London, March 2018 – King’s Cross announces that three British fashion brands, each founded on principles of quality, craftsmanship and distinctive styling, will open stores at Coal Drops Yard, the large-scale new shopping quarter in King’s Cross, in October 2018. Established brands Cheaney and Universal Works will each be opening new stores in the Heatherwick Studio-designed scheme, while Form & Thread will be moving from online-only to bricks and mortar to create their first permanent physical retail environment.
Cheaney is set to open its eighth UK store at Coal Drops Yard. Founded in 1886, Cheaney is fully committed to producing the finest footwear. Its shoes are wholly made in England from start to finish by over 160 craftsmen and women, many of whom have long family held connections with the business, setting the standard for modern artisanship. The new store will be uniquely designed for the location, using the scheme’s existing brick walls to create a bespoke environment for customers visiting Coal Drops Yard.
Founded in 2015, Form & Thread is one of the UK’s top emerging menswear design companies, offering quality menswear essentials at a realistic and attainable price. Having run successful pop-up stores for two years, and a burgeoning online business, founders Richard Jeal and Chris Bell are set to open their first permanent physical store in Coal Drops Yard. More details will be announced in due course.
Universal Works, the respected Nottingham-based menswear and lifestyle brand marking its tenth anniversary next year, will be opening its third store in London at Coal Drops Yard. Purveyors of contemporary, stylish and accessible menswear, Universal Works work with carefully selected and ethical partners from Portugal, India and the UK, mixing British clothing culture with a modern, more International feel to create clothing that is wearable, sustainable and affordable.
The three stores join an expanding line-up of leading retailers that include Paul Smith, Tom Dixon, Cubitts, Manifesto and Lost Property of London – as well as restaurants Barrafina and Casa Pastor and wine bar The Drop – that will open at Coal Drops Yard, which will house 100,000 sq ft of shops and restaurants when it opens to the public in October 2018.
Craig White, Project Director at Argent, said: “Cheaney, Form & Thread and Universal Works will each play a hugely important role in creating the Coal Drops Yard experience. They are thoroughly progressive brands with a focus on old-fashioned artisanship, offering quality products at an accessible price-point. They complement perfectly our other confirmed partners, and those still to come, and we’re thrilled to be able to announce that they will be opening with us later this year.”