If you’re anything like my friend Erica and I, you constantly fake a British accent while discussing Duchess Kate’s shoes and the merits of cider and pasties. For the emerging anglophile within your soul, I bring you Flat 128. The boutique is a luxury lifestyle store, dedicated to bringing emerging and established UK talent to New York City.
Hold on to your knickers and wave your Union Jack, this cute shop is one part Mary Poppins, a touch of the Queen, a pinch of the Sex Pistols, and a lot of Vivienne Westwood. The owner, Elizabeth, explains, “Our cozy, West Village storefront resembles the feeling of entering your chicest friend’s home – their flat. The name FLAT 128 is a nod to our founder’s past, favorite home in Notting Hill in London. We hope you find the space as welcoming and beautiful as we do.”
A leather satchel, a fascinator and a croquet mallet? Yes, please.
One cannot fully immerse themselves in British culture without shopping in tartans or plaid.
The owner plays a tête-à-tête with the two great cities, separated by the pond of the Atlantic. Her favorite Grilled Cheese in London is at Kappacasein in Borough Market vs. Murray’s Cheese Shop in Bleecker Street in NYC. Want to catch a movie in London, why not visit The Electric where you can have a bottle of wine and cozy up in their plush seats? Catching a film in NYC, Elizabeth recommends The Angelika in Soho for its independent films and the ability to hear the subway trains beneath you during the movie. Her favorite independent stores in London are the Shop at Bluebird on the King’s Road and Summerhill & Bishop in Holland Park, however in NYC she swears 15 Christopher Street, NYC, 10014 is the best spot – aka Flat 128.