Camden Collective: Supporting excellent young designers on Camden High Street

by Sasha Wilkins on December 12, 2013 · 8 comments

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I was hopping to the post office on Camden High Street on Tuesday when my attention was caught by a new shop. Given that much of Camden High Street is chain stores + Burger King, my magpie mind was immediately engaged, not least because it actually looked interesting and well-designed, as opposed to yet another knocked up and shopfitted by a blind person number.

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Turns out that it is another brilliant endeavour by the Camden Council and Mayor of London funded Camden Collective, to support creative businesses. (You may remember that my old Vogue House colleague Abigail Chisman did a Designer Jumble Sale pop up at at their other store on Camden High Street earlier this year).

The idea is to put Camden Town at the heart of the UK’s creative community, by supporting creative people into employment and into setting up their own businesses. They have three strands: to provide incubation space for creative start-ups supporting business growth in Camden, fellowships to bring together top creative talent to work with established local businesses, and Pop Ups to improve the quality of retailers on the high street by investing in vacant units, turning them into temporary shops before returning them to the market for sale.

There’s a fantastic range of stuff on offer here, from homewares, to jewellery, You can even buy some delicious looking cupcakes inside, as well as a cup of good coffee from this nice man at coffee obsessives Black Sheep Coffee.

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I really cannot think of a better place to buy Christmas presents this year, and support small designers in this difficult retail environment. It’s literally a minute from Camden tube, in the first block south just by Pret a Manager, so there’s no effort involved in getting there either.

There are lovely home accessories from bulldogandmoose.com Look! Owls!

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You HAVE to talk to the Brookes & Jones cake girls, who are as funny as their cakes are good. (Don’t buy cake from Pret next door, buy it here!)

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The English Tee Shop was set up by an English teacher. She used British manufacturers to make her range of Ts, bags and cushions which play on words and English expressions. I love them. theenglishteeshop.com

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 There are some really good Italian boots, shoes and bags from Porta Mento portamentostore.com

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And I really liked the jewellery and tree decorations by Sian Rookwood of Anathema Designs, who handmakes jewellery from upcycled materials: this beautiful ornament is just £8.

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There’s some great, well-priced vintage from LLF Boutique

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And Testspace have a fantastic selection of prints, posters, T shirts and more. www.testspace.info

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Megan December 12, 2013 at 15:07

This notion of supporting young artists warms my heart. I am not a fan of the graphic tee but I just adore The English Tee Shop for its wit.

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Sasha Wilkins December 13, 2013 at 13:01

@Megan: Me too: I bought a fantastic cushion! LLGxx

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Jade December 12, 2013 at 19:30

I am taking a friend visiting from Australia to Camden Market next week so I will be sure to check this out! Christmas shopping here I come.

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That's Not My Age December 13, 2013 at 08:00

This looks fantastic – might have to hit the Northern Line.

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Sasha Wilkins December 13, 2013 at 12:52

Do it Aly! Cannot recommend it highly enough LLGxx

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Marina(Makeup4all) December 13, 2013 at 11:55

Oh wow, this looks like such a cool place, I’d really love to get some things from there. Thanks for the pics x

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Max December 13, 2013 at 12:43

Thank you for the great review. C159 is a lovely space to showcase our new coffee brand Black Sheep Coffee. Feedback has been great so far and people are coming back to buy their morning lattes and home-grind beans. We also have a website and an online shop if you want to check us out: http://www.leavetheherdbehind.com. The delicious pastries you mentioned we cannot take credit for: Margot from Brookes and Jones (www.brookesandjones.com) makes them.
See you soon!
Max (and the other black sheep)

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Sasha Wilkins December 13, 2013 at 13:06

@Max: Ah you missed the Oxford comma separating you form the cupcakes! I have clarified it tho. LLGxx

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