It’s safe to say London’s Labour & Wait is one of our favourite stores in the capital, one that holds all manner of curiosities from kitchen goods to gardening tools, shaving paraphernalia to classic clothing. Their products have a delightful uniformity about them, connected by a inherent simplicity that oozes old-world charm…
Established in 2000, owners Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins sought to create a retail experience that offered quality products whose design and function allowed them to rise above trend. Their buying has been consistent and pleasingly deliberate over the years, driven by goods’ utility-factor rather than appearance.
In naming their venture Wythe-Moran and Watkins are said to have taken inspiration from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s exhortation to ‘Learn to Labour and to Wait’, first setting up shop in the old Victorian terrace of Cheshire Street over 10 years ago, later graduating to a larger space in Redchurch Street, Shoreditch.
Upon setting foot into the store you promptly recognise their savvy organisation of wares, leaving you at a loss to imagine the space rearranged in any way; there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place. Whatever the object you find, you’re left feeling its place is deserved and it will in some way or another be of use to you.
We thoroughly recommend paying them a visit next time you find yourself in Shoreditch and you can then enjoy their function-lead inventory in person, for the time being we leave you to enjoy these photos from our most recent visit:
LABOUR AND WAIT
85 REDCHURCH STREET