Riposte Nº1: The Grand Damme of Charing Cross Road
Riposte is a smart magazine for women, made by editor in chief Danielle Pender, creative director Shaz Madani, photography editor Gem Fletcher, features editor Liv Siddall and a roll call of excellent creatives. I've served as contributing editor since it's inception in 2013. Here's an excerpt from my article on Claire de Rouen.
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The Grande Dame of Charing Cross Road
Take a stroll in Claire de Rouen’s footsteps with L.A. Ronayne
Some people have the good manners to arrive on the planet with an innate, lifelong desire to own beautiful things. If this rings even the slightest bell, head directly to the first floor of Nº 125 Charing Cross Road, London. There you’ll find Claire de Rouen Books – described by David Bailey as “maybe the best photographic bookshop in the world”.
Different cities make different promises and London has long held a particular allure for the creatively inclined. Like a flock of avant- garde swallows, we migrate here to make, to earn a crust and to emulate the kind of lives that our idols live. In January 2012, the city suffered a great loss as one such idol passed on.
The shop is a warren of white bookshelves, heaving with an exceptional collection. It’s like stepping into a Wikipedia entry for printed magnificence. Traditionally, word of like-minded mouth has been the reason people know about this place, secreted away above a ‘licensed sex shop’...
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