Sunday, December 6, 2009

(Desperately) Searching for Jeanette’s

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Jeanette’s boutique, London, photo by Darrell Berry

One Sunday not long ago I decided to go and check out a new and interesting fashion shop I had read about- Jeanette’s in London’s East End. It’s quite funny that a designer fashion shop would pop up in East, which so far has been a domain of second hand shops, Asian restaurants, markets and bizarre little boutiques.

I had done all the background research, finding that Jeanette’s was established by James Main aka Jeanette who is described by New York Times Style blog as a club host, designer muse and stylist. Obviously a person with many contacts in London fashion scene. In Jeanette’s he sells rare items and one-off special pieces from his friends- hot London designers like Louise Grey, Kim Jones, Christopher Kane, James Long and Richard Nicoll. Some of them happen to be my course mates from London Famous College of Art and Design MA Fashion course.

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Jeanette’s boutique, London, photo by Darrell Berry

I was quite excited about going there, and just a little bit intimidated about the idea of meeting this important fashion person who is running the shop. We walked up the Redchurch street and then up and down the Club Row, where the entrance was supposed to be- and can you believe it- we could not find it! It was not there! Or it was hiding from us! I even entered a hair dressers salon to ask for directions, but still no avail. Jeanette’s with its famous multicoloured wooden shutters was nowhere in sight.

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Jeanette’s boutique, London, photo by Darrell Berry

I was understandably very sad. To relieve my sadness I took lots of pictures of street art instead. Very useful as a source of inspiration. And then I went back home to design my own collection.

Street art Club Row, London

Giant Squirrel on Club Row, near Jeanette's.

Steet art, London Brick Lane

Nice flower motifs.

lovely owls, Bethnal Green

Pair of charming owls.

Street art, East London

Interesting colour scheme plus great motifs.

PS. I’m sure Jeanette’s actually exists, probably just this Sunday the owner had decided to have a day off….

Check out the Jeanette’s opening party pics from Colette’s blog.

As I could not take any photos of Jeanette’s, I used some taken by a photographer called Darrell Berry who, among other things, has taken lots of pics of London nightlife.

Jeanette’s, 64-66 Redchurch Street, entrance at Club Row
London E2 7DP

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