 seems pretty good value but if you'd like to know more before committing to a purchase, extracts are currently available on their website. 

Find out more online

Kiku Boutique corsetry and lingerie, Manchester


Those of you who are fans of vintage styled lingerie and corsetry in the North West may remember a shop called Vintage To Fetish. Located in Affleck's Palace, when the shop closed there were quite a number of disappointed patrons.

Thankfully, the ladies behind it have now opened a new boutique mere steps away on Tibb Street, in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Kiku Boutique features a wide range of vintage style lingerie, and specialises with their own bespoke corsets. Get down here for beautiful, unique design, big brands, and expert, personal fitting sessions - a must for heavy duty underwear.

Find out more about Kiku from their website

Fred Perry Pop Up Shop in Ganton Street, London


Looking at picking up some of the designer Fred Perry gear, but don't want to pay the full ticket price? Check out the Fred Perry Pop Up Shop in London's Ganton Street.

It has just opened for a limited period - from this weekend past until 21st June 2009, promising both men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and footwear from designer collaborations, blank canvas partners, and other limited edition product. That means the likes of Comme des Garcons, Oki-Ni, Alastair McKimm Jessica Ogden, Siv Stoldal, Emma Cook, Judy Blame, Peter Jensen, &Son and many more.

Best of all? The store is offering discounts of up to 70 per cent. Check it out at 2 Ganton Street, Newburgh Quarter, London, W1F 7BT, opening Hours Monday – Saturday, 11-7 and Sunday, 12 – 5.

Fred Perry website

The Peanut Vendor shop, London


A relatively new shop, The Peanut Venor opened its doors in London in November last year. The shop specialises in mid-century furniture and home ware, aiming to sell them in an accessible and affordable way. 

They stock a wide range of objects from sideboards and tables to lamps and picnic hampers. Although most things they sell are authentically mid-century, there are also a couple of the Tea Revives You and An Apple A Day prints from the Keep Calm gallery for sale too. They do sell through their fun and attractive website, although you may obviously prefer to see things in person at their physical base in Newington Green, Islington. 

Find out more online

Bamalama Poster Shop, London


Bamalama specialises in the sale of original film and music posters and limited edition prints. The film posters cover the past fifty years, covering classic and cult titles alike, whilst their music posters and flyers focus on the psychedelic and punk eras.

Their collection is housed in a small gallery shop in the Clerkenwell area of London, but for anyone outside of London or indeed the UK, they also sell via Ebay. Their current stock includes several posters by leading names in Sixties graphic design, Martin Sharp, Hapshash and the Coloured Coat, and Osiris, most priced at $245 (around £165). There are also a number of Pink Floyd posters including a rare poster for the film La Vallée (which had the album Obscured by Clouds as its soundtrack), priced just $75 (around £50).

For further details on the Bamalama shop, visit their website or browse their current stock on Ebay.

Selfridges celebrates 100th Birthday


Upmarket department store Selfridges celebrates its centenary in May and to mark the occasion they have asked leading designers and brands to create exclusive products in its signature yellow colour.

Of particular interest to us are the limited edition Converse, which combines the iconic shoe with the Pantone 109 Yellow. There are just 100 pairs of these available, priced £75. Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith are amongst the designers who have created limited edition carrier bags for the store, which will be available with purchases during May while stocks last.

For anyone interested in the history of the store, there is a special exhibition taking place on the Lower Ground Floor of the Oxford Street store, which includes information on the founder, the building and its window displays.

For full information on the 100th Birthday, visit the dedicated Selfridges 100 website.


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