Tucked away in overly hip Shoreditch, formerly shabby Redchurch Street now has some of the sharpest concept stores in town. Set in a Victorian townhouse painted off-black, Hostem opened in 2010 as a Dickensian destination for directional menswear (Rick Owens; Junya Watanabe; Visvim) designed by the local artist duo JamesPlumb; the shop has since added a contemporary loft for cutting-edge women’s clothing plus a hauntingly beautiful basement for avant-garde bespoke pieces. Meanwhile, the local fashion collective Huntergather has unveiled a retail-and-gallery-space slash café, stocking its own range of men’s and women’s staples (think bomber jackets and poplin shirts, but updated with unusual materials and bold, limited-edition prints) while displaying specially commissioned artworks. For timeless, well-designed home products—especially kitchen utensils—try Labour and Wait. You’ll also find outposts for the classic English clothier Sunspel, the cult-fave French fashion label A.P.C., and the Australian beauty brand Aesop, plus a gorgeous modern chocolate factory from Brooklyn, New York’s Mast Brothers.
It’s about a 5-minute walk from Shoreditch High Street station to Redchurch Street. Just stroll down the street and pop into the new concept stores to see what everyone is talking about.
HOSTEM: 41-43 Redchurch St.; 44-(0)20-7739-9733; hostem.co.uk
HUNTERGATHER: Unit 1, 19-29 Redchurch St., Unit 1; 44-(0)20-7613-2684; huntergather.com
LABOUR AND WAIT: 85 Redchurch St.; 44-(0)20-7729-6253; labourandwait.co.uk
SUNSPEL: 5-7 Redchurch St.; 44-(0)20-7739-9729; sunspel.com
A.P.C.:15 Redchurch St.; 44-(0)20-7729-7727; apc.fr
AESOP: 44 Redchurch St.; 44-(0)20-7613-3793; aesop.com
MAST BROTHERS:19-29 Redchurch St.; 44-(0)20-7739-1236; mastbrothers.com