Three fantastic antique/furniture stores - probably my favourite places in Brighton (except for Pub du Vin). Much of the same high street stores are in Brighton, but a walk to Hove, Kemp town and the North Laines found these gems.
I Gigi. Fantastically single-minded in their wares. All vintage linens, animal skins and wools and no colour. Wonki ware ceramics mix with antique furniture, books and scarves. Beautiful and only a brisk 10 minute walk from Brighton central.
I don't think that Swag have suffered much in the recession - which is great. Every morning Lily and I walked passed the store, and every morning stock had disappeared. Specialising in antique tables, leather chairs and clocks, it's has a lovely, well priced and slightly spartan mix of furniture.
Alex MacArthur's store is extraordinary. The pieces range from 17th century ecclesiastical to 20th century industrial, with an emphasis on the dramatic and decadent.
A brisk 15 minute walk the other way, in deepest Kemp town. If it's a nice day you could walk from I Gigi to Alex MacArthur, on the beach and promenade. Then wend your way down the hill to Swag and walk through the Laines to end up at the aforementioned Pub du Vin.
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