London Shop News: Dr Martens; Selfridges Shoes; Alice and Olivia at Harvey Nicks; and Musto in Seven Dials

Dr Martens Opens Carnaby Street Store
If, like me, you were a teenager in the 90s, you’ll feel a sweet twinge of nostalgia to hear a new Dr Martens store is opening in Carnaby Street. In the past they might’ve been the footwear of choice for early mods and skinheads, but for many my age they’ll bring back memories of terrible tie-dye skirts, beads, and velvet jackets. Today, the new Dr Martens flagship shop, showcasing the brand’s contemporary footwear range as well as its latest clothes and accessories opens to the public. Look out for exposed wooden floors, brick walls and leather sofas in the classic “cherry red” colour; the two-floor store also houses a special “Made in England” zone showcasing products made in the original Dr Martens Northamptonshire factory.

Selfridges Opens World’s Largest Men’s Shoe Department
Staying with shoes, Selfridges opened the largest men’s shoe department in the world last week. The new 15,000 square foot men’s footwear department features more than 250 brands, as well as a made-to-order shoe salon, a salon dedicated to driving shoes, bespoke brand boutiques and a space dedicated to pop-up shops. One of the first designers set to take advantage of the new set-up is Christian Louboutin, who will showcase his men’s collection in a dedicated boutique next February. I think the idea of being able to create bespoke shoes including selecting the leather, the colour, the sole type and the stitching, from brands such as Church’s, Tods, Tom Ford, Ferragamo, Kurt Geiger and Prada sounds like such a fantastic luxury. Enjoy, boys!

New Alice and Olivia Boutique Celebrates Thanksgiving in Harvey Nichols
Celebrate Thanksgiving in Harvey Nichols with the brand new Alice and Olivia boutique this Thursday. The funky American womenswear brand launched its new boutique earlier in the month, and is now offering shoppers complimentary strawberry bellinis and sweet treats, as well as a limited edition American flag scarf with every purchase on Thursday 22 November between 12-8pm.

Musto Opens in Seven Dials
The London 2012 Olympic legacy lives on as performance brand Musto opens a new shop in Seven Dials. Founded in 1965 by Olympic athlete Keith Musto (after participating in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo) and endorsed by elite athletes including Zara Phillips, Musto have been making sailing, equestrian and outdoor clothing for more than 40 years. The new Musto store will offer collections from their Autumn/Winter Men’s Lifestyle, Sailing and Evolution ranges. As well as the high-tech sailing and rambling stuff, look out for sailing-inspired clothing including chunky knitwear and jumpers, comfortable fleeces and sweatshirts, sturdy coats as well as accessories and luggage. Look out for the new shop at 27 Neal Street in Seven Dials.

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