Urban Sightseeing: #2 Turn To The Left

By Londonist Last edited 112 months ago
Urban Sightseeing: #2 Turn To The Left
Our Sons, Atlantic Lane, Brixton
Our Sons, Atlantic Lane, Brixton
Sam Arkus, Berwick Street, Soho
Sam Arkus, Berwick Street, Soho
Tony the Tailor, Blackstock Road
Tony the Tailor, Blackstock Road
Monster Clothing, Borough High Street
Monster Clothing, Borough High Street
Belgate Mews, Dartmouth Park
Belgate Mews, Dartmouth Park
Trussons, Lower Marsh, Waterloo
Trussons, Lower Marsh, Waterloo
Seven Sisters Road
Seven Sisters Road
Tisbury Court, Soho
Tisbury Court, Soho
Dunn & Co., off Upper Street, Islington
Dunn & Co., off Upper Street, Islington
Evelyn, Walthamstow High Street
Evelyn, Walthamstow High Street

Fashion changes over the years; nowadays faster then ever. So it's great to find old shops and signs for companies that have long since folded, or advertisements for items of clothes that we can now only find in second-hand or vintage shops.

Can you remember Dunn & Co, the high street gentlemen's outfitter? All their shops were smart-looking with lots of wood and a row of stained glass city crests running along the top of each plate glass display window. Practically all of these have been dismantled but you can still find a row of windows at street level of The Strand Palace Hotel. The wall advertisement is opposite Angel tube station.

The 1950 and 1960s are represented here by Evelyn of Walthamstow and for a glimpse of the 1970s go and check out the boarded up shops of Sam Arkus in Berwick Street, Tony the Tailor in Blackstock Road or Trussons in Waterloo.

Ghost signs advertise dress coats in Tisbury Court, Soho, aprons in Tottenham, and corsets and calicoes in NW5. Our Sons Ltd in Brixton lists eight brands that they stock, only a couple of which still manufacture today. Monster Clothing in Borough, meanwhile, show off their European connections.

By Jane. You can see more of Jane's London photo collections, covering everything from boot scrapers to weather vanes, over at Janeslondon and Jane's Flickrstream.

Last Updated 22 January 2009

cakehole

Lovely stuff, the Evelyn sign is incredible

BraveNewMalden

I love this sort of stuff.

tf

I love these hand painted signs. Great typography! Photo all of them before they are gone forever.