So, interested in visiting the highly aspirational district of Chelsea? If so, you’ll doubtless be in the mood to surround yourself with beautiful things to discover, look at and possibly purchase while you’re here. To wit, you may well find our guide to the greatest luxury goods retailers in the King’s Road area right up your street, so to speak…
(382 King’s Road SW3 5UZ)
A place that offers professional, bespoke restoration services and handbag-care products, in-store you’ll discover a wide range of pre-owned designer handbags from leading global brands, including the likes of Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Celine, Prada, Mulberry, Chanel and Gucci, as well as so many others. Don’t doubt it, too, they’re all available at a fraction of the normal retail price – and even more during one of the store’s designer handbag sale (so great if you’re visiting from abroad and on the look-out for a holiday bargain; even if your base of stay is one of the 5 star hotels in London). The shop also claims to be able to source specific handbags to your own requirements.
Aspinal of London
(25 Brook Street W1K 4HB)
This upscale store sells exquisite British-designed handmade leather bags, women’s purses and men’s wallets as well as cases and desk accessories. Each piece in their oeuvre is handmade by genuine leather craftspeople, as well as (so the store claims) at an affordable price and great value. Founded on the premise of offering customers beautiful, elegant and refined designs of superior quality, it’s a place that prides itself on producing and selling pieces is created with great care, exquisite quality and real beauty; the team of craftspeople headed by creative director Mariya Dykalo, in the company’s West Sussex headquarters, deep in the heart of The National Park of West Sussex Downs.
Smythson of Bond Street
(141-142 Sloane Street SW1X 9AY)
Another luxury brand specialist in the leather handbag, case and so on field, Smythson is rooted in an enviable heritage; it’s been producing of British luxury leather goods at their most refined for the past 130 years, with an enduring dedication to unrivalled craftsmanship. Smythson’s long-catered to the highly discerning, from European Royalty and the Indian Maharajas to supreme stars of the silver screen; the likes of Grace Kelly, Katharine Hepburn, Claudette Colbert and Vivien Leigh. In addition to extraordinary figures of history, from Sigmund Freud to Sir Winston Churchill. Today it continues and adds to its legacy by being, in its own words, an ‘extraordinary brand catering to extraordinary people’ – among whom are undoubtedly visitors to London with fine taste, not least those staying in the Chelsea vicinity at the likes of the San Domenico hotel London.
(143-144 Sloane Street SW1X 9BL)
An unmistakeably upmarket retailer that, of course, specialises in fine jewellery, gifts and luxury timepieces in classic designs, courtesy of the globally renowned and hugely sought-after brand name that Cartier undoubtedly is – in the realms of not just jewellery but also watches, fragrance, eyewear and various accessories. Should you pop into this boutique, though, you can make use of its watchmaking workshop, where experts are on-hand to carry out a diagnostic check on any Cartier timepiece previously purchased and proceed when possible to provide immediate service; plus, other on-site experts will be able to analyse and repair your jewellery, whether recent or transmitted from generation to generation.