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Made in Mayfair: The Heart of British Craftsmanship

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 Made in Mayfair4

Mayfair is an incredibly exciting place to be and is a shopper’s paradise. Whether you are looking for fashion, food art or craft; we are surrounded by the best international and British design that blends age-old artisans with contemporary talent. Mayfair is a truly unique place, situated at the heart of the city, but operating at its own pace. Spend an afternoon wandering through the streets and shops of  Mayfair and you will find a treasure trove of history, aged-old artisans, and new names, which have become a ‘Best of British’ showcase. Here's a round-up of some of our favourite stores... 

FLORIS

On Jermyn Street you will find Floris, the world’s oldest family run perfumers who have created scents for Oscar Wilde, Eva Perón, Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe for every monarch since George IV.

89 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6JH
florislondon.com

FOSTER & SON

Foster & Son have been custom making shoes for clients since 1750. The shoes, which are painstakingly created to last a lifetime, have been worn by Paul Newman Clark Gable, and Charlie Chaplin, and you can still see the original lasts.

83 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6JD
foster.co.uk

JOHN LOBB

John Lobb has been making the finest shoes and boots for gentlemen since 1866 in London and 1902 in Paris. Its rich heritage is reinforced by timeless qualities of craftsmanship, service and style - attributes that are now available to a wider international John Lobb audience. The company continues to maintain its bespoke shoe-making tradition in Paris, while also retaining core bespoke principles in the manufacture of its expanding ready-to-wear collection of shoes and leather goods.

The ultimate John Lobb bespoke service is still available from the Paris atelier, now based on 32 rue de Mogador. Meanwhile the ready-to-wear collection retains the core bespoke qualities of John Lobb in its 190-step manufacturing process for each pair of shoes. The collection includes all the iconic classics, as well as fresh seasonal additions and new models, such as the Driver by John Lobb, which reflect contemporary lifestyles and international audiences.

88 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6JD
johnlobb.com

BOODLES

Established over two centuries ago, Boodles is an exciting British fine jeweller with a truly individual personality and a committed focus to achieving excellence in all facets of design, craftsmanship & service.

178 New Bond Street, London, W1S 4RH
boodles.com

NICOLAS KIRKWOOD

Luxury shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood is renowned for his sculpted, architectural shoe designs and catwalk collaborations with emerging labels like Rodarte, Erdem, Roksanda Ilincic and Peter Pilotto. His shoes are carried at about 150 stores across the world, including directional retailers like Dover Street Market and 10 Corso Como, and his own flagship stores in London, New York and Las Vegas.

17-18 Dover St, London, W1S 4LT
nicholaskirkwood.com

FORTNUM & MASON HATMAKER

On the Second Floor at Fortnum’s, amidst a glorious array of hats and jewellery, there is a rarity among department stores – an in-house milliner, trained in the traditional art of hat-making. Adrian Phillip Howard, Fortnum's own milliner is a well-known figure in Mayfair.

181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER
fortnumandmason.com

BERRY BROTHERS WINEMAKERS

With over 315 years of history, Berry Bros. & Rudd is justly proud of its past. In 1698, the Widow Bourne established a shop at No. 3 St James’s Street. Over three centuries later, with two Royal Warrants and eight Masters of Wine, the family business continues to flourish, with its heart still very much at No. 3. The company’s colourful history encompasses wines on board the Titanic, supplying smugglers running alcohol into Prohibition-era America, and sheltering Napoleon III in cellars beneath the shop. Nowadays, Berry Bros. & Rudd continue to supply wines and spirits to royalty, have a successful presence in Asia, and lead the world of wine with a philosophy of constant innovation.

3 St. James Street, London SW1A 1EG
bbr.com

Foster and Son

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