The J&M Davidson store in Mount Street, Mayfair, unites the core values of the British luxury leather goods and ready-to-wear label with its historic location, creating a sense of romance and discovery through a commitment to quality and craftsmanship
Founded in 1984, in London’s Notting Hill, J&M Davidson was set up by the photographer and designer duo, John and Monique Davidson, blending John’s quintessential Brit flair with Monique’s French design sensibility. The British label initially focused on handcrafted leathers, before branching out to handbags, leather accessories, clothing and knitwear. 30 years later, the move to Mayfair is a mark of the brand’s growing reputation, which remains committed to craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail. This commitment is explored in the store through the creation of bespoke, crafted elements and a material palette that juxtaposes traditional materials such as brass and leather with cast concrete and glass. The tactility of the chosen natural finishes reflects the brand’s interest in crafted quality materials.
The location on Mount Street in Mayfair, with its intricately detailed Queen Anne revival-style architecture, has inspired a material palette that references the terracotta tones of the grade II-listed building’s façade. Similarly, the soft curves of bespoke furniture echo the exterior detailing. At the heart of the shop, a sculptural, cantilevered staircase with treads cast in solid terrazzo marble and a leather-wrapped handrail sits alongside hand-made display plinths in terracotta and cast glass. The soft, sculptural forms of the plinths reference the detailing of the building exterior and a soft, light palette of dusty taupe, earthy grey and blushing pink create a delicate backdrop for the luxury products.