Tag Archives: London

D R Harris – Chemists and Perfumers, established 1790

D R Harris – Chemists and Perfumers, established 1790.

D.R. Harris and Co. opened in 1790 and is London’s oldest pharmacy, specialising in shaving products, aftershaves and colognes, and skincare items for men and women. Alongside this impressive range there is also a fully functioning pharmacy for which they hold the Royal Warrants to Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales. Their shop has many original old items of furniture and it is simply a pleasure to shop here. The vast majority of their own brand products are made and packed in England.  They state on their website that “the majority of our products are still produced by traditional methods, being hand-made and packed in our own premises in London.”

Located at 29 St James’s Street, London.  Also available in the D.R. Harris online shop.

http://www.drharris.co.uk

https://twitter.com/DRHarrisLondon

D.R. Harris and Co. shop front, London

D.R. Harris and Co. shop front, London

Turnbull and Asser – Made in England

Sartorial Icon: James Bond [1962 Dr No]. Notice those cuffs: Turnbull & Asser turnback button closure.

Sartorial Icon: James Bond [1962 Dr No]. Notice those cuffs: Turnbull & Asser turnback button closure.

Turnbull & Asser.

Turnbull and Asser is a shirtmaker and clothier and Royal Warrant holder established in 1885, with a beautiful flagship store on Jermyn Street in London. Now owned by Ali Al-Fayed, younger brother of Mohamed Al-Fayed, former owner of Harrods. They have their own factory in Gloucester, as well as using other manufacturers. An exclusive traditional outfitters, selling off-the-peg and custom made shirts, knitwear, braces, boxer shorts, scarves, pyjamas, socks, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, bow ties and ties; with the majority of items made in Britain. Note that not all their items are made in the UK, but country of origin is given on their website. Turnbull and Asser remains, quite simply, one of the best shops in London and online.

http://www.turnbullandasser.co.uk

Turnbull and Asser, Jermyn Street, London, March 2010

Turnbull and Asser, Jermyn Street, London, March 2010

Sartorial Notes on Elegance and Vulgarity – an American perspective on London’s Savile Row

The below photo is taken from iconicallyrare’s “Sartorial Notes on Elegance and Vulgarity”.  Her article is an interesting American perspective on London’s Savile Row and well worth a read.

http://iconicallyrare.com/2012/09/16/sartorial-notes-on-elegance-and-vulgarity/#

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If Mr. Churchill should suddenly require a pocketknife or need to check the time, one gets the impression that he could discreetly access a handy pocket watch or a folding-knife heirloom within a moment’s notice.

Taylor of Old Bond Street

Taylor of Old Bond Street London are suppliers of men’s shaving and grooming products and was established 1854. The shaving soaps pictured below are made in England. They currently (in 2013) cost £7.95 but a 150g tub lasts for ages. They seem to help prevent in-growing hairs and shaving rash. Taylor of Old Bond Street also sell at least one razor that is made in England, the “Jermyn Street Travel Two-Piece Mach3 Razor in Leather Box”, which uses the foreign made Gillette Mach 3 blades. They might have more razors that are made in England if you visit their shop? They also sell made in England shaving cream, made in England shaving brushes (one of which is pictured below), plastic shaving brush holders which are apparently made in the UK (although they do not say made in England on them, which worries me), and UK made moustache wax; as well as being a London barbers and selling a variety of other mens grooming products (some of which, like the soaps, are made in the UK). You can buy their products in their shop in London, or at Selfridges, London, or through their website or elsewhere online. The premises of Taylor of Old Bond Street are actually in Jermyn Street, not Old Bond Street by the way. I use the Eton College variety of shaving cream and a Taylor badger shaving brush, both of which are fabulous.

Taylor of Old Bond Street also make a moustache wax in a 30ml tin and another in a 15ml tube, both of which are made in England.

Mr. Taylor’s Moustache Wax is also available from The Gentleman’s Shop in Hungerford, Berkshire. Their website is at www.gentlemans-shop.com (Enter “wax” in the Search-by-Keyword field). The Gentleman’s Shop stock a wide range of shaving and grooming products.

Taylor of Bond Street also sell a very easily manoeuvrable and comfortable to use ivory coloured moustache comb (I040) in their shop which, whilst it is actually made in Europe, is at least apparently finished in the UK.

Without doubt, Taylor of Old Bond Street is one of the best shops in London.

www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk

http://www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk/

Taylor of Old Bond Street shop, London, May 7, 2012

Taylor of Old Bond Street shop, London, May 7, 2012.

Taylor of Old Bond Street I040 moustache comb.  Made in Europe; finished in England. Photo by author.

Taylor of Old Bond Street I040 moustache comb. Made in Europe; finished in England. Photograph by author.

Taylor’s shaving cream. Made in England.

Taylor’s shaving brush. Made in England. Photograph by author.