PLACEText: Sari Uchida
Husband-and-wife designers, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto (aka Eley Kishimoto) opened their first archive store in June 2003 to coincide with the celebration of their ten years in business.
Eley and Kishimoto met in New York where they were staying for work experience as part of their degree course. Eley studied Weaving at Brighton (BA), and Wakako studied Print at Central St. Martins (BA/MA) Their solid background in fashion enables them to adapt and work freely and comfortably within any textile context.
The idea of the store came to them when they wanted to introduce earlier work (from spring/summer 1999) to the fans of their current designs and also for a more practical reason: they had so much stock in their workshop and were in need of space!
Inside the store it is like a haven; from wallpaper featuring their Gold Flash prints, to cups and saucers, sofas, chairs and, of course, the clothes, the shoes and the rain boots (a pair of pink ones caught my eye!) Their most recent collection ‘Dancing Girl’ can be seen in the form of dresses and tops. Bags featuring the same print are exhibited on a chair also covered in Eley Kishimoto fabric.
The older stocks do not come cheap; everything here is equally valuable, important and special as one another and the price tags prove it. However, from time to time a selection of goods may be offered at a discount. At the time of my visit, a large suitcase in the shop window held a collection of skirts and tops from their past ‘Landscape’ collection, all at 40 Pounds each.
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