London's Top Concept Stores
12 Nov 2015
Curated around a theme, concept stores are a great way for brands who share the same vision to join together and attract a like-minded audience. Popular amongst millennial shoppers, their appeal is rooted in the fact they don’t just focus on selling certain products, but a whole shopping experience. Visitors are encouraged not just to shop, but to explore a complete lifestyle in store – discovering new brands and ideas along the way.
The concept store is where retail meets media. These stores, like magazines, have editors who curate the content. They ensure their shelves and rails are always full of interesting brands and complementary experiences such as workshops, juice bars, work stations or even galleries. These curated experiences lead to visitors spending longer in store and leaving feeling inspired. If this sounds exciting to you, then keep reading to discover 3 of our favourite concept stores on Appear Here that you can be part of.
Glassworks Studio – 190 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch
Specialising in bold womenswear brands, Glasswork Studios is for those who want to make a strong style statement. Think oversized knits, studded trousers, denim-on-denim, big ‘80s collars and costume jewels. The curation team have their fingers firmly on the pulse when it comes to sourcing designers and brands who sum up what London style is all about.
In contrast to the bright colours of the clothing, the decor inside the store is pared back allowing the products to do the talking. White washed walls, opaque screens and exposed wood surfaces create a serene atmosphere. Located on Shoreditch High Street, opposite the iconic TEA Building and Boxpark, Glassworks Studios has become a favourite shopping spot for East London’s creative community.
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Hatch – Unit G2, Mackintosh Lane, Hackney
Tucked away behind Homerton station, Hatch showcases some of the best under-the-radar indie brands and enterprises. Here, the stories of the makers and the craft behind their products are the stars of the show. The space also aims to encourage small business growth, whether that’s through fueling them with an in-house coffee shop or offering them desk space to work from. The lineup of brands in Hatch is constantly changing. They’ve had everything from a barbers to a porridge bar, wood carving workshops to an exhibition of handmade soy candles.
Filled from floor to ceiling with upcycled furniture, retro ornaments and an eclectic collection of armchairs, Hatch wants you to make yourself at home. With a resident cafe showcasing some of London’s best new food brands and super fast wifi, many end up staying here all day. Our favourite part has to be the mismatched, frontage, made from recycled window frames, which has made it onto countless instagram posts.
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Nellie Atelier – 196 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill
Charming and unique, Nellie Atelier prides itself on offering only the very finest garments. Located on Kensington Park Road, it has a loyal clientele who trust that they can always find unique pieces by interesting designers with a story to tell. What also makes Nellie Atelier stand out is the range of bespoke and made-to-measure services they offer. The owners listen to their customers needs and tailor the store’s offering to suit. For instance, during the summer season the owners collaborated with a millenary brand to create a special hat to match the dresses they were selling. It was so successful, it’s now become a permanent part of the collection.
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