Elizabeth DuBois has an affinity for all things British. The summer she was 16 was spent in Oxford, visiting London, Brighton and Stratford-upon-Avon, and since then she has taken every opportunity to spend as much time as possible in the country so dear to her heart. As an Art History major she spent a year in London, returning to work at Sotheby’s after graduating from Barnard College, New York. Elizabeth continued to call London home whilst she pursued a master’s in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London. During this period she worked part time at Pedlars, a shop in Notting Hill, which was an experience she loved. Always knowing she would enjoy having her own shop one day she started laying the groundwork, meeting designers and makers in England. Elizabeth’s unique idea was to open a shop in New York showcasing British designers. Returning to New York in 2012 she took advantage of a programme offered by New York City Business Solutions, which gave her the road map to build a business plan. Next was the name, FLAT 128, a nod to her beloved Notting Hill apartment, followed by the shop location, which she happened upon one weekend walking around the West Village. Once the lease was signed Elizabeth worked with Maureen Cohen of Makawe Interiors to transform the space to feel like a London flat. Inspired by Elizabeth’s mood boards and love of antiquing they visited Brimfield together, buying furniture and props for the shop. Elizabeth collects antique trophies, cameras, ashtrays and lighters, which are interspersed throughout FLAT 128, all of which are also for sale. Elizabeth loves being a shopkeeper on Christopher Street, and she now considers her loyal neighborhood customers as friends. At other times, friends she hasn’t seen in years, knowing where to find her, will stop by to surprise her and say hello. Combining her passions, a shop and British design, allows Elizabeth to visit England at least twice a year. These frequent trips will always include visits to The Westbourne, her favourite pub, Sir John Soane’s Museum, as well as her preferred shopping destinations, East London, Bluebird on the King’s Road and Pedlars.
15 Christopher Street, West Village NY