Margaret Howell

Shopping, Womenswear Marylebone
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The thing that makes Howell’s wonderfully wearable clothes so contemporary is her old-fashioned attitude to quality. She believes in making things well, in the UK and with the finest of fabrics (Harris tweed, Irish linen). These principles combine with her elegant designs to make for the best ‘simple’ clothes for sale in London.

Her pared-down approach means prices can seem steep, but unlike cheap, throwaway fashion these are clothes to cherish, and which will seem to improve with time. Her shops are also worth a visit for anyone interested in 20th-century British design – she now offers both vintage and reissued homeware classics by Ercol, Anglepoise, Robert Welch and others. As well as the branches listed below, there is a Margaret Howell concession within Selfridges.

Branches 11 Fulham Road, SW3 6Rl (7591 2255); 1 The Green, Richmond, TW9 1LZ (8948 5005).


Venue name: Margaret Howell
Address: 34 Wigmore Street
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat; 10am-7pm Thur
Transport: Tube: Bond Street tube
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Martin C
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I can't believe the sniffy reviews for this – the most beautiful clothes shop in London. Sure, Margaret Howell is expensive but she's absolutely the best at simple knits and beautifully cut jackets for men and women. MHL is cheaper, and there are amazing sample sales twice a year at the Music Room.

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Granted Margaret Howell has a beautiful shop and Margaret Howells fabrics are nice BUT imo Margaret Howell is ridiculously overpriced-the sizes are all over the place-the designs[and yes I know they manipulate us into a nostalgia for a Briton that doesnt exist anymore] are so simple cutwise that again its hard to justify the price, the trousers rarely flattering-and sadly the quality is very variable-Ive had a shirt and a cardigan that the collars 'came away' in my hands after a couple of wears and a jumper whose seam was so badly done-it unravelled and were they alarmed that their much vaunted 'quality' was considerably worse than many other designers-no. Frankly I think the Emperor wears no clothes when it comes to Margaret Howell.