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Get hung up on Dalston Coathanger

Posted at 3:00 pm, April 4, 2013 in Shopping & Style

Inspired by the riots of 2011, a group of twentysomething Dalstonites decided to launch a range of T-shirts to flog at Ridley Road market. A percentage of sales from the ‘RIOT’ designs – still a best-seller – goes to the Do Something for Life movement, a fund set up by Pauline Pearce, the lady who became a YouTube hit when she stood up to rioters with her rants (and walking stick). Two years on and the Dalston Coathanger team – Joe, Arj, Chaz and Caroline – are still going strong, tackling London topics from transport to education with verve and wit. This week the team launch their first e-shop, www.dalstoncoathanger.com. Their collection includes sweatshirts featuring those familiar orange train tickets and T-shirts emblazoned with Boris’ face (featuring quotes from the riots). Both are weirdly wearable. To find their stall each Saturday, look out for the Dalston Coathanger flag and mannequin. T-shirts, £30. Maggie Davis

Ridley Road market, E8 2NP Dalston Kingsland rail. 9.30am-4pm every Saturday. For info, see dalstoncoathanger.com.

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