Locally-founded fashion brands return to their roots at Coal Drops Yard

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Cubitts and Lost Property of London will be among the first brands to open new stores at the new King’s Cross shopping quarter, Coal Drops Yard, scheduled to open to the public in autumn 2018.

Lost Property of London (LPOL) was founded by Central Saint Martins alumni Katy Bell and John Maskell. The brand takes inspiration from traditional saddler to produce modern, minimalistic bags, often using salvaged materials.

LPOL works out of a studio in North London and the bags are produced locally, using traditional craft techniques. The new 874sq ft flagship at Coal Drops Yard will expand on the existing boutique in Islington and act as creative headquarters for the brand.

Cubitts was also founded in King’s Cross, by Tom Broughton in 2012. The eyewear brand produces frames made with custom Cubitts pins inspired by the rivets on the Lewis Cubitts Granary building in Granary Square. The shape of the rivets is also echoed in the brand logo, as well as a visual interpretation of KX, representing King’s Cross.

All the Cubitts designed frames are named after streets in the area, strengthening the brand’s link with its geographical roots.

Craig White, Project Director at Argent, said: “We’re very happy that the first brands announced for Coal Drops Yard are two of the King’s Cross area’s top retail alumni. The new neighbourhood is a unique and wonderfully atmospheric canvas for retailers, and when it opens next year, the Coal Drops at its centre will be a vibrant and truly different place to shop. From Autumn 2018 there will be 20 million people a year visiting for a carefully-chosen selection of the best in apparel, design, homeware and lifestyle in beautifully-repurposed heritage spaces.”