Iconic Kentish Town clothes shop Blustons to close after more than 80 years

Owner Michael Albert outside Blustons

Owner Michael Albert outside Blustons - Credit: Archant

An iconic women’s clothes shop that has been serving customers for more than 80 years is set to close.

Michael in the front lobby at Blustons NW5

Michael in the front lobby at Blustons NW5 - Credit: Archant

Blustons in Kentish Town will shut its doors in the next six weeks having been run by the same family since 1931.

Owner Michael Albert is the third generation to run the shop in Kentish Town Road and has been working there since he left school at 16.

Now coming up to retirement he is now closing the shop. He told the Ham&High: “My wife has been nagging me for a few years to retire and my children are doing other things so can’t take over the business. We’ll have a final closing down sale and will probably shut within six weeks.

“I’ve been working here since I was 16, six days a week. It’s an end of an era and I will certainly miss it – it has become my life.

Michael Albert at Blustons in Kentish Town. Picture: Polly Hancock

Michael Albert at Blustons in Kentish Town. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

“For my retirement, I will look into doing a bit of charity work and will spend more time with my grandchildren, wife and family.

“I would like to thank all our customers and clients for their continued support and we wish them the best for the future.”

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The family-run business has become known for the classic styles it sold and built up a catalogue of frequent clients.

Despite fashion changing over the decades, the women’s clothes shop has stayed true to its own style for more than 80 years.

It was opened by Jane and Samuel Bluston who were sent to London from Russia by their parents.

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