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Mayfair Shops

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Matchesfashion Townhouse
5 Carlos Pl., Mayfair
Six meticulously restored floors of a Georgian townhouse filled with fashion is the latest venture from the UK luxury retailer, Matches. Directly across from the Connaught Hotel, the store takes the shopping experience up a notch with a service that lets you choose—from the office, a cab, the airport, wherever—what you want to try on before you get there. All the loot is waiting in a fitting room with your name on it when you arrive. Matches is also breathing life into the space beyond the merchandise, with evening talks and workshops, a café space with rotating chefs, and a gorgeous tropical-themed garden to catch your breath.
Métier
59 S. Audley St., Mayfair
Founder and designer Melissa Morris (who cut her teeth at Belstaff), spent years researching, sourcing, and designing her beautifully made Italian leather bags. Aside from the luggage, we love the smaller pieces, too, like the card-holders and leather clutches with compartments for phones, money and iPads. The boutique on South Audley street feels like being in a mahogany-clad library and is always a treat to pop in for a bit of peace and quiet while browsing the goods.
Jessica McCormack
7 Carlos Pl., Mayfair
On a corner of Carlos Place—arguably the most sublime shopping street in Mayfair—is McCormack’s atelier. The three-floor townhouse is filled with such beautiful furniture and art collection that you forget you’re there for the jewels. Until you see them: necklaces of cascading diamonds, Art Deco drop earrings, and engagement rings galore. And McCormack excels at breathing new life into family heirloom rings by creating modern “jackets” of jewels to surround the older piece to make it wearable for modern styles. An appointment here might involve relaxing on the sofas upstairs, flipping through the dozens of art and photography books stacked elegantly on the shelves for reference, or chatting with the designer about what your aesthetic preferences. McCormack considers herself a family jeweler, which is fair given that once you’ve ordered a piece, you’re likely to continue going back. The entire experience is bespoke, elegant and thoughtful.
Maiyet
41 Conduit St., Mayfair
This ethical fashion label debuted a pop-up in Mayfair (open through December), and what's even better is that they've gone down the concept shop route, sharing the love with other brands that hold their same ethos. This means that when you drop in to peruse their collection, you can stay for a while and enjoy some of Jasmine Hemsley's Ayurvedic nosh at her "pop in" shop East by West, try out Tata Harper's beautiful cosmetics, and take in Tuk Tuk Flower Studio's artful arrangements. (Maiyet's permanent flagship store is in Soho.)
Savile Row & Jermyn Street
Savile Row, Mayfair
Savile Row is pretty much synonymous with bespoke tailoring. The street has been home to the world's finest tailors for centuries, and the primarily family-owned outfitters on the street have been honing the craft for generations. Nearby Jermyn Street also boasts some serious boutiques and tailors with a reputation for excellent shirting. Case in point: Nobody really does it better than Turnbull & Asser (in business for more than 100 years), Photo: Nick Richards
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