Concierges' Guide to London: Shopping: Women's Fashion

  • Compiled by Lisa Sweetingham, Jennifer Ryan, Bruce Wallin, and Amanda Millin

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ANYA HINDMARCH Renowned designer’s "bespoke shop on Pont Street" draws women in search of one-of-a-kind items like the Bespoke Ebury handbag. Craftsmen in the shop personalize the made-to-order bags with your initials and secret messages embossed onto the interior leather. (BM) +44.20.7838.9177, www.anyahindmarch.com

ASPREY "The shop to go to" for accessories, jewelry, leather, gifts, and more. The elegant department store on New Bond Street employs in-house designers and craftsmen who can accommodate bespoke commissions. Highly recommended for jewelry and cufflinks, but "they have everything." (MDC, AD, BM, CS, ST, MW) +44.20.7493.6767, www.asprey.com

BROWNS A "high-end bazaar" on South Molton Street that consists of five inter-connecting townhouses proffering ready-to-wear, bridal, and more. (MDC, BM, ST) +44.20.7514.0016, www.brownsfashion.com

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN The coveted French shoemaker, "famous for ladies’ shoes with the red soles," has several London locations. (MB, MDC, AD, AH, BM, MW) www.christianlouboutin.com

DOVER STREET MARKET "Limited-edition ultra-brand designer wear" is "showcased" like artwork at this multi-level department-store concept from Japanese fashion guru Rei Kawakubo. Insiders flock to the edgy, warehouse-style fashion mart "for more avant-garde" trends from designers such as Ann Demeulemeester and Roberta Furlanetto. (BM, GM) +44.20.7518.0680, www.doverstreetmarket.com

HARVEY NICHOLS "The best broad-based choice" for "designer ladies’ fashion" is this Knightsbridge department store. (AD, AH, BM, GM, CS, MW) +44.20.7235.5000, www.harveynichols.com

HERMÈS Classic destination "for the classics," such as scarves, belts, and handbags. Several London locations. (BM) www.hermes.com

JIMMY CHOO A great selection of shoes, handbags, and accessories at this London-based Malaysian shoe designer’s name­sake boutiques. Several locations, "but the selection in Harvey Nichols is also good." (MDC, AD, BM, MW) www.jimmychoo.com

LULU GUINNESS "Quirky" and "unusual" purses and "lipstick-shaped handbags" at the designer’s flagship store, which has sister shops in New York, Tokyo, and Osaka. (GM) +44.20.7823.4828, www.luluguinness.com

MANOLO BLAHNIK The infamous Spanish shoemaker-to-the-stars’ designs have been available in his adopted London hometown since 1973 at his boutique on Old Church Street. "When we see the shopping bags coming into the lobby, we always see Manolo Blahnik." (MDC, BM) +44.20.7352.8622, www.manoloblahnik.com

MULBERRY Great leather purses and handbags "for a younger look" from this British luxury-goods company. Several London locations and "an excellent mini-boutique in Selfridges." (BM) www.mulberry.com

PENHALIGON’S Perfumes, candles, colognes, bath products, and "stellar" Ercolano lacquer boxes at this perfumery established in 1870. "It’s a wonderful place if you ever can’t think of a present to give someone special in your life." Several locations. (MB) www.penhaligons.com

PICKETT "Good for leather goods, handbags, and pashminas," this luxury accessories shop also carries a colorful selection of handmade wallets, cashmere socks, silk-lined leather gloves, and umbrellas. At Sloane Street and Burlington Arcade. (BM) +44.20.7493.8939, www.pickett.co.uk

THE SHOE GALLERIES AT SELFRIDGES This Oxford Street department store recently opened what may be "the world’s biggest shoe hall," or at least the "largest shoe collection in all of Europe," with 35,000 square feet of space devoted to footwear. Find a "great selection" that includes lines available in-store only from Rodarte, Christian Louboutin, and Repetto. (AH, GM, CS, ST) +44.11.3369.8040, www.selfridges.com

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