Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kolecho, Apr 26, 2005.
I was at Lobb on St. James yesterday. I was approached by a shoemaker when I stepped in. I mentioned to him that I am paying homage to a London institution. He smiled and left me alone to browse. The shop has old world charm, to say the least. A customer came in for a fitting when I was there. I wanted to stick around to observe the process, but he had somewhat small feet for his stature, visible even with shoes on. I figure it was some kind of deformation, so I left the shop so that he can have a fitting in private. Then I walked up to Swaine Adeney and bought myself a little gift for being considerate
Jester m'dear boy we just can't let that one slide without seeing a picture. If I let Jill post my prom pic the other night you can post that one.
C'mon - let's see it.
That shop is closed, although Nick Tentis wholesale is available at Harrods (and not worth looking out for).
Both, Princess and Piccadilly arcade connect Jermyn Street with Piccadilly. Princess is near Fortnum & Mason (corner of Hilditch and Key), while Piccadilly arcade is a bit further west (corner of New & Lingwood).
Of course there is Burlington arcade, which is the oldest and most superior of all arcades, and Royal arcade. They all are within a short walking distance from each other.
The name of that arcade seems to be flexible; google searches for "Princes" or "Princess" come up with the same arcade.
Must throw in a plug for William and Son. William Asprey is the scion of the family and left the family firm after his father sold out to the Sultan of Brunei. Cool accessories and such. Also, Patrick Mavros opened a store recently. He's a great silversmith and his pieces make wonderful housegifts
Didn't know there were outlets in Bicester. Used to take the Bicester flyway when I was dating a girl whose family estate was near Stow. What ones were there? Only good outlet I found was Partridge in Galloway near Stornoch on the proper side of the border. Used to stop there on the way to one of my favorite country auction houses.
My jet-lagged memories of the arcade are that it is "Princes."
BTW, a little off the track of Savile Row, but not far from Jermyn Street is Longmire cufflinks. They are some of the rudest people you will ever meet in London retail, but they offer a lovely (if overpriced) collection. A good chunk of it is pictured online, but it is fun to see in person.
John Rushton's shoe shop on Wimpole Street is worth a visit if you are after a bargain, and he is quite a character too.
I would pop into Penhaligons in one of the arcades off Jermyn Street for some cologne.
Harvie & Hudson in 2 locations on Jermyn Street do a good deal if you buy 3 shirts and would definitely be on my list.
Ede & Ravenscroft for beautiful ties, Cordings for a nice tattersall shirt, Taylor's for a badger brush and Trumpers for rose shaving soap and lime cologne.
I lived in london for four years and revisited it recently. Yes the chocolate truffles at Fortnum and Mason are AMAZING. Unparalled. At the back of F&M is Jermyn st. Forget drooling on the shirts and go to paxtons for the cheese. Get some bread too, (you already got liquid refreshment of choice at Fortnums, Yes??) Walk across to St James Church, or some other place with steps/bench to sit and enjoy a faboooolus meal. Be adventurous and try some amazing cheeses from Paxtons. -
Of course, if that selection is too limiting, there is Berry Bros & Rudd just around the corner on St. James.
Darren Beaman has something of a standing offer to AA/SF members to tour his world and the workrooms in which his suits are made (not going thru that crap again...) why not take him up on that, i know youd be interested to see them at work probably cost you a beer though
I visited C&J and EG yesterday in Burlington Arcade. I am sold on the fit and superior antiquing of EG, but I could not get myself to pull the trigger at 400 pounds plus. It was interesting to note that C&J's people were trying to convince me to get a pair, whereas EG's people ( I was served by an older gentleman) fitted me but did not really "sell" me anything. Perhaps they thought I am a lost cause because I was wearing a pair of Santonis that are Blake stitched. He did make a comment that my shoes are "fashion shoes" After I tried on the Greens, my Santonis really felt flimsy and lacked support. C&Js Handgrades are great value though from PLAL, IMHO. Oh, I saw some Trickers also, but did not like their lasts.
I forgot to add that some small shops in London, like Pickett, are a little snooty when it comes to service. It's not that they don't serve, just that they seem so unwilling to do so. It is something that I am not used to. Other small shops, like Swaine Adeney and JM Weston, are very helpful and happy at it. I would stick my neck out to generalize that the younger attendants tend to be more helpful and friendlier compared to the ones in mid-life and above. Off to the larger stores later today
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