Sat, 18/02/2006 - 12:00pm
b store and LMNOP presentation, 24a Savile Row, W1
B store is one of those rare boutiques where the buyers/owners and customers all seemed to meld together to help create a special place. Having just moved from its Conduit Street location which was home for four years, the new premises on Savile Row is twice the size and far more commanding.
First to catch my eye was a b store exclusive collaboration: maverick stylist and jewellery designer Judy Blame has been let loose on Fred Perry polo shirts. And I think loyal bearers of the laurel will agree, he's done a great job. Classic black FP's have been treated to Blame's big buttons, loose threads and shoulder details - it's enough to transform without taking away any of the authentic Perriness (all one size, priced £220-£300). On display, there's a selection of pieces from those fruity Euro accessories heads at Bless, menswear by Peter Jensen (who also designed the new changing room curtains) as well as Siv Stodal and Bernard Wilhelm.
Furniture (check out the weird ceiling pieces) comes courtesy of the London design collective, Committee and Best (brilliant chair). You can view b store's infamous bread shoes (they never go moldy) created by James Corine and, as you would, expect from the home of Buddhahood, an excellent range of shoes. Head back anytime from Friday February 24 if you want a pair of Peter Jensen's much-anticipated unisex canvas print shoes (£45).
This season, b store took the opportunity to introduce us Fashion Weekers to a collection by London-based design collective LMNOP and, in keeping with the shop's no fuss approach, the showcase featured models simply walking down the street and into the shop which provides us with a chance to see the clothes up close. The label sells in Browns and specialises in unisex casual clothing with an urban edge and great prints. Highlights of the AW06 collection include cool high waited trousers and intricate printed T-shirts.
Words: Marian Buckley. Photos: David Jones.