Travel Notes from a Fashion Lover, PART III

London Shopping

As you can imagine, there is plenty of great shopping in London! I am going to introduce you to two of my personal favorites, Joel & Son Fabrics and Selfridges Department store.

Joel & Sons Fabrics got its start in 1940’s post-war London as a market stall selling surplus parachutes cut into pieces. The business eventually grew to several market stalls, then finally opened at its current location on Church Street in 1979. It is now one of the leading fabric retailers in the world. You know you are in for a treat as you pass its windows on the way to the main entrance.

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Inside you are greeted by floor to ceiling luxury fabrics from around the world. I had no idea where to begin shopping! 

Inside you are greeted by floor to ceiling luxury fabrics from around the world. I had no idea where to begin shopping! 

Elegant seating is provided for non-shoppers…

Elegant seating is provided for non-shoppers…

I have never seen a larger collection of print silks…

I have never seen a larger collection of print silks…

The staff was so helpful, swatches are available, and they will ship your purchases to your home!  I opted to purchase another suitcase at the Church Street Market. For online shopping, you will find their website here: https://www.joelandsonfabrics.com/


Selfridges is a department store like no other! It is full of luxury goods, beautiful displays, etc., but what really sets it apart are the employees. I could personally not afford to purchase much of anything there, but the staff are friendly, never pressure you to buy, and allow you to wander and look without feeling “supervised”. They were also very gracious about allowing me to take photos, so let me treat you to some of my favorite fashions.

Jackets were front and center this season…

Sheer fabrics were popular, as they were in Paris…(check out the Tyvek facing on the jacket on the right below)

There were plenty of raw edge denim designs – my personal favorites were by Japanese designer Sacai…

The Selfridges window designs are pretty spectacular, too…

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Some of you may have seen the fictional BBC series about Selfridges, but there is also a wonderful documentary about the founder and history of the store with footage from its construction interspersed with scenes of shoppers in the store today. The history is fascinating and the program can be found here:  https://www.netflix.com/title/70296574.

To see their offerings online, go here: http://www.selfridges.com/US/en/.