Oct 06, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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I spotted Allister above as I was having a bit of a butcher’s around Hackney, East London at lunchtime on Tuesday. (Butcher’s hook = “a look” in Cockney rhyming slang.) I was on my way to Cooksie’s pie, mash, and eel shop in Broadway Market for lunch but got a bit sidetracked by how cool and authentic this area looked. Hackney and Bethnal Green are up-and-coming London neighborhoods…but at the moment the populace and the businesses are still (thankfully) weighted decidedly in favor of working class locals rather than invading hipsters. I’m always so inspired by authentic places that lack irony and pretension and ooze originality – especially in these times when irony-free cool is so hard to come by. After spending a little time inside the unreal bubble that is Paris Fashion Week, a wander around the heart of East End London on a grey day was exactly what the doctor ordered. (Later in the day, I went to my favorite vintage magazine shop in London and then watched the movie Sexy Beast on the flight home and all told had a more inspiring day than many of my PFW days.) Anyway, these days I’m thinking about authenticity and about getting inspiration at its source. Allister is from Hackney – born and bred – and his sense of style clearly reflects this. Where are you from?
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