The Royal Exchange Ultimate Gift Guide
The Royal Exchange is a luxury destination in the heart of the City, offering an unrivalled collection of boutique shopping and dining within one of London’s most iconic and historic buildings.
It was good to see some familiar faces at the bloggers banquet, some like to call it the bloggers breakfast but I think banquet sounds more high-brow. As well as a fine breakfast that you can have on both the lower and upper levels, we had a sophisticated array of products carefully curated from the various boutiques all found within The Royal Exchange, that we all concentrically salivated over. Let me know in the comments below if you’re a fan of this and I’ll do more.
What’s Inside The Royal Exchange? Visit them online for full store and restaurant listings
Crocket & Jones
I’m unashamedly infatuated with this brand. Partly after I saw those infamous navy velvet Venetian loafers at a friends wedding last year, but more over because they heavily involved with supplying the footwear for the movie Spectre. You guessed it, they’re James Bonds’ weapon of choice when it comes to footwear. That P.O.W purple slipper (pictured) has been ameliorated to the main collection and is available for the handsome price of £250
Aspinal of London
As Lewis would say, ‘Ooooh where did you get that overnight bag‘.
This Harrison Weekender Travel Bag in Smooth Chocolate Brown is one of the show ponies from the Harrison family.
Each piece by Aspinal of London is handmade by genuine leather craftsmen and women and I have developed an odd romantic fixation for this bag.
Handmade from the finest smooth Chocolate Brown Italian calf leather (that will become even more beautiful with age), this structured roomy travel bag stands on brass base feet for extra protection and features sturdy dual top handles and a robust detachable shoulder strap.
According to the website there’s only 5 left, but be sure to check out the rest of the range on their site.
A special mention to these guys, Tate Ossian for gifting me this amazing ‘lucky me’ leather bracelet, personalised with my initials. I’ll have to admit the brand wasn’t really on my radar until I wrapped this and let’s just say they now have my ‘rapt’ attention.
The sleek duo-tone plating adds a contemporary finish, complimented by the classic and timeless four colour options to choose from. Rhodium and black rhodium plated sterling silver. Click on the image to find out how you can personalise your Lucky Me bracelet.
The name is derived from the founder Robert Tateossian who is widely recognised as the ‘King of Cufflinks’ due to his successful range of cufflinks. The men’s collection features a wide range of accessories: from watches to money clips, rings, necklaces and bracelets all with the Tateossian trademark use of innovative and striking materials.
I’ve got to know these guys quite well over the summer months. Giles and Nick (brothers and founders of Bremont) are now situated down in Henley. Last time I spoke to them they were building the Bremont Mothership down the embankment where they host the regatta.
Why was the brand omitted from the Kingsman: The Golden Circle? Because Bremont don’t do digital watches. However, director Matthew Vaughn has promised to bring back the Bremont chronograph for the 3rd instalment.
This sumptuous ALT1-Z model maintains the clean legible dial with the 24hr function having been moved to the bezel for improved clarity. Greater detailing around the stepped sub dials with micro lines on the ZT models has been made to give the dial more depth.
Lastly, us kettle of bloggers (kettle being the collective name for vultures) were all circling this beautiful Leica camera, treating it with kids gloves. It’s minimalist, it’s refined, it’s unassuming.
The Leica picture quality I haven’t had the opportunity to see for myself, so if you’re out there Leica and you’re reading this, I haven’t broken or lost a camera in over a year. (Last one I left in a taxi Rio on the way back from The Statue of Christ. Or as I now call it, The Statue of CHRISTS SAKE!!) Apologies, I digress. Ahem Leica still interested? How about we team up?
Don’t forget you can check out all the luxury boutiques in The Royal Exchange over on the website.