‘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.’
Visit Tatty Devine
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
Blackout II was peddling vintage threads long before it became fashionable. For some 30 years, the Covent Garden store has specialised in antique apparel (largely dresses from the ’20s and ’30s) as well as more wearable men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from the ’40s through to the ’80s. The duplex store is heaving with stock, and you’ll need a great deal of rummager’s enthusiasm to prise through the stuffed rails, but incredibly knowledgeable staff, together with signs on rails indicating era, make the shopping experience a smidge easier. An ideal place to go if you’re after a specific item from a specific decade. As featured in the 100 best shops in London
Venue says: “Affordable, High-End Vintage Fashion”