When was the last time you went clothes shopping in Marylebone? Unless you’re a moneyed mummy, you could be forgiven for not bothering until now. But Chiltern Street, one of the area’s loveliest side streets, with beautiful Hogwarts-style buildings and not a chainstore in sight, is quietly evolving into quite the fashion destination. It started a couple of years ago with the opening of Trunk, a little menswear spot that could have dressed Gatsby in preppy seersucker and polished accessories. Next, gents’ culture tome Monocle opened up its own first cafe there – a sure sign of sartorial leanings, swiftly followed by Sunspel – the British clothing brand so cool and minimalist it makes APC look like Versace. The latest addition is one for the ladies – a classy womenswear and lifestyle store brought founded by Maria Lemos, who also runs a fashion sales agency. That means she gets an early look-in on interesting European brands hitting British shores, and you get to buy stuff none of your mates will have if you call in on this stylish Marylebone bolt-hole. The first thing you see on the ground floor is the jewellery, and it's the best thing in the store - simple, discreet gold chains with little pendants, and delicate hand made rings by Ten Thousand Things and Jill Platner. Downstairs, expensive but timeless draped dresses are given lots of rail space, and basics by James Perse offer perfect white tees. Really, it's the sort of place you'd go looking for gifts rather than an outfit, with artsy stationery and cards and gorgeously packaged solid perfumes and lip butters by Mox Botanicals. Nothing is cheap, with dresses ranging between £200 and £700, but hold out for sale time and the off-the-beaten track position of the boutique means you could be rewarded with beautiful bargains.
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