Between the international chain stores on Oxford Street and the high-fashion houses lining Mount Street, Mayfair is something of a shopping destination. We suggest you take an hour to explore its artisanal side. At The New Craftsmen, you’ll find modern homewares handcrafted by British makers. A few roads east, on Duke Street, a fresh crop of boutiques offers U.K.-made—and sometimes custom-crafted—goods. Here, fashion designer Patrick Grant (of Savile Row label Norton & Sons) recently unveiled the first store for 19th-century menswear label E. Tautz, featuring tailoring services in the basement; the eco-chic shoemaker Penelope Chilvers has opened an outpost with a studio for made-to-measure “dandy slippers”; and Laura Apsit Livens, who previously designed hats for Philip Treacy, has set up her own millinery in a Victorian staircase (fans of her toppers include members of the royal family, including Princess Beatrice). Grab a coffee from the café at the elevated (yet hidden) Brown Hart Gardens.
Hop off the tube at Bond Street and take a left onto Oxford. Three blocks down, take a left onto N. Audley Street and you’ll be right where you need to be for some UK artisanal shopping.
THE NEW CRAFTSMEN: 34 North Row; 44-(0)20-7148-3190; thenewcraftsmen.com
E. TAUTZ: 71 Duke St.; 44-(0)20-7629-8809; etautz.com
PENELOPE CHILVERS: 69 Duke St.; 44-(0)20-7491-9555; penelopechilvers.com
LAURA APSIT LIVENS: 59 Duke St.; lauraapsitlivens.co.uk
THE GARDEN CAFÉ, BROWN HART GARDENS: Duke St.; 44-(0)20-7493-9995; benugo.com