OK, so new to me anyway, not that I’ve been stalking them for long now (ok maybe I have) yep, my total bag crush of the moment must be LPOL, also known as Lost Property of London. I’d say it’s London’s best kept secret but with a beautiful flagship store in the brilliantly redeveloped Coal Drops Yard, I think it’s fair to say they are more the talk of the town!
And in case you hadn’t noticed, if you’re looking for somewhere to explore this weekend, then stop off in Granary Square on route to Coal Drops Yard. l’d say I dare you to walk through those fountain indulge the inner child in you, but maybe not the best time of year for that as you dodge the autumn showers and head for cover under the beautifully designed canopy of Coal Drops Yard. Yep, it’s a pretty perfect destination for escaping the rain at this time of year. OK, that’s enough about the weather, as British as it maybe! But seriously, what a transformation from my school days, the area has gone through such an incredible change, you’d think you were at the wrong address! And once there you’ll be hard pushed to go anywhere else. Yes, I could easily while away the day, indulging in a little food and drink and oh yes, I remember why we’re here, yes, a little retail therapy goes without saying.
At the heart of Coal Drops Yard, you’ll find the brilliantly converted Victorian Sheds, which celebrates the history of the area and which are now cleverly tied together by the iconic ‘kissing roof’, providing a perfect canopy to the impressive retail development. The project was designed by the incredibly talented British Designer, Thomas Heatherwick and the structure alone is worth a visit to see.
And after you’ve paused to appreciate the history of your surroundings and the incredible renovation of the area that lies before you, then yep, the time has come for a little indulgence and at this point I’m making a beeline, straight to LPOL.
And what better location to house, my British Brand of choice at the moment, Lost Property Of London. I mean, does it get anymore British? Founded in 2009, by two Central Saint Martin’s Graduates and now husband and wife team, Katy Bell and John Maskell. Their bags are cut, sewn and finished by hand in their East London factory. And with those credentials, it goes without saying that they’re hot property! The brands clean, simple and brilliantly executed designs make them my only choice this season. And my bag of choice… it’s the Micro Arlington of course, although with a close second and third on my short list, I think I may be making a few more purchases before the year is over.
So if you’re looking for a great British Product, it really doesn’t get much better, so go on, whether you’re in London or just visiting, it’s a definite for your site seeing list and a must have, for your autumn wardrobe essentials, so what are you waiting for? Happy shopping.