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Top of the Shops – Bermondsey 167

The personification of shabby-chic, Bermondsey Street boasts a fashion museum, numerous coffee shops, a pet boutique and (fact fans) was the location for the Mark Ronson video with all the bikes. It would be bizarre if there wasn’t an independent concept boutique or two. Enter Bermondsey 167, one of a few boutiques in the area that combines clothing, homewear and accessories with a vintage vibe. The fashion pedigree is impressive; between them founders Michael McGrath and Alessandro Palhares have experience at Burberry, Prada and Aquascutum among others.

The creative result of this is an own label – M2CG –which is currently mainly represented by a collection of shirts, t-shirts and scarves in the boutique. Fellow magpies though will be more interested in the wide selection of accessories, jewellery, books and trinkets that cram every surface. In fact, the minimalist and slightly seasick website (see for yourselves: bermondsey167.com) is a world away from the appearance of the actual boutique which is a hugely inviting twinkling treasure trove of a shop. It’s worth noting that the selection of apparel available in the shop is again a much more fun, more edgy selection than that on the website: definitely worth a visit whenever south of the river.

- Carys Kirkpatrick

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