Labour and Wait: Simple, Honest Design

Store Profile

  • Location: Shoreditch, London
  • Specialty: Well-Designed, Timeless Products for the Home
  • Price range: ($) Budget
  • Website: labourandwait.co.uk

Store History

  • Founded: 2000
  • Founded by: Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins
  • Headquarters: Shoreditch, London

Located in East London, Labour and Wait offers an evolving range of timeless, functional products for everyday life. Function, quality and good design are found in every product carefully curated in the shop.

The concept behind Labour and Wait is a curated collection of timeless products for the kitchen, home, and garden. Labour and Wait's belief is that good design goes hand in hand with quality and functionality.

Owners Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins are both designers with fashion backgrounds who became frustrated with quick product turnovers and re-designs in the retail world. Out of their frustration came the concept for Labour and Wait to sell a collection of everyday classics that will not date but will mellow and only improve with age.

Timeless, high-quality, functional, and well-designed products line the walls of the shop located in an old Truman Brewery pub in Shoreditch. The products featured in the shop include cleaning supplies, kitchenware, stationary, and bathroom supplies. The products may appear retro but they are not retro to be trendy, rather they are retro in the sense that many products made today are made cheaply and are not meant to last. Labour and Wait is confident that their products are made to last and will become instant favorites.

Images: Claire Bock

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Claire is a California native living in London who loves discovering the city with her husband and French bulldog Watson. With a background in photography and interior design, her current creative obsessions include sewing, printmaking, and anything neon.