British fashion retailer Wolf & Badger has today unveiled plans for a three-storey retail destination including a café, restaurant and terrace at Coal Drops Yard, the Heatherwick Studio-designed shopping quarter in King’s Cross which will open on 26 October this year.
The 12,000 sq ft space, in the building which housed legendary nightclub Bagley’s, will feature a curated selection of unique and ethical fashion and design labels from the 700 strong roster of Wolf & Badger brand partners, spanning womenswear, menswear, accessories, jewellery, beauty and homeware.
Since launching its website and first boutique in Notting Hill in 2010, Wolf & Badger has used its platform to promote upcoming designers and allow them to reach new audiences. Wolf & Badger now operates worldwide, including through its multi-purpose store and events space in SoHo, New York.
From fledgling undiscovered labels to more established names, all brands go through a rigorous selection process that requires a demonstration of true originality and uncompromising design, making for a highly curated online and in-store shopping experience.
The three-storey property at Coal Drops Yard will bring together its existing London stores into a much larger space, with concessions including a fashion magazine and book store, a stationery store and a florist. Cult London favourite Raw Press will also open an in-store cold-pressed juice bar, and a dedicated events space will be paired with exciting, regularly changing retail concepts. On the top floor a brand new restaurant will be created, in partnership with a celebrated chef – more information on this will be released in the coming weeks. Wolf & Badger will also bring together its creative hub – ‘Wolf & Badger Studios’ – and its head office into the unit at Coal Drops Yard.
Coal Drops Yard will be a vibrant new shopping district at the centre of King’s Cross, home to over 50 stores, restaurants and cafés, bringing together a community of like-minded brands in a reimagined set of historic buildings and arches directly adjacent to Granary Square and Regent’s Canal. Coal Drops Yard was originally established in 1850 to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to the capital each year, and was latterly the location of legendary nightclubs Bagley’s and The Cross. The area is now reopening, reinvented by the acclaimed Heatherwick Studio, which has interwoven a contemporary design with the surviving structures, streets and rich ironwork of the original Victorian coal drops.
No space at Coal Drops Yard is the same. Stores and restaurants are located in canal-side arches fronting on to cobbled courtyards, within the original ‘coal drops’ themselves and across a series of raised iron viaducts. Larger statement stores sit at each street corner, with one dual-aspect space crowning the street, located directly beneath Heatherwick Studio’s striking ‘kissing’ rooftops. Lower Stable Street, a sunken street between Coal Drops Yard and Stable Street, will also open this October, offering spaces for a range of smaller pop-up and experimental stores, complementing and offering a different aspect to the Coal Drops Yard experience.
The stores themselves will be showcases for some of the world’s most forward-thinking brands, each an experience and all one-off concepts created using the unique heritage spaces they sit within as a muse and an inspiration. Paul Smith, Tom Dixon, Samsung, Cubitts, Universal Works, Maya Magal and Alain Ducasse’s Le Chocolat – as well as restaurants Barrafina, Casa Pastor and wine bar The Drop – are among those to have been confirmed to open so far.
Henry Graham, Creative Director & Co-Founder of Wolf & Badger, said: “Great stores are about more than just shopping and we’ve always wanted to create a space like this to present a dynamic and differentiated experience to our customers. With this launch, we are curating a destination where art, culture, gastronomy and events can all come together under one roof to complement our signature selection of ethical, unique and unusual products.
“The central London location of Coal Drops Yard is amazing and the entire redevelopment has significant architectural merit. Argent shares our vision for a truly unique store concept and has also been very selective in its choice of co-tenancies. As such, we have decided to relocate both our London stores together into this flagship retail unit.”
Craig White, Senior Project Director at Argent, said: “Wolf & Badger’s new three-storey flagship will be one of the first sights that greet visitors to Coal Drops Yard as they enter from Granary Square. I can’t think of a better exemplar for what the district stands for than what their talented team are creating – something that’s at once bold and new, while being entirely sympathetic to its outstanding heritage location.
“This was the site of the legendary Bagley’s nightclub, where people gathered from far and wide for a shared experience, and Wolf & Badger are very much channelling this energy and spirit into creating a space that’s more than a store – it’s a meeting place. Their promotion of independent brands will be integral to what we’re creating at Coal Drops Yard, where they’ll be joined by a unique mix of global names, innovative restaurateurs and emerging retailers. We’re thrilled to welcome them to our community, and look forward to the store opening later this year.”