World's Coolest Museum Gift Shops
Courtesy of Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
For an institution that celebrated its 160th birthday in 2012, the V&A runs a remarkably progressive retail operation spanning four stores in its South Kensington location. An exclusive clothing line designed in-house using patterns derived from mid-century British textiles in the museum’s collections is a hit at the new Fashion Gallery Shop (which, critically, has its own changing room). Elsewhere, sculpted brass collars, paisley-printed stag head wall ornaments, and other items drawn from the museum’s world-class exhibitions share a common denominator: a touch of the Brits’ famous eccentricity.