Two more high-street names bit the dust this week. Austin Reed and BHS have become victims of the failure to recognise that innovate or die needs to be any company’s mantra. I was born in Brixton, so British Home Stores was a high street feature in the years that I was growing up. Although never trendy or iconic in any way, it was one of those 70s staples that you could rely on for all things, well – home! It epitomised that decade of transition between the stylish frolics of the 60’s through the decade of zero home style, punctuated with oddly patterned wallpaper, bri-nylon, poly-cotton sheets, and flannel pjs.
I think it’s steady demise may go back even as far as the 80s when it fell out of relevance with the arrival of the late Princess of Wales and a passion for all things Sloane, Chelsea, frilly flowers and chintz and never recovered during the onward creep of taupe clad walls and The White Company pristine simplicity of the 90’s. Read More