Families from Nigeria and the Caribbean are suffering the effects of the credit crunch as cash-strapped relatives in Hackney are forced to wire less money home.
Some women binge on chocolates. Others watch hours of chick flicks. But in North Hackney, women are beating the credit-crunch blues by stocking up on brand name bras.
Businesses in Hackney have been given guidance on riding out the recession by an award-winning business guru.
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It is the latest fashion phenomenon to come out of the credit crunch. Based around the idea that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure, swishing is the only way to update your wardrobe without opening your wallet.
The City may be fretting about sterling’s slide against the dollar, but that’s no worry for Mexican artist Minerva Cuevas.
Ms Cuevas has introduced a new currency to the streets of Shoreditch – the S.COOP – which is being circulated among traders in Petticoat Lane market as an interactive art project funded by East Festival.