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our Social initiative

 

Paradise Row is more than just a leather goods company, it’s a social initiative with roots that spread throughout the East London creative community. Whether it’s the locally employed graphic designer, photographer, or our partnership with the leather workshop, every stage in the life of a Paradise Row item is saturated in our lively design-driven culture.

Through buying with us, you are not only supporting every link of the local trade chain, but also a brand that promotes the social and cultural constitutions which make up the local area of East London. The CORE Collection; The Pearly Kings & Queens, The London Buddhist Centre, The Repton Boys Boxing Club + Cordwainers College, now part of the world-renowned London College of Fashion.

As a part of telling the stories of the CORE collection, each bag has been hand-packed with an accompanying story card placed inside, which gives you the narrative and piece of local history behind each charm. Paradise Row is both a product of the rich and varied history of East London and a catalyst for its continuing regeneration.


 

The Pearly


The Pearly Kings and Queens, known as Pearlies, are an established charity from the working class culture of Victorian London. Street-trading costermongers would decorate their trousers with pearl buttons, imitating the fashions of wealthy West End society. Building on this tradition,  Pearlies began wearing full pearl suits embroidered with slogans such as 'All for Charity' in order to raise money for London's poor.

The Original Pearly King and Queens Association


 

The Boxer


Boxing played a major part in the lives of many people in East London and is an integral part of its social history. More British, European and world champions were born and raised between Whitechapel and West Ham than anywhere else in Britain. Boxing continues to play a part in the local community which is home to York Hall and London's oldest boxing club, Repton Boys.

Repton Boxing Club


 

The Silkweaver


Escaping persecution in 17th century France, Huguenot silkweavers settled in Spitalfields, Bethnal Green, Shoreditch and Whitechapel, just beyond the control of the powerful City Guilds. Successive waves of immigration ensured that the textile industry in the East End continued to flourish. The Shoreditch Technical Institute Girls School and Cordwainers College are just two of the several schools now known collectively as the London College of Fashion.

London College of Fashion


 

The Buddha


Located on the Roman Road in Bethnal Green in a Grade II listed former Victorian fire station, the London Buddhist Centre opened in 1978 and is the main London base of the Triratna Buddhist Community. The centre explores the teachings of the Buddha and its relevance in today's society, offering free drop-in meditation sessions and courses for those who are affected by depression and alcohol dependency, using mindfulness based cognitive therapy.

London Buddhist Centre


 

The Mariner


The riverside in East London became more active in Tudor times, as the Royal Navy expanded and international trade developed. In turn, businesses such as shipbuilding and ropemaking developed along the river and the banks became lined with wharves and warehouses storing commodities such as tea, ceramics and silks imported from the new world. The river has also brought with it new immigrant communities, adding to the diversity that has made East London a colourful melting pot of different cultures from across the world.  

Museum of London Docklands