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    i think there's a website you can search for people with couches you can sleep on.
    http://www.couchsurfing.org ?
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    london, i have not been there in a while, but i'm finally going there in few days, there is always so much to see,
    http://www.visitlondon.com/events/detail/7472167
    http://www.timeout.com/london/museum...aganda-and-art
    and there are interesting auctions
    http://www.phillipsdepury.com/auctions.aspx?sn=NY000210
    or this
    http://www.phillipsdepury.com/auctions.aspx?sn=UK000310
    there are few interesting things that i wish to see about that one actually...

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    My London Retail Wrap-up...

    Do's & Dont's of London Shopping

    Dover St. Market - Always a winner, if nothing else just for the experience, no other retail experience like it out there. Always evolving; even in the span of less than a week, between my two visits. Tons of labels in store, but I enjoy seeing all the CdG lines & collaborations the most. Nice for a quick lunch as well. GO!

    Rick Owens - Of the three Rick Stores I have visited, this was certainly my favorite. The area itself is quite something, Rolls and Ferraris flood the streets as do the Saudi license plates. Inside, a double height space with womens at the entry and mens down below. The stairwells have a phenomenological touch adorned with leather covered floors and banisters, as well as a plaster wall treatment that resembles the shaggy blistered leather he did back in Stag on his footwear. Downstairs is a large well lit space, the environment is very calm and relaxed. Best part of course is the stock, every single piece from the collection on display [and if you don't see what you want, chances are its in the back]. Staff was super friendly and helpful, definitely the best environment I've come across to fulfill my Rick needs. GO!

    Browns - Funny I expect nothing from this place, maybe it had something to do with there awful email newsletters. But what can I say, had a great experience. Best service in all of London: friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Stock is quite small, but bought well, at least in regards to Rick and the general Browns customer. Downstairs is quite small and broken down into individual rooms, upstairs is relaxed, with a very home-like feel with the clothing around the edges of the room and couches in the middle. Best part, service without a doubt. Worth a stop.

    Vertice - Uhhh where to begin...another double height store with the italian dsquared balmain crowd at the entry and the SZ stuff downstairs. Each floor has one large rack running the length of the store, with everything mixed in. The store was filled with sales staff, all of which looked very business doing nothing and when questioned about an item were beyond clueless. Also none of the stock is priced, which means I am forced to ask this useless sales person each time, to which he shoots off some strangely high price, then later has to run upstairs and ask..for each and every piece... The owner also makes a less than convincing appearance, wearing an American Eagle varsity shirt with LUC jeans [which I threw up a little in my mouth at the site of]. Overall the whole experience left me feeling dirty, and leaving no chance in hell for my business or my return.. PASS!

    Liberty - A lifestyle shop, so its quite large [about the size of a Barneys] Mens is in the basement. With a decent selection of brands and stock, all separated from one another and labeled [like Barneys], but so so boring. Didn't seem to matter what brand you were looking at, it all seemed to equal black suit jackets and pants. A place to take grandma....Meh. Pretty forgettable. only if you got the time..

    Library - Dislike - Minimal stock in anything of interest. Tons of Devoa & Individual Sentiments suiting and coats if that's your thing. Bigger sizing. Layout of the store is totally illogical, with minimal display space and awkward spaces throughout the whole store. The staff is another story: totally rude and without a clue, a jeans and tee shirt crowd. But worst of all is the owner, complete fucking tool..and for that reason and that reason alone I will never go back or buy from this store again! Place is for footballers, no idea how the manage to remain as a Carol stockist...most definitely Avoid at all costs!

    Hostem - A bit out the way in the east, away from the rest of the lot. While being a smaller space, the interior aesthetics are really fitting [almost reminiscent of Lift Tokyo] with old wood floors, old [sort of surreal] fixtures, and walls adorned in textiles resembling the inside of an old tent. Inside it is jam packed with a great selection of the brands we know and love, all seeming to fit in with the feel of the place very well. The buys were surprisingly adventurous and we done, with some great exclusive pieces. The owner James was a great host, treating us like guests in his house, full of knowledge and general excitement about the clothes in the shop. The shop was the perfect environment, very much a holistic visceral experience, which all seemed in perfect harmony. Loved this store, would happily spend my dollars [or pounds i mean] here any day. GO!

