June 26, 2019

Shopping Day on Mount Street in London

(UPDATE: I wrote this article before the pandemic.  I visited the street again in April 2022, and I must say that the retail landscape has changed quite a bit.  Sadly, some of the stores mentioned in this article are no longer. But don’t fret!  There are many other stores that piqued my interest, including Linda Farrow, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, and Malone Souliers. One of my featured jewelry stores is right in the neighborhood as well, so this street is most definitely worth a visit!)

I find it so interesting that visitors flock to join the crush on Oxford Street, New Bond, and Sloan Street, when the charming Mount Street in Mayfair is right at their fingertips.  Not only is this street chic and quiet, but it’s home to a bevy of brands (many of them British) that have their singular flagship store located there. True, you can find popular names including Celine, Balenciaga, Lanvin, and Marni here, but there’s loads of new discoveries for the savvy shopper.

The charming Mount Street in Mayfair…there’s loads of new discoveries for the savvy shopper!

I began my shopping day by popping in the only Nicholas Kirkwood store. (closed during the pandemic) Granted, the classic styles are sold at many stores worldwide, but here, I picked up a fab pair of orange to purple ombre patent flats that I know won’t be found anywhere else. And what do you think about these pearl-embellished showstoppers?

Mount Street is home to a bevy of brands (many of them British) that have their singular flagship store located there.

Continuing along my stroll, I spent a long time in Christopher Kane’s store. (closed during the pandemic) Again – the only one. I never realized the breadth of his collection until I explored the two floors of designs. Oh, the beading on some of the garments just had me swooning!

Roksanda is another fabulous stop. Her clothes are ideal for whatever event you may have on your calendar. Where could you envision wearing this dress? And if it’s not your personal style? No problem. She has so many options for you to try.

If a formal occasion is on your radar, then you just MUST stop in Jenny Packham. These are some of the most glorious gowns I’ve ever laid eyes on. Red carpet ready, indeed!

By this time, I was due for a bit of lunch. Scott’s fit the bill, with its delicious grilled peach and mozzarella salad followed by a mushroom risotto. Excellent service and lovely ambience.

For a little post-lunch walk, I enjoyed the calm and spacious Mount Street Gardens. It’s difficult to believe that such a zen oasis exists amidst the hustle and bustle of London life.

Refreshed, I continued exploring the offerings on Mount Street. I was pleased to find an outpost of Danish designer, Georg Jensen. (relocated during the pandemic) His capsule collaboration with Zaha Hadid blew me away. How fabulous is this gold and diamond ring? Truly a precious sculpture for your hand. Also, look at the inlay on this table in the store – incredible workmanship.

As I continued along Mount, I took a left on South Audley, as I wanted to see the flagship Erdem Store. This two-story shop makes you smile the moment you walk in with the happy colors and floral frocks on the rails. Downstairs there’s a little garden so it’s as if you’re shopping in the designer’s parlor. I couldn’t help but admire this beaded reticule.

This two-story shop makes you smile the moment you walk in with the happy colors and floral frocks on the rails.

Mount street shopping london

As I retraced my steps back along Mount Street, I took a left at the infinity fountain to explore that block of Carlos Place.

There, you’ll find 5 Carlos Place, which is home to Matches Fashion’s townhouse. You’ll find some retail space, an area for personal shopping appointments, and even a café. (Matches also has retail locations in Marylebone and Notting Hill.)

Since my last visit, The Row has also opened at 15 Carlos Place. I’m very eager to visit the new space from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who collaborated with architect Annabelle Selldorf to create a pared-down yet luxurious space for their clothing designs, along with some carefully curated jewelry and home goods.

My final discovery of the day, and perhaps one of the most fabulous of this trip, was that of a British jewelry designer. But to read about that fab store, you’ll have to become a member.

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