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  • Franze & Evans (101 Redchurch Street): "I discovered Franz and Evans with my good friend after a slumber party in Central East. It's situated in two of my personal favorite streets in London—Redchurch Street corner Bricklane. It's placed quite well as it's a shopping district. I get all I need within these streets: vintage items, food toiletries, art supplies, and fabrics! Most importantly, the food is amazing. It does get quite packed but the service is great too. The food is Italian. A must-try is the Arancini." (Click right to for other Footnotes on London)
  • Bussey Building (133 Rye Lane, Peckham):  "I really like Bussey Building. It served as a night out central [for me] in the south of London. I also discovered that it's a multipurpose building that does exhibits. It serves as a café, too."
  • Donlon Books (75 Broadway Market): "I love Donlon. The best archival books could be found there. Great multicultural published books—American, European, Asian, even Middle Eastern. Contemporary classics are there, with current magazines along it like Purple, Self Service, Sleek, and Marfa Journal."
  • Storm in a Teacup (366 Kingsland Road):  "I'm recommending this last for it is a serious archival spot. Issey Miyake, Comme des Garcons, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, etc. It's not just the label, but really identifiable and iconic pieces hidden in this store. It's along Kingsland Road, and has amazing rustic interiors and well-curated pieces. Among other great archive vintage stores, this best describes classic and serious archival goals. It definitely relives moments sealed and published in books, and exhibited as part of retrospectives."
  • Fox on the Hill  (149 Denmark Hill): "This is a pub that I discovered as I used to live five minutes away from it. It's part of this chain, JD Wetherspoons, that basically serves a "Wetherspoons menu" within the pub. It's beautiful for lazy Sundays or summer weekdays. It's located just ten minutes away by bus from Camberwell and Peckham, which are filled with great vintage finds."

05/19/15 Footnotes on London by Designer CJ Cruz

Splitting his time between Manila and London, fashion designer CJ Cruz takes inspiration from either side of the world, creating pieces where intelligent, effortless design is bursting at the seams.

After serving as an assistant to stylist Melvin Mojica and a menswear designer for Melissa Dizon-Ramsey’s Eairth in Manila, Cruz flew to London to study at the London College of Fashion. In between classes, the wunderkind became an intern for Céline under Phoebe Philo. Since graduating from the Bachelor of Arts programme, Cruz’s capsule collection has been featured in Vogue UK. His pieces have also attracted the attention of celebrities such as FKA Twigs, who has recently started wearing some of the designer’s work.

These days, Cruz is developing a brand he has touted Carl Jan Cruz. He also on occasion lends his creative prowess to a number of independent magazines. “I work proactively with press I believe in, like Oyster Magazine, Terra Firma, and Sleek Magazine,” says Cruz. “Hopefully Carl Jan Cruz will be treated as a company by the end of this year. It’s taking some time, as I have decided it will be owned only by me, and no partnership involved just yet.”

Cruz is just getting started, however—and it’s fascinating to discover the city where he cultivates such an astute point of view on style and design. “My dad is from London, and I’m British by citizenship, ” says Cruz. He and his family moved to Manila when he was four years old, and returned when he was 16. While there’s certainly no shortage of guides and love letters to London, Cruz lists down a few places in a city generous with rain and grub to feed the creative soul.