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Explore not-be-missed happenings in London with WGSN insider, Zuzanna Butkiewicz

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Nov 11, 2021 By WGSN Insider
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London is vying to become the capital of sustainable creativity. Ideas are radically shifting towards conscious living, as well as towards building a stronger sense of community.

The idea of giving new life to deadstock and vintage clothing has gone mainstream. A must-visit for all vintage lovers​​ is the new massive Picknweight store in Covent Garden, based on the idea of selling high-quality rare pieces from all over the world by the kilo – the first of its kind in London.

Meanwhile, the new Browns interactive flagship in Mayfair is digitising luxury to engage customers on- and offline. Its in-store tech includes augmented reality, smart mirrors and high-touch services. As well as a four-storey retail space for fashion, accessories, homeware and fragrances, it also has a restaurant with an outdoor courtyard and a programme of experiences to engage the community.

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The new Bally Haus on Regent Street engages local artists and gives a second life to materials, while Selfridges’s Project Earth campaign reinvents its retail experiences through the idea of rental and repair, and combining nature and art – both worth watching.

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Championing responsible sourcing with upcycling and plant-based textiles are sustainably minded brands including Nobody's Child and SIRPLUS, while Hylo Athletics, focusing on sports industry innovations, is also one-to-watch.

Linnaean, the lifestyle destination combining a cafe, restaurant, spa and apothecary, taps into our #hybridretailspace trend on experiential retail. Its restaurant serves a delicious plant-rich organic menu alongside biodynamic wines, completing an all-rounded wellness experience.

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A renewed sense of community emerges via mural art and new pedestrianised public spaces offering outdoor art exhibitions, driving the trends for #interactiveart and #joyfulexpression.

If you’re a WGSN subscriber, travel virtually to London via our London Virtual Guide 2021. Live now on the site.

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