Friday, 22 April 2016

Tis the season to get married!

We are celebrating the season of love & marriage with a wedding inspired window courtesy of 2 of Archway's finest talents. Our brides shoes are designed and made by Harriet Wilde the luxury London footwear label, established in 2008 by designer, Ruth Shaw & our bride wears a vintage wedding dress on loan from Yuksel of Resurrection Boutique.

Ruth Shaw decided to create her own collection of wedding footwear after searching for the perfect pair to accompany her own original vintage wedding dress - she was looking for  something less ‘fluffy’, more stylish - named after her great grandmother, the Harriet Wilde collection offers brides a vintage-inspired aesthetic with a touch glamour, and superior European craftsmanship.  Her second collection was snapped up by Harrods and she is now the go to bridal brand of royalty and celebrities. Services include: a ready to wear collection, customization and a bespoke service. You can book an appointment to try the shoes from her London studio , or buy onlineThe London showroom is at:-

Studio 21C
Bickerton House
25-27 Bickerton Road
London N19 5JT
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 263 4147

Open from Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, with late evening available on Thursday's until 8pm Tel: + 44 (0)207 263 4147

Yuksel Karaagac owns Resurrection Boutique, tucked away in the heart of the Archway roundabout, is one of London's best-kept secrets for lovers of vintage clothes and quality tailoring and craftsmanship.  With 25 years' experience in high-end fashion, pattern-cutting, styling, alterations, repairs and made-to-measure tailoring, Yuksel specialises in working with you to meet your creative aspirations for a stylish, quality, designer wardrobe, that is still affordable.  She even inspires clients to take advantage of her popular sewing classes and learn how to work with fabric for themselves.  Resurrection Boutique is a one-stop shop, a unique creative London hub, for those with a passion for fashion.  Pop in for a chat!

Resurrection Boutique is at 3 Archway Close and Yuksel's opening hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 -18:00 Saturday 10:30 -18:00
Tel: 020 7263 2600

We have some great ideas for gifts for everyone - guests and the special couple themselves!  Our Carnival letter lights not only make a fantastic gift but can make a statement on the day itself!  Particularly if the wedding has a vintage theme.

Coasters & Placemats make great gifts and props too - some friends of Map Gift Shop sent us this brilliant picture from their wedding at St John's Tavern!

The totally cool new range from PiP Studio Royal 'white' makes a great Wedding Gift!  A timelessly stylish take on the blue 'willow pattern' - I love the placement of the imagery and the subtlety of this range! It sits perfectly as accent pieces alongside any set of white china!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Brendan Hansbro

We were introduced to local artist Brendan Hansbro by his partner (and good friend of Map Gift Shop) Lisa. We were intrigued by his surreal and slightly spooky collection of animal wood engravings which he has translated onto china.

The monochrome mugs and plates are available exclusively from Map Gift Shop.  

Brendan is best known as a printmaker.  He is represented by the Curwen Gallery in London who commissioned the double Unicorn image they use as their gallery logo and impressive swinging sign.

Brendan's next exhibition with Curwen Gallery titled Panoply runs from the 5th-26th May in the upper gallery space.
"Instantly recognisable, and yet, as they have never been seen before, famous architectural landmarks from many different parts of the world have been re-interpreted in this exhibition of paintings by artist Brendan Hansbro."