Stories Of A Shop Keeper
-150 Years Of John Lewis-
‘We’ve come a long way since 1864.
Times change, fashions come and go, but with our heritage ever present, we move forward with inspiration. Always innovating, and never
Last week I went to visit the John Lewis store on Oxford Street, London.
As I stepped through the main doors of the store I was greeted by an abundance of smiles and 150 year anniversary banners beautifully draped around the store and hanging from it’s tall ceilings.
I went straight up to the 3rd floor to take a look at the commemorative
‘Stories of a shop keeper’ exhibition.
Dress – Jaeger
Leather Jacket – Topshop
Tights – M&S
Chelsea Boots – Urban Outfitters
Glasses – Gok Wan
Walking through the cobbled streets of Victorian London you are led to the original draper’s shop that opened on May 2nd 1864.
The exhibition contains artefacts such as the original book in which the first day’s takings were recorded, a hat worn by Queen Mary, and items recovered from the store’s bombing in 1940.
To mark their 150th anniversary John Lewis has collaborated with some of its long-standing suppliers to create some unique and exclusive commemorative products.
They’re also bringing back some special edition prints from their archive and adding them to beautiful contemporary products.
A number designers including Orla Kiely, Alice Temperley, Ted Baker and Lucienne Day have produced exclusive products for the event featuring heritage colours and fabrics, and a bespoke weave from the company’s own textile mill.
-Collabortions with Antoni and Alison, Alice Temperly and Jaeger-
Another anniversary treat saw the Oxford Street store open its roof terrace for the public to enjoy for the first time ever! The sun was shining and I sat in the rooftop garden designed by Royal Horticultural Society National Young Designer of the Year Tony Woods and enjoyed a refreshing drink provided by ‘Joe and the Juice.’
So if you, like me sometimes find hiking through Oxford street tiring, next time why not pop into John Lewis. Be a culture vulture and go to the (free) exhibition and after, have a nice sit down and rest in the beautiful roof top garden.
The exhibition is open until June 20th and the roof garden is open for the whole summer!
Over and out,
Little Miss Winney x