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TUK Store is a collaborative space to support and promote the creative talents of independent designers, artists and photographers. Our retail environment showcases unique products which demonstrate each designer’s individual style. Many of these products are handmade, using both innovative and traditional techniques and sustainable materials.

By supporting independent designers, TUK Store encourages consumers to think about the source and quality of the products they buy. It also asks consumers: “What’s your impact?”

All profits from TUK Store are used to fund community projects throughout the UK. TUK is a community interest company which provides free complementary healthcare to people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. They fund therapists qualified in treatments such as massage therapy, acupressure and reflexology, plus offer low-cost psychotherapy with trainee psychotherapists. These therapies can have physical and psychological benefits for a person, contributing to their overall wellbeing.

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    You may well have heard of PrintMonkey London already , but if you haven’t it’s about time you did. Print Monkey is a fresh and vibrant London-based t-shirt label with a love for edgy contemporary graphic design. Their designers have honed their art working for some of the most prestigious design studios in London. 

    They operate fair trade practises in every aspect of their work. They say that their aim as the business grows, is to provide an outlet for other talented designers in need of a shop window. We like the sound of that!

    The designs on the Print Monkey tee’s range from the simple diamond, to more intricate designs such as the anchor. Not to mention the cotton they are made from is the softest in the WORLD. If I could make pillow cases out of it I would. Come in and see what we have in store.

    — 1 year ago
    #printmonkey  #tshirts  #tukstore  #cotton 
    How to spend an hour (or three) on a little street in Shoreditch

    It’s Autumn. It’s getting chilly. The air has that electricity about it that you either embrace or get static shocks from whenever you try to open a door/hug your friends/brush your hair. The year is winding down and the flip flops are being packed away (sob!). If you find yourself with a little time to spare on your lunch break, at the weekend, or on a day off, we cannot recommend Rivington Street and it’s neighbouring area enough for a calming stroll.

    Head down here from Old Street/Great Eastern Street. Stop off at Mark Hix’s newest food fare, The Tramshed to oggle and the moo cow Damien Hirst has eternalised for all to see, diners and passers by alike. Maybe make a reservation there for dinner if you’re feeling like a carnivores treat. Standing chicken anyone?

    Amble a few metres down and you’ll find us, The TUK Store on the left. Sit on our orange bench and soak up the winter rays (if there are any…). Come in and see what we have, and ask us about what we do. Lose yourself in the variety of bright and beautiful pieces we have from numerous talented designers, up and coming as well as established. Clomp around in KiBoots, or try on a Gene Style piece for the up and coming party season (Christmas is coming people, we may as well embrace it). Should you fancy buying something, remember that we are a not-for-profit organisation, and every penny goes towards providing complementary therapies to those who need it most. 

    Once you’ve left us, you could pop into the Bricklayers Arms for a cheeky pint. Or if it’s caffeine that you need, Fix directly ahead on Curtain Road has the best coffee this side of Italia. Their window seats would be voted best people watching spot in London if such an award existed (which personally I think it should!).

    If you’re looking for a cocktail before or after your Tramshed Date, head down to Callooh Callay at the end of Rivington Street for a Narnia-esque experience. You will not regret it. 

    Enjoy, there is so much to see!

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #tukstore  #shoreditch  #Tramshed  #Callooh Callay  #FIx Coffee 
    We love Kat&Bee. No other way to say it. Just pure love. Ever since Kat Barry’s unique pieces came to TUK, they’ve attracted the attention of many. She has recently provided us with a few new designs from her ABC Brazil / AW12 collection. This collection has a strong nod to the boldness that is Brazilian culture and art. Whilst maintaining the girly and gothic style, the AW12 collections sees Kat&Bee take on a more experimental stage with colour and statement being at the forefront. Primary colours have taken to playing a strong part for the collection with a subtle Kat&Bee twist. 

    We love Kat&Bee. No other way to say it. Just pure love. Ever since Kat Barry’s unique pieces came to TUK, they’ve attracted the attention of many. She has recently provided us with a few new designs from her ABC Brazil / AW12 collection. This collection has a strong nod to the boldness that is Brazilian culture and art. Whilst maintaining the girly and gothic style, the AW12 collections sees Kat&Bee take on a more experimental stage with colour and statement being at the forefront. Primary colours have taken to playing a strong part for the collection with a subtle Kat&Bee twist. 

