It is unusual for me to go into a shop and want absolutely everything, but former fashion journalist and PR Alex Eagle’s impeccably stylish eponymous boutique (first and second pictures) on Walton Street had that effect. I felt like I was walking into the most stylish of women’s apartments, but the difference was, everything was for sale: from the Picasso plates on the walls to the posies on the counter; the vinyl framed in Perspex to the butter-soft cashmere stacked in neat piles.
The store’s focus is on collaborations with heritage brands as well as cottage industry craftsmen. Bespoke luggage (£675-£5,670) comes courtesy of St James saddlers Swaine Adeney Brigg x Alex Eagle. Own-label cashmere pieces created by Alex Eagle (£50-£325), and New & Lingwood x Alex Eagle woollen coats (such as one in navy with red velvet undercollar and blue polka-dot lining, £765) are cut smaller here for women. But it’s not all well-known brands, and one of Eagle’s particular interests is championing smaller artisans. Daniel Heer is a leather-maker from Berlin, and his elegant bags (£760) are hung on the wall. Phoebe English has collaborated with British artist Helen Bulloch to create incredible handpainted dresses (£720) and skirts (from £520) – almost worthy of a frame rather than a torso. The store has also collaborated with The Vinyl Factory to create limited-edition artist vinyls framed in Perspex (prices on application, sixth picture). Works include those by Jeremy Deller, Marina Abramovich and Martin Creed – with both music and cover-art by the artist.
I had my head turned by watches by French company Mad, which has customised Rolexes and Cartiers (£10,000 to £15,000) with blue DLC coating, making them both jazzy and totally unique. Stand-out jewellery brands include Alice Cicolini’s delicate hand-enamelled pieces (I loved the Memphis ring with pink garnets, £1,955, fourth picture).
Looking for an unusual wedding present, I headed upstairs to the home department (third picure). Here are crisp linens (pillow cases from £20, duvets from £140) by Evencki and OIazt; nightclothes worth lounging in by New & Lingwood for Alex Eagle (£250) and Raphaella Riboud (£160-£255), and pretty children’s clothes (from £60) by Elfie for Alex Eagle. Most tempting was the glassware from Venetian company Giberto; its hexagonal glasses (£145 each) are truly beautiful. More robust were the bespoke candles (£50, fifth picture) made by Jehanne de Biolley x Alex Eagle, or vases by Danish designer Turtus (from £70 to £230) – one of which I came away with.