Wednesday, 4 November 2009

London's oldest specialist fashion bookstore

RD Franks, founded in 1877 and located just off Oxford St, is stocked with a mind-boggling selection of books and magazines from around the world, not restricted to, but specializing in the fashion sector. Publications are imported from countries such as Italy, Germany, Japan, and USA.

For the curious, R D Franks is also a supplier of ‘advanced trend information’. They stock a range of Trend Forecasting Books filled with colour palettes, texture samples, fabric patterns and shapes. These do not come cheap, but are small bibles for all designers.

Their equipment section covers areas such as pattern blocks, dress stands, mannequins and fashion figure templates for illustration. It doesn’t matter if you’re popping in for something in particular or if you are looking to get lost in a wonderland of magazines out of the cold winter rain. RD Franks is a magical cave for those with a creative mind.

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