Islingtonians

Islington is rich in history and has huge variety. Modern shops mix happily with old London pubs, a handful of theatres, along with the widest variety of restaurants to be found anywhere in London.

Peter Werth was born in Islington, N.1 in 1975 and has become synonymous with sharp British design, high quality contemporary clothing, footwear and accessories.

The N.1 Project - a film and photography campaign - features a fishmonger, a puppeteer, a blogger, a barber, a market stall owner and a boxer- proud Islingtonians from local establishments - all wearing Peter Werth clothing. They are the spirit of London N.1.

Shot at some of Islington's most iconic locations, by the photographer Dean Rogers (who has previously worked with esteemed directors such as Shane Meadows on 'This Is England' (2007) and Anton Corbjin on 'Control' (2007)), we ask each of them what makes them proud to come from the place we call home.

The title track accompanying the N.1 Project brand film is 'Who Are You Trying To Fool' (Instrumental Version), performed by Dave Hamilton Orchestra and written by Ann Bridgeforth, Rony Darrell and Dave Hamilton. 'Who Are You Trying To Fool' was a huge Northern Soul back in the 1970s, when Peter Werth was launched, and still fills dance-floors to this day.

Julius Amoah

Julius Amoah, Boxer

Photographed at Times Amateur Boxing Gym

David Duffy

David Duffy, Technical Manager

Photographed at Little Angel Theatre

David Twydell

David Twydell, Market Stall Owner

Photographed at M Manze, Chapel Market

Ali Akin

Ali Akin & Aydin Akin, Barbers

Photographed at John's Barber Shop, 16A Barnsbury Road

David Richmond

David Richmond, Fishmonger

Photographed at Steve Hatt Fish, 88 Essex Road

Daniel Mehmet

Daniel Mehmet, Blogger, The Islingtonian

Photographed at Camden Passage

Julius Amoah

Julius Amoah, Boxer

Photographed at Times Amateur Boxing Gym

Boasting over 300 members, and an international reputation for helping young people (in an area listed in the country's top ten deprived and neglected communities) to achieve sporting success and improve self-esteem, the Times Amateur Boxing Club has legendary status among Islingtonians. Founded beneath the Times newspaper in 1927, it has been at the centre of the Islington community since establishing itself in the area in 1958.

Julius Amoah: "Islington has an incredible sense of community, particularly for those people who come to the gym. It is here that we can teach the next generation they can be something, get them off the street and teach them a skill that is transferable in life. We've become a really important focal point for local kids - those with behavioural issues or those who are neglected. It's a place where they can channel their frustrations. David Ryan who runs the gym knows how to get the best out of them. He's a legend. Learning how to box is about discipline, being sharp, eating well, looking after yourself - good lessons in life."

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David Duffy

David Duffy, Technical Manager, Little Angel Theatre

Established in 1961, Little Angel Theatre is London's only permanent puppet theatre (there's not even a handful in the UK) catering for children, families and adults alike. Housed in a formally derelict temperance hall, the 100-seat theatre shares its space with a workshop where the marionettes are carved and developed and the productions are devised. Hugely respected here in the UK and abroad for the artistic quality of its productions from the UK and overseas (it has worked with the ENO and RSC), the Little Angel Theatre also runs workshops where the next generations of puppeteers can create dramas and puppets of their own.

David Duffy: "Every one is proud of what they do, what the theatre does, and its place in the heart of the local community. Because we are one of two or three puppet theatres left in the country, we get plenty of puppet enthusiasts not just from Islington, but from across the world. It is everyone's favourite secret, hidden down an old passage. When people come are shown around, they are completely enchanted, and blown away by the craftsmanship, the artistry, the dedication of the staff, the detail. We might not be that well known to the public, but we have a huge profile in the industry. It is an Islington institution and a joy to work here."

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David Twydell

David Twydell, Market Stall Owner

Photographed at M Manze, Chapel Market

This traditional pie and mash shop has been in the Manze family for over 100 years, still making the pies by hand to its secret recipe, then baking them fresh every day. Served with fluffy mashed potatoes and a wonderful liquor (parsley sauce) - it's the perfect old London Cockney dish.

David Twydell: "I have worked around here for over 40 years, man and boy. I have left the area just once, but always knew I would be back. Samuel Johnson says: "If you are tired of London you are tired of life", well it's the same for Islington. The mix of shops, restaurants, buildings and the incredible mix of stylish people make it a true London experience. You will never get bored."

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Ali Akin

Ali Akin & Aydin Akin, Barbers

Photographed at John's Barber Shop, 16A Barnsbury Road

John's Barber Shop was opened 37 years ago, the very same year that Peter Werth was founded. It has been run by the Akin brothers for the last seven, offering a comprehensive haircutting and grooming service for the stylish men of Islington.

Ali Akin: "When I moved to Islington from Turkey in 1996, my brother and I decided that we would try and open a traditional barber shop in the area. When we found John's Barber Shop we just loved it. We spoke to this old guy, John - who looked old enough to retire - and asked him if we could buy it. He agreed, there and then. Islington has it all. It's cosmopolitan, has some fantastic shops and it's very stylish. At heart, we are a traditional barbers - and many people like traditional ways of doing things - but we try to do everything in a modern way to stay relevant. We were going to have a classic red and white exterior, but my brother bought the wrong paint. He bought black!"

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David Richmond

David Richmond, Fishmonger

Photographed at Steve Hatt Fish, 88 Essex Road

Celebrity chefs, rock stars, foodies and stylish locals all swear by the fresh, top quality wet and smoked fish (you'll be spoilt for choice) that this family business has been supplying to the area since 1895. Architects, TV presenters and newspaper editors all get in line to ask the price of the latest catch including the finest line-caught cod, halibut, lobster, sea bass and Bluefin tuna. According to one happy shopper talking to Time Out: "Steve Hatt makes Waitrose look like Captain Birdseye!"

David Richmond: "We pride ourselves on working with the best fish, working for the best company, and serving an incredibly discerning and loyal clientele - our reputation is second to none in the area. What more could you want? It's all about freshness, the excellent suppliers, the banter and the ambience. Fish caught in Cornwall yesterday can be on the slab today. People in Islington, expect the best and that's why they come to us. This is why we always have queues going down the road. It's about staying relevant, and changing or evolving with the times."

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Daniel Mehmet

Daniel Mehmet, Blogger, The Islingtonian

Photographed in Camden Passage

Ranked alongside Portobello, Kensington Church Street and Spitalfields as one of London's leading antiques locations, Camden Passage has attracted dealers worldwide for half a century. Mid-century modern emporiums intermingle with elegant antique shops, restaurants and the infamous Camden Head pub, which holds comedy nights for local comedians. It is a destination for dealers and collectors, celebrities, and style leaders.

Daniel Mehmet: "I am not saying it is the most stylish part of town, but a lot of people come here to shop, and a lot of them dress the part. There are a few shops that are real finds - vintage furniture shops, tailors, mid century modern interiors shops - it has something for everyone. The area is full of character and has plenty of characters. There are council estates and there are million pound properties, but there's also a sense of community. It's a vibrant melting pot. I love everything about the area, which was why I named my blog after it."

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