Among a nondescript parade of shops on a rather scuzzy bit of Kilburn Lane stands Merchant Archive, an artfully crumbling old Lipton general store that’s been reworked into a stylish emporium with striking art and sporadic taxidermy. The shop emanates an atmosphere of specialness as soon as you enter, and asa destination shop for both vintage and contemporary clothing, it takes pride of place in the address books of many a stylist, fashion designer and celebrity (namely Florence Welch). Owner Sophie Merchant’s discerning eye is evident in the well-edited selection of beautiful one-off antique pieces for sale, with vintage numbers from Lanvin, jumpsuits from the 1920s, antique velvet jackets, a good range of elegant dresses and some very special jewellery all waiting to be snapped up.
Merchant Archive is number 46 in our list of the 100 best shops in London.
|Venue name:||Merchant Archive||Contact:|
19 Kensington Park Road
|Opening hours:||Open 10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Holland Park tube|
|Do you own this business?|