Donhall & Bell makes its hometown debut at Coal Drops Yard, London’s most talked-about shopping destination in decades.
Two centuries ago, the part of London tucked behind Kings Cross Station was an industrial wasteland, where millions of tonnes of coal arrived from the North every year. More recently, it lay derelict for decades (at least, by day; by night, in the Nineties, the area was home to some of the most famous clubs in the city’s history.) But over the last few years, its grimy warehouses and disused gasometers have been transformed, with the arrival of fashion colleges, tech corporations and artisan food markets. And this week sees the unveiling of the district’s latest development, Coal Drops Yard — a very 21st century shopping destination.
Masterminded by Thomas Heatherwick (the designer most famous for London 2012’s spectacular cauldron), the development links two restored Victorian brick sheds with a dramatic, swooping roof of slate and steel. And its brand list is just as impressive, featuring some of the most exciting names in British retail — from icons like Paul Smith, Tom Dixon and Fred Perry to up-and-comers like Cubitts and Freddie Grubb. And we’re proud to announce hat Donhall & Bell will be part of that stellar line up, thanks to our friends at Wolf & Badger. Their new store, a three-storey space complete with bookshop, restaurant, florist and juice bar, looks set to be one of the yard’s star attractions. We couldn’t imagine a better setting for Donhall & Bell’s first London home