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B store closes London shop as founders launch new store

Iconic indie and brand b store will close its London shop at the end of August and cease its wholesale clothing operation, but the footwear business will continue.

Founders Kirk Beattie and Matthew Murphy will launch a new retail venture called Other.

Other, which will open on b store’s existing site on Kingly Street in Soho on September 3 and sell via www.other-shop.com, will support new or unknown designers, or “hard-to-find” items from more established names across men and womenswear.

Brands stocked at Other will include Awai, Sophie Hulme, Opening Ceremony, Marwood, b store footwear and own-label Other. There are currently no plans to wholesale Other.

Murphy said in a statement: “From our humble beginnings, we are still overwhelmed by the current position and what has been achieved with b store. During the journey b store grew and developed into something quite different from our original vision.

“Because of this we decided to go back to the foundations and ideals that established b store and to focus on the things, people and projects that have and continue to inspire us…this became Other.”

B store footwear will continue to be distributed by Six London, and sold on b store’s online shop. Murphy and Beattie will no longer be involved with the b store business.

To read an interview with Matthew Murphy, click here: “Q&A: Matthew Murphy, co-founder of b store and Other

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