LONDON — For Londoners, it’s all about boutique shopping. Here are five worth noting.
At Coco Ribbon, everything is for sale. Besides offering frilly panties, embroidered satin cushions, Swarovski stilettos and feathered bags, this luxury lifestyle boutique is happy to sell the display furniture. Alison Chow and Sophie Threapleton, who opened the shop last September, have sought labels from here and all over the world, including the U.S., France and Australia, Chow’s home country. Brands include footwear from Beatrix Ong, cashmere by Cameron Taylor and denim by Sass & Bide. Right now though, resin homeware from Dinosaur Designs is flying out, priced from $16 for a teaspoon, as are dusty pink suede bags from Zume, at $368. The only thing that’s not for sale are the Cadbury’s Cherry Ripe’s — they’re free to all visitors.
21 Kensington Park Road, London W11,
(44- 207) 229-4904.
The L Boutique
The L Boutique is a design team, a personal stylist and a boutique all rolled into one. More like a boudoir than a shop, a bed is strewn with flower and diamante headpieces, silk dresses are hung wherever there is space and the mannequins could be on any best-dressed list, complete with silk kimonos, matching jewelry, bags and shawls. Lucia Silver opened the boutique as a tribute to every woman who has ended up at a party wearing the same as another. Inspired by the Twenties and Thirties, everything is one-of-a-kind, the jewelry is vintage but has been restrung, and even the array of organza and chiffon evening coats are all handmade. A made-to-measure service is also available with Silver, by appointment only.
28 Chepstow Place, London
W2, (44-207) 243-9190.
Relocated from Knightsbridge to Notting Hill’s Westbourne Grove, Feathers has also enjoyed a revamp as well as a relaunch. The 2,500-square-foot store has the space to carry more labels, luxuriously big dressing rooms including one for VIPs, and an on-site seamstress. Although the store has been around for more than 35 years, its new site has been open for just four months. American labels include Rick Owens, Burning Torch and New Religion; European labels include Megan Park, Voyage Passion, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Roberto Cavalli and Pucci. The pashminas with pink flamingo feathers by Anna Trzebinski are a must-have, especially in turquoise, priced at about $980.
176 Westbourne Grove, London W11,
Sara Chiaramonte set up Tashia, named after her daughter, just over a year ago, and now stocks Matthew Williamson, Calypso, Roland Mouret, Johanna Ho, Buba, Language, Theory and Ann-Louise Roswald. These complement her own Tashia line of suede wraps and fur gilet. Look for Tashia’s capsule collection of silk scarves, vintage print caftan tunics and skirts made from Indian saris. A visit on a sunny day is well worth it, and the patio garden at the back of the store is a treat for weary shoppers.
178 Walton Street, London, SW3,
London’s hip crowd heads to Bare, where an array of brands includes Matthew Williamson, Boyd, Gharani Strok, Markus Lupfer, Sara Berman, Bikini, Studd and J&M Davidson. Accessories by Ana Konder, maker of Chanel’s jewelry, are proving to be a hit, especially the $300 fur-and-rose quartz neckpieces. Owners Daisy Morrison and Tina Ferguson celebrated its first anniversary with a champagne-fueled shopping party in Knightsbridge for every “It” girl and her friend. The basement features a lounge area and cocktail glasses filled to the brim with Smarties. If not for the fashion or the candy, it’s worth visiting just for the dressing room, complete with a fireplace, Louis XVI furniture and Florentine wall varnishings. There are also plans for a Bare in the U.S.“L.A. would be perfect for us,” said Morrison.
8 Chiltern Street, London, W1,
(44- 207) 486-7779.