CAROLINE ISSA IN MAIDA VALE, WEST LONDON
The Fashion Director & street-style icon reveals her favorite neighborhood haunts
Caroline Issa brings new meaning to the term globetrotter. The CEO and Fashion Director of the TANK group and Editor at Because magazine has traveled around the globe with pit-stops living in Singapore and Seattle, until finally trading Montreal for Maida Vale 16 years ago. Adored by street-style photographers for her masterful blend of masculine tailoring and feminine looks, Caroline has become a constant fixture on fashion week schedules the world over. Watch as she takes us on a trip around Little Venice, sharing her favorite spots along the way.
We present your guide to Maida Vale, as told by its most elegant resident.
Read Caroline Issa’s travel guide to Maida Vale below:
I now call Maida Vale home even though I grew up in Canada, and went to university in the states, and lived in Singapore. I think what makes Maida Vale so unique is your access to canals, to the amazing parks, and then to the hustle and bustle of Edgware Road. There’s such an incredible energy to London.
CLIFTON NURSERIES – Plant nursery, garden center and café (5A Clifton Villas)
Is the place I go to right after fashion month. After four weeks of travelling around the world I tend to need a real visual detox and there’s something incredibly soothing, and nurturing, about being around the most incredible flowers and potted plants and a greenhouse. The Quince Tree Café at the Clifton Nurseries has got some of the best carrot cake that I’ve ever had. The staff are so lovely, it’s just in the most beautiful setting. But again, go for the carrot cake and a good cappuccino.
ALFIE’S ANTIQUES MARKET – Indoor market for antiques and vintage fashion (13-25 Church Street)
Inside Alfie’s Antiques is a complete treasure trove of stalls and different dealers who have brought back what they have discovered in the markets around the world! Which is any antique lover’s dream of a place to lose yourself in some of the best curated, both vintage and antique furniture. One of my favorite stalls to visit is called Tin Tin Collectables which has got some of the most amazing vintage dresses and accessories. I know a lot of designers who go visit, usually on Saturdays because I’ve seen them all there! To get inspiration for their upcoming collections.
THE SEA SHELL OF LISSON GROVE – Traditional fish & chips restaurant (49-51 Lisson Grove)
What I love most about the Sea Shell is that it’s been around for decades serving one thing and one thing really well, and that’s fish and chips. You know you’re in a legendary place when all the black cabbies stop there for lunch. I always recommend it to anybody who comes into London as the place they have to visit for a real English experience.
I travel a lot so it is so lovely to always be able to come back to London, come back to my neighborhood and have that familiarity of the places that I love going to, the real gems of Maida Vale.