This week, London’s luxury institutions are changing the rule book; one of our favourite department stores is hosting a pop-up for the NSPCC, a traditional leather goods brand is taking design lessons from an edgy East End architecture studio and bespoke tailor Richard Anderson is proving that not all Savile Row’s hallowed tailoring houses are content to remain aloof. Here’s why.
1. Harrods has gone pink (for a worthy cause)
It’s not often that a behemoth department store goes out of its way to do something solely for charity. Hats off to Harrods then, which is opening a pop-up on Sloane Street this week called Fashion Retold. It’s a space curated by the Harrods team, stocking nearly new and pre-loved high-end fashion pieces (both men’s and womenswear), donated by the department store and its employees to raise funds for the NSPCC’s activities in London. In other words, it’s the ultimate luxury charity shop, built around a collection of precious one-offs from the likes of Armani, Ralph Lauren, Corneliani, and more. It’ll be managed by Harrods’ front of house staff, and promises to be quite the shopping experience. Whether you’re looking for a new spring statement piece, a vintage find with a difference or to support the NSPCC, be sure to call in soon.
Until 13 May. 196 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QX
2. Savile Row isn’t stuffy…
Still to this day, Savile Row struggles with its perceived stuffiness. Too many tailors are slow to adapt to modern tastes, modern marketing and choose to keep their doors firmly closed to curious prospective clients. Pleasingly, Richard Anderson is an exception. One of Savile Row’s foremost contemporary cutters, he set up shop at No.13 Savile Row in 2001 and has been making sleek tailoring for men that want to look and feel up-to-the-minute ever since. Now, he’s written a book that aims to myth-bust the sartorial world; filled with style advice, know-how and accessible explanations of tailoring technicalities. It’s called Making The Cut, and it’s a must-read for anyone with an interest in the very best of luxury British style.
Out 19 April, richardandersonltd.com / thamesandhudson.com
3. …Nor is 34 Mayfair
It’s an old-school address, no doubt about it, but West End institution 34 Mayfair is only too happy to keep up with the times. The glamorous restaurant has just revisited its brunch menu, which combines a definite sense of fun with chef Harvey Ayliffe’s signature extravagance. Got something to celebrate? How does champagne and waffles with foie gras, duck egg and Seville orange marmalade sound? Or Smoked short-rib hash with HP sauce? Or even Japanese Wagyu croquettes with wasabi mayo? Sold yet? You should be. 34’s built its reputation on eclectic and satisfyingly indulgent food, served with sophistication, so if you’re after a Sunday morning blow-out anytime soon, you know where to make for.
Served Saturdays and Sundays, 11:30-5pm, 34-restaurant.co.uk
4. Oris has landed in London
This week also sees the arrival of Oris’s pop-up London store on South Molton Street. Open for six months, this is a significant moment for the independent Swiss watchmaker, and is being billed as an Oris home-from-home. Designed to give both new and old clients an insight into the brand, the space includes a mini museum, with historic pieces from Oris’s 114-year history personally selected by the manufacture’s Chairman Ulrich W. Herzog. The shop’s also set to host a number of exclusive events for customers and is the first venue outside of Switzerland to host the Oris 2018 collection. According to Herzog, it’s a space for ‘Oris aficionados, customers and watch lovers alike’ – sounds good to us.
17 April – late August. 41 South Molton Street, W1K 5RP
5. Ettinger’s keeping things simple – and it works a treat
Ettinger is as true a thoroughbred as they come. One of the last remaining British leather working brands, the company was founded in 1934 and is still family owned today. Historically, the company’s specialised in formal attache cases and small leather goods, but in recent years it’s done sterling work in the leather portfolio department. Now, Ettinger has released a new range of bridle-hide zip-up portfolios, perfectly sized for macbooks, iPads, presentation papers and everything in between. Pure and simple, each design is inspired by the clean-cut aesthetic championed by London architecture studio, Echlin. Simple, well-proportioned, in a ‘large’ or ‘medium’ size and offering a range of confident colours, the smooth lines of these folios show off the surface of Ettinger’s signature bridle hide leather, which patinas beautifully over time. At less than 500 grams for even the larger size, they’re featherweight, too.
£375 / £245, ettinger.co.uk