Since pretty much everyone appreciates the designers that don’t conform to the fashion schedules, but work and create on their own time and terms then why don’t we have more of them?
Sometimes they remain hidden, waiting to be discovered like hidden gems in the sand.
Such is the case with Maureen Doherty, co-owner and co-founder of egg, a small boutique in Belgravia that doesn’t have a label (or twitter or facebook for that matter).
Finding the shop by chance while on my lunch break, the moment I walked in I thought I was in a shop on a Greek island. Simple, easy shapes, neutral colours, white walls with soft blue tiles peeking through. Its door resembles (or was an old) garage door that seems to always be open to passersby.
And right outside is a white wooden table and an umbrella with 5 people having their lunch. I’m still surprised such a place exists in London. Curiosity drove my friend and I to walk in, feeling as if we intruded someone’s personal space or living room, but it was in fact a store.
Soon after that we got talking with Maureen who was working for Issey Miyake for 20 years and told us how they take in young designers to design for them and then they set them free to experience the real world. Maureen clearly has a great eye when it comes to clothes, but also styling, making the boutique look like an art installation.
This reminds me of the family concept often seen in fashion; with the foremost example being the Missoni family of course, but also other creatives working together as a family even if they aren’t really connected by blood.
This is truly how fashion should be; designing at your own pace and doing what you love. Maureen said she doesn’t do fashion, which in one way is true – she creates what she wants and whether this ends in fashion or not is not her concern.
Get a glimpse of her lovely little store below. These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago so I’m afraid what’s on offer has changed since. A short walk away from Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Visit egg on 36 Kinnerton Street, tel: 0207 235 9315
Photo credit: personal