Interesting news from the independent label industry: Bella Union has opened her own vinyl store in historic Brighton, near the seafront.
The London-based label is best known for its association with Fleet Foxes, but has signed a string of successful acts over its 19-year history including John Grant, Midlake, Father John Misty, Fionn Regan, Beach House and PINS.
Bella Union co-founder Simon Raymonde told MBW the store was not meant to “compete with other vinyl retailers in Brighton,” adding: “We continue to support and cherish Resident Records. , across from The Lanes, who are one of the best independent retailers in the country, and who have been so kind to Bella Union over the years.
However, he added that “a dynamic, eclectic and healthy choice for customers is good for everyone”.
The Bella Union store can be located at 13 Ship Street Gardens, Brighton BN1 1AJ.
It will only store the Bella Union record and other collaborative titles, specializing in harder to find items.
âA dynamic, eclectic and healthy choice for customers is good for everyone. “
Simon Raymonde, Bella Union
The new boutique will be managed by Raymonde’s wife, Abbey, a famous New York-based concert photographer and presenter before moving to the UK in 2015, who has worked at Bella Union for four years on film projects. for John. Grant and Mercury Rev.
Simon Raymonde began his professional life at the Beggars Banquet record store in South Kensington in 1980, home of 4AD.
His eldest son Stan – who has just launched his own label, Opposite Number – is also a key staff member at the Rough Trade East record store in Brick Lane, east London.
The new Bella boutique in Brighton opened on June 8 with two special in-store performances by John Grant’s arranger Fiona Brice as well as Mercury Rev.
Raymonde says the group “heard about the store and insisted on taking a trip off the beaten track to celebrate it with us.”
Raymonde promises openings at midnight on certain Thursday evenings âfor those thirsty knights who want their vinyl to be served with a bagel at 12:01 am on a Friday morning! “.Music trade around the world