Luxury swimwear brand Vilebrequin was founded in Saint Tropez in 1971, and the style and spirit of the French Riviera continues to inspire the brand today. The uncompromising cut of the men’s classic Moorea swim shorts remains virtually unchanged, while its fast-drying, tear-resistant Italian polyamide means each piece will last a lifetime.
Vilebrequin is rooted in family values and launched its father-and-son concept in 1995. It fast became a hallmark of the brand and a mother-and-daughter line was soon added too.
The Burlington Arcade boutique offers the full collection, from men’s, women’s and children’s swimwear to polo shirts and sunglasses. It also offers exclusive prints, as well as a repair service.
House of Cashmere has become a destination for luxury knitwear thanks to its carefully edited selection of pieces from leading cashmere makers including Johnstons of Elgin, Alan Paine and Doriani.
The offering in-store spans shawls, scarves and sweaters, as well as sumptuous coats and a unique range of ultra-light cashmere-silk blend pieces.
French swimwear and lingerie brand Eres is the epitome of understated elegance. It was founded in 1968 by Irène Leroux, who did away with the stays and underwire typical of swimwear of the day, instead using innovations in fabric – the exclusive ‘Peau Douce’ – and ‘body architecture’ to contour a woman’s silhouette.
It was the first brand to offer swimwear all year round and it continues that tradition today, with collections launched on the luxury ready-to-wear schedule. An in-house research and development team sustains Eres’ reputation for technical excellence, while a couture-like approach to cut and minimalist aesthetic ensures an offering that is at once current yet timeless.
One of the longest-standing tenants of the Burlington Arcade, N.Peal was born in 1936 as a haberdashery store. It started selling luxury knitwear after founder Nat Peal discovered a source in the Shetland Islands, where he was stationed during the Second World War. By the 1950s, Peal was considered Britain’s ‘King of Cashmere’, with customers including Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Today, N.Peal sources its cashmere from sustainably run farms in Mongolia, and the Burlington Arcade flagship is a three-level showcase for the men’s, women’s and homeware collections. It also offers a bespoke service through which customers can have their chosen design hand-knitted to order.
Founded in 1936, the original Maison Michel boutique created bespoke hats for the good and the great of Paris, as well as luxury fashion brands including Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino.
Today, it is one of the 26 specialist ateliers owned by Chanel and creates headwear for the brand, as well as its own ready-to-wear offering, for which every hat is still made in the label’s Paris atelier.
Priscilla Royer has led the creative direction of the house since 2015, marrying age-old millinery techniques with whimsical details like cat ears and polka-dot veils. Her designs have won the house a fan base that includes Pharrell Williams, Chloë Sevigny and the Duchess of Sussex.
Scotland’s oldest cashmere manufacturer, Barrie is known for its impeccable knitwear and supplies a number of couture houses, including Chanel, which acquired the company in 2012. Since 2014 it has offered its own collections, designed in Paris and made in Scotland using 3D knitting techniques and its signature porcelain hand-painted buttons.
Limited-edition partnerships with Maison Lesage, and campaigns featuring the likes of Lily Collins and Phoebe Tonkin keep the brand’s timeless pieces at the forefront of the fashion agenda.
“Sunglasses are like eye shadow: They make everything look younger and pretty.” So said the late Karl Lagerfeld, so it is fitting that sunglasses have become a mainstay of Chanel’s offering.
The house’s only store dedicated to eyewear, the Burlington Arcade boutique is a destination in itself. It carries the house’s classic round, cat-eye and Pilot frames, as well as pearl and tweed-embellished styles, plus a number of exclusives.
The last word in luxury lingerie, La Perla was founded in 1954 by Ada Masotti as a corsetry atelier in Bologna, a region known for its work with silk. The company earned a following during the Sixties and Seventies with lingerie that was sleek, sexy and comfortable, celebrating the female form.
Today, the La Perla collections span lingerie, nightwear, beachwear and loungewear for men and women, all produced to an impeccable standard at its ateliers in Italy and Portugal.
The Burlington Arcade boutique offers alterations as well as a made-to-measure eveningwear service.
Edinburgh-based Strathberry’s luxury leather goods are distinctive for their clean lines and a signature bar closure, inspired by the sheet music folios carried by musicians. Modern classics in contemporary tri-colour combinations have made it a favourite with the Duchess of Sussex and Lady Gaga.
The brand was founded in 2013 by husband-and-wife team Guy and Leeanne Hundleby and each piece is handcrafted in Spain by artisans using the finest materials. Regular collaborations with tastemakers from across the globe result in covetable limited-editions that regularly sell out.