February 26, 2010
Best of London shopping: Bernstock Speirs*
There is something seductive about a milliner's boutique and the
allure of dozens of different hat styles that promise to transform your look. And at
Bernstock Speirs’ bijou boutique on Brick Lane, it’s hard to resist
playing dress-ups with their endearingly quirky range of around 40
different hat styles for men and women.
talented duo behind the brand, Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs, have
been stalwarts of the London fashion and club scenes since the ‘80s. In
fact, their very first creation was that iconic open-brimmed hat for Kylie on her eponymous debut album in 1988.
These days, traditional
and wearable styles are given the signature Bernstock Speirs twist,
with an unexpected and eclectic use of materials.
Take, for instance,
their classic black trilby, which has been updated with a slash of
orange around the base (£97), or their fabulous range of winter beanies with netted veiling and pom-poms (£45). Definitely worth a trip up Brick Lane.
Tuesday to Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm
* Please bear with me – I'm flying back to my Sydney nest so I'm digging into the Wee Birdy archives for a couple of weeks. Normal posting (and ace new London shops) will resume shortly. xx