Designed by Kristensen Architects and fitted out by John Richards Shopfitters, the shop is built on the site of an old timber yard, covers 2,585 sq ft (240 sq m) and has three floors: lower ground, ground and a mezzanine level. The lower ground is used to house the Garbstore, a menswear collection by Ian Paley, while the other two floors – the Couverture part of the shop – are stocked with women’s and children’s clothing, as well as home furnishings.
The 14-week fit-out of the former bathroom showroom cost£400,000 and the interior features bespoke fixtures and fittings throughout. Among these are a marble-topped cash and wrap desk and a timber wall that has been designed to both hold shelving and form dividing doors.
Couverture’s area has been created from a palette of muted grey, stained oak floors and brass fittings, while the Garbstore features slatted timber wall cladding, floor-to-ceiling mirror glass, large-scale furniture and a poured resin floor.
Merethe Kristensen, the architect who designed the space, said: “The challenge was to create an attractive and versatile environment that would form a suitable and unified background for the two distinctly different brands.”
The shop is owned by Emily Dyson, daughter of vacuum cleaner entrepreneur Sir James Dyson.