Thursday, 2 February 2012

Mrs Osborn goes on a spree to Redchurch Street: Labour & Wait and Purple Shop

Labour & Wait, which was on Cheshire Street, is now on Redchurch Street.  It is full of useful things for the home which are neatly designed and made, and a few carefully chosen classic clothes. Ever yearned for the best looking dustpan and brush or enamel milk pan? Look no further. Ditto stripy breton-style shirts and Guernsey jerseys (which I can't seem to find online but I am sure they used to sell them...). Everything in the shop subtly co-ordinates in simple colour schemes and natural materials, down to the baize aprons that the shop keepers wear reminiscent of Open All Hours.
 Their products are sourced from around the world, but there are some British designer-maker things such as this Welsh floor rug made in the oldest working mill in Pembrokshire, which was established in the early 1900s.
The enamel milk pans, jugs and mugs are particularly lovely - look at this palest pink milk pan (I think it is made in Germany).
With the chilly winter weather being the theme du jour, I purchased a hotwater bottle.  Green and lovely.
Also on Redchurch Street is the Purple Shop, home of PS Kidswear - organic / fairtrade 100% cotton clothes. I'll do another post soon as they tell me that some new pieces have been designed and are going to be uploaded onto their website soon.

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