Ever wanted to know where designers shop, or go to be inspired? We caught up with a few leading names to discover their favourite craft destinations in the heart of our capital city.
First up is furniture, interior and graphic designer Yinka Ilori. Yinka has worked with the likes of Somerset House, Dulwich Picture Gallery and ITV and infuses his work with a passion for his British and Nigerian heritage. Next, Style Correspondent at The Guardian, Alice Fisher, whose career marries her love of craft and design with her penchant for style. Last but not least is esteemed Swedish interior designer Martin Brudnizki whose international design work spans New York to London and who often makes time to visit St James’s when in the city.
Their guide to our best-kept secrets comes at the end of London Craft Week’s biggest ever showcase, the 300 Objects Exhibition, created to celebrate craft in central London. With St James’s boasting a craft heritage like no other neighbourhood, with a dedication to craft that continues to flourish today, it felt fitting to ask these expert voices where they like to spend their time. Uncover their recommendations below.
Dover Street Market
Achingly cool, Dover Street Market houses an eclectic mix of designers in its multi-level space. The concept store is loved by Yinka Illori – and many others – for offering access to incredible fashion brands such as COMME des GARCONS, Molly Goddard, Bottega Veneta and more.
Fortnum & Mason
For someone with an eye for style, what could be more appealing than Fortnum & Mason’s stunning window displays? Alice Fisher shares her family’s Christmas tradition of visiting the festive displays, one that she is absolutely hoping to continue this year…
Designer Yinka Ilori’s passion for colour goes beyond the interiors realm. He cites West African restaurant ikoyi in St James’s Market as a favoured choice for dinner in central London, thanks to its strikingly beautiful plating serving up a modern twist on sub-Saharan West African flavours.
Alice Fisher’s affinity with John Smedley goes deeper than their shared Derbyshire roots. When in St James’s, she loves to pop by their Jermyn Street store to view their latest collection of hand-crafted knitwear that is proudly made in Britain.
Lock & Co. Hatters
Martin Brudnizki loves the best of British, and with Lock & Co. boasting hundreds of years of experience, it’s no wonder it is his brand of choice for an expertly crafted hat.