As readers of this blog you should all know by now that London’s b store has long been a mecca for contemporary design. Whilst nurturing some of the best design talent in the capital and beyond, the store has been merging art, fashion and design seamlessly for a ten years now. With each visit to this British retail institution, there is the opportunity to discover a new designer, an exhibition, a magazine or even just a moment when you talk to either Matthew, Kirk or Kuni and leave with something new. Though undeniably a stylish haunt, it has always been more than just a physical space and has certainly offered more than mere fashion. Ever inspired. You can expect to be surprised when you visit the space, read its eponymous magazine or encounter one of its numerous but ever considered collaborations.
Now, it has been a few months since we last lurked in the shadows to partake in a spot of Style Stalking and after some fruitless outfit voyeurism, we can now make up for the barren spell with a real treat in b Store's very own Matthew Murphy. Over the course of a working week I followed the Creative Director as he worked on SS13, collaborations and events. Busy but forever stylish...
Day One: Monday afternoon at the showroom...
Overdyed unstructured cotton blazer by b store.
Shirt by b store loves liberty. We intended this collaboration to continue for two season's but it is now on the fourth season and appears to be getting stronger and creating a life of it's own. Mainly due to the Liberty fabric selection becoming stronger each season
Sweatshirt by One Nine Zero Six. A new edition to the b store family but already showing a great potential
Jeans and shoes by b store
Jeans and shoes by b store
Day Two: Popping out of the office to grab some lunch...
Moleskin double breasted blazer by b store. This blazer from AW12 has become my personal favourite and a signature shape within the collection.
Shirt is a classic b store pinstripe oxford.
Woven tweed tie by Marwood. I believe this brand has huge potential within the mens accessory area and we are discussing the possibilities of a collab for SS13
Two pleat seersucker chino from our SS12 10 for DSM exclusive collection
Shoes by b store
Shirt and blazer by Our Legacy. They have become a b store staple and their collections never disappoint. This blazer and shirt combination from their SS12 collection, channelled my love of Woody Allen late 70's style.
Tie by Marwood
Jeans and Shoes by b store
Day Four: Another afternoon in the showroom surrounded by shoes...
Washed twill unstructured blazer by b store
Shirt is a b store proto from SS13 collection, we were testing different effects of bleaching.
Neckerchief is by Hermes and was a birthday present from my friends
Chinos and sandals by b store
Day Five: Ending the week at the studio before grabbing a well earned drink...
Overdyed unstructured cotton blazer by b store
Scarf by Cosmic Wonder. One of my favourite brands that we sold at the store, because of the difficulties working with Japanese brands, we had to stop working with them which was a very hard decision
Sea Island cotton crew jumper by John Smedley
Washed twill cotton field pant trousers by b store
Shoes by Vans