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Founded in 1990, V V Rouleaux has been providing couture textile trimmings for 30 years. A modern Haberdashers, they were founded on the belief that ‘’there are no barriers between fashion and decorating, home and catwalk.’’. This unbounded approach has led to a dazzling stock of delightful bits and bobs for any project. From tangerine to teal, you’ll find the detailing needed to elevate your designs. Their website is not just a marketplace, but a resource for designers with plenty of inspiration. Featured in countless publications, and stocked in John Lewis, they are a household name for anyone in need of extra detail to elevate their designs. V V Rouleaux has all the trimmings; you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for, whether you need to wrap a gift, spruce up the curtains, or match your hair ribbon to your dog!
After building up experience working with high end piano specialists from Granada, Spain to Corbridge, Gordon Bell went solo in 2003 and hasn’t looked back since. Today, Gordon Bell Pianos is an authorised Kawai, Shigeru Kawai, Yamaha and Schimmel specialist, with a breadth of knowledge few others can match. As well as retailing, the company provides tuning, event hire, removals and restoration services. The firm are responsible for the four pianos on the Queen’s Balmoral Castle estate, which include a Steinway concert grand piano and a Broadwood grand piano, given at the Silver Jubilee of 1977. The company is renowned for its efficient and friendly service, with a loyal and contented customer base. The firm are Royal Warrant holders for piano tuning and servicing to Queen Elizabeth, testament to their experience and skill. Their doors are open Saturday 10am to 5pm, or you can make an appointment Monday to Friday by calling 0044 (0) 1224658584
Thomas Lyte is a modern English luxury brand, renowned as one of the world’s greatest trophy makers. Their skilled team are experts in a range of different design methods and craft trophies, medals, silver gifts and leather bags. Founded in 2007 by Kenin Baker, all of its products are designed and created in its London workshop and the business name derives from the Lyte Jewel, an exquisite pendant jewel from the early 17th century. The brand pride themselves on their attention to detail, creative flair and ability to convert an original design into a stunning gift or bespoke object. The results are exquisite. A close client relationship is at the centre of the firm’s practices. From consultation on design to creation in the workshop, the client is involved at all stages of the bespoke production process. As of 2015, Thomas Lyte are Royal Warrant holders as Goldsmiths and Silversmiths.
Established in 1827 and occupying a place in the heart of Mayfair since 1845, Thomas Goode is the proud holder of two royal warrants and highly values its well-established relationship with The Royal Family. William Goode, Thomas Goode’s son, travelled the world and recorded his adventures in diaries that are on display. His adventures brought him into contact with the finest porcelain and china whilst providing a personal service to some of Europe’s most prestigious families. This personal touch has paid off as the name Thomas Goode is known worldwide for its statement tableware and the veritable treasure trove of luxury items on display throughout its showrooms. The door is always open at 19 South Audley Street to explore the sublime display in the showrooms. Whilst you admire and discover some of the best cutting-edge contemporary design not only from Thomas Goode, but some of the greatest names in tableware, inspiration might encourage you to acquire something for the home. In recent years, Thomas Goode’s collaboration with contemporary artists have attracted a wider more diverse audience.
British jewelry designer has been designing and making jewelry for over 27 years and one has only to see her products to realise she is a true master of her craft. Her love of nature and colour are important inspirations to her work which condenses her passion for the natural world. As well as her refined traditional craft skills, her designs draw on the latest in technology and computer-aided design. She integrates techniques that are centuries old with cutting edge methods, creating pieces that are subtle, intricately detailed and express an amazing depth of colour. Fiona Rae’s commitment to social responsibility is impressive. She ensures that all the materials she uses can be ethically guaranteed and only works with companies that can ensure responsible production. Fiona Rae is based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, which is approximately an hour’s drive north of London. The firm is a Royal Warrant holder to The Prince of Wales as a Goldsmith, Jeweller and Silversmith.
