Lovers of all things cute will be delighted to hear that a third branch of Artbox is now open on the ground floor of Selfridges, Oxford Street.
For those unfamiliar with this colourful store, Artbox is a Korean stationary / toy / design shop with equal appeal to adults and children. A warning to loathers of tacky or kitsch goods: this is not for you! For everyone else, read on…
You’ll find well-loved characters like Miffy and Hello Kitty in practically every form imaginable from plush to pencil toppers to ceramic decorations, including limited edition collectibles. There are also Artbox own-branded goods, including the cute panda, which has become a well known logo in itself.
I find the range of stickers stocked here extremely irresistible! Although the last time I visited (and possibly to increase mass-appeal) all were labelled ‘cute Japanese stickers’, there’s an excellent stock of witty and funny Hungul stickies, including alphabet letters which are perfect to attach to computer keys.
All items are affordable at high street prices (backpacks £25, pencil cases £5, stickers about £2 per set) however it’s difficult to remember that when comparing to the unmatchable prices when buying in Korea. But this is London, after all, and I can’t think of anywhere better for a treat or spot of retail therapy to beat those cold-weather blues!
- Artbox Selfridges – Ground Floor, Selfridges Department Store, Oxford Street, London
Open 9:30-20:30 Monday to Saturday, 11:30-18 Sunday. Thu open late to 21:30
- Artbox Kings Road – Kings Walk Centre, 122 Kings Road, London SW3
Open 10-18 weekdays, 10-19 Saturdays and 12-18 on Sundays
- Artbox Covent Garden – Thomas Neals Centre, off Earlham St/ Shorts Gardens, London
Open 10-19 weekdays, 10-19 Saturdays and 12-18 on Sunday
- Online store: http://www.artbox.co.uk/