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est. 2007

Archive: Mar 2010

  1. Wee find: Merci Liberty collection


    Oh, how I wish I was in London right now. I've got loads of things to tell you since arriving back in Sydney (I'm just starting to thaw out after Britain's coldest winter in 30 years), but right now I've got my eye on – where else? – lovely, lovely Liberty. Right on the back of the rather clever Liberty for Target collection comes the sublime limited edition Merci Liberty collection for spring.


    Designed by Parisian concept store Merci's creative director, Marie France Cohen, the super-pretty collection features a bouquet of Liberty's most iconic floral prints. With an emphasis on what Merci does best (homewares and children's ware), stand-out pieces include the old-school mini suitcase covered in Liberty print, long print aprons, as well as reasonably priced cushions from £20. 

    Stationery nerds will rejoice in the sublime range of printed tapes, notebooks and assorted papery delights (I really love the old-school brown envelopes with a posy of Liberty florals peeking out from the lining).

    Tell me – have you picked up anything from the Liberty for Target collection? Have you had a peek at the new Merci collection? Go on, give me my London fix.

    p.s. I snuck in a wee trip to Paris (and a visit to Merci) during my last week in London, so a shop tour will be coming soon!

    Great Marlborough Street
    London W1B 5AH
    Tel. 0207 734 1234
    Nearest tube: Oxford Circus
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.

  2. Best of London shopping: Labour and Wait*



    I don't think I have an especially over-developed sense of smell, but I'm particularly adverse to the kind of shop (usually of the super-feminine gift variety) which assaults the senses with a cacophony of scented candles, perfume diffusers and oil burners. And don't even get me started on the overwhelming pong
    that makes my brain ache every time I walk within 10 yards of a Lush

    So the curious aroma of wooden clothes pegs, beeswax candles and tarred jute twine creates a rather unusual but instantly comforting atmosphere of a timeless general store at London's legendary Labour and Wait.







    Classic and functional design marries vintage aesthetic, with a rather excellent selection of enamel cookware, Breton striped tops and wooden bristle brushes. Keep an eye out for the excellent stash of vintage linen, giant balls of twine and enamel pendant lampshades, as well as the extensive range of high quality tools, gloves and packets of

    Labour and Wait
    18 Cheshire Street
    London E2 6EH
    Tel. 020 7729 6253
    Nearest tube: Liverpool Street
    Click here for a Wee Birdy map.

    Opening hours:
    Saturday 1pm-5pm
    Sunday 10am-5pm
    Friday 11am-5pm by appointment

    Images courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    For more shops on Cheshire Street, click here

    * 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