London has long served as a mecca for luxury shoppers the world over. The bustling capital is overflowing with opulence; from timeless classics to edgy new designs. The prestigious streets of London can offer everything the discerning gentleman shopper could wish for.
Remarkably, the luxury market centered in London contributes an estimated £50bn to the UK economy. This thriving fusion of fashion, style and extravagance is also a delight for the modern, style-conscious gentlemen. Visiting London with the intent to revitalize your wardrobe could well result in a glorious rebirth. Even the experience of shopping in London is enchanting; the streets are alive with grand, exciting shops and hidden gems just waiting to be discovered…
Nothing can match the feeling of having a bespoke suit tailored by a master craftsman. In fact, it’s likely you will never be able to buy off the peg again. When it comes to premium London locations and the finest tailoring the city has to offer, look no further than Savile Row. Occupying no.1, we have Gieves & Hawkes who’ve been supplying the finest of gentlemen’s wear for over 200 years. Any garment from this prestigious store should be considered a lifetime wardrobe investment. Alexander McQueen is another fabulous store on Savile Row, you won’t regret booking a bespoke appointment and having their expert fitter kit you out.
When it comes to shirts, Jermyn Street is classy, understated, steeped in history. It’s an absolute haven for made to measure shirts, whether for work or leisure. The upscale gentlemen’s outfitters New and Lingwood and Alfred Dunhill have been purveyors of fine gentlemen’s clothing for over 100 years on this iconic street. It’s also well worth your time to see the creations of Emma Willis, Jermyn Street’s only female tailor of bespoke shirts and men’s accessories.
No tales of London’s luxury would be complete without mentioning Harrods, as one the most identifiable stores worldwide. It’s home to an astounding range of top end brands such as Armani, Givenchy and Burberry. Harrods absolutely excels when it comes to the ultimate shopping experience, thanks to their world-renowned customer service. Their highly qualified staff offers essential fashion advice; ensuring clients leave only with bags brimming with the very best cuts and styles.
Selfridges is another prestigious name that immediately conjures up a feeling class and elegance. Their flagship store situated on the bustling Oxford Street houses many world-class brands but always showcases innovative new brands. You don’t want to miss this incredible boutique store, stunningly designed to appeal to shoppers on the hunt for the finest luxury goods.
Many of London’s gentlemen’s outfitters exude traditional charm in spades, but if you’re interested in upcoming and emerging designers you will not be disappointed either.
Shoreditch is one such location that’s brimming with dynamic young stores, including Present who have painstakingly developed a unique hip range of designs for the modern man about town. If you’re into upscale denim, you’ll want to head to Son of a Stag just off the uber cool Brick Lane in London’s East End.
Other fabulous shopping areas include Mount Street, it positively oozes charm from gorgeous outfitters to beautiful architecture. South Molton Street and Old Bond Street, only a stone’s throw from one another, are home to a number of fabulous outfitters such as Hermès, Browns and Louis Vuitton.
If you can’t settle for less than the best, London may become a byword for sartorial heaven. Even high-end shoppers cannot fail to be blown away by the outstanding class, astonishing variety and world-class service available. The only question is how many shopping days can you spare, or afford?