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #tukstore  #rings  #jewellery  #colour  #gothic 

    One of the newest fantabulous designers to grace the TUK Store is the brilliant Karakusi. Hailing from Athens, Greece, Sofia Karakousi graduated from the University of East London with a BA in Fashion Design. Her final collection was a huge hit and was showcased at the graduate London Fashion Week in 2007. She has worked in the Atelier of Alexander McQueen, Peter Pilloto, Roland Mouret and later on as an assistant accessory designer for Monsoon and Accessorize. The Karakusi label was launched in 2010. Her pieces give a minimalist look whilst showing off complexity, character and sophistication. Her love for leather as a material can be seen in all garments. 

    — 1 year ago
    #tukstore  #dresses  #leather 
    We still love love love love love Ellie Ingram’s Bugg jewellery. These individual hand made pieces attract the ooh’s and aah’s from almost every customer who comes in. It’s been months and I’m still deciding which one to choose….decisions decisions! Come check them out!

    We still love love love love love Ellie Ingram’s Bugg jewellery. These individual hand made pieces attract the ooh’s and aah’s from almost every customer who comes in. It’s been months and I’m still deciding which one to choose….decisions decisions! Come check them out!

    — 1 year ago
    #tukstore jewellery 
    When TUK kicks fashion rituals
    Charity in retail is usually very hard to come by, especially when it comes to high-end clothing. Why did you decide to break the stereotypical role of clothing stores in the market, and what was your motivation for choosing profit for healthcare?


    The TUK Store is our contribution to what we believe should be the way businesses are run in the UK. As a social enterprise our business is run to make a profit, but all the profits are fed back into the community through projects we feel answer a particular need in our society. We wanted to break the stereotypical role of clothing stores and ask people to consider the impact they can have by choosing somewhere like the TUK Store to buy their clothes. We hope to encourage people to think about how businesses use their profits and support businesses that give back to their community. The free provision of complementary healthcare is just one area that suffers due to a lack of funding and it is a cause which is close to the Directors’ hearts. They have been working to provide funding for people with disabilities and life-threatening illnesses for over three years and the TUK Store is just another step to ensure they can do this.

    As a TUK Store you are dedicated to bringing in the new and the fresh. What is the process you adapt to find the right designers that meet the needs of your store?

    Every creative who approaches the TUK Store is given the opportunity to sell their work. We do not have any set idea which dictates who we chose to stock in store. The concept of the TUK Store is to provide a platform for emerging creatives and we want to give everyone that presents themselves to us a chance. If I feel that a designer might not be ready to promote and sell their work I will work with them, giving some advice and offering them a space in store once I am confident they can get the best from the opportunity.

    As a diverse range, where did you source your eclectic mix of designers, and what was the defining criteria that made them right for TUK? i.e. their fabrics, their inspirations

    We ask each designer/ artist to put together a collection of four or more pieces for the store. We want them to develop a brand which they can promote both in the TUK Store and elsewhere. Many of our designers are UK based, although we do have international designers also in store. The defining criteria – we ask only that our designers are independent, with unique and innovative approaches to their chosen media. They have free rein for where they draw their inspiration from, as long as it produces great quality products! We have already got a number of beautiful collections in store, showing so much incredible talent from the designers.

    Do your designers have any other production support, and if so, how did you motivate them to join your team of designers?


    We provide ongoing support for all the creatives through the store. My experience in retail enables me to provide day-to-day advice and guidance and part of my role is to help designers show the best of their work. We ensure a weekly sales report is generated for each designer, so they can easily keep track of what they are selling. We also take as much customer feedback as possible which we then pass on the designers. From the designers we expect a good level of administration and we have a business structure which we ask them to adhere to. We run event nights at the store for designers to showcase themselves, allowing them to use the store to promote themselves.

    How have people responded to your store so far? Do you feel it is a benefactor that no other high-street store operates so charitably in the way you do?

    The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. First, when people come in, they are drawn to the interesting and unique products which we have. Then, we explain to them the concept of the store. Not simply that it is a platform for new, independent designers, but that all the profits made (after the designers take their cut) fund free complementary healthcare for people with disabilities. Some people are surprised at this, but all are impressed that we are choosing to operate a business along a social enterprise model.
    We have two benefits that other high street stores do not have.

    Our choice of designers and products set us apart from high street stores, so customers can be sure they are buying unique, often hand-made pieces. But also we are a charitable organisation and as people are becoming increasingly aware of the need to support community projects, we believe that people will feel a greater sense of satisfaction knowing that by making one purchase, they can positively affect someone else’s life.

    — 1 year ago
    The TUK Store Launch

    It’s finally here.