First established in 1853, this venerable antiquarian bookstore is an essential port of call for serious bibliophiles. They are one of the world's oldest and largest dealers in antiquarian, first edition, autographed copies and rare books. It is estimated that Maggs’s huge inventory consists of over 100,000 titles, although no one has ever made a precise count. To put this in context, placed end to end their bookshelves would measure two miles in total. Books are helpfully divided into six useful categories: Continental, Early British, Military & Naval, Modern, Natural History and Travel Books. Maggs are serious about books without being stuffy and their expert staff are capable of satisfying a wide range of enquiries. In 2017, Maggs relocated to their new premises in a restored Georgian townhouse, close to The British Museum in Bloomsbury.
The Pink Piglet Collection
Founder Millie’s vision of creating timeless, stunning pieces for day-to-day wear has surely been realised. Elegant and luxurious, the jewellery is a passion project influenced by fine art, travel, and artisanal craftwork. Inspired by her mother’s boutique line in the 80s, and named after the animal she adores, The Pink Piglet Collection is a testament to Millie’s keen eye and talent. She believes in the healing potential of crystals, and this belief is the foundation of her design process. Each pair of earrings features an enchanting gemstone with unique metaphysical benefits, such as Agate for protection, Chalcedony for generosity, or Druzy for positive self-love. Beautiful and beneficial? Yes please.
Carvers & Gilders
Carvers & Gilders was established as a partnership in 1979 and designs, makes, conserves and restores fine carving and gilding. Their tight-knit team are assisted by a wide network of colleagues in related trades and professions and are able to undertake a wide variety of projects. Carvers and Gilders place the client right at the heart of their work. They are open to client involvement, helping to ensure that the design intentions, aesthetics and context of a piece of work are in line with the client’s vision. The team have a detailed knowledge of carving techniques, periods, styles and surface decoration. In addition, they accept commissions for a wide range of styles and design bespoke pieces. Pieces can be made in both contemporary or period styles, and can be made to match existing pieces. They have achieved the highest accolade in their profession, holding a Royal Warrant to HM The Queen as Carvers, Gilders and Restorers.
Just Casting is a family run business that has cast and finished quality items of jewellery since its inception in 1964. As time has passed, the firm has evolved to provide a wider variety of services, such as CAD/CAM, plating, stone setting and polishing and finishing. Just Castings’s expert team carry out metal castings and can offer a 24 hour turnaround period on some metals and designs. They cast from wax, using standard casting wax but are open to using other forms of wax including beeswax and candle-wax. For plating services, the firm’s expert team can accommodate items ranging from jewelry to large restoration pieces. The firm is willing to send and receive orders worldwide via post. Just Casting is a Royal Warrant holder by appointment to HM The Queen as Precious Metal Casters.
Asprey was founded in 1781 by a Mr William Asprey. Advertising ‘articles of exclusive design and high quality’, the retailers soon became an essential port of call for London’s discerned upper classes. The shop received its first Royal Warrant in 1862 and was fundamental in bringing the Art Deco style to London in the 1920s. Today, the luxury lifestyle brand remains at the heart of London’s premier retail scene. The store stocks a broad assortment of goods, encompassing jewellery, leather products, accessories, silver, watches, clocks, first edition leather bound books, china, crystal, games, silk and accessories. Asprey produces some of the world’s finest jewelry, watches, silver, china and crystal. Each piece is distinguished by its unique style, unsurpassed quality and innovative design. Asprey accept bespoke commissions, no matter how pioneering, befitting the Asprey motto “It can be done”. Over the centuries Asprey has constructed a heritage which will endure far into the future. They have held numerous Royal Warrants, most recently from the Prince of Wales.
Hatchards is officially London’s oldest bookshop. Established in 1797 by a Mr John Hatchard, the bookshop is a landmark on Piccadilly, itself one of the most famous streets in the world. For over 200 years the shop has served the literary, political, artistic and social lions of its day. In the past, the shop had strong ties to Europe’s Royal households. And although many of their former patrons may no longer sit on their thrones, the shop maintains close links with the British Royal Family. The bookshop is one of a select few that hold all three Royal Warrants.
Kensington Parker | Jewellers
Kensington Parker is a Private Jeweller that specialises in bespoke and made to order diamond jewellery, as well as any assistance with all aspects of fine jewellery including repairs. Consultation is an integral of the design process, where Andreas will work closely with his client to ensure the final piece will be perfectly befitting of the recipient's taste and personality. As a Private Jeweller, Kensington Parker’s remit goes beyond any high street jeweller to bring a truly personalised service; whether you need a selection of pink diamond shades to choose from or would like to replace a rare lost cufflink, Andreas will accommodate. With a long list of satisfied clients and a revered aftercare service, there is no doubt that Kensington Parker can create the perfect piece for your needs.
