Today’s world is awash with the supposedly ‘designed with you in mind’. It’s time to recognise those who offer true bespoke products and services made-to-measure. Genuine proponents of timeless quality that fly in the face of today’s ‘wear it once’ culture and remind us what it means to cherish the things we own.
Mr Start has called Shoreditch home for more than a decade and whilst much has changed in the area over the last ten years, he remains a feature of the East London style scene. Specialists in casual tailoring and elegant styling, Philip Start and his team pride themselves on their love and knowledge of beautifully made menswear. Drawing inspiration from French film of the 1960's and the street style of Shoreditch; they specialise in elegantly styled tailoring, luxurious shirts and hand crafted knitwear, whilst constantly experimenting with new styles, classic favourites and emerging trends.
40 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX
Gee Woods Jewellery was founded in early 2013 and specialises in both a large amount of bespoke commissioned pieces and a small, ready-to-wear collection. All of the jewellery is made by highly experienced and skilled craftsmen based in the UK to ensure a beautiful finish. She can also source antique rings. Whilst there is no store locally, Gee can meet you for personal consultation in Shoreditch House.
Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, E1 6AW
Rachel graduated in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and continued to study at the Gemological Institute of America in New York where she received her diploma in Diamond Grading. Her signature
aesthetic of pure and strong forms redefines the traditional world of jewellery, fusing art deco with modern design for timeless results. Specialising in Alternative Bridal and Bespoke, her collections are for the inspiring and the curious who like their fine jewellery with understated edge and elegance.
24 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH
Gresham Blake is a design-led tailoring business and ready-to-wear clothing brand, creating bespoke, limited-edition luxury clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women. Gresham launched the brand shortly before the Millennium
with his wife, Fal. Their eye-catching creations for high-profile clients including Ray Winstone, Steve Coogan, Jimmy Page and Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) have attracted fashion industry recognition. An ever-growing army of customers are now seeking his signature combination of quality garments with a quirky twist.
143 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ
A pun-loving team of cycling-obsessed experts in their field, they champion a ‘let the body rule the fit’ mantra. This means they only adjust the bike after assessing the rider. Expect a 3D motion capture system and a physical assessment as part of your one-to-one bike fit consultation. For updates on new stock, technology and events to get involved
with check out the blog on their website.
30 Gresham Street, EC2V 7PG
Worn by the good, the great and the sensational of the music world, everyone from Jamie Cullum to Roger Daltry has been spotted threading their laces through a new pair of Jeffery-West shoes – even Tom Jones has recently followed in their footsteps. Find the City store tucked away just off Fenchurch Street and pick up your pair of handmade Taboo ‘Firebird’ laser front Gibsons or Gig ‘Pistol’ high tops.
16 Cullum Street, EC3M 7JJ
In 1887, Frank Smythson established a brand that set out to create beautifully functional and luxuriously timeless pieces. Made with only the highest quality, carefully sourced leathers, Smythson's selection of leather and paper goods includes everything from elegant bags and accessories, to notebooks, diaries, stationery and home pieces. Personalisation has always been central to the Smythson story with a myriad of gold-stamping options - from coloured foils to playful motifs - allowing you to add a truly personal touch to your Smythson piece.
7-8 Royal Exchange, EC3V 3LL
Weave Toshi is Japan's leading manufacturer and retailer specialising in hats. 'CA4LA' (Pronounced as Ka-shi-la in Japanese) means ‘the head’ and ‘the top’ and is the original Japanese hat brand from Weave Toshi. In addition to their own hat designs, they also carry imported items and products that they have collaborated on with international artists, designers and musicians. This store in Shoreditch opened in 2006 and was the first overseas shop outside of Japan.
21 Pitfield St, N1 6HB
This article is featured in the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of the Cityscene. The full magazine can be downloaded here.