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The second iyouall store is the latest welcome addition to East Dulwich, an expansion of design agency iya studio, whose first store and studio space is based in Deptford SE8. iya studio was set up 10 years ago by graphic designer, Matt Cottis and interior designer, Fleur Paterson. The idea to open a store developed from Fleur’s interior projects, designing and buying for the projects she has created. Fleur’s buying and styling skills opened up a wider platform to display designer homewares and stationery. The aim, as well as stocking a comprehensive choice of products from well-known key brands, such as Hay, Ferm Living, Normann Copenhagen, Oyoy, Ommo & Areaware, is to develop a range of products by the designers themselves and to embrace their multi-disciplined practice as well as the wider creative community. In the coming year iyouall plan to run events from the shop, including making workshops and talks. iyouall is as inclusive as it sounds with prices starting at £5, it’s guaranteed there is something for everyone. 48 East Dulwich Road, East …

The Last Word: Yeliz Ertam, owner of Therapy

Hi I’m Yeliz. My first experience of East Dulwich was when I joined Therapy as a work experience girl. My journey at Therapy grew almost every year, from salon assistant to now the owner for the past year! How long have you lived in the area? I live in Peckham, however for the past 12 years I’ve worked in East Dulwich on Melbourne Grove, so this feels like home to me. I spend more time in Dulwich than Peckham and it’s not so far, which is always handy. I spend most of my time here! What brought you here? My work placement when I was 14 brought me to the purple shop tucked away from the high street. I like to call it the hidden gem, Therapy on Melbourne Grove, and since then I haven’t gone anywhere else and I believe I don’t have any plans to move anywhere any time soon. What has changed most during that time? Quite a lot has changed since I’ve been in this area, there are a lot of …

The East Dulwich Connection – A photobook that uncovers the stories behind an area of south-east London where local businesses have forged a defiantly independent and individualistic environment

Following on from the success of the Peckham Connection, over 2017, local author-photographers Anna Green and Alice Malik have been taking photographs and listening to the stories of 51 enterprising and independent East Dulwich businesses. In a chain linked together by the traders themselves, they were referred from one business to another. The rule was, they only went where they were sent. The result is a beautiful photo-book illustrating a fascinating series of vignettes that provides insights into the area’s recent evolution and what is yet to come. Once again, they were sent to a host of connected businesses including bars and coffee shops, gift- and home-ware shops, fashion outlets, mechanics, crafts-people, artists and builder’s merchants. The traders were spread across East Dulwich: on the very prominent Lordship Lane, and its offshoots, as well as to other satellite commercial areas including Grove Vale and Forest Hill Road and also the more tucked-away arches and home-based workspaces, including garden sheds, dotted about SE22.   Encouraging local enterprise themselves, they have collaborated with a young local designer, Ezra-LLoyd Jackson …

The Last Word – Fraser Crawford, Family Lawyer

My name is Fraser Crawford.  I work down the road in East Dulwich as a family lawyer but my real passion is for painting! How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in South London for seven years, previously at Peckham Rye. I have been in SE23 for just over a year. What brought you here? It was convenient for work in SE22 at Glazer Delmar Solicitors on North Cross Road. What has changed most during that time? South East London has changed so much in this time – there are Hispters everywhere, which must mean it’s got trendy. What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I really like the sense of community. I lived in North London for years and never knew my neighbours. I can’t walk down the street now without bumping into someone I know now. Do you know your neighbours? Yes – as I say SE23 is a very friendly place and I am lucky to have good neighbours on either side. The most …

The Last Word – Toni Horton

I’m Toni Horton and I live in SE21 with my husband and two cats. I am a Life Coach and I work with my clients to help them make positive changes that move them forward into the life, career or relationship that they wish for. What brought you here? I was born in Camberwell and grew up in Streatham. I knew the Dulwich area through visits to family and friends and first visited the Dog (Crown and Greyhound) when I was two weeks old. I moved to Dulwich in 1987 and I’ve been here ever since. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? If I can only have one thing then it would be the Rumsey Pharmacy and Post Office. The staff are so lovely and always go the extra mile to help everybody. Do you know your neighbours? Yes I do – I have fantastic neighbours. It’s the first place I have lived where everybody on the road knows each other and we look out for one another. I love our road, it’s …