Fitzrovia, a small neighbourhood nestled in the heart of London, has been my home for a number of years. As someone hailing from a small town, I have found that living in Fitzrovia feels familiar. Unlike other bustling areas of London, Fitzrovia has maintained a sense of community. The abundance of local businesses and the ease with which one can get to know their neighbours make it a pleasure to walk through the streets and engage with the people around you.
However, even as Fitzrovia feels like a haven of warmth and familiarity, it is still subject to the changes that occur in any rapidly-evolving metropolis. Over the past few years, many local icons have disappeared, and it has become increasingly apparent that this neighbourhood is in a state of perpetual transformation. The Spanish clubs at the end of Tottenham Court Road, Vera sandwich bar, Mr. Cappuccino, and the Middlesex Hospital are just a few examples of businesses that have closed their doors. Yet, as much as it is tempting to cling to the past, the changes in Fitzrovia are an opportunity to document our time and preserve the memories of those who came before us.
In 2012, I approached Paul, one of the best bespoke tailors in Fitzrovia, and asked him to help me create a photographic project. Paul has been in London for over forty years and is based at 66 Cleveland Street. His workshop is a multicultural creative environment, a crossroad of people and stories that deserve to be told. Most importantly, Paul’s garments are of sublime craftsmanship, and his workshop is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a true bespoke suit.
Through this photographic project, we hope to preserve the memories of Fitzrovia’s past and present for future generations. As the neighbourhood continues to evolve, we must embrace the changes and find ways to celebrate the community that makes Fitzrovia a unique and special place.
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