Friday 2 September 2011

Brand Of The Week: BLITZ

Last night I was invited to Hanbury Street, East London to attend the press preview night for a new concept to vintage; a sprawling department store. A thriving destination and hub in its own right, BLITZ is a huge five-room Victorian warehouse which has been updated to neatly house a plethora of products.
Like a kid in a candy store I fell in love and wanted to purchase everything in sight, from an abundance of 1940s furniture and homeware supplied by Broadway Market's Dog and Wardrobe, to the busting-at –the-seams vintage fashion crammed downstairs, supplied by John and Jan.
Filled with a treasure trove of cabinets, chests and luggage, the decor was spot on in terms of using the space to their biggest advantage, with furniture on sale used to bolster and display clothing and accessories. Stocking everything from bikes and cute little handbags to movie posters and men’s brogues, BLITZ also boasts a superior collection of cigarette machines, which caught my eye.
With old red velvet cinema seats providing perfect places to rest weary bottoms after trying on too many garments, there were also several church-style pews dotted around for those who prefer something a bit sturdier.
Highlights include an in-house record store, books store, and coffee shop (which makes the strongest espressos – so I’m told – from what look to be 1960s machines), BLITZ is the perfect place to lose yourself of an afternoon.
 Blitz, Hanbury Street E1 5JP.

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