Donald Robertson is beautifully drawing around London’s landmarks, and it’s all for a good cause.
This is not the first time that I have burst into conversations over his work and written about both his sketches and the career of Robertson; and, once again, the colourful, slender silhouettes, are lining our streets and they’re not to be missed.
Early in May, the pieces were auctioned off to help those in need in Nepal. But now, what remains, are five women who decorate Floral Street’s walls. They stand tall and bright. They drawn in commuters, bypasses, workers and intrigued tourists. They liven up one of Covent Garden’s decling streets, once home to more fashionable stops than can be seen now.
“His fashion illustrations will create a runway of artwork to launch the revitalisation of Floral Street, which Capco is transforming into a new high-end womenswear destination.”
The redevelopment has been down to property developer Capco, whose name falls alongside Drawbertson’s work. The company had set out to acquire two properties in Covent Garden (25-29 Henrietta Street and 17-18 Floral Street), with their general approach being central London focused. In Covent Garden alone, Capco’s aim goes beyond a mere redevelopment. Setting new residential price levels, as well as pushing rental growth is an aim, whilst they have hey deemed Covent Garden a global shopping destination.
“Covent Garden continued to attract both independent and global brands in 2014, including The Ivy Market Grill, Nigel Cabourn and Bobbi Brown. ”
-Bev Churchill, Creative Director
In 2014, their property portfolio for Covent Garden was at £1,636m (capital value) out of their London total property value of £3bn; and, in recent years, the area has seen not just the emergence of great brand presence, but in grand scale. Capo have taken this advantage of Covent Garden’s opportunities both for residential and commercial gain, and have a focus on the importance of quality dining in this area.
Despite the approachable nature of Covent Garden, and the artistic side, both in theatre and street art, the area could become one of even greater importance to the texture of London’s luxury retail and residential side. The Royal Opera House stands proudly and most lavishly, whilst street theatre, local markets and a plethora of tiny streets, come together to celebrate what is truly great about London. Scattered around the plaza, are retail spaces including Burberry Brit, Apple, Urban Decay, Dior and Whistles. This one of London’s spaces, which blends what London once was, with what London is to become.
“Capco is creating value at Earls Court and growing value at Covent Garden through a combination of asset management, strategic investment and development”
The surrounding area is burgeoning with theatres, eateries, bars, rooftop-stops, and is a stone’s throw way from the Thames. History is rich. Old-London is ever-present with areas such as Goodwin’s Court and with having London’s infamous blue plaque’s dedicated to Covent Garden’s previous residents. Ivor Novello, Thomas Arne and Sir Richard Arkwright are but three notable names to be found in the area. Pop-up stores and galleries are a a regular enterprise, whilst any time spent in London, constitutes a quick stop, or an entire day in the area. The future seems is getting brighter for Covent Garden.