On a recent trip to Brighton I fancied seeking out something a little different. I've spent most of my life wandering in and out of the vintage shops in the North Laine area, and so I was keen to discover a few new places. You know, shake things up a bit.
My first find was i gigi and although this post is called Brighton shops, it's actually in Hove (I hope you'll forgive me). i gigi is an emporium of style comprising of homewares, interiors, womenswear and a cafe. The general store with its earthy palette and scented candles was so calming I could have whiled away a couple of hours in there. And I'm pretty sure people do.
I left with a Nordic style ceramic pot, a tiny wood bowl and a pomegranate scented candle. Quite a shopping haul for a self-confessed minimalist!
i gigi can be found at 31a Western Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AF.
My second discovery was Workshop; a gorgeous store of simple products and beautifully curated displays. Once again I loved the muted tones, and everything appeared to be well designed, functional and created with care. Products to stand the test of time.
I met the owner and cheekily asked him if his home is as nice as his shop, to which he modestly replied yes. We talked about Cereal magazine, and all the other simple and slow living publications of the moment. I left with a copy of Kinfolk, a little porcelain spoon and a ton of inspiration.
Workshop can be found at 13a Prince Albert Street, Brighton, BN1 1HE.
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