Husband and wife team Emily Dyson and Ian Paley opened their new venture Couverture & the Garbstore in March 2008; Emily’s Couverture shop was previously housed in Chelsea, while the Garbstore was a wholesale operation with a cult international fanbase. Couverture, upstairs, stocks clothes, accessories and jewellery, a large selection of choice kids’ items, homewares, furniture and the odd vintage knick-knack.
Both shops stock exclusive label collaborations, such as the backpacks produced with Battle Lake in 2008. Garbstore (www.garbstore.co.uk), on the lower level, is the first stand-alone shop stocking Paley’s vintage-inspired label for men; every item is made using old-school techniques from the 1940s and ’50s (some of the garments, for instance, feature three-hole buttons that have to be hand-sewn on to the item). The shop also stocks footwear from Pointer, womenswear from Humanoid, T-shirts and sweatshirts from Australia’s Rittenhouse, and is the UK stockist of Japan’s Bedwin & the Heartbreakers label.
Couverture & The Garbstore is number 32 in our list of the 100 best shops in London.