Premium Peckham indie Fenton Walsh closed yesterday after eight years of trading, with the business blaming the economic environment and wet summers for its demise.
The store, which was opened in 2005 by Maria Fenton and Claire Walsh, was known for stocking up-and-coming labels alongside more established brands.
A note posted on the door of the Bellenden Road in East Dulwich store read: “After eight years on Bellenden Road we are with a heavy heart having to close due to: Four years of an unstable economic climate, three years of badly planned and managed road works, two years of cold wet summers and one unsympathetic government who don’t support the lifeblood of the high street, small independent shops.”
The note continued: “Remember, continue to support the local shops who pay their taxes. Don’t support the big companies who manage to avoid them.”
The Fenton Walsh website has been taken down and no one from the indie could be reached for comment.