Talking Shop: Harriet Vine
The artistic director of accessories label Tatty Devine tells us about her life's little embellishments
What’s your must-visit shop when in town?
‘I always feel drawn to Neal’s Yard Dairy. I can never resist cheese.’
Your biggest extravagance?
‘Cheese! No, really! I guess my next biggest shopping extravagance would be clothes: most recently I bought a dress from Matches.’
What do you scrimp on?
‘Black eyeliner. I use a lot of it and have found that the cheap stuff actually works better for me.’
The best shop in the world?
‘We recently went to Japan and I was completely bowled over by [crafty department store] Tokyu Hands [www.tokyu-hands.co.jp]. I could have spent all day in there.’
What would you spend £10 on?
‘Probably on a new colour hair dye. My rainbow collection is missing turquoise.’
London’s best secret shop?
‘Party Party [9-13 Ridley Rd, E8 2NP] is brilliant. And I Iove Dalston Mill Fabrics [69-73 Ridley Rd, E8 3NP].’
What is good and bad about shopping in London?
‘There are so many great independent shops in London run by people who care about what they sell. I love seeing new things they have found or made. The bad bit is seeing empty shops that could be being put to good use but aren’t due to prohibitive rents.’
Do you have a favourite vintage shop in London?
‘I don’t buy vintage as much as I used to, but my favourite is still Beyond Retro. I love its dresses and fancy-dress rail, which often has little gems that find their way into my everyday wardrobe.’
Biggest mistake buy?
‘I bought a lot of theatrical bloomers from Laurence Corner when it shut down. They seemed like a good idea at the time.’
If you could supermarket sweep any store, which would it be?
‘For sheer amount of choice, it would have to be Selfridges.’
This east London company made its name with plastic fantastic jewellery: guitar plectrum charm bracelets, say, or kitsch anchor necklaces. Despite many imitators, it’s still going strong - tribute to the designers’ boundless inventiveness, which keeps it one step ahead of the competition. Read more
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