For her 15th Mary’s Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children, Mary Portas has chosen Upper Street, Islington. Now open, it’s certainly shining bright and is arguably the most atmospheric opening yet
Looking at the bright stars in Islington for 2015, one shop in particular stands out. Mary’s Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children launched along Upper Street, Islington, back in the autumn and has gone down a storm. The shop is jam-packed with must-have pieces kindly donated by premium/luxury brands and retailers, which includes jewellery from Lestie Lee and Me & Zena, handbags from Sarah Forsyth, stylish lighting and homeware from Pedlars, womenswear from Whistle & Wolf, Tiffany Rose and Lagom, tailored menswear from Thom Sweeney, and a collection of luxury men’s shoes from top Mayfair cobbler Mr Hare.
‘Upper Street is a fabulous location and close to the heart of London’s creative industries,’ Mary Portas said on the opening. ‘We are looking forward to getting to know our neighbours and creating a unique space where locals can get together and shop in an exciting new environment.’
Making its home in a historic marble-fronted building, the Islington branch is set to be the most edgy and atmospheric Mary’s Living & Giving shop yet. Conceived by interior designer Kate Monckton, the former bank has been transformed into derelict picturehouse, paying homage to local cinematic history – after all, Islington was once home to nearby Gainsborough Studios where Alfred Hitchcock started his career as a film director in the 1920s.
Mockton’s evocative design incorporates reclaimed cinematic memorabilia set against the original brickwork, marble pillars and terrazzo flooring. The design features heavy red velvet curtains, set lighting, and even a row of reclaimed cinema seating where you can sit and quietly read a book, or watch a film projection in a secluded corner.
All profits from sales in store go directly to Save the Children, who help the world’s most vulnerable children and their families. So rather than hit the predictable January sales post-Christmas, look out for the bright lights of Mary’s Living & Giving.
138 Upper Street N1 1QP; savethechildren.org.uk/livingandgiving