London, 19 September 2018 – King’s Cross announces that Hackney’s Bonds is to launch Bonds. King’s Cross at Coal Drops Yard, the new Heatherwick-Studio designed shopping and lifestyle district in King’s Cross. Bonds is a lifestyle store, coffee spot, and event space born out of a desire to collaborate with local artisans and designers. Celebrating craftsmanship and community each of their products tell a story their passionate team take the time to share. Visitors to the store can discover local craft while browsing a carefully curated selection of lifestyle products including candles, ceramics, fabric & linen and leather goods – all sharing a similar handmade aesthetic.
The store will house an Earl of East London lab where candles will be hand poured directly to be sold in-store and will sit effortlessly alongside distinctive designs from Danish furniture brand Ferm Living, who have partnered with Bonds. King’s Cross to be the first UK stockist of their latest furniture collections.
The brainchild of Niko Dafkos and Paul Firmin, Bonds launched on Gransden Avenue, London Fields in 2017 as a way to build a world around their own travel-inspired fragrance line, Earl of East London. Having already established itself as a creative hub for local artisans the brand is now coming to Kings Cross, with their second store set to open in late October 2018.
Bonds founders Niko Dafkos and Paul Firmin say; “After the success of our first bricks and mortar we were keen to look for another more central location. Our current building has a lot of character so finding a space like that for the second store was one of our top priorities. CDY has a wonderful history and the reimagining of these incredible buildings by Heatherwick meant it soon became top of our list. To be part of one of London’s Landmark developments and be surrounded by such a well curated list of brands is such a privilege.”
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 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. 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 alongside new public spaces, making it an oasis-like space for visitors to dwell, discover and to explore. Special in-store events, workshops, pop-ups and talks will all feature as part of an ongoing programme of activities and events.
Bonds. King’s Cross joins an expanding line-up of forward-thinking retailers that include Paul Smith, Tom Dixon, Cubitts, Wolf & Badger, Le Chocolat by Alain Ducasse, Samsung, MHL. By Margaret Howell and COS, as well as restaurants Barrafina, Casa Pastor and wine bar The Drop. A full list is available below.
With its innovative shopping experience, canal-side location in the heart of King’s Cross and state-of-the-art architecture, Coal Drops Yard is set to become a magnet for shoppers and visitors from across London, the UK and further afield when it opens on 26 October 2018.