Unfortunately for my bank balance, one of my favourite things to do is go shopping, so I’m always on the lookout for new spots. On Thursday night, Coal Drops Yard opened as a new shopping destination with a selection of chain stores but also some independent ones mixed in. They’re all very design focused, and very cool.
Jack and I went along to the opening night on Thursday, as Jack had designed a magazine for the new Fred Perry store. There was so much going on that we didn’t really get to look around the shops, so we went along the next day to see what was on offer. The whole building is interesting, with some beautiful light installations from Studio Mieke Meijer, and every shop is beautifully designed.
Some of my favourites were LPOL (amazing structured bags), Maya Magal (beautifully simple jewellery), iyouall (perfectly designed homeware and stationery), Hem (colourful Swedish homeware) and House of Cans serving beer (the Jamaican flavour is my favourite - infused with rum and coconut!). Love being able to pop into some of my favourite chain stores too, such as And Other Stories, Rains, Tom Dixon and there’s a COS opening soon.
I was also really drawn to the branding of the whole thing, which was done by Chris Champan, Matteo Alabiso and Tom Mattison. I love how a modular design made so much sense for something like this, with all the images sourced from each of the shops. It’s also super eye catching and makes you want to follow it as soon as you see it outside Kings Cross Station. There's lots going on with the new opening this weekend, and looks like it'll keep getting better with new store openings. I'll definitely be returning soon!