On Sunday May 27 Soho’s Dean Street will be closed down to traffic and transformed into the very first Soho Flea Market, all in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust. From artisan crockery to organic skincare products, it boasts an awe inspiring list of creative stallholders (we helped rally a few back in March) all rubbing shoulders with music and comedy performances throughout the day. We’ve picked out the best stalls, and here’s a lovely map to help you find them.
1. Space 1a, Look out for ethical homewares from this cheery label. Find butterfly print aprons, oversized goldfish tea towels and ant print table mats, in organic and recycled materials.
2. Nette’ Leather, Los Angeles-born, LCF-educated and London-dwelling Johnette’ Taylor (don’t forget the apostrophe) makes vintage-style leather satchels, camera and laptop bags in buttery soft leather with a restrained palette of tan and burgundy.
3. Tender Product, This cool design collective makes modern gifts, collectible toys and prints for graphics-loving media types. Ideas range from knitted Action Man loo roll covers to the functional-but-cute robot-shaped four-port USB Hub Man.
4. Syd and Mallory, The obligatory vintage fashion stand. It’s a good one, though – Syd and Mallory supply Asos Marketplace with pre-loved fashion, all well edited so you don’t have to rummage through too much to find something on trend and in good nick.
5. Plastic Seconds,This super fun jewellery brand makes kooky accessories out of landfill fodder: biro cap earrings, light bulb pendants and pillbox hats made from Tupperware lids. Recycling at its best.
6. Melanie Porter, Melanie Porter elevates knitting to an artform. Rather than the usual garish jumpers, she creates amazing cableknit covers for furniture –making tables and chairs look at once nostalgic and very modern, while also being exceedingly tactile and comfortable.
7. Rokos, Jim Rokos is a brilliant homeware designer with a stack of awards under his belt to prove it (as well as a former life as modelmaker for the Muppets). His products, such as his striking tipped wine decanter and bowls, are design icons in waiting. Perfect manly gifts for Father’s Day.
8. Lou Rota, Lou’s lovely chinaware stall mixes her own original ceramics designs, illustrated with flamingos, beetles, pigeons and various flora and fauna, with a quirky range of upcycled designs – plates from carboot sales and customised by the designer.
For info, see sohofleamarket.com.