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Last week, one of our favourite stores re-opened the doors of their Spitalfields store and to put it simply, we're excited. They have re-imagined the concept of a traditional store and the result is a modern, immersive experience. We'll never look at high street shopping in the same way again.

The History of Belstaff

Adventure has always been at the heart of Belstaff  - it's what we have always loved about the brand, so it was no surprise that this sentiment has now been extended to their physical stores. To fully understand the concept, you first have to look backwards...

Specialising in leather and waxed biking jackets, Belstaff was founded in 1924 and has become a true British institution. Their dedicated devotees speak volumes. Past collections include a capsule line by David Beckham and Belstaff x McLaren, a collaboration between the two iconic brands.

With roots in the industrial North, Belstaff's impeccable designs and craftsmanship have always sought to reflect the motorcycling spirit, harking back to the heyday of British biking in the 50s and 60s. And now their brand-new Spitalfields store has recreated the community spirit of the cafes where these bikers would congregate.

A Re-imagined Retail Experience

In their new store, an informal space has been carved out so customers can sit back, relax and enjoy a hot drink. All the while they're surrounded by clear nods to the brand's industrial origins - cabinets proudly displaying motorcycle trophies and walls covered in maps and photographs of true legends who were devoted to their jackets, including Che Guevara and Steve McQueen. Not to mention the beautiful locally-sourced furniture that fills the store... We've been dreaming of antique cabinets since our visit!

But it's not just the aesthetics that make this store a pioneer in retail. They've created tactile textile displays that encourage customers to touch and feel the materials before they buy. The store layout is fluid, with the men's and women's collections displayed together and a moving cash desk - all of which contributes to a relaxed and authentic shopping experience that we have desperately needed, but never realised it.

Paving the Way for the Future

Belstaff has already revealed that we can expect to see this concept rolled out to the rest of their stores and each will 'consciously reference the communities they serve'.

The fashion industry has long been desperate for an injection of life like this. We've started to see it on the catwalk, with Anya Hindmarch's immersive installation  'The Weave Project' at London Fashion Week. But Belstaff is leading the way for the high street. Their focus on what their community needs  draws the customer into their story, whilst never abandoning what we know and love about the brand.

They describe their new imagining of the retail experience as 'a new adventure' and it certainly doesn't disappoint.

On Thursday 23 November Connaught Village will be holding a Christmas Shopping Evening to celebrate the festive season and brand new Christmas lights. The fun-filled evening will take place from 3-8pm where exclusive in-store discounts can be enjoyed, along with offers, activities and music throughout the village’s 45 shops and restaurants, close to Hyde Park.

Carol singing from local choirs will entertain shoppers as they make their way around the luxury shopping and dining destination under the sparkling lights.

Free activities include festive floral headband making and face painting for children, hot chocolate, and complimentary in-store Prosecco and mulled wine. Many of Connaught Village’s premium retailers will be offering one-off masterclasses and tutorials such as PDN London (style tutorials every hour), Abasto (empanadas masterclass), Buchanans Cheesemonger (cheese and wine pairing), Connaught Cellars (wine tasting) and Medicetics (free skin analysis).

Shoppers will be treated with exclusive discounts at many of the boutiques including Lucy Choi LondonME+EMEliza Jane HowellThe Place London for Men and WomenFé Hair & BeautyMud AustraliaDaniel Mikhael Hair and Beauty, Kokoro, De Roemer, The Dresser and Viola. Finish your Christmas shopping with a delicious meal and drink at one of the independent restaurants or cafés such as Bombay PalaceColbehCasa MalevoPardis and Markus Coffee.

Connaught Village is also supporting local charity COSMIC (Children of St. Mary’s Intensive Care) where shoppers can make a charity donation if they wish on the evening.

Participating: 10% discount in Bombay Palace, Buchanans Cheesemonger, Casa Malevo, Colbeh, De Roemer, Markus Coffee, Medicetics, Mud Australia, Pardis Restaurant and The Dresser. 15% discount in Connaught Cellars, Daniel Mikhael Hair and Beauty, Fé Hair & Beauty, Kokoro, Lucy Choi London, ME+EM, The Place London for Men and Women and Viola, 20% discount in Eliza Jane Howell

For more information..


dsc_1464Notonthehighstreet.com, is bringing it's nationwide Colour Truck tour to London, Kings Cross to celebrate Colour Saturday. It's there all weekend and has some brilliant gift ideas. You can grab a chance to actually see before you buy when and then order on the bus. It's great! We're all stocked now for Christmas presents thanks to it!

Visiting four cities across the UK (Edinburgh, London, Liverpool and Manchester), the truck aims to to spread the ‘colour’ that small creative businesses bring to people’s lives both at Christmas and all year round.