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    Thanks for the rundown, andrew. Never heard of Hostem. Seems like nothing has changed for the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    Thanks for the rundown, andrew. Never heard of Hostem. Seems like nothing has changed for the rest.
    here is a nice little write up I found..

    http://www.coolhunting.com/style/hostem.php

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    James of Hostem is also the owner of Heartless. Great little space, good balance and selection of designers and pieces, and james and darren are really really nice blokes.

    As for the others....hit the nail on the head. Every time i have gone in the Library i have never felt comfortable. The only exception is when the young chinese guy Tony was working. Very chirpy and friendly. As for the others...grumpy c*nts.

    The guys in browns are always a pleasure to talk to, and rather knowledgable on their product. Pierre and Habib are very cool guys and very polite and helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    Thanks for the rundown, andrew. Never heard of Hostem. Seems like nothing has changed for the rest.
    HOSTEM
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    surprised to hear you disliked the Library so much. then again, everytime I've been there I've dealt with Tony who is a cool guy. their lineup has always been somewhat strange, though.

    Hostem is fairly new, another store with a somewhat unusual lineup of designers, the space looks great.
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    Interesting. Something to check out when I go visit mrbeyus. Actually, I've never had a good experience at Browns, and agree that Tony was nice to deal with and the rest of the team are not.
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    Library did put CCP on sales. last summer a lot of boots from 2009 season half price
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    Not so much that i dislike it. I just find the atmosphere to be a bit cold.
    There are often some interesting pieces in there.

    Hostem is a great little space, the brands are divided between 2 rooms, with a 3rd soon to open i think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowrey View Post
    surprised to hear you disliked the Library so much. then again, everytime I've been there I've dealt with Tony who is a cool guy. their lineup has always been somewhat strange, though.

    Hostem is fairly new, another store with a somewhat unusual lineup of designers, the space looks great.
    Tony is nice enough, but I'm rarely convinced by a blue jeans and tee sales person...I mean if you don't practice what you preach..who are you tryin to kid..

    The owner is a real piece of work, I wont repeat what he said. But he certainly lost some permanent business with couple of Londoners i was with...not a smart move

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    Did happen to be the actual owner or the manger??
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    My ideal retail experience is one where I'm left the hell alone unless I ask otherwise.

    Going by that, I suppose the best experience was at Dover Street Market and Yohji Yamamoto, although there's no way in hell I'd ever buy the latter anywhere but Japan. I felt claustrophobic & uncomfortable in Browns every time. Didn't get bad vibes from the Library then again I was just dipping in and out after trying on a jacket out of curiosity; the shop has a very weird mix to say the least. Liberty's buy is very very boring, it's the Lane Crawford of London - decent brands stocked, most boring possible combination of clothes from the collection.
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    I think Liberty's women's wear buying is much better than the menwears buying. End of season sales in Liberty is really generous, most of the items 75% off, Including many items from Ann D and Ricks.

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    Any James Blunt fan around here?

    he's just announced new UK tour next year, 27, 28th of FEB in London, anyone going?

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    Mate, if there are any James Blunt fans here apart from you, I am deleting my sz account...
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    I would say Vertice is worth a visit if you are heading to Browns as its practically next door. The stock is pretty limited (all horrible upstairs) but they had some good stuff when I went a month or so ago, and their mail order service is pretty easy to work with. I also find the guys in there pretty easy to talk to/no pressure etc...

    If you're going to Browns, don't forget to go into the labels for less store across the road, I got a pair of Dries work trousers 80% off and an MMM suit 50% off there very recently - there are some good bargains.

    Echo the sentiments about the library, as well as unwelcoming staff, its always really warm in there so you just want to get out of there asap.

    Had never heard of Hostem so I'll check that out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikevigar View Post
    I also find the guys in there pretty easy to talk to/no pressure etc...
    really?

    the 3-4 times I've gone there I've found the service terrible. the SA barely greeted me and stayed at a rather uncomfortable distance, about 3ft away from me at all times.
    "AVANT GUARDE HIGHEST FASHION. NOW NOW this is it people, these are the brands no one fucking knows and people are like WTF. they do everything by hand in their freaking secret basement and shit."

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