Clockwork to cufflinks

An interesting blog post from Simon Carter, the upmarket menswear shop that is going to replace Black’s the jewellers in Blackheath.

…we’re opening a new store in Blackheath. This is an even more prosperous and leafy London suburb than Crystal palace. I’d passed by the site dozens of times; a long standing jewellers in a prime location just down from the station, on the main drag. When I saw the ‘To Let’ sign, I moved so fast I blurred. Beating other retailers off with a stick, and having to raise our offer twice, we finally secured it earlier this month.

The shop dates from around 1870 and retains the original frontage, right down to the curved glass windows, tessellated entrance floor and foxed Victorian mirrors above the doorway. Inside, there’s much to be done. The nineteenth century tongue and groove ceiling remains in place under a 1980’s shopfit. There’s a glorious wood panelled light well at the back, and once we start stripping out the previous generations of fixtures, more will be revealed.

From their website, they also sell watches, so some continuity from that perspective. The owner of the shop goes by the twitter name @kingofcufflinks. Lots of changes coming to the high street over the next few weeks I think…

(Thanks to Rob for spotting the post)

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7 responses to “Clockwork to cufflinks

  1. Neil Rh

    Blacks dates from 1845, not 1870. It has been a jewellers & silversmiths since 1905, as declared in the attractive tessellated entrance porch. Full details in Vol I of my Blackheath serial.

  2. Crystal Palace is prosperous and leafy??!!

    When I lived near there the best thing about it was astonishing variety of down market fast food restaurants which I used to frequent…..It aint changed. He’s talking about Dulwich I bet.

  3. I’m interested to see the clothes on offer. Can’t be a huge shop. Website looks nice, although pricey, obviously. But be good for me to have at least one more men’s clothes shop in the village rather than just fat face

  4. Paul

    Nice to see a company that wants to strip back a premises to show off it’s oringinal features. I can see the shop doing quite well with the amount of men with money (who wear suits) in the area. Unfortunatly I don’t have that kinda cash so will probally only ever pop in for a look.

  5. Ed

    Blog 853 is saying that Ikea is hoping to get planning permission on the current sainsbury site on the Greenwich peninsula, great news

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