Blissetts are currently the largest specialist bookbinder in the south of England. Established in 1920 by Frederick Blissett, this company have grown through their 90-year lifespan. A time which they have spent developing a range of traditional binding and restoration services, while concentrating on delivering exceptional customer service. These qualities make Blissetts one of the best binding services in the UK. They offer the binding and restoration of products such as yearbooks, photobooks, wedding albums and thesis’s; as well as design & print and fine binding and restoration services. Receiving a Royal Warrant in 2010, for their incomparable services, has added to their impeccable reputation.
Novelist Evelyn Waugh once quipped that the Heywood Hill was ‘a centre of all that was left of fashionable and intellectual London’ and it seems to have remained in this central position since then. The Mayfair bookshop was first opened by Heywood Hill in 1936 and has had a rather illustrious history. Writer and eldest of the Mitford sisters Nancy Mitford worked here during the war and her time at the shop was a big influence on her work. Always at the heart of London literary life, a scene of John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is set in the shop. Set over two storeys in a Geoergian townhouse, the shop stocks a diverse mix of books, catering to all tastes and sensibilities, from highbrow collectors to young children. In a digital age, the shop’s loyal, global customer base and rich knowledge of books sets it apart from online competitors.
Metro Imaging is proud to be one of Europe’s leading professional photographic labs for film processing, art printing, mounting, creative retouching, framing and exhibition services. With a dedicated team that are passionate about delivering their products while remaining extremely conscientious of the environment, Metro Imaging take every challenge in their stride. This company are proud to be Royal Warrant holders. They also take a collaborative approach to everything they do. Keen to engage with creatives in the community, they regularly formulate bespoke partnerships with organisations and projects, and have a support network that includes perks such as discounts for production, member offers, prize giving and workshop and lecture hosting.
Barnard & Westwood
Barnard & Westwood has a long and colourful history that began in 1921 when it was founded by a World War 1 survivor whose injuries meant he could no longer work in his previous trade as a hotel printer. He turned his hand to the niche market of high-quality printing, in which the firm still operates today. In 2003 the business acquired Keypoint Bookbinding, enabling the company to move into new territory. Hand case binding, book restoration, perfect binding and bespoke presentation case making were added to the printers’ already diverse range of services. Seven years later, the business relocated to their current home near King's Cross in Central London. Today, Barnard & Westwood is a 100% employee-owned enterprise, meaning staff all have a stake in the business and, consequently, its products. Thus, you can rest assured that each order is handled with the utmost care and attention.
The company’s founder, Grant Macdonald, began his career as a silversmith in 1949, aged just 14. There is a joke that although he was not born with a silver spoon, he learnt to make his own very early in life. He established his own business Grant Macdonald in 1969 in Southwark that still operates from the same site. After opening, the business’s reputation for outstanding workmanship and innovative designs quickly grew, and they found themselves constantly producing bespoke works and luxury retail pieces for London’s famous Bond Street and Mayfair retailers soon after its inception. It did not take long for Grant Macdonald to establish itself as the London elite’s primary silversmith. By the 1980s, the business’s reputation had grown to a global scale and Grant Macdonald began working internationally, from Cartier’s boutique in New York to Hong Kong’s luxury hotels. The business was awarded the Royal Warrant to HRH The Prince of Wales, acknowledging both their fine work and their strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
Pandora Art Services | Art on Superyachts
Led by Oxford-educated art historian Pandora Mather-Lees, Art On Superyachts provides training to those working for owners of fine art, in particular aboard superyachts. The customisable one or two day course is made up of up to ten modules delivered as lectures or workshops and covers three main topics. Modules covering art appreciation will close the gaps in the crew’s knowledge of the high-stakes global art market, the intrinsic value of the items and will give an insight into art history, the major art movements and periods and the correct terminology. Training will also cover care and conservation, how to avoid climatic damage and the correct placement onboard, whilst the last part of the course looks at the legal export risks. Without an understanding of the documentation and protocols necessary and the laws and regulations in place, superyachts can find themselves facing criminal penalties. The course is a must for anyone working in the superyacht or luxury hospitality industry.
