Bond Street and Savile Row – Specialities and Delights

Bond Street (and its environs) is Britain’s major source of special, custom, one-of-a kind delights. In London, whether it’s a totally custom-tailored suit, jacket, tuxedo, shirt or blouse, from a bespoke tailor on Savile Row, or the special jewelry which lends an air of distinction, this is the place to come.

Savile Row, nearby, continues a rich, centuries-old tradition of “bespoke” custom tailoring. This is where the best Brits are dressed, and it always has been. Hardy Amies, who often designs for Queen Elizabeth II, is located on this short street of distinction. There are tailors here whose businesses started in the 1700’s!

Bespoke tailors on Savile Row have perfected an art over nearly 700 years in London. It involves a long and painstaking process which relies on up to 60 hours of handwork for a suit, and it will take several months, and several fittings, to complete the commission.

Also on Savile Row, you can find Abercrombie and Fitch, Lanvin, b store (for up-and-coming designers) and Evisu Subaro who takes 23 separate tailoring steps to make a pair of jeans.

Back on Bond Street, itself, you’ll find Mikimoto Pearls, several Cartier stores, Harry Winston (another famous New York jeweler), Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Nicole Farhi. Take time at Nicole’s to eat in the well regarded restaurant.

The next section of the street has several art and antique galleries, along with Ralph Lauren, Donna Karran, Armani, the distinctive Pringle of Scotland – (famous for their beautiful knitwear) and HKSB bank.

Beyond that, there are a couple of outfitters, Mephisto for good walking shoes, Victorinox (Swiss Army knives’ maker) and a renowned bridal store. Immediately after, you’ll find Ferragamo, Max Mara, Prada, Daniel Katz (sculpture), Omega watches, Daks (another British institution, a department store with a history of quality) and Mont Blanc (pens).

The next part of Bond Street contains Sotheby’s famous auction house, other galleries and those fabulous, admired (and often impractical) Jimmy Choo shoes!

Beyond this are droves of famous world-class jewelers. Can you run the gauntlet? Wow!

Learn more:
The Savile Row Bespoke Association website gives full details of the bespoke tailoring process. Find them at: Savile Row bespoke tailors.

Daks – Famous British store

Bond Street details
Savile Row details

Even if you just want to soak up the ambience of affluence, it’s enjoyable to window-shop. It’s definitely a special experience to come to see these high-caliber stores.

©2009 Mystic at Travel Vacation Review