What’s Trending in British Luxury News? May 2024

By Amy Wakeham

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Best of British: stay up-to-date with everything happening in homegrown luxury this month. Here’s all the British luxury news for May 2024.

British Luxury News

Oliver Brown Opens City Outpost

Oliver Brown City Launch

Those City boys just got better dressed. Leading gentlemen’s outfitter Oliver Brown has set up shop in a prime location between the Royal Exchange and Leadenhall Market.The brand’s third retail store offers its full SS24 ready-to wear collections along with morningwear and top hats – ideal for City workers planning on attending next month’s Royal Ascot.

Oliver Brown city shop

‘Opening our Oliver Brown store in the heart of the City of London has long been a goal of mine, and is a real milestone for the brand,’ explains Kristian Ferner Robson, founder. ‘When I first viewed 66-67 Cornhill, near Leadenhall Market and The Royal Exchange, it felt like fate. The historic Grade II-listed building, once a bustling coffee house, offered more than just a storefront – it provided a home for our growing company, bringing together our store, office, and warehouse in one space. Reflecting our ethos of timeless elegance, the interior design features dark woods and our signature green accents, creating an inviting atmosphere. An intimate sofa area provides a relaxed setting for made-to-measure consultations, embodying the warm and welcoming Oliver Brown feel our customers have come to love.’

66-67 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3NB. oliverbrown.org.uk

Cheaney To Launch New Bond Street Boutique



There’ll be a fresh destination for British shoemaking fans to explore this summer: a brand-new Cheaney boutique on New Bond Street in London’s Mayfair, set to open this August. The store will proudly display the brand’s signature footwear styles, many of which showcase the classic Goodyear welted technique.

‘Our goal is to bring the theatre of the factory into store, allowing customers to discover our handcrafted footwear in a contemporary space that complements the rich heritage of the business,’ says William Church, Joint MD of Joseph Cheaney.

Find out more at cheaney.co.uk

Jennifer Chamandi Opens Bespoke Pop-Up At Harrods


Luxury footwear label Jennifer Chamandi has opened a new pop-up at iconic London department store Harrods, where the team will be showcasing the brand’s bespoke service. Highlighting Jennifer Chamandi signature styles, the service allows shoppers to take part in the art of creation. Offering an endless menu of colour ways and textures, the brand invites shoppers to find their perfect bespoke match. The design for each pair of shoes is then sent to a family-run master artisan atelier in Italy, where it is handcrafter. It takes six to eight weeks for a bespoke pair to be completed and sent back to each shopper.

Details: The Jennifer Chamandi pop-up at Harrods will be open for one month from 6 May 2024. jenniferchamandi.com

Neal’s Yard Remedies Teams Up with Morris & Co

Neal's Yard Remedies bottles

Your dressing table just got more gorgeous. Organic beauty brand Neal’s Yard Remedies has teamed up with Morris & Co, which creates head-turning wallpapers, fabrics and paints inspired by the work of William Morris, to collaborate on the new English Lavender & Calendula collection.

The handcare range comes presented in Neal’s Yard Remedies’ iconic blue bottles, wrapped in Morris & Co’s. vivid Blackthorn print and decorated with gold foil logos.

The collaboration is a symbiotic partnership for the two British brands, given their joint dedication to celebrating and protecting the natural world.

‘I’m thrilled to announce our partnership with the esteemed Morris & Co. Embracing William Morris’s legacy, the groundbreaking concept of building a business that celebrates nature without compromise is a value that resonates deeply with Neal’s Yard Remedies,’ explains Anabel Kindersley, founder and CEO of Neal’s Yard Remedies.

‘What better print to launch our inaugural collection with than the evocative Blackthorn, a design that embodies the designer’s lifelong love for the natural world and unwavering commitment to its preservation—values that we wholeheartedly share.’

Explore the collection at nealsyardremedies.com

David Morris Launches Spectacular Riviera Collection

Diamond earrings from David Morris Riviera collection

David Morris’s Riviera collection evokes the timeless chic of the cosmopolitan resorts on the French and Italian rivieras, with the designs inspired by a rivière necklace (a style featuring one or more strings of linked gemstones).

Diamond necklace from David Morris Riviera collection

The collection features a necklace, bangle, creole earrings and hoop earrings, crafted in two colour ways; all-diamond, and diamond and pink sapphire, the house’s signature colour.


Pelorus is Officially a B Corp

Pelorus Antartic

Image from a Pelorus trip to Antarctica

Tailor-made travel specialist Pelorus has just announced it’s B Corp-certified, underlying its commitment to creating impactful, immersive, and authentic experiences.

‘Our aim has always been to push boundaries within the world of travel, yachting and aviation; and, in collaboration with independently registered charity, Pelorus Foundation, leave a legacy of impact,’ says Pelorus Co-Founder, Geordie Mackay Lewis.

‘From prioritising and showcasing clean tech travel, to scaling carbon removal and funding high-impact conservation solutions, we are working to set a new standard for our industries. Whether it’s hands-on conservation or community engagement, the certification validates our continued efforts to accelerate the pace of change towards a more sustainable future.’


Bora Aksu Wins 2024 Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award

Bora Aksu Johnatha Swann

Bora Aksu by (c) Johnathan Swann

Fashion designer Bora Aksu, known for his dreamy, intricate, demi-couture designs has won the Goodwood Talent in Fashion Award for 2024. This accolade, created by the Duke of Richmond, is now in its fourth year, and was created to recognise rising home-grown talent. The designer will now create three show-stopping couture gowns inspired by Goodwood’s heritage, which will be revealed during the opening ceremony of the Qatar Goodwood Festival on Tuesday 30 July 2024.

‘Bora is a designer who has embraced that quintessentially English look of romance with a twist – a philosophy that fits perfectly with Goodwood’s fashion legacy,’ says the Duke of Richmond.

Bora Aksu AW24 catwalk show

Bora Aksu AW24 catwalk show

‘We have always been known for an “England in the Summer” way of dressing, ever since King Edward VII and Lillie Langtry came racing during the 19th century, and today encourage this relaxed yet glamorous style. Bora’s work also embodies a strong sense of storytelling and I’m excited to see how the stories of Goodwood will inspire his creations. He has a passion for vintage and reclaimed fabric, which is very close to our hearts. The Talent in Fashion Award is allowing us to build a unique collection of one-off pieces and we are thrilled that Bora’s gowns will become part of the Goodwood Collection.’


Lock & Co Hatters Join Forces with Brown’s Hotel on Afternoon Tea

lock & co hatters afternoon tea at brown's hotel

This May, the iconic hat maker Lock & Co is teaming up with another British institution, Brown’s Hotel, to make over its afternoon tea. Served in its cosy, wood-panelled Drawing Room (where Queen Victoria herself is supposed to have taken tea), on the menu will be traditional sandwiches and warm scones with cream and jam, topped off with a selection of cakes and pastries inspired by the hatter’s SS24 collection, including an a playful homage to its Rose Bud Percher Hat. Lock & Co headpieces will also be displayed around the room – perfect for a bit of light shopping over tea ahead of the social season kicking off.


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