London, finally your time has arrived. It is my immense pleasure to introduce you to the capital’s number one destination for vegan shoe shopping… The Third Estate.
I write nice words about a lot of people, places and products on this blog but sometimes I get all giggly and gooey when my heart strings are really tugged. One such instance was my glowing review of the shoe and clothing emporium known as The Third Estate. Need a refresher? Go here.
Well, that was a long time ago and things have moved on… and by ‘things’ I mean The Third Estate and by ‘on’ I mean to London. Oh yes, dear FGV readers. This gorgeous, ethical retailer has set up shop in the Camden/Kentish Town region of London. Time to rejoice, give thanks and buy numerous pairs of vegan shoes.
I truly loved the gorgeous interiors, friendly staff and compassionate products of their Leeds outlet, but the owners have managed to replicate all of this in London (and then some!).
Rails are filled with Fairtrade garments and recycled clothing. Rescued timber is everywhere. Stunning decorating makes it a joy to enter and precise attention to the shop layout makes it feel a very special place indeed. Old tree branches from a family member’s garden have been turned into a centrepiece while old packing pallets and cable wheels house environmentally-conscious items for sale. It is simply lovely.
One of the main objectives of the store is to support and promote ethical clothing manufacturers. You will find mostly local designers featured with a focus on reclaimed fabrics, environmentally-friendly inks and compassionate business practices.
This is all well and good, but like they say to queer kids the world over… it gets better. Hold on to your hats as I introduce you to the unbelievably-awesome vegan wall of shoes. It holds more styles of cruelty-free footwear than you could poke a reclaimed piece of timber at.
The Third Estate proudly stock a huge range of vegan footwear. Vegetarian Shoes. Macbeth. Etnies. Ethletic. So much range and so many glorious styles to choose from. I was particularly impressed by the range of dress shoes for men. No matter if you are after a heel for partying, a trainer for keeping fit or a casual shoe for strolling the streets, The Third Estate vegan shoe wall has you well and truly covered.
Need more reason to get there soon? Good, because I’ve got another good one up my sleeve.
Located directly across the road from The Third Estate is one of the longest-serving health food stores in London. Running since 1980, Bubmlebee Natural Foods is a haven for conscious food shoppers. The store sells an impressive range of vegan products including hygiene products, frozen foods, bulk grains, snacks, wine, household cleaners, oils, tinned goods and much more.
I of course was most impressed by their deli where I snapped up two pieces of absolutely stunning cake made by the talented people of Manna Vegetarian Restaurant. Scrumptious!
The arrival of The Third Estate in London is big news for vegan shoe shoppers and lovers of Fairtrade clothing. The shop is open for business now, but watch for news of a grand opening party coming in May. Details on how to attend will be posted by your friendly-neighbourhood fat, gay vegan.
In the meantime… get some ethical shopping done!
The Third Estate, 27 Brecknock Road, Camden N7 0BT
Open Tue – Wed 10:00 am-5:30 pm, Thu 11:00 am-7:00 pm & Fri – Sat 10:00 am-5:30 pm
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12 min walk from Camden Road Overground. Short walk from Kentish Town & Gospel Oak. Area serviced by the 253, 29 and 390 buses.