My love affair with markets at Camden, Portobello Road and more recently, Spitalfields, spans at least two decades. During my pre-teen years my father made the mistake of taking me one weekend to Portobello Road and Camden Market and for a brief period in time, they became a family weekend ritual during my 12th year. I think it was a way for dad and I to bond and if truth be told, I honestly assumed that as he had initially driven me there, he too enjoyed perusing the stalls, looking at handcrafted jewellery, old vinyl and general vintage bric-a-brac as much as I did. So, I was a bit shocked when after a few months he confessed that he would much rather spend his Sundays watching football, or just unwinding at home after a long week of working hard to pay my mother child support for my sister and me.
Fast forward 20 years or so, and I have found a more willing accomplice in the form of my younger cousin, AMP to follow me through London Markets. Although the days I found and subsequently purchased my jacket(by Carrie Hoxton London) was actually during my daytrip with D as we took pictures up and down Notting Hill. Confused? Don’t be; I’m just being a bit long-winded about my find.
I’m no leather expert, so I really cannot vouch that the jacket I bought was real leather – however I’m so in love with my jacket that real or not I don’t care. In fact, I would rather it wasn’t. If you want to Google how to spot real leather I suggest you do so because I can’t give you tips on that. What I can bring to the table is a small shop, The Leather & Boot Store aka Boutique England, selling an electrifying collection of jackets in an array of colours and styles. I was bowled over and by the look in D’s eyes, I could tell he was too when I initially slid on the jacket. I wanted something different to my black cropped biker jacket, something more tailored, fitted and falling to the top of my hip in a shade of mustard. It was produced almost instantly when I described to the owners the type of jacket that I was looking for.
It was hard for me to know where to start looking because there are racks and racks of jackets in so many amazing shades. Yes, you have your classic browns and blacks, but then the bright peacock blues, rich burgundies and buttercup yellows are all equally enticing. The leather feels soft and buttery, far different to the more synthetic feel of my faux leather biker jacket from Miss Selfridge. The jackets come with a three-month warranty, can be custom made and the selection hails from around the world including Italy, Turkey and Pakistan. They also make hipster trousers for women, and caps for both genders if anyone is interested in really kitting themselves out.
I have only had the jacket a week and already received several compliments, some from random strangers on the street. My cousin saw mine, fell in love and immediately bought one for herself in black a few days ago!
You can find the store at the following address: 187 Portobello Road, W11 2ED.