There's been a rash of store openings in east London, from avant-garde vintage to well-known fashion brands, and nail salons to cult shoe shops. Time Out trawled the back streets and interrogated the locals to compile this guide to the shops at the cutting edge
Dan Jones. Photography Rob Greig and Ed MarshallPosted: Mon Oct 19 2009
East London's first style-centric nail bar, bookstore, gallery and boutique. Wedged between New Capital Kebab and a local chemist, and alongside tat market The Waste, Wah Nails's deliciously grimy location keeps it hidden from the masses.
Another retail pop-up that has become something of a semi-permanent fixture (open until late 2009 at least) is the somewhat conceptual-looking Doc Marten's space inside Old Spitalfields Market.
Husband-and-wife team Luca and Nathalie Bomio offer the usual design-store fare such as Fornasetti plates and ToyWatches, alongside some truly brave picks, from luridly dyed cowhide rugs to Milanese designer Fabio Novembre's plump-buttocked Him/Her resin chairs cast from naked bodies.
In a hipster neighbourhood that is rapidly becoming choked with vintage stores, Speedie's competes with low prices, monthly gigs and parties, and great customer service (you can even get afternoon tea).