Hackney’s New Fashion Hub

Mimi ON Oct 16, 2012 AT 9:45 am

Burberry Prorsum AW12

East London tends to be the go-to place when it comes to shopping for vintage, indie cafes and secret treasure-trove drinking taverns, but all that’s set to change as local authorities plan to build a “fashion hub” similar to that of Oxfordshire shopping outlet Bicester Village.  The retail centre will be situated adjacent to Burberry’s current factory outlet at Chatham Place, by Hackney Central overground station, bringing a whole new high-fashion element to Hackney borough.

The infamous Duke of Wellington pub, on Morning Lane, will be replaced by the new Pringle store, whilst the derelict railway arches are to be transformed into various independent retail spaces, cafes and restaurants.

The “fashion hub” development looks to set Hackney Council back around £5 million, and The Financial Times reports that around 200 local jobs will be created in the area. And whilst the area currently draws crowds of Asian tourists who head to Hackney solely for the Burberry outlet, with little else of high-end designer luxury on offer in the area, Hackney are hoping to capitalise on the current footfall.

It sure beats a new Primark.

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