‘What Katie Did‘ – I actually love this brand as they are more or less the only ones to deliver real vintage underwear. But: In the UK, ordering from continental Europe always means ‘overseas shipping’ (Better watch out and know your size to avoid returns!) which means any discount offered will be redirected to the mail office directly. No cheap offers. Sadly. Well, I recently suffered from this shipping-shopping and so getting to London was the one and only opportunity to look for What Katie Did and try on their latest vintage underwear. That was why I paid a visit to their store. Of course there were plenty other reasons to get there as well…
The Boutique itself is a tiny (really!) but cosy little shop right under the motorway located in a small shopping mall/arcades at 281 Portobello Road . You can access it from the north coming from tube station Ladbroke Grove after passing a street market full of jamaican rastafarian souveniers. Cheeky.
Their shop is a paradise from the first moment you open the door. Sit down and enjoy the stylish products, try on some of them or just get into a chat with their staff. But: Better forget your cash at home – shopping the whole range of products can make you poor easily. Puuuuuuh, at least ‘Brexit’ brought a nice exchange rate to foreign currencies…
Got new full fashioned stockings and a suspender belt there. Sadly their bra sizing ends with bust size 38 which is OK with stretching fabric but not for stiff, inflexible undergarments (Okay, their Bullet Bra series goes up in size to be honest)
Did you know that only three machines are still existing worldwide to produce
fully fashioned stockings?
Check them out once you make it to London!
Ahhh, by the way: Merry Christmas to all of you!