//Manager Trudi Gartland, Johnson's, King's Road, Chelsea, 1986. Photograph: Haruko Minakami.//
Thanks are due to Derek Harris of Lewis Leathers for scans from 80s Japanese magazine London Ni Ikitai (I Want To Go To London) featuring the Johnson’s stores in Kensington Market and at 406 King’s Road, World’s End.
//London Ni Ikitai, 1983.//
//Staff member Antoine Mills talks to The Clash drummer Pete Howard (on bike) outside 406 King's Road, 1983.//
//From left: Staff members Dave Parsons (future bassist Transvision Vamp + Bush), Antoine Mills and Steve Prendergast, King's Road, 1983.//
//Suit and shirt racking, 1983.//
Researched, written and photographed by music/style journalist Haruko Minakami, these bring back many memories of Lloyd Johnson and Peter Boutwood’s outlets (which are being celebrated as part of the exhibition Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter).
//London Ni Ikitai, 1985.//
//Antoine Mills, Johnson's The Modern Outfitters, 1985.//
//Mills with Vicky Sheppard, 1985.//
//Japanese visitors at entrance, 1985.//
//Western shirt (left) and proud shopper outside Chelsea Conservative Club, 428 King's Road, 1985.//
//London Ni Ikitai (with feature on neighbouring Kensington Market shop Western Styling on right), 1985.//
//Johnny Graham outside Kensington Market entrance (which has been recreated for the current Lloyd Johnson exhibition), 1985.//
//Shoe display, Kensington, 1985.//
//Main entrance, Kensington Market, 1985.//
THE LOOK features Johnson’s extensively, and we’ve investigated various aspects of the label’s importance to rock and pop fashion here and here.
//London Ni Ikitai, 1986.//
//Leather Levi's-style jacket, 1986.//
//Basement shoe department King's Road, 1986.//
//Ground floor central table display with shoe and suit racking, 1986.//
//Left: Shoe racking detail/Right: Leather La Rocka! skirts.//
Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter is on until March 3. Chelsea Space is open Tuesday – Saturday.
More details here.
All photography Haruko Minakami. Thanks again to Derek Harris. Visit Lewis Leathers site here.