Our Favourite Independent Shops in Hackney
Posted on 23 October 2017
In the heart of East London, the borough of Hackney has gone through unprecedented changes in the last two decades. After enjoying a resurgence in the early noughties, Hackney has been transformed into the home of gorgeous boutiques, trendy cafes and edgy residents. If you're looking to explore the borough and partake in a little retail therapy, discover our favourite independent shops in Hackney.
Artwords has its finger firmly on the pulse when it comes to contemporary arts and design magazines. When you go into one of their branches, you never know quite what you’re going to find. In addition to art magazines, there are also plenty of architecture, photography, graphic design, fashion, advertising and film titles to seek your teeth into.
The wealth of understated and reasonably priced streetwear brands is just one of the reasons why this menswear store continues to pull in customers. The rest is down to its effortlessly cool décor and vibe. Located on Kingsland Road, one of Hackney’s most iconic streets, the store provides Sandqvist backpacks and cheap Dickies chinos. But the highlight of the store is Article’s shoe area which features a host of highly Instagrammable features and colour-coordinated kicks.
BRAHHMS & LISZT
Standing out among Hackney’s many bottle shops is no easy task, but Brahms & Liszt has a unique selling point: tequila. Gallons of tequila. Owner Melanie Symonds and her team know everything there is to know about Mexican spirits. This independent shop flogs rare mescal and tequila in decadent prohibition-style surroundings. But it doesn’t stop there. The shop also boasts wine-on-tap and ready-made-cocktail stations alongside a wide range of ingredients and equipment for budding mixologists.
There’s no better advert for contemporary sustainable fashion than this hip Hackney boutique, founded by the fashion stylist Merryn Leslie. There are lots of familiar names - People Tree, Beaumont Organic and Ancient Greek Sandals - but plenty of exclusive brands and emerging stars.
This boutique has built a loyal following for its laid-back offering of effortlessly cool wardrobe staples including designs from Baum und Pferdgarten, Wood Wood, Won Hundred and Sessun. There are also handmade bags and a selection of homewares.
Shoreditch boutique Aida is the place to go for independent labels. But it’s so much more than a shop. You can get your hair done at its vintage beauty parlour, attend a film screening or get yourself a coffee from the café.
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