The name Stephen Webster is synonymous with fine jewellery – some forty years in the business has made him the go-to guy for timeless designs that scream sophistication and luxury. This summer his pop-up exclusively for men arrives at Harrods, looking to reestablish the relationship between men and this unique art form that has so long been dominated by women. On a sunny Saturday afternoon of LFWM, we headed to Mayfair for an exclusive preview.
Strolling around the Stephen Webster showroom at 130 Mount Street, gin and tonic in hand, was nothing short of divine. Surrounded by the books and artworks that inspire him, mirrored walls and plush carpets, his new menswear designs were showcased in glass cabinets, separated into collections.
Celtic-inspired crosses and chains, accented with emeralds, sat across from his Beasts of London themed designs, featuring glowing ruby red eyes. Each collection was the perfect combination of exquisite design and menswear aesthetic – beautiful depictions of aggressive bulls and roaring bears become signet rings; chainmail weaves itself into dark bracelets and snakes slither into supple black belts.
Always one to experiment in combinations of his jewellery talents with other objects, a cabinet in the far corner of the room contained chefs knives featuring animal textures and elements visible in the jewellery, as well as vape pipes encrusted with intricate jewelled details.
Describing menswear as the fastest growing category in the sector, Webster sees this first dedicated men's fine jewellery boutique in Harrods as the antidote to years of distance between men and these finer things in life. And as we stepped back out into the midday heat of London's streets, we couldn't agree more. With LFMW turning five this year, the buzz in the presentation had been about how refreshing this season has been with new additions, such as Webster's, to the schedule – we hope to see it as a permanent feature in the seasons to come.