Vintage watches, made-to-measure ties and hand-crafted hats: here's the best old school traders in the countryMore
Lock & Co. (6 St. James’s Street, London, SW1A 1EF)
Established in 1676, Lock & Co. is the oldest milliner in the world. Famous for producing classic hats of the highest quality, it has counted prime ministers and even Lord Nelson among is customers. Fedoras, trilbies and tweed flat caps are a specialty, but think Winston Churchill rather than Pharrell Williams.
Drakes (3 Clifford Street, London, W1S 2LF)
One of the few bespoke tie makers left in the country (and possibly the world). Drakes are a family run business with a niche for making ties of all shapes and sizes. With good sensibility and balance in colour, Drakes can make you a tie in any colour or pattern imaginable. And best of all, if they don’t have the colour or pattern you’re looking for they will get their Macclesfield based silk manufacturer to spin you a roll of material to your specifications.