“Each Steinway grand piano a unique masterpiece produced by the hands of craftsmen. We take our time in production – everything is done quietly and with care.” In early 19th century Hamburg, a Mr Heinrich Steinwig began making pianos in his kitchen, marking the beginning of a musical revolution. Over time he refined his production method, giving rise to a way of building pianos which remains similar to this day. Pianos would sound very different today if not for the expertise, enterprise and skill of this man. After moving to America and changing his name to Henry Steinway, the piano makers grew to be the world’s premier high-end piano makers. Steinway & Sons is widely considered the founder of the modern piano, holding 127 patents to their name. There are few pianos that can match a Steinway. In the 2006/2007 concert season approximately 99% of all concert pianists chose to play on a Steinway.
The Wren Press
The Wren Press was set up in 1985 as a family business. Ever since then, their business has grown, and their reputation has blossomed, as they now hold Royal Warrants from both The Queen and The Prince of Wales. The Wren Press have a design-your-own range, allowing their customers put their own personal stamp on all of their stationary. The company has an extensive collection of products. Their personal stationary boasts correspondence, visiting, at home, change of address and thank you cards. While their corporate stationary offers compliment slips, business cards, letterheads, and events and invitations. The Wren Press truly shine when it comes to weddings, as their stationary is handcrafted to ensure that each couples special day is presented with class and glamour.
Steeped in a rich history, this Royal Warrant holder was established in 1887, when the original Frank Smythson opened his boutique shop on 133 New Bond Street, which started off by selling ‘stationery and fancy articles of a high-class character’. They have always prided themselves on blending luxury and versatility to meet every customer’s individual flair and personality, and today reside nearby at 40 New Bond Street. This timeless company were the creators of the first featherweight diary, and have been fashioning products for women and men for 132 years. Today, their hand-crafted stationery, leather-bound diaries and books, accessories, bags, scarves and gifts are just as popular as they always have been, as the company remains a go-to brand name for the highly discerning customer.
Sotheran’s is a higher class book store, perfect for someone seeking that elusive first print, that childhood novel that seems to never have existed according to an internet search, or that special signed copy of a treasured work. Sotheran’s was originally founded in York in 1761, before being established in London in 1815. Over the years it has sourced and sold some of literature’s finest editions. Notable acquisitions include the complete libraries of Laurence Sterne in 1768 and Charles Dickens in 1870. This bookshop prides itself on the quality and condition of its books which are expertly handled and stored. Its staff are famously attentive and knowledgeable about the books they sell. The shop is located just off Piccadilly in the heart of London's West End and its premises are spacious and elegantly designed. The shop welcomes experienced collectors and passers-by alike to browse their fine books in a relaxing and convivial atmosphere.
Backes and Strauss
The firm has a long and rich history. Backes & Stauss was first registered as a goldsmith in Hanau, Germany in 1789. Founder George Carl sent his twenty-four-year-old son to London to open up a second office in 1800 and the firm has not looked back since, expanding to becoming one of the city’s leading jewelers before more recently specialising in luxury watches. Backes & Strauss draw on over 230 years of diamond expertise, cutting and polishing high-quality diamonds for timepieces that will eventually be worn by the world’s most esteemed individuals. Their expert team carefully choose interestingly coloured stones before transforming them into shimmering timepieces. Officially the world’s oldest diamond company, Backes & Strauss offers an unparalleled level of luxury and class. The timepieces’ inside mechanics are made by Franck Muller in Switzerland who are masters of their own complex craft. It is fair to say that a Backes & Strauss watch is a masterpiece both inside and out. The watchmaker's core collections are Berkeley, Piccadilly, Regent, Renaissance, and Victoria, reflecting their London roots. They also offer a bespoke service that allows the client to be involved at every step of the creation of a one-of-a-kind watch.
