We have put together this Designer Directory to provide you with information on the makers and items we regularly sell in our auctions. Click an entry to find out more information and to see the pieces we have recently sold and prices achieved.
Cristóbal Balenciaga’s first boutique was opened in San Sebastian, Spain, in 1919. In 1937, Balenciaga opened in Paris and his success was almost immediate. Throughout World War Two Balenciaga continued to flourish against all odds, with his ‘square coat’ becoming a must have for European fashionistas. Throughout the 1950s Balenciaga continued to use fashion to play with silhouettes including balloon jackets, cocoon coats and countless other designs.
Thomas Burberry established his company at the age of 21 in 1856. Working from Basingstoke, Burberry's designed garments with the aim to protect people from the Great British weather. Sure enough, Burberry created and patented the 'Gabardine' material which was worn in the Arctic Circle by Dr Fridtjof Nansen in 1893. Moving into the 20th Century, the brand patented the now iconic Burberry Trench Coat, used widely by soldiers in the First World War.
Chanel sells exceptionally well through our Designer & Luxury and Fashion Sales. Chanel bags, Chanel jewellery, and Chanel fashion all reach top prices in our carefully curated sales. Renowned and coveted quilted Chanel bags, to include the Chanel 2.55, Chanel Classic, Chanel Boy, Chanel Gabrielle, Chanel Wallet on Chain and Chanel Grand Shopping Tote are all keenly bid on at auction, particularly for pieces in classic colourways, in good condition and limited edition designs.
Gucci was founded in Florence, Italy in 1921. Established by Guccio Gucci who was inspired by his time as a porter at the Savoy Hotel, this Italian fashion house began its history producing luxury travel goods and equestrian equipment for the Italian elite with the very finest Italian leathers. At over 100 years old, this maximalist brand has undergone plenty of transformation, and pieces retain their value well at auction.
Now a by-word for luxury, craftsmanship and unparalleled exclusivity, Hermès was established in 1837 by Thierry Hermès as a harness workshop serving the Paris elite. In 1900 the company released their first bag, designed for riders to fit their saddles in, as well as other accessories such as riding boots. Nearly 150 years later, the now iconic Birkin bag was introduced, propelling the brand to the forefront of the luxury sector.
Mulberry is one of the most sought-after designers at auction. Credited to their exceptional, timeless and quintessentially British designs, the brand continues to boast great success both on the new and second-hand markets.