Talking Shop: Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto

The designers behind the distinctive graphic prints and quirky styling of Eley Kishimoto tell us their shopping secrets

What is your favourite weird place to shop in London?
Mark Eley Clerkenwell Screws. An emporium for all your screw, nut and bolt desires.
Wakako Kishimoto The key cutting/shoe repair shop in Clapham, for fixing dusty granny shoes.

Where do you always try to go when you’re in town?
ME It seems to always be either lunch or dinner in Koya, and an eclair or coffee at Maison Berteaux, coffee from Algerian Coffee Stores and something for home from the Rice Wine shop. 

What do you spend all your cash on - your biggest shopping extravagance?
ME My motorbike building.
WK Good looking books - I kid myself that I need them for work but I just like the fact that they are mine.

What do you scrimp on?
ME Fashion.
WK Haircuts.

Who do you consider really stylish?
ME That’s a difficult one to answer about a particular individual. I’d say a person who can carry off their independent style with no care and flair.

What is the best shop in the world?
ME Nice Motorcycles Kobe or [Japanese department store] Tokyu Hands Japan.
WK Tokyu Hands is high in my ranking too. 

If you had just £10, where would you spend it?

ME Dairy Crest.
WK Londis.

What is good and bad about shopping in London?

ME Good: You can find what you want if you look hard enough. Bad: Independent retailers’ rents are far too high to create a large community of unique shopping experiences.
WK Good: Knowing where to go for what you need. Bad: Not many hidden surprises. Lack of parking spaces.

Do you buy vintage? Do you have a favourite vintage shop?
WK I am a little bored with this branding of 'vintage'.

What is the piece of clothing that you have had the most wear out of?

ME My denim jeans, White’s Boots and Lewis Leather Jacket.
WK Grey and blue stripe slouchy cardigan by... Eley Kishimoto.

Biggest mistake buy?
ME Shirts that are too small for me thinking I will lose weight and fit them in the future.
WK Every time I buy a skirt I always regret it.

If you could supermarket sweep any designer or store in the world, which would it be?
ME Aram London furniture store with a very large trolley and some assistants to carry the items out to the van.
WK Foyles.

A shop you’re embarrassed to like?
ME Lidl.

If you opened your own shop what would it sell?
ME Too many ideas! I guess it would have to be a superstore or a shopping village.
WK What we make!

Which shop would you most like to make-over?
ME Put on the spot I would like to try Marks and Spencer.
WK The key cutting/shoe repair shop in Clapham

Your favourite non-fashion shop?
ME Lasco Architectural Salvage yards.
WK Don't let me say the F-word again.

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