by Cheryl Morgan
December 26, 2000
To start with, North Laine is where the serious clubbers buy their clothes. Brighton is a major night club destination and it is almost impossible to get a hotel room in the area over the weekend in the summer. You want something really outré to wear? North Laine is the place to get it. I particularly like Tuff Tarts, an establishment that you can find in the arcade at the south end of Kensington Gardens. They do all the sort of stuff that comic books back in the 60's assumed that people would be wearing in the 21st Century, with lots of rubber spikes for added attitude. Wild.
If clubbing is not your scene (and let's be honest, I'm way too old to be dancing all night and way to average-shaped to fit into most of it) there are plenty of other options. Need a bonsai tree, a vinyl record, something mystical and New Age, an exotic cheese, jewellery for a Goth, Japanese comics, herbal substances that are not yet illegal? This is the place to find it. There are so many different shops in North Laine that it is hard to characterise the place except to say that it is, most definitely, different. I could browse all day. This is shopping heaven.
From journal Brighton by Fairy Lights