Ultra hip Clerkenwell hairdressers Fourth Floor, the cult split-level salon residing at the top of a 1930s industrial building and accessed by a goods lift, is setting up shop this winter – a corner shop to be exact. They have cherry-picked some of the quirkiest, most interesting wares from stylish local vendors to exhibit and sell, including a selection of beautiful silver-bound tomes by overlooked female novelists, published by Persephone Books; crockery and cards by interiors tastemaker Ben Pentreath; natty accessories by Spitalfields’ bespoke tailor Timothy Everest; eco bags by designer Justin Oh; jewellery and accessories from the Darkroom; and men’s and women’s fashion by Folk.
For regular customers, a routine chop will be elevated to new heights of retail and festive glory, while for those who have yet to discover the boutique barbers, it’s a neat way to have a browse, discover new brands while having a snoop around the salon. If the selection of knick-knacks on display don’t seduce you, the space itself – with its walls of glass, warehouse vibe and gorgeously light-flooded interiors – will. Say your goodbyes to your hairdresser of old, right now.