Visitors to the truck will be treated to a fully immersive gifting experience as they meet several notonthehighstreet.com Partners – the 5,000 small creative businesses that populate its marketplace – and watch as they create beautiful, personalised products, ready to purchase there and then.

Now in its second year, Colour Saturday highlights the vital contributions that small creative businesses make to consumers’ lives, as well as their positive impact on the nation’s economy – over £600m since notonthehighstreet.com launched in 2006.

Simon Belsham, CEO of notonthehighstreet.com, commented: “At a time of year often categorised by mass consumption, we wanted to shine a light on the tens of thousands of small creative businesses that bring colour to people's lives over the festive season - bringing the true meaning of Christmas back. It's a time to celebrate what we have together, with more personal, thoughtful products that really say something.”

The products aren't always made by people millions of miles away. They are made here, by the businesses that are the backbone of our society and economy. The magic of Christmas is about real people, and Colour Saturday is about championing them. Our tour is a way of encouraging customers to support small this Christmas, and celebrate the creative entrepreneurs who make truly inspiring, unique and thoughtful gifts.”

Colour Truck tour location and dates (from 10.30am to 7pm)

Fri 18 & Sat 19 November Edinburgh Castle Street

Fri 2, Sat 3 & Sun 4 December London - West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross

Fri 9 & Sat 10 December Liverpool Liverpool One

Fri 16 & Sat 17 December Manchester Spinningfields

More information can be found at: www.notonthehightstreet.com/coloursaturday

Partners featuring on the notonthehighstreet.com Colour Truck:

Edinburgh - Fri 18 & Sat 19 November

London - Fri 2 & Sat 3 December

  • LRM - Personalising make-up bags, wallets and card holders

Liverpool - Fri 9 & Sat 10 December

Manchester - Fri 16 & Sat 17 December


Urban Chocolatier Shop Front

East Shopping Centre (ESC), Europe’s first purpose-built boutique Asian shopping centre, is opening its doors for a soft launch at 12pm on January 24th 2015. Based on East London’s bustling Green Street, East’s soft opening will give shoppers a sample of what’s in store following the grand launch in a few weeks time.

A majority of retailers will be open for business and include major Asian fashion outlets like Zarkan of London, Andaaz Fashion, Memsaab, and Imaani London. Joining the fashion brigade are luxury confectioners, Urban Chocolatier, events planners, Exclusive Events and one of the UK’s leading coffee chains, Coffee Republic.

East Shopping Centre will be anchored by the Souk, comprising of smaller, more local stores, whilst the spectacular food court, overlook the shopping centre, will offer a range of delights from the Roosters chain, serving their famous Piri Piri chicken, Lost Asia, which offers an exotic range of desserts and mocktails and, for authentic burger lovers, there’s Brioche Burgers an American-themed burger bar.

The stunning, high-quality centre is built on a one-acre site of a former bus depot and is a major component in the regeneration of East London following the Olympics. East has had much support from the local council, including Lyn Brown MP for West Ham, and retailers alike, and hopes to build on Green Street’s important cultural heritage.

The shopping centre will also have a positive impact on the local community through commerce opportunities by generating approximately 200 jobs.

The date of the grand opening of East Shopping Centre will be announced in the next few weeks.


Be one of the first to enjoy the new MINI 5-Door Hatch as part of the ‘Elfridges’ personal shopping experience

For the festive season, MINI has partnered with Selfridges to provide a complimentary, chauffeured delivery service to discerning customers seeking the ultimate personal shopping experience.

Exclusively for customers at Selfridges London Oxford Street this year, specialist Christmas personal shoppers, the Elfridges, will be joined by a fleet of new 5-Door MINIs in the iconic Selfridges’ yellow.

From today (Thursday, 11 December) until 24 December 2014, customers using the Selfridges’ Elfridges personal shopping service to buy their Christmas gifts can opt to be driven home by one of the MINI chauffeurs in a stunning new MINI. As long as their destination is located within the M25, shoppers will be able move from the store to unpacking at home or at their hotel in no time.

The new 5-Door MINI’s extra boot space and increased leg room means that customers can shop freely, safe in the knowledge that their gifts will fit in the car. Available from 12pm to 7pm each day, the chauffeur-driven service allows customers to indulge in a festive tipple during their shopping spree without the worry of finding a parking spot, or the hassle of squeezing cumbersome packages onto the tube.

Selfridges’ Elfridges is a dedicated Christmas personal shopping service available to all Selfridges’ customers. The service is complimentary and helps customers take the stress out of their Christmas shopping dilemmas, whether it is finding the perfect cocktail dress, creating a mouth-watering Christmas spread or ticking off the most difficult of gift lists. The Elfridges also organise a variety of services and experiences such as gift-wrapping, lunch reservations and shopping deliveries.

Book a MINI chauffeur service at The Lodge on the ground floor, or by speaking to one of the Elfridges roaming the store in distinctive gold jackets.