Cleave & Co
Cleave & Co are well established craftsmen, who place quality and class right at the centre of what they do. The company operates at the crossroads where craftsmanship becomes art; they continue to refine traditional skills whilst transcending the fluid boundaries of contemporary design. Their core business involves the manufacture of Honours and associated Chancery items, although the British state isn’t the only country this jewellers have taken commissions from. In the past they have designed art and state medals for over 40 different countries. Cleave’s bespoke gifts and special commissions are truly exceptional. A Cleave gift or commission begins its life in an initial consultation with a Cleave designer. From this point onwards clients are able to enjoy the process of seeing their concept become a work of art. Their workshop is located in Westminster and the firm are Royal Warrant holders to both The Queen and The Prince of Wales.
Since it was established in 1962, Leighton Printers has risen to serve the highest tier of London businesses and individuals. The firm produces only the highest quality print, quickly and cost effectively from their 10,000 sq. ft. premises in the heart of Islington. With nearly half a century of experience, Leighton has both the cutting-edge equipment and expert knowledge to handle pretty much any print job. Whether it’s a digital or lithographic printing job, with Leighton you get crystal clear images and true-colour reproducations in a wide variety of sizes and print materials. Because of its relatively large size, Leighton has the resources and customer service to deliver printing orders that balance attention to detail and care with value. Leighton Printers hold two Royal Warrants, by appointment to H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
Mount Street Printers
Situated right in the heart of Mayfair, Mount Street Printers offers a luxury printing service that balances traditional craftsmanship with the latest technology. The printers offer a complete array of print options including engraving, foiling, embossing, die-cutting, thermography, and lithography. Every order is produced in-house by their highly-skilled team. They ensure the highest quality, quick turnaround and utmost discretion on every order, producing a standard of product that few can rival. Whether their clients have a design in mind or are after something completely bespoke, the Mount Street team are close at hand throughout the design process. Since its founding in 1981, the business has been family-run and it looks set to continue like this long into the future, ensuring artisanal knowledge is passed onto the next generation. The firm is a Royal Warrant holder as Printers by appointment to The Prince of Wales.
Knowledgeable and eccentric, Gillian is a revered expert in the field of antique jewellery with 35 years experience. A go-to for celebrity stylists and fashion editors, Horsup’s pieces have featured on countless covers including Vogue and Tatler. From the roaring 20s to the swinging 60s, she is constantly sourcing an eclectic mix of jewellery and accessories. Her favourite period is the 20s-30s but the collection is comprehensive. You’ll find it all: Venetian glass necklaces, Victorian earrings and even vintage smoking accessories! Above everything, Gillian values contact with her customers, and you’ll be enchanted as she dispenses pearls of wisdom about.. well, pearls.
Since it was founded in 1969, this book shop has risen to become at the heart of the London bookselling world. Stocking fine books, prints, maps and manuscripts from the 15th to the 20th century, this shop is home to some fascinating works. The UK’s largest antiquarian bookseller, this shop buys and sells antique books across all genres. Notable works sourced include Shakespeare’s first folio from 1623, Virginia Woolf’s pocket engagement diaries for eight years, including that for the final year of her life, and the first copy ever bound of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. Situated inside a four-story double fronted shop on Fulham Road in Chelsea, the shop is worth a visit for the premises alone. Losing oneself among the seemingly endless rows of old books is incredibly enjoyable. There are over 20,000 volumes and 6,000 prints for sale here. Peter Harrington have also recently opened a second shop on Dover Street. This slightly smaller shop stocks over 7,000 books.
Elliot-Fitzpatrick are one of the finest gold and silver jewellery polishers in the UK. Since being established in 1985, they have grown rapidly. This rapid growth attests to the quality service they consistently deliver. Their first home was in Hatton Garden where they stayed for 25 years, before moving to their current base in the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell. Elliot-Fitzpatrick place a strong emphasis on building up a rapport with their clients, ensuring they completely understand what the client wants, before starting on any work. Although primarily known for their polishing and plating services, the company have gone on to do their own work and designing some pieces in-house. They also repair silver and have recently introduced a laser welding service. The company has worked for the Royal Household since 2008 and in 2016 received a Royal Warrant from The Queen. They have also worked with other royal families from across the globe.
