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London Fashion Exchange on Brick Lane

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by Mathilde Betant-Rasmussen (subscribe)
Aspiring journalist with a love for art and letters. Currently an English student at King's College London. I love writing poetry, as well as fiction and essays, and of course, articles.
Published January 15th 2017
London Fashion Exchange Brick Lane
A small fraction of the London Fashion Exchange on Brick Lane


From regular vintage shoppers to first timers, London Fashion Exchange is not to be missed by anyone. The vintage shop, or market, is an underground heaven of clothes, accessories, and posters, stretching in what seems to be endless rooms of displays.

Although it might seem hard to find at first - the small door made me believe I was in the wrong place entirely - it may only be a trick to scare off strangers; because once in, it is hard to imagine that one could almost have overlooked it in the first place.

The prices are fair: nothing is overpriced, but all is not a cheap bargain either. There are also several shop attendants, all extremely friendly, which only adds to the soothing experience of the market. And if you're worried about your wallet, you will not feel forced to buy anything; London Fashion Exchange is also a pleasure for the eyes, and one can always come back later.

Contrary to most vintage shops in London, the Fashion Exchange is a compilation of several smaller shops, creating what seems like an indoor market, but without the crowd and the pressure. Indeed, it is easy to spend hours there without getting tired, and there always seems to be something more to explore, a display in a corner that you hadn't seen before.

Moreover, the so-called market has very good quality clothing, as well as accessories, that seem to range from the most daring to more casual styles. It is far from the popular pop-up vintage sales, where after an hour, undoubtedly out-dated clothes are all that is left.

A downside to the London Fashion Exchange, however, is that some of the clothes seem to be less vintage than new, which is often apparent in their price. But apart from those few pieces, the shop always has something to offer for everyone. Indeed, this quieter and more sophisticated version of the vintage market, is still an epitome of London style, that is, ageless yet forever changing clothing, a reflection of the city's bustling and youthful population.
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Where: 143-147 Brick Lane, Shadwell London, E1 6SB
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Nice article and congrats on the award :)
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