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Shopping in Clerkenwell

Martina Bohn shopping in Clerkenwell

Martina Bohn hunting for more independent designer-makers in a pop-up shop curated by Creative Clerkenwell.

Creative Clerkenwell curate beautiful pop-up shops in London showcasing a great mix of designer-makers.  This shop is open until Sunday 5pm, 23rd July 2017, stock up on cushions designed by Georgia Bossom or ceramics by Sally McGill and Ikuko Iwamoto amongst other independent designers.

Blending in perfectly with the colours, Martina wears United Nude shoes, a Dutch-British shoe-retailer known for their architectural approach to shoe design.  The top is from Australian brand Gorman, rain jacket by Danish label Ilse Jacobsen and beret designed and made by Martina Bohn.

Find the shop at Craft Central Gallery, 33-35 St Johns Square, London, EC1M 4DS.


Camille Walala designed the Clerkenwell design store

Spotlight on Exmouth Market, London

Exmouth Market in London is one of my favourite place to hang out for a lazy lunch and to browse some great independent design shops.  For food, stop at Caravan which always draws a hip crowd, or if the queue is manageable, head to the tiny Morito at 32 Exmouth Market for some great tapas.

Avocado toast with chillies

Caravan offers a great brunch selection, I love their avocado toast with chillies.

It’s always a pleasure exploring the small independent shops around Exmouth Market.  One of my favourites is Bagman and Robin at 47 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QL where you can shop for beautiful bags and accessories made from leather and fabrics such as vintage Kimono material.

Bags designed by Bagman and Robin

Bagman and Robin are crafting their London designed bags in Exmouth Market.

Bagman and Robin wallets

Bagman and Robin use vintage kimono fabric to create these stylish wallets.










A few minutes away from Exmouth Market, is the fabulous concept store Clerkenwell London at 155 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3AD, watch out for ceramics by Katie Brinsley or jewellery by Eleanor Bolton.   I love it that they get other artists to transform their store, most notable Graphic Designer Camille Walala has added her touch to the Clerkenwell design store.   Close by Exmouth Market, you find another great British design duo, Wallace and Sewell, located at 24 Lloyd Baker Street, London, WC1X 9AZ.  Their studio is just at the corner of Amwell Street, a beautiful London street with the occasional pop-up shop.  Wallace and Sewell create colourful scarves and other textiles to enrich your home.

While you’re in the neighbourhood visit Craft Central. This designer studio complex usually has pop-up shops at 33-35 St John’s Square and 21 Clerkenwell Green, showcasing different British independent designer-makers each week.

Find out more about some of my favourite shops in London in my guidebook on designer-makers, which was published by Airbnb today.


Obscure Objects of Desire

Open studios jewellery edit, London

End of November was open studio weekend in London.  I spent most of my weekend going around the open studios, checking out latest designs and news from the designer-makers.  For the November open studios, I managed to visit the studios in the Chocolate Factory in Stoke Newington, Craft Central in Clerkenwell and Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury.  Here is my edit of some of my favourite jewellery pieces.


Necklace by Ejing Zhang

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