Friday, 16 September 2011


Rough Trade is delighted to announce the arrival of Haberdashery East to its flagship London store, Rough Trade East.
Haberdashery East will feature curated items for sale and in-store workshops by Technology Will Save Us and Prick Your Finger. With one traditional but distinctly punk woollen offer (Prick Your Finger), alongside the world’s first electronic haberdashery (Technology Will Save Us), lovers of DIY arts culture from up-and-down the country now have even more reason to visit Rough Trade East.

With a newly purpose-built display area and dual-purpose cafe/worktables designed/built by Post Office and VXV, Haberdashery East shall contain essential supplies and inspiring DIY kits…

From Technology Will Save Us, there’s a range of custom kits and products ranging from DIY speakers kits, Make Your Own musical instrument kits, Arduino microcontrollers and USB rechargeable batteries.

From Prick Your Finger, there’s everything from Chicken Bone Toggles, Felt Sets and Denim Patches, to Knit Your Own Hat Scarf and Hat Kits, all with a distinct Rough Trade twist. In addition to practical and exciting products, there are also regular in-store
workshops from both haberdashers, appealing to beginners and pros alike.

The in-store workshops start with 'Technology Will Save Us - 'LUMIPHONE WORKSHOP’ where guests will learn soldering by creating their own musical instruments on 28 September at 7pm.

Prick Your Finger’s legendary ‘ALL THE BANDS’ workshop will take place Sunday 2nd October at 11am.

Workshop tickets are on sale NOW at Rough Trade East.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011


This weekend sees the launch of Caught By The River at Rough Trade East. The nature-writing website will be getting it's own section on our bookshelves offering an eclectic selection of books on fishing, nature, music, pubs and more, as well as various Caught By The River merchandise.

Each month there will also be a Caught By The River event taking place in the shop. The first one is taking place on Wednesday 21st September at 6.30pm with a Q&A introducing folk to the history and background of the website. John Andrews (who, along with letter writing partner, Dexter Petley, is the longest running contributor to the site) will host, chatting with Robin, Andrew and Jeff, before reading his chapter from the latest anthology, On Nature. Another contributor to On Nature , Bill Drummond, will be along along to read from his chapter, ‘On The Road To Damascus’.

An after party will be held in the nearby craft beer and real ale bar Mason and Taylor with guest DJs and the best beers anywhere in town.

For more information on the night, click on the image above.

More information about Caught By The River here.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


A super limited edition, only 50 available worldwide is now up on our site for pre-order.
This set will contain one of Nicky Wire's personal polaroids in a presentation case, signed by him. Each book is bound in cloth, with h and t bands, silver foil endpapers and with limitation page signed and numbered.
The portfolio in the set will be covered in cloth with silk ties and contains the mount board with the polaroid affixed and numbered. The first of two titles by the Manic Street Preachers' bassist and lyricist, Nicky Wire.

For more than twenty years and from Blackwood, Wales to Tokyo, Japan, Nicky Wire has kept a personal visual history of the band in their various stages from 'Generation Terrorists through to 'Holy Bible' and right up to last year's remarkable album, 'Postcards From A Young Man'.
Edited down from over 1,000 of Wire's personal polaroids and with accompanying text by the man himself, 'Death Of The Polaroid promises to be a rich, visual biography of one of the most loved and iconoclastic British bands of the past two decades.

Order it now here


We've just had a last minute booking for our West shop on Talbot Road this Sunday 18th September.

Fionn Regan will be playing an acoustic set from 4pm in the shop. Go down, buy the new album '100 Acres Of Sycamore' and get it signed by the man himself.

For more information please click here

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

QUARK, STRANGENESS & CHARM - a show by Robert Rubbish

Last night was the opening of September's exhibition at Rough Trade East... 'Quark, Strangeness and Charm'- a show by Robert Rubbish

Robert Rubbish, co-founder of 'Le Gun Magazine' and one half of Victorian Punk Revivalists 'The Rubbishmen' presents his latest solo exhibition of drawings and paintings based on facial hair, cosmic space rock, and apocryphal record covers.

A number of portraits on display of musicians who famously sported facial hair. The said facial hair being acquired from joke shops. Robert is inspired a lot by these comedy emporiums and calls some of his work 'JOKE SHOP POP ART'.

The apocryphal record covers will represent Robert's desire to find albums that he has been searching for for years such as the complete works of Egyptian Ska or the greatest hits from the cosmic toilet.

Issue zero of Robert's new zine 'LOS PISTOLOS' - a low tech publication with a punky London Mexican vibe heavily influenced by underground comics and punk zines of yesteryear will be in by the weekend so come by and have a look at the pictures on the wall and buy a copy of the zine whilst you're here.

Here's an interview that Robert did for i-D online.More information can be found on Robert's website.

On display until 30th September.