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J Crew opens its first mens-only store in London

Nick Garrett recently gilded the numeral at J Crew’s new London store setting sail a special brand of men’s retail.

By Nick Carvell 10 October 13

Updated 10/10/13: We would’t be lying to say that theGQ team has been counting down the days until J Crew‘s arrival in London ever since the label’s first European store was announced back in 2011. So you can imagine our excitement that today the American high street heavyweight opens its first men’s only store outside of the US on Lamb’s Conduit Street, nearly a full month before its gigantic Regent Street flagship opens on 8 November. Housed in a building dating back to the Nineteenth Century, the appropriately monikored “38 Lamb’s Conduit” will sell shirting, an assortment of the label’s excellent Ludlow suiting and a whole host of exclusive items from J Crew-approved brands like Thomas Mason, Corgi, Begg & Co. and British umbrella makers London Undercover. The shop will also offer monogramming, custom stitching and buttons and a free delivery service. In short: the brand’s English answer its one-off New York Liquor Store. We’ll see you in the queue.

38 Lambs Condu

Dishoom Shoreditch High St – emerging case history, fantastic fun! NGS

The new Shoreditch Dishoom is really a spectacular blend of CEO Shamil’s wistful family poetry, rich, quirky on retro trend design and simply fantastic gastronomy.

And if you think that’s a mouthful wait til you see the menu… and our signwriting!!


In the heart of London this hand painted window set is a stunner with the original vintage 1920’s Bombay font extracted by Nick Garrett from an vintage cafe sign (below) and embellished into it’s new typographic context. Some of the new characters I created taking reference from the original but launching into the quirky eccentric.

Above:  artwork prepared by NGS for the production of full sized layouts (Output – Original Copy Center Lond UK )

But it’s been pretty tough though!… arriving on site to hand paint the glass the dimensions supplied were all out and the windows were 25mm double glazed! That meant the drawing we would use to trace our lettering was 32mm away from the surface needed to be written on the outer sheet of plate glass… in effect we were writing on an invisible floating plain inside the shop!

The normal brush controls went out the window! Literally … and after serious eye-strain, double vision and a panic attack Mat and I found things gradually improving as our technique accommodated this incredibly odd and challenging work environment.

At the helm the Dishoom creative team and CEO Shamil Thakrar.

Stay posted for the result as it looks good -dash- stunning…

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