The Middle Clash in Sydenham offers hand-painted fashion and workshops.
Address: 5 Kent House Road, Sydenham SE26 5LN
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11am – 6:30pm, Weekends: 10am – 6:30pm
When Stuart Simmonds and Isabel Merola of The Middle Clash saw the little shop at 5 Kent House Road, it was love at first sight. The shop was nowhere near refurbished, but it didn’t matter: it was the one they wanted.
They use the space as an open studio and shop to sell clothing that they hand-make on site. The back room is predominantly used for studio space, for sewing and painting, while the front room is the main shop area.
Out on the forecourt they hold events and work outside when the weather permits, using the space to draw interest from passing traffic and the High Street. Stuart is a great fan of live installations: you may see a local dance or theatre group runnning mini performances in the windows or on the forecourt. Don’t be too sure, either, that the mannequins in the window aren’t alive…