An Englishman and quite a dandy - the entrance to the arcade off Jermyn St.
OK - so now it's time for a little something for the men. Oliver Spencer of famed Oliver Spencer label as well as Favourbrook high end fashion and accessories for men, is simply one of the nicest blokes in this fashion world you could ever meet.
Upon hearing I was in town he invited my friend laurel and I to join him out to dinner. We personally opted for his local neighborhood pub. Pub's are of course a large part of the drinking culture here in London, but there is a difference between pubs on the main drag that beckon to tourists, and the ones like the Builder's Arms tucked away back in Kensignton in a neighborhood - that you would rarely stumble upon unless you were a local. This one was of the later - and quite a bit of fun. Laurel's friend Simon who also lives in the same neighborhood met us at the Builder's Arms (incidentally walking distance from where I stay - BONUS) and the 4 of us had a lovely evening out.
Oliver Spencer and I at the Builder's Arms
Laurel and Simon at the Builder's Arms
The next day after meeting more friends of Laurel's for lunch we went into Mayfair to visit the Arcade where the first of the Favourbrook shops are on Jermyn St.
Now the dress is a touch formal for our typical Venice Beach customer but it is important to note that the high end quality of the jackets and vests, cravats and accessories ae something I can source for any man in need of say a smoking jacket, a 3 piece suit with dueling jacket (which I have coming in the Spring), or a full "dandy" regale. Weddings are what initially come to mind - but who knows what occasion one might want to look like a proper gentleman's gentleman?
Oliver Spencer inside the largest of the Favourbrook shops.
In any case - the shops are incredibly beautiful, typically English and remind me of what bespoke tailoring shops of days gone by in this lovely area on Jermyn St would have all been like. I have said it before and will continue to say it - the English Men always has and still knows how to dress! Men take note!