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The Blewcoat School

A stone’s throw from St James’s Park, nestled in a rare skyscraper-less clearing on Caxton Street sits the Grade I listed Blewcoat School, which is home to Studio Ashby and our shoppable world, Sister.

Blewcoat has been a commanding presence in the area since 1709 when it was constructed as a school for the underprivileged – a Bluecoat School. In 1899 the Blewcoat charity relocated to a purpose built space, leaving the building as an elementary school. The name however remained through the decades. In 1954 the building was purchased by the National Trust to house a gift shop. This would remain operational until 2013 when bridal wear designer Ian Stewart re-imagined it into his showroom.

As Studio Ashby become the next custodians of this magical and historic site, we hope to create a sense of home for all who visit. From clients to Sister shoppers and brand partners, Studio Ashby’s tenure at Blewcoat will see it transformed into a go-to destination, that will connect with and grown our wonderful community.