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 include the Classic T-shirt (£45) and Utility Chino (£109).
Old Spitalfields Market
111a Commercial St
|Opening hours:||Open 11am-7pm Mon-Sat; 11am-6pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool St|
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Great for classics – perfect-fit sweaters, well-priced Japanese selvedge denim, cool bags and T-shirts, this is a smart shop with genuinely helpful and friendly staff. The drawbacks: limited runs mean popular sizes tend to sell out and the Spitalfields branch has a changing room that's so tiny you're likely to suffer a claustrophobic attack before you've got both legs in your jeans.