Bentley & Skinner
As a business which long resided in the heart of Mayfair, Bentley & Skinner very much embody the area’s gracious heritage and luxury. Recently relocated to Piccadilly, the jewellers and jewellery makers specialise in antique jewels, Fabergé and silver, and are renowned for their unparalleled collection of engagement rings. They repair and remodel jewellery on their premises, taking the greatest care and attention at all times. While heritage and tradition remain essential to their work, the company is also at the forefront of modern jewellery design, incorporating innovative techniques into their manufacturing process. Despite their success, personal service remains Bentley & Skinner's hallmark and the business are careful to ensure every enquiry is treated with courtesy and the utmost discretion. The firm has been granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment as Jewellers & Silversmiths to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and H.R.H The Prince of Wales.
Russell Talerman is one of London’s foremost timepiece horologists. He established Russell Talerman Watch Repairs in 1987, after completing two and a half years at the London School of Horology and a further year in Neuchatel, Switzerland in the Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Programme. He now works with a small, dedicated team He is an accredited Rolex specialist and also repairs and restores other high specification watches including Hermès, Georg Jensen, Philip Stein, Eterna, Fendi, Junghans, Linde and Werdelin. His team are highly trained and have a well-equipped modern workshop with state-of-the-art machinery and tools. This watch repairs and restorers is conveniently located in the heart of Mayfair and over the years have built a strong reputation among many Rolex owners in the area.
It all began in 1978, when editor and publisher Bill Smith met Australian journalist Max Harris. What started out as a newsletter book club has now grown into a large retailer with tens of thousands of patrons. Their honest and witty reviews make for fascinating reading, and cut out the hard work when it comes to choosing titles. They individually review 300 of their changing list of available titles and stock everything from signed rarities to popular classics. They offer large discounts unavailable from mainstream retailers on a variety of products and stock works for a range of readers. Furthermore, because of their position in the heart of literary circles they are able to procure exclusive signed copies from distinguished authors that the Bibliophile staff count as friends. In 2011 the Duke of Edinburgh granted Bibliophile a Royal Warrant as a ‘Peerage for Trade’, in recognition of quality, service and excellence.
Crystal Lite Chandeliers
Crystal Lite are a family owned and managed chandelier makers with over 30 years experience. Their inspired chandeliers are found in five-star hotels and restaurants, in addition to a host of distinguished luxury homes. From their factory in North London, they create crystal chandeliers, brass chandeliers, traditional and contemporary chandeliers using the finest crystal from Swarovski, Asfour and Preciosa. They have a ‘no limits’ ethos to design and coordinate specialist designs and materials with their clients. What Crystal Lite will create for their clients is only really constrained by the boundaries of their clients’ imagination. In addition to producing chandeliers, Crystal Lite offer a restoration and repair service. They are accomplished in repairing Waterford chandeliers, Baccarat chandeliers and antique chandeliers by Osler, Perry and many more. Their maintenance technicians are available for onsite repairs, regardless of the location. Crystal Lite are responsible for maintaining the chandeliers in both Buckingham Palace and Windsor Palace.
Mappin & Webb
When Jonathan Mappin opened his small silver workshop in Sheffield back in 1775, it is unlikely he would have been able to ever imagine how far his business would go. Mappin & Webb has supplied cutlery, silverware and jewellery to the world’s upper echelons for centuries. The brand has been blessed with the dedicated patronage of the Royal Family and has been granted Royal Warrants from five successive British monarchs spanning over 120 years. Outside of the Royal Family, the brand’s fine products have been central to British life, making the Ryder Cup trophy and the Royal Ascot trophy. Today, the brand offers a range of services. As well as manufacturing their own silver, they sell a selection of high quality wristwatches, jewellery and luxury gifts. The brand have four shops across London and perhaps the most extensive is located on Regent Street in Soho.
Trained jeweller and silversmith Alexander O’Neill began producing his own knives for his kitchen, blending traditional skills and clean, modern aesthetics. After posting on social media, demand for commissions was so high that Alexander founded Gorse Knives. This was back in 2016 and since then the company has gone from strength to strength. Gorse Knives use Aogami Super Blue steel for their knives, considered the best high carbon steel for knife making because of its high levels of carbon, chromium and tungsten. This allows for extreme sharpness and a silky smooth cut. Handles are made from hard woods and a water buffalo horn bolster provides abrasion resistance and keeps the knife balanced.
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