Ladles Not Labels

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February 2, 2010

Fed up with men's fashion, Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins of East London's Labour and Wait cooked up a plan to align their creative instincts and passion for practical design.

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  Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins filed papers to launch Labour and Wait in 2000 and were selling goods the next year. The store name is derived from a poem by Longfellow. “We liked the idea of two words; it sounds like two people’s names,” Watkins says. “Plus, the shop’s about doing work and waiting for the results.”
    Rachel Wythe-Moran and Simon Watkins filed papers to launch Labour and Wait in 2000 and were selling goods the next year. The store name is derived from a poem by Longfellow. “We liked the idea of two words; it sounds like two people’s names,” Watkins says. “Plus, the shop’s about doing work and waiting for the results.”
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  The shelves of Labour and Wait are filled with finds from across Europe—–and, of course, the Internet. “We’re endlessly looking online, but we also have customers who come into the shop who make things or know someone making things we might like to sell,” Wythe-Moran says. “Ideally we’d like more time to travel to find goods.”
    The shelves of Labour and Wait are filled with finds from across Europe—–and, of course, the Internet. “We’re endlessly looking online, but we also have customers who come into the shop who make things or know someone making things we might like to sell,” Wythe-Moran says. “Ideally we’d like more time to travel to find goods.”
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  Toilet Brush and Bucket "We created this combination as it was impossible to find an attractive and functional toilet set. We like the functional look of the traditional florist's Bucket and traditional wooden brush." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Toilet Brush and Bucket "We created this combination as it was impossible to find an attractive and functional toilet set. We like the functional look of the traditional florist's Bucket and traditional wooden brush." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Enamel Soap Dish "We love the simplicity of this item. A real classic and very practical with the separate drip tray." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Enamel Soap Dish "We love the simplicity of this item. A real classic and very practical with the separate drip tray." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Folio Bag "An archive design selected from the manufacturer's archive. We love the traditional craftsmanship, combined with a contemporary look. Very useful for carrying a laptop." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Folio Bag "An archive design selected from the manufacturer's archive. We love the traditional craftsmanship, combined with a contemporary look. Very useful for carrying a laptop." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Large Brown Satchel "A real classic. We like the nostalgic appeal of this satchel." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Large Brown Satchel "A real classic. We like the nostalgic appeal of this satchel." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Sori Yanagi Kettle "We fell in love with this kettle when visiting Japan. Designed in the 1990's, this kettle has an incredible understated elegance and a timeless look." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Sori Yanagi Kettle "We fell in love with this kettle when visiting Japan. Designed in the 1990's, this kettle has an incredible understated elegance and a timeless look." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Giant Dustpan "One of our all time favorites. We first saw this product in the United States. We were instantly drawn to its practical and simple styling." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Giant Dustpan "One of our all time favorites. We first saw this product in the United States. We were instantly drawn to its practical and simple styling." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  "Duralex" Tumbler "A design icon. Great to hold and infused with memories of school and drinking wine on French holidays!" Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    "Duralex" Tumbler "A design icon. Great to hold and infused with memories of school and drinking wine on French holidays!" Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Can Opener "Simply the best can opener we have ever used. So simple and affordable. It does the job better than any other." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Can Opener "Simply the best can opener we have ever used. So simple and affordable. It does the job better than any other." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Enamel Lampshade "Specially made for Labour and Wait, this lampshade is based on the original vintage examples hanging in our store." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Enamel Lampshade "Specially made for Labour and Wait, this lampshade is based on the original vintage examples hanging in our store." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Brown Canvas Apron "We produce this apron. Made of a very functional heavy duty canvas, this apron has now been adopted by several restaurants and stores." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Brown Canvas Apron "We produce this apron. Made of a very functional heavy duty canvas, this apron has now been adopted by several restaurants and stores." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Wooden Door Mat "A great heavy-duty solution for muddy boots." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Wooden Door Mat "A great heavy-duty solution for muddy boots." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
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  Enamel Milkpan "We are very fond of all our enamel cookware. Great quality and great design from a historic company." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.
    Enamel Milkpan "We are very fond of all our enamel cookware. Great quality and great design from a historic company." Photo courtesy of Labour and Wait.

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