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Lara Intimates

Interview Pippa Brooks Illustrations Alexa Coe “…the commitment to the wellbeing of people and the planet is key to what we do.” If you check the label in your knickers, the chances are it will say ‘made in China’. This is symptomatic of the demand for high production numbers and low unit price across the clothing and lingerie industries. So how fabulous to know that Lara Intimates lingerie is made not just in the UK, but…
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Mark Wardel

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Words Kirk Truman Photography Etienne Gilfillan “I’d found a balance between commercial work and making a living from my passion for my art…” It’s early on a bright and chilly January morning and in his Limehouse studio, artist Mark Wardel and I are discussing art, fashion, music and Soho’s yesteryear to a soundtrack of ‘70s and ‘80s club tracks. In the background, multiple startlingly realistic life masks of glam-era David Bowie watch over us from the…
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Kate Bryan

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Words Kirk Truman  Photography Joseph Lynn “What was really needed next was somebody to nurture the art of the Houses…” Kate Bryan and I are walking around a familiar setting… except it has been turned a little on its head. We’re passing through the library in the reception area up into the newly revived Soho House, Greek Street, on its opening day. As you approach the familiar oval bar, you find yourself trying to figure out…
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Marc Almond

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Interview Marc Wardel Photography Etienne Gilfillan “Soho was this mythical place I’d seen in movies and read about in books, and I thought it was really the heart of London…” A constellation of spotlights bounces and reflects off steel, mirror and glass, casting soft-focus infinity images of Dietrich and Bowie-beautiful across the room… It’s a suitably decadent backdrop for a conversation with a star, someone who can truly be called an icon of music and pop culture – the unique Marc Almond. We are…
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Eddi McPherson

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Words Cary Gee Photography Etienne Gilfillan “Everyone was welcome, and being famous made no difference. I knew Francis and was more than friends with Lucien!” Eddi McPherson arrived in Soho with a plan. “It was 1959 and I was going to the ‘Big City’ to become a famous singer, and live happily ever after.” Like many before her, and countless others since, Eddi soon discovered that Soho contains enough crooked alleys to confound even the most determined…
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Gosh! Comics

Interview & Photography Etienne Gilfillan “We’ve benefited enormously from the custom of those working in the creative industry that keeps Soho buzzing” With a 30-year track record in the industry and enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff, Gosh! is one of London’s must-visit stores for anyone who loves the medium of comics. Stocking everything from European bandes dessinées to superhero graphic novels, stylish children’s books to cutting-edge small press publications, Gosh! has something for everyone. Journal spoke to owner Josh Palmano…
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Tom Baker

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Words Kirk Truman Photography Joseph Lynn “Back home, there was a big punk scene with a lot of people customising their own clothes, so I think thats where the seed was planted…” Tom Baker and I are talking music, clothes, Soho and everything in-between. We’re on D’Arblay Street, mid-afternoon, as he shows me around his studio space. He’s strikingly tall and cooler than cool, and his voice has a Northern twang that’s music to my ears. “You…
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Sparks

Words & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “Jacques Tati wanted us to be characters in a movie” On a warm September night, just minutes away from bustling Soho, the prestigious ICA is hosting a launch party for the release of Sparks’ latest album, Hippopotamus, which has just rocketed into the Top 10 in the UK. The room, dotted with palm trees, is bathed in a cool blue light that evokes the feel of a swimming pool and echoes…
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Centre Point

Words Kirk Truman Illustrations Ross Becker “…a celebration of everything that makes London a world-class city.” Here, in the few square miles which make up the West End, there is little that rises above 10 storeys. The Post Office Tower and Senate House are among the most familiar beacons in this part of London, though there is perhaps one architectural fixture that’s even more instantly recognisable. Sitting on the borders of Fitzrovia and Soho, Centre Point has…
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Mercedes Grower

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Words Kirk Truman Portraits Joseph Lynn “You’re feeling stuff which is enormous – it’s like being hit with a double-edged sword…” If you knew where it would end, would you ever begin? Breakups. They’re a pain in the ass, and have a habit of being weird, powerful and at times life-changing – sometimes all three. For Mercedes Grower, how we slam the brakes on in a relationship became the inspiration behind her first independent film project.…
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Wild at Heart

Words & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan With its fantasy Tudor architecture and majestic doors flanked by two Imperial Guardian lions crouched among baskets of geranium, sweet pea and red roses, Liberty’s entrance always makes me think of the set of some silent Hollywood epic. It’s somehow rendered even more cinematic by the stylish female figure tending the blooms of this grand store’s floral emporium, Wild at Heart. You can’t miss Astrid Haynez, the store manager, and you certainly…
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Daniel Lismore

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Words Kirk Truman Portraits Joseph Lynn “Soho became a playground to me. I’d walk around the area in awe…” It is mid-afternoon in Dean Street’s Groucho Club when Daniel strides up to the first floor to meet me. Strikingly tall, with impossibly long wavy brown hair, he’s draped in a long grey coat and insists that, today, he is dressed down. I suspect, though, that no day is really a dress-down day for the inimitable Mr Lismore.…