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by Mike Whyte (subscribe)
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Published June 6th 2011

After the excitement of the event that was the Royal Wedding, it seems that Londoners have smartened themselves up somewhat. Walking the streets of London I can honestly say I've never seen the average London lady/ gent looking so spruced up and dapper. In recognition of this I have decided to point out one of the more refined ideas you'll see on my pages...

Take a leisurely stroll around St. James and you'll come across Lock & Co., a hat shop of the finest order. Now being that it's on St.James's Street you would expect there to be a bit of history among the hats, and you wouldn't be wrong.

Lock & Co. was actually founded in 1676, with the aim of providing men and women with quality hats and caps, a tradition that has been passed down along the family line to this present day.

On to the range - the shop caters for many occasions; everything from very formal wear (think top hats), all the way through to their new-for-2010 range - Lock and Roll - with caps and fedoras that perfectly compliment the retro 30's and 40's fashions so, so in vogue at the moment.

As for the women, their is couture courtesy of Sylvia Fletcher, through classic styles to a novel Hat-a-porter range, which takes inspiration from stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Can't make it to the shop? A shame, but there is a mail order service available on the website, which is especially worthy of looking at for it's fascinating 'history' section, detailing how the history of the shop could actually be intertwined with that of the area itself.

All this, plus royal approval, highlight the fact that should you want a new hat, and are willing to pay the price for quality, there is no better place to go than THE hat shop on St. James's.
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Why? To have a hat fit for a queen (or king or prince...)
When: Mon - Fri - 9am - 5.30pm; Sat - 9.30am - 5pm
Where: 6 St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1EF
Cost: Pricey, but that's quality for you
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