How commerce drove out creativity on Carnaby Street

In its Sixties heyday, Carnaby Street was the epitome of rebellion, attitude and style. Its mix of independent boutiques, drinking dens and even the UK’s first vegetarian restaurant attracted rock stars, fashionistas and socialites.

But analysis by The Times has found that the street no longer has a single store that is not a huge global brand or chain of stores. And now a pair of prominent British designers have accused the company that owns the street as well as large parts of Soho and Covent Garden of turning central London into a “really bland airport shopping experience”.

Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine, the owners of Tatty Devine, the jewellery retailer popular with celebrities including the actress Kelsey Peters and the musicians Ellie Goulding and

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