November 14 2011
Pickett is one of those shops that are almost impossible to leave without buying something, especially in the gift-searching period. There is such variety packed into this small space in London’s historic Burlington Arcade, it’s easy to cross off a lot of one’s present list in pretty short order. Desirable items include beautifully made classic handbags, always in spot-on colours, or elegant briefcases, plus a full range of small leathers to go with both, as well as leather-covered chairs; and this year’s new Christmas special, a leather games compendium (£595). Plus, there are slinky pashminas, cashmere gloves and socks, and interesting, well-priced jewellery made with semi-precious stones, gold and silver, made in-house.
The snag is that, for those who like to be inspired “live” rather than online, this has meant a trip to the West End. Not so this year. Owner Trevor Pickett has decided that he owed a more neighbourhood service to his City clientele, so he is opening a pop-up Pickett in the Royal Exchange, where he did once have a store, running from November 15 to January 7. With a rustic, log-cabin-style interior, it is specially geared to the Christmas market. Highlights include a beautiful leather, suede-lined jewellery box handmade in England (first picture, from £149); leather iPad envelopes (second picture, £95) with room to store documents and papers as well as the device; pashminas from £125; and very reasonably priced jewellery in silver, beaten-gold plating and semi-precious stones including labradorite, green amethyst and garnet (earrings from £59, bangles from £75).
The Royal Exchange ambience suits Pickett’s style of classic quality product, mostly made by small-scale British craft companies, and this promises to be a very pleasant place to browse. And think of the advantages of being able to tick off many items from your present list in a single lunch hour.