The Haberdashery captures the spirit of early New York, in N16. A brilliant cafe on Stoke Newington High Street where homemade cakes are brought warm out of the kitchen and hot chocolate is served in bowls. The owners smile and it has that stylised raggedness that photographers love. A photographer friend Kristin Perers gave me the nod and to have such a place on your doorstep is a treat.
Another treat is haberdashery in the true sense of the word by those that do it best - V V Rouleaux.
If you want an antidote to white walls and the tyranny of monochrome then head to the technicolour world of V V Rouleaux. This haberdashery heaven has every ribbon, trimming, flower and frippery imaginable. A kaleidoscopic whirl of colours and ideas.
Devotees flock from the worlds of fashion, interior design, theatre and royalty. Keira Knightley wore silver tin birds in her hair as Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, while the Duchess of Cambridge selected silk-satin ribbon for her bridesmaids’ dresses. House & Garden said ‘V V Rouleaux is for those spurred on by the thrill of discovering something unique. For here is indeed something for everyone.’
Last week I wrote about how Matisse’s cut-outs should inspire us all and V V Rouleaux is a place of eye-popping wonder where I believe each of us can have a creative moment. Check out the V V Rouleaux courses: Tassels and Knots; Ribbon Flowers and if you need a hat for Royal Ascot try the Headdress Course.