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.