Even in London, it’s not often that you find a silk handkerchief from one of France’s most exclusive tailors selling next to a creepy-looking stuffed bear embroidered by a group of African storytellers. But nothing about CoutureLab is predictable. Having started life as a website set up by one of the founders and the majority shareholder of Net-A-Porter, Carmen Busquets, this hip Mayfair boutique was run on an ‘appointment only’ basis until it opened its doors to the public a few weeks ago.
In the window fertility figures poke out from expensive-looking bowls and Anish Kapoor jewellery; this is not your bog standard fashion-meets-lifestyle store. The owners describe it as a ‘curiosity shop’, and when you look closely at the objects scattered around inside – from a beautifully inscribed vase to an Indian cashmere scarf that took eight months to make – the level of artistry is eye-popping. Not just ‘high end’, it’s a collection of rare craftsmanship that requires support today if it isn’t to die out tomorrow.
Okay, some prices are painfully high (said Indian scarves start at £2,000). But just when you think it’s all unaffordable, up crop stunning gifts like individually made coconut-shell picture frames, or those bears which are priced at £50. Not since the days when you could pop into Harrods and pick up a live lion cub and and a wheel of cheese has there been so much unusual fodder under one roof.
32 Grosvenor Crescent Mews
|Opening hours:||Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Bond Street tube|
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This boutique is a real hidden gem that makes you feel like you're having an exclusive shopping experience. The personal shoppers are very knowledgable and helped me find a gift for my wife that she loved. I will definitely go back to shop for myself next time I'm in London!
Was interested in this one off vintage cigar case. Had extensive back and forth email communication with them about very detailed features of the item. After I purchased it and my card was charged, they informed me that it was damaged on the way from some other supplier to their store before they could send it to me. Huh???? So they are selling merchandise that they do not actually have....essentially a referral service. How you can damage a cigar case, wihich is made of leather and designed to protect the contents, mysifies me. Something very fishy here. Saw they were written up in the Wall Street Journal recently and want to warn all readers: this seller is a giant scam. Beware.