Blustons before it closed last year
Published: 13 July, 2016
By DAN CARRIER
IT was the time warp shop that delighted passers-by with its historic façade, eye-catching window displays and polka dot dresses. But now Blustons in Kentish Town is set to re-open as a clothes shop once more, with its new owners looking to carry on its traditions.
New boss Zeynal Cakallik said he had the blessing of the Albert family, who had set up the shop 85 years ago, and that the doors could be open again as early as this weekend.
He told the New Journal: “We are currently redecorating. It is an absolutely beautiful building. When we received the details from an estate agent, we realised how famous this place has been for generations and is packed with history.”
The Grade II-listed façade and interior was briefly used for a Ted Baker marketing exercise at the end of last year, but has otherwise been vacant since Michael Albert announced his retirement plans last year. Its closure had been lamented by people living around Kentish Town Road.
Mr Cakallik said the shop would use the same name and that he would do his best to keep up its past traditions.
“It is such a privilege to take on part of Kentish Town’s heritage,” he said. “A lot of people wanted to take the shop on and do something else with it, run a different business here, but we heard local people were keen it would remain a clothes shop and so we are so happy to be able to do this.”
New owner Zeynal Cakallik
The shop was set up by Mr Albert’s relatives, Jane and Samuel Bluston, in the 1930s.
Mr Cakallik said: “I spoke with the former owner Michael about it and asked if we could keep the name. He said ‘yes’. I know it means a lot to people here and so we’ll re-open with the same name and the same design.”
Mr Cakallik said he would sell men’s shirts and trousers but there would be a focus on women’s clothes for all ages.
Gillian Tindall, who wrote the seminal social history of the area, The Fields Beneath, told the New Journal she was delighted Blustons’ tills would be ringing once more. She said: “The layout of the shop front is suited to this type of traditional shop, and people were very upset when it closed.”