In the heart of Hyde Park’s luxury estate lies Connaught Village. It’s quiet, it’s premium and it caters for those wanting to spend some serious cash. For those who don’t know, it houses a mix of independent retailers as well as galleries, designers and award winning restaurants. It’s great for a good celeb spot (Claudia Winkleman is always hanging out) or picking up some superb vintage designer pieces – not to mention its great boutique stores like ME & EM and Lucy Choi.
For the first time, I’m taking you behind the scenes to some of my favourite shops and sharing tips on where to go and how to shop at Connaught Village. Enjoy!
ME + EM
British Designed, Relaxed Comfortable Clothing
ME+EM is one of my favourite British brands for chic contemporary clothing. Like much of my wardrobe, they have clothes in muted tones like grey, camel, dusty pinks and of course black, white, navy and red.
With its excellent quality I defy anyone who isn’t tempted to crack open their purse. Launched only in 2009, they’ve already enjoyed much celebrated success among bloggers and stylists.
The flagship store itself is at Connaught Village so expect something that little bit more here. The laid back style is great for capsule pieces to elevate your sweat pants or to add that mix of fabric underneath a blazer. The focus is always on cut, colour and quality so no matter how much you’re investing, you know these style staples are going to last.
Top Tip: Here at ME+EM there’s a great space for trying on clothes and a wonderful selection – including a decent sale rail. Whatever you can’t get hold of, ask, because they will happily order it in for you. Go during weekdays and you’ll be able to shop peacefully away from the crowds.
Luxury Footwear With A Unique Heritage
Lucy Choi has long been a favourite footwear designer of mine. From sky high stilettos to pointy flats, I even considered a pair of her stunning heels for my wedding shoe. So believe me when I say they’re absolutely stunning.
Many don’t know that Lucy Choi is actually the niece of renowned shoe designer, Jimmy Choo. Look closely and you can almost tell – the quality and designs are exquisite.
Walking into Lucy Choi at Connaught Village you’ll instantly want to sit down and try on a selection of heels, flats and boots. Using the finest fabrics including hand-dyed silks and vintage lace, these shoes are one of a kind and the kind that every girl needs to own.
When I put a picture on Instagram of these insane gold Galanda glitter heels (just £225) inspired by the musical, Wicked! you guys loved them. They quickly went from shelf to foot (and to my birthday gift wish list).
Top Tip: Ask what they have out the back! Also don’t be afraid to ask the price. Lucy Choi prides herself on designing fantastic quality shoes at affordable prices so there’s no pretentiousness involved when it comes to shopping in store.
A Ready-To-Wear Fusion of Fashion & Culture
Designed in London and produced in Japan – this is fashion that crosses cultures. You’ll find eclectic luxury at Kokoro. Expect bright colours, big prints and miles and miles of fun.
Meaning “heart, mind and spirit,” luxury fashion label, KOKORO uses a mix of luxury fabrics and traditional printing to bring its affluent customers unique pieces that amplifies looks, encouraging people to ask “where did you get that?”.
They collaborate with acclaimed global artists, combining expert craftsmanship with wearable pieces that are truly individual. You’ll notice from the way the store is decorated and the designs of some of the pieces.
My favourite are these gorgeous yellow silk flats and loud jewellery. For a more paired back beach vibe, head out the back where they stock some incredible smocks and maxi dresses. Look hard and you’ll pick up some one of a kind pieces like the green rabbit fur jacket (above) with cute white cuffs and keep your eyes peeled for the painted Prada bag.
Top Tip: Try to visit the store regularly as they always have some great new pieces in. Don’t be afraid to ask if something can be customised. The epic Prada bag had a huge painting all over it as did some of the Paul Smith purses.
Have you seen anything you like? Xx