Labour and Wait believe in a simple, honest approach to design, where quality and utility are intrinsic. From hardware to clothing they offer products that celebrate functional design.
The inspiration for Labour and Wait came from owners Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins, both designers who grew frustrated at having to redesign products and ranges every season. To counter this, they envisaged a place where functional, well designed, timeless products would always be available.
In 2000 they set up shop in Shoreditch, where they gradually sourced all the products that fitted their ethos of functionality, quality and honesty. Labour and Wait quickly established itself as one of the leading independent shops in London. Today, they continue their search for products that work alongside their current ranges and which, they feel, are destined to become future classics.
Labour and Wait have enjoyed a longstanding association with Japan, and have several concessions. In 2017, a standalone Labour and Wait shop was opened in Tokyo.
They opened a second London shop at 48 Dorset Street in Marylebone in the summer of 2021. Labour and Wait is also available from Dover Street Market in London.