Some of Preen’s designs on the catwalk
An independent fashion designer duo that started out in the Portobello Green Arcade, just off Portobello Road under the Westway flyover, has hit the headlines. During her visit to Canada, the Duchess of Cambridge, or Kate Middleton to you and me, wore a glamorous scarlet dress designed by Preen’s founders Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, who still have their studio in the local area.
Other celebrities who’ve dressed in Preen include Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron.
Preen also do an attractive line of children’s clothes
In fact, lots of successful designers have started out on Portobello Road, either with a stall under the canopy next to the Westway, just by the Cambridge Gardens and Portobello Road junction, or in one of the boutiques in the Portobello Green Arcade.
When you visit Portobello Road, be sure to check out the up-and-coming designers that are trading in Portobello Green Arcade, in shops and on stalls along Portobello Road, and under the canopy. If you’re lucky, you might pick up a bargain from a label that will soon be dressing royalty or movie stars. As well as contempoary clothes, you’ll find an unbeatable selction of vintage fashion under the canopy on Fridays.