Iconic Kentish Town store Blustons closes its doors for the last time today

PUBLISHED: 12:51 01 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:51 01 April 2015

H&H Prize winner Lizzy Chater in the signature red polka dot dress at Blustons. Picture: Polly Hancock

H&H Prize winner Lizzy Chater in the signature red polka dot dress at Blustons. Picture: Polly Hancock


Today, iconic women’s clothes store Blustons will be closing its doors for the last time.

It marks more than 80 years in Kentish Town and the announcement, made just over two weeks ago, has brought shock and sadness to many in the area.

The shop in Kentish Town Road has become an institution for the high street, surviving war, various booms and busts and the rapid growth of online shopping.

Shop owner Michael Albert is retiring and many have contacted the Ham&High to express their sadness at his departure.

But most talked about since the announcement has been that dress – the red polka dot little number that has stood in the front window for years, becoming an icon itself.

And as a thank you to his customers and to the local community that supported him all these years, Michael donated the dress to the Ham&High to give away to one very lucky reader.

The rules were simple – answer the question “why do you deserve the red polka dot dress?”

The winner, chosen last week by Ham&High editor-in-chief Geoff Martin, was Lizzy Chater.

Tweeting us a picture of herself as a young girl wearing a similar red polka-dot dress, she wrote: “I would absolutely love the red spotty dress from Blustons as I haven’t had such a cute dress for 40 years!”

Winning the dress on her 45th birthday, the Highgate resident said: “I’ve often walked past Blustons eyeing that dress. It’s a real shame stores like that are disappearing from our high streets.

“But I’m thrilled to win and very grateful. It will be perfect for the summer.”

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