Although the Victorian times might be remembered for dodgy health and safety and questionable pie fillings, the 19th century saw a huge shift for the local butcher. According to food historian Annie Gray: “Butchers were busier than ever as Britain urbanized rapidly, becoming the first country in the world where more people lived in towns than in the country in 1851.” Continue reading »
For her Shoplifting project, the British artist Lucy Sparrow had fun recreating the most stolen objects in the stores of Great Britain. Some soft and childish creations made of felt, which illustrate the banal criminality of everyday life. Pregnancy tests, champagne, beauty cream, meat, condoms, alcohol or adult magazines, the Shoplifting installation was presented last November at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London. Continue reading »
Shopikon was inspired by the belief that an essential part of a city’s character is defined by its unique, local stores. Shopikon is an independent guide. All shops have been hand-picked by our editors, and did not pay to be featured. With an eye for a well curated selection of items, quality products, and distinct philosophies, these restless explorers have hit the streets in all kinds of weather to find the cream of the shop crop. Also, iPhone app.
Madeleine Wenthzel looks in a mirror as she tries on a Costume at the Halloween MegaStore Miami Beach on October 21, 2011 in Miami Beach, Florida. The megastore is a temporary location for the store which opened for the holiday to sell costumes, masks and other items to people needing to dress up for the evening of October 31 when costumed people around the world observe the day. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America) Continue reading »