Couverture & The Garbstore

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Couverture & The Garbstore
Venue says Sale now on - up to 40% off in store and online. When it comes to shops, Couverture & The Garbstore remains Notting Hill's best kept secret.

Husband and wife team Emily Dyson and Ian Paley opened 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. Upstairs in this fabulously renovated townhouse Couverture stocks clothes, accessories, jewellery, homewares, furniture and the odd vintage knick-knack.

Garbstore, 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 Pistolero, womenswear from Humanoid and sweatshirts from Blue Blue Japan. Plus both shops stock exclusive label collaborations, such as the run of Garbstore X Reebok trainers.

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Couverture & The Garbstore says
Voted cult shop of the year by Time Out, Couverture and the Garbstore stands as a hidden gem amongst the vibrant streets surrounding Portobello Market and Notting Hill. Stepping inside greets you with Couverture’s eclectic collection of distinctive wares for women (Ace & Jig, Outdoor Voices, Rachel Comey, Rejina Pyo, YMC and many more) and musings for the home from BFGF, Ferm Living, Hay, Uchino.

The lower basement floor offers collections from Ian Paley’s Garbstore label as well as selections from cult international brands (Brain Dead, Engineered Garments, Gitman Vintage, Norse Projects and Reebok), rare publications and collectables.

Both online and instore, Couverture and the Garbstore is a definitive destination for those seeking the unique and inspiring - and something a little out of the ordinary.
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Venue name: Couverture & The Garbstore
Address: 188 Kensington Park Rd
Notting Hill, London
W11 2ES
Opening hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove
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nane d

So pleased to find Couverture!   Particularly love their own brand 'No Chemicals' Perfume Oil.  Simply Divine.

Aki T


Jess H

Beautiful store with lots of wonderful brands. Well worth travelling from East to West London to visit.

Harriet D

An amazing store. Every time I go in here I always want to buy everything. The people who work here are great and have such cool style.

ashton h

Fantastic brand selection and lovely friendly staff - always a pleasure visiting the store.

wil G

Probably the best little store in london for small rare fashion brands that you just can't get anywhere else. Customer experience was really nice and chilled. After looking at the website and through their images, I thought it was a much bigger place than just this little boutique. Go there!

Ewen B

Amazing selection of independent labels for Men & Womens - including amazing selection of Engineered Garments (my favourite brand)