    It has been a crazzzeeeeee few days in the store at the moment as we prepare for the official launch if the TUK Store tonight. Feel a bit sorry for all our customers who had to manoeuvre the shop floor as we moved everything around, but we have had lots of new products from our designers coming in as well as some brand new creatives who have decided to stock with us! It has really come together.

    We honestly CANNOT WAIT to open up our doors this evening to show the press and public what we have managed to achieve. Hopefully they will agree with us that bringing together two concepts, both which benefit others, into one creative space, really works!

    Look forward to seeing everyone tonight - 

    The TUK team Xx

    — 2 years ago
    #tukstore  #launch  #tukcic 

    Coming soon to the TUK Store :: T-shirts by London based design group Cones and Hole. Founded by Harvey Cones and Frank Hole in 2012, the partnership specialise in hand-sewn and hand-painted casual wear. Simple shades and colours create unique looks that have an unmistakable impact. Cones and Hole see simplicity and boldness as their core aesthetic values, their creations are strong and unique. They’re sure to go fast!

    — 2 years ago
    #t-shirts  #tukstore  #coming soon  #bold colours 

    Inspired by her trips to Scandinavia and Bernhard Edamier’s book ‘Patterns of the Earth’, young designer Anna Gregory’s unique pieces reflect the organic and rustic elements she came across whilst on her travels. The strong textures she uses with hand-dyed fabrics reflect the ripples and cracks vividly portrayed in Edamier’s photographs.

    Currently in store we have a range of pieces made from 100% silk such as this beautiful a-line skirt (bottom left), perfect for a summer evening or dressing up rainy day lunch. Hand-dyed textured materials like the most comfortable 100% cotton make up pieces such as loose-fitting trousers (bottom right), just the thing for taking a walk around your favourite city. Alongside these we have a range of tops in stock made from silk and cotton (top), ideal for teaming with jeans or a dressy skirt.

    Just gorge! Pop in now and have a look. The girls in the TUK office are fighting over them already…

    — 2 years ago
    #Anna Gregory  #TUK Store  #silk  #fashion designer  #summer wear 

    We absolutely LOVED being part of the Rivington Street Festival last Monday. The first event of its kind and the whole street was absolutely packed with people. Several DJs were blaring out the tunes, encouraging people to dance away throughout the afternoon. 

    It was a day where artists, designers, bartenders, business owners, fashionistas, music lovers and Jubilee party-goers came together to enjoy the sunshine (yes there was some!) and the street party atmosphere. 

    Street artists showed off their creative talent on large boards which lined the street and there was also the chance for other people to use their artistic skills on smaller canvases around the festival.

    The TUK Store had a stall in the festival and it was great to be able to show off some of our designers’ beautiful products and tell people all about the wonderful work which the profits from the store are used for. 

    The Rivington Street was a great opportunity for the independent businesses in the area to come together and keep the Shoreditch spirit alive. It was in our eyes an overwhelming success and we can’t wait until it returns in 2013!

    You can find some great photos from the event here and read about the art and music curators who made the festival such a party on the official Rivington Street Festival website.

    We hope everyone who came along on the day had as much fun as we did! See you next year…

    — 2 years ago
    #Rivington Street Festival  #Jubilee  #TUK Store  #TUK CIC  #desginers  #artists  #street art 
    TUK Store is going to one of the venues for the Rivington Street Festival! Being held over the Bank Holiday weekend on the 4th June, the festival aims to celebrate music and art in the epicentre of London’s creative scene.
Hosted at a number of venues along Rivington who will be opening their doors and offering interactive demonstrations, open art exhibitions, film screenings, stand up comedy and spoken world.
This event is the first of its kind in this area and we are ecstatic to be playing a part in it. Bring on the street party!
http://rivingtonstreetfestival.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/RivingtonStreetFestival

    TUK Store is going to one of the venues for the Rivington Street Festival! Being held over the Bank Holiday weekend on the 4th June, the festival aims to celebrate music and art in the epicentre of London’s creative scene.

    Hosted at a number of venues along Rivington who will be opening their doors and offering interactive demonstrations, open art exhibitions, film screenings, stand up comedy and spoken world.

    This event is the first of its kind in this area and we are ecstatic to be playing a part in it. Bring on the street party!

    http://rivingtonstreetfestival.co.uk/

    https://www.facebook.com/RivingtonStreetFestival

    — 2 years ago
    #Rivington St  #festival  #tuk store  #art exhibition  #music  #spoken word 

    Much awaited new Gene Style pieces in store now!

    — 2 years ago
    #Gene Style