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27 Mar 2019  |   Thea Carroll

Thea Carroll is quoted in a feature about the King’s Road – once the byword for boho cool – getting it’s mojo back.

The opening of the Mary Quant retrospective exhibition at the V&A places the King’s Road, the launch pad of her revolution in 1955, back into the spotlight. The King’s Road has a fashion history that long predates it’s 20th Century celebrity and is now undergoing significant changes with the launch of the Kings Road partnership led by Cadogan and Martin’s Properties to drive the curation of great retail on the street.

Thea talks about the appeal of the King’s Road with Americans and Europeans, and is quoted saying “You buy in Chelsea for its identity and community. It’s very much somewhere to be a part of, cosmopolitan but not transient. I’ve helped people move here from other parts of London who no longer want to live next to investment properties.” The fact that the more westerly stretches of the road are not well served by tube or train has, if anything, helped preserve this identity, and is no doubt one of the reasons residents have powerfully resisted the proposed introduction of Crossrail 2. What locals do undoubtedly prize is that the area delivers some of the most covetable assets of modern urban living; security, discretion, greenery and timelessness. Due to a rigorous local planning lobby, additions to the landscape must conform to these core values – even if these are setting world-record prices.

Mary Quant at the V & A ( opens on April 6.

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