The Independent London Newspaper
19th January 2017

Blustons close to re-opening with same name and as a clothes shop

    Blustons before it closed last year

    Published: 13 July, 2016
    By DAN CARRIER

    IT was the time warp shop that delighted passers-by with its historic façade, eye-catching window displays and polka dot dresses. But now Blustons in Kentish Town is set to re-open as a clothes shop once more, with its new owners looking to carry on its traditions.

    New boss Zeynal Cakallik said he had the blessing of the Albert family, who had set up the shop 85 years ago, and that the doors could be open again as early as this weekend.

    He told the New Journal: “We are currently redecorating. It is an absolutely beautiful building. When we received the details from an estate agent, we realised how famous this place has been for generations and is packed with history.”

    The Grade II-listed façade and interior was briefly used for a Ted Baker marketing exercise at the end of last year, but has otherwise been vacant since Michael Albert announced his retirement plans last year. Its closure had been lamented by people living around Kentish Town Road.

    Mr Cakallik said the shop would use the same name and that he would do his best to keep up its past traditions.

    “It is such a privilege to take on part of Kentish Town’s heritage,” he said. “A lot of people wanted to take the shop on and do something else with it, run a different business here, but we heard local people were keen it would remain a clothes shop and so we are so happy to be able to do this.”

    New owner Zeynal Cakallik

    The shop was set up by Mr Albert’s relatives, Jane and Samuel Bluston, in the 1930s.

    Mr Cakallik said: “I spoke with the former owner Michael about it and asked if we could keep the name. He said ‘yes’. I know it means a lot to people here and so we’ll re-open with the same name and the same design.”

    Mr Cakallik said he would sell men’s shirts and trousers but there would be a focus on women’s clothes for all ages.

    Gillian Tindall, who wrote the seminal social history of the area, The Fields Beneath, told the New Journal she was delighted Blustons’ tills would be ringing once more. She said: “The layout of the shop front is suited to this type of traditional shop, and people were very upset when it closed.”

    Comments

    1940 s blustons

    went every year with mu m to getnew coat always had to be blue

    Well done that man.

    Well done that man.

    Norman Linton

    Great to hear about Blustons.

    In the 60s, many older ladies had a dress by Norman Linton for their Sunday best. They were more expensive but renowned for their quality. These dresses were quite probably made at he factory on Highgate Road, now Highgate Studios ( and Maple House).

    Blustons to re-open

    Fabulous news. Spent many Saturday afternoons here with my mum back in the 60s. And I remain the proud owner of a red and white polka dot dress shown in photos of Blustons.

    Pics article

    Me and my friend had an article on Blustons published in World of Interiors of all places (!) back in late 90s/early 2000s. Would live to show it to you . We are local :-)

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