I just spent 48 hours in London (sorry London friends whom I didn’t see… I was very limited on time) and it was a whirlwind of meetings, catch ups, discoveries, plus a few hours in the pub. I spent Wednesday running from one end of London to another to meet with various people, and had only a few moments to see some shops. My most exciting discovery was Mouki, Maria Lemos’ store in Marylebone. Maria is known to the fashion industry as being one of London’s best sales agents, and her store is a curated selection of her favourite brands and products. Think lifestyle at its most chic, with unique scents, stunning glassware, innovative leather goods, interesting jewelry, and a selection of fashion that represented everything I want in clothing: simple, effortless, luxurious, beautiful, easy, unique, and special. Unfortunately, the prices were not in line with my fashion needs, and one of the stand out brands, Arts & Science, encompassed everything I was looking for in clothing today, except its very, very hefty price tags were totally out of reach.
This was a good reminder of how different Vancouver is to London, you would never find someone spending £850 ($1300) on a cotton blouse from an underground, niche, virtually unknown Japanese brand, but in London, it is perfectly acceptable. If I had a lot more money, I would be buying up their beautiful yet crazy expensive cotton smocks and shirts, but for now I am simply going to have to content myself with admiring them from afar.