During my recent trip to London, I was faced with a bit of a problem; many things to see and not long to do it. I was great just to be in one of my all time favorite cities and I was lucky to meet a lot of like minded people, many of whom I had been corresponding with over the past few years. The downside was my short schedule forced me to abandon an entire arm of my planned exploration. One place I knew I had to visit was the Soho store of the English label Albam.
You don’t see a lot of Albam in the U.S., actually I’m not sure of any shop that stocks the line. (If I’m wrong, correct me in the comments please.) So getting to see the shop, the clothes and the folks that work for the company was a real treat. I ended up buying a navy waxed canvas (American waxed canvas I may add) jacket that has yielded me many a compliment back home in New York. Albam makes good clothes and at the same time, it has a great brand philosophy. The company puts an emphasis on local production and sourcing, which sort of aligns with what Rob is doing at Grown & Sewn (or vice versa). I have to think that manufacturing in England is much more difficult than doing it here in the USA — which makes what the guys at Albam (and some others) are doing pretty impressive. That being said, people would probably care less if the clothes weren’t go nice. Albam is definitely a look-good and feel-good type of situation.
Albam Soho | 23 Beak Street W1F 9RS | Tel: 02 3157 7000