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A new destination for subculture moves into London’s iconic Carnaby Street, launching a groundbreaking new retail concept bringing Britain’s evocative subculture and counterculture history into the hearts and hands of London’s discerning shoppers and tourists.
The Subculture Archives showcases a curated collection of iconic subculture and counterculture prints, craft and clothing from a specially selected collective of independent artists, and photographers on Carnaby Street, the birthplace of 1960s Swinging London and home to London’s vast music scene from the Mods to the New Romantics.
The new concept store contributes cultural events to the Carnaby community through a variety of events, book signings, artists talks, day raves and soapbox debates. Drawing on the sensibility of a traditional gallery alongside an indie retail space akin to an artist’s fayre, The Subculture Archives champions independent thinking and a DIY attitude through a specialist selection of product by British artists and makers all tied through the common thread of subculture or counterculture. Whether you were a Goth, Raver or an Instagram Sea-Punk, The Subculture Archives is a cultural retail experience for all generations in the heart of London’s shopping district.
Whilst The Subculture Archives boasts an established roster of artists from Gavin Watson and Winston Smith to Malcolm English, the store promotes an inclusive attitude by providing an accessible outlet for young artists to sell their work.
Celebrating the British spirit of self expression and individuality, The Subculture Archives invites visitors to pay a visit and take their stance with in-store ballot boxes encouraging visitors to fight for their rights and be heard on a range of topical and subcultural issues.