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Top 5 Independent Designer Boutiques - LONDON

Ruby Byrogue

There is no denying that London is the heart of Boutique culture in the UK. Nothing

beats the feeling when you make your own local discovery when strolling through the

streets of London town and of course locals supporting small businesses.

Here are our top 5 favourite independent boutiques in London, brought to you by

Byrogue,  sunglasses and jewellery designers from London.

From the (once) alternative East London to the Ferrari parked streets of West London, we bring you

the very best of  London designer boutiques devoted to the latest fashion trends and beyond.

The Hub Fashion Boutique, Stoke Newington

The Hub

The Hub

Set in the bustling broadway market, The Hub fashion boutique is one of Stoke

Newingtons most loved boutiques. It boasts of a healthy smattering of European

brands – Great Plains, Etre Cecile and Sidline – it’s the young London labels that is

the biggest draw.

We find them great as they cater for men and women’s clothing and stock labels

from unique designers, so you can be sure that you won’t see every other person

wearing the same outfit as you.

Boutique LN-CC, Dalston, London

LN - CC

LN - CC

Tucked away in a basement on Dalston’s Shacklewell Lane is the underground

boutique LN-CC. Through the futuristic tunnel entrance, you’ll find a space curated

with pieces from Acne Studios, Ellery to high end brands like Gucci and Fendi.

They describe themselves as a progressive, innovative and conscious retail concept.

We find them great as they present their own individual interpretation of luxury and

offer a great selection of international brands, with eco styles and many more.

Browns Boutique , South Molton Street, London

Browns, a trendy boutique on South Molton street is one of London's most historic

and important fashion boutiques. Having been an early champion of Alexander

McQueen and John Galliano, it hosts a smart edit of each season's latest trends.

The store has a sister branch our favourite, Browns Focus, which targets a younger style-savvy

market. You can find brands from Attico, Aquazzura to Saint Laurent.

Goodhood

Goodhood Store is a favourite for those fans of minimalist fashion and design-

focused accessories. The stock is handpicked to appeal to Goodhood’s very East

End customer. You can find low-cost buys in the form of branded t-shirts, jackets and

hats along with mugs, badges and stickers. They cater for both male and females

and you can choose brands from Champion, Ashley Williams to Levis, Monocle Perfume, Adidas, Comme de garcon and jewellery from Tom Wood.

Darkroom, Conduit street, London

There are plenty of surprises to find at this Bloomsbury accessories boutique. if you

take the time to browse the shop’s range, you will quickly realise that the owners

have a soft spot for tribal designs from Africa and South America. Chunky necklaces

from 1950s Nigeria, Aztec geometric designs are a common find. Discover trendy

jewellery designs and furniture designs from Urchin.

 

A Brief History of Sunglasses

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Sunglasses today are used as the ultimate fashion statement, although this wasn’t

the case in the past. Here is a brief history of sunglasses and how it has shaped modern

culture today, brought to you by Byrogue.

How did Sunglasses come about?

One of the earliest references of sunglasses in were ‘snow goggles’, used by

eskimos to help deal with the harsh sunlight and conditions in the Arctic. These were

often crafted from wood, bone or leather and featured slits for the eyes.

To protect the eyes from glare, the Ancient Chinese created leather sunglasses

glasses using walrus ivory, around the 12th century. Chinese judges would also

wear these in the Courts of China to hide their facial expressions when interrogating

witnesses.

Another early reference to sunglasses dates back to Roman times, where Roman

Emperors were recorded to having worn sunglasses while watch gladiator fights. The

glasses were uses to magnify and distort their view for entertainment purposes as

they watched the savage displays in the Colosseum’s.

15 th Century Sunglasses

Fast forward 15th century Italy and the art of sunglasses were taken to a new level.

Glasses were often tinted green or blue to create a greater contrast for people who

had visual impairments or faded vision. In the 1750’s English spectacle

maker James Ayscough began making double hinged spectacles with tinted glasses.

1960s Sunglasses Styles

With the 1960’s came a revolution in fashion and culture. With Vespa scooters and

Fred Perry shirts, came Ray-Ban shades and the 1960’s sunglasses look

Jackie Onassis infamously made the round oversize shades so popular that Ray Ban

even created a pair to name after her which are still sold today. Byrogue’s ballet pink

PUSSPUSS 1960s style sunglasses perfectly blends trending fashion demands of

today with the 50’s style. If you are after the Jackie Onassis sunglasses look,

check out Byrogue’s Bower winter white sunglasses. It makes the perfect addition

to your collection of high quality eyewear.

Best Modern Style Sunglasses

The sunglasses of today come in so many different shapes, materials, colours and

styles and are crafted with the best technology money can buy.

If you are after a pair of sunglasses that suit all face shapes, check out the Butler

winter white sunglasses.