Lovely bookshop

London used to have an excellent book and magazine shop called R.D. Franks which catered to fashion students. It sold all sorts of interesting things, including La Mia Boutique and every fashion mag I’ve ever heard of. I only got to visit it a couple of times before it closed down last year, and since then I’ve been on the lookout for something similar.

Yesterday I was in London and visited Claire de Rouen Books on Charing Cross Road. It’s a ‘photography and fashion’ bookshop and while it doesn’t stock any sewing magazines, it does have lots of fashion mags and some very good sewing-related books. I bought Drape Drape 2, and I noticed the Pattern Magic books were also there. The selection of photography books was also great, for those who are into that.

I’d still like to find somewhere in London that stocks the more exotic pattern magazines though. If anyone knows of such a place do tell!

2 thoughts on “Lovely bookshop

  1. Ooh, thanks for the tip! I, too, miss RD Franks and am looking for a replacement – so will have to check this out. But if you get tips on good magazine sources, do share!

  2. Great find, I’ll have to go visit, thanks! I, too, mourn the loss of RD Franks. They and (an also now closed) newsagent on Oxford Street were the only places I’ve ever been able to find foreign sewing pattern magazines in London. Probably most of the reason I now subscribe instead… (Though one-off magazine purchases are easy to come buy on UK eBay or or

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