Late in 2007, Alastair Rae and James Shaw’s excellent menswear line, Albam, jumped off the internet and into its first store on Beak Street. The label’s refined yet rather manly aesthetic soon won it a loyal fanbase, dressing well-heeled gents, fashion editors and regular guys who appreciate no-nonsense style.
With a focus on classic, high-quality design with a subtle retro edge (Steve McQueen has been cited as inspiration), the store is the label’s unofficial clubhouse: airy and minimal, but unselfconsciously warm and friendly. Bestsellers such as the Classic T-shirt (£25) and chinos (£85). periodically sell out, having popped up in style mags and Saturday supplements the week before.