The humble cactus is hot in 2016, and now London has its very own dedicated cacti boutique, Prick, in Dalston
The brilliantly named Prick in Dalston is London’s first boutique dedicated to cacti and other succulents. These unusual and exotic plants, sourced from across the UK and Europe, are viewed as living sculptures by store founder Gynelle Leon: ‘They are a beautiful and sustainable way to transform any interior. Due to their low maintenance and hardy nature, they’re well suited to modern city living.’
Every great plant deserves an equally great pot. With art and design being a strong focus of the brand, Prick has designed its own small contemporary terracotta ‘Prick Pots’. The store will also be carefully selecting pieces crafted by local artists to build a growing showcase of handmade ceramic pots.
A succulent plant has the potential to live for many years, sometimes even outliving its owners. Investing in plants is like gaining new flatmates or family members; a break away from our modern disposable culture. Prick offers an array of sizes – from large statement pieces to plants that are small enough for a windowsill.
A succulent plant has the potential to live for many years, sometimes even outliving its owners
Gynelle is an award-winning photographer with a unique background that includes a forensic science MSc and careers in finance and fraud prevention. Her interest in cacti started when she visited Yves Saint Laurent’s Jardin Majorelle in Marrakesh in 2011. When she started collecting unusual and particularly large cacti and succulents, her passion grew due to her admiration for their geometric forms – and their ability to outlast her relationships!
As a keen traveller and city dweller without any outdoor space, succulents were a great way for Gynelle to bring the green inside and not have to worry about them every time she went away. However, it was really difficult to find places to buy the unusual and rare plants she loved, so she decided to open the kind of shop she wished existed.
As her passion for plant life began to take over, she decided to work part-time work in a florist to learn the trade. She is now a member of the British Cactus and Succulent Society and this is Gynelle’s first solo business venture – vive la cacti revolution!
PRICK, 492 Kingsland Road E8 4AE; prickldn.com