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Easter opening times

Easter opening times

Hornets, open over the Easter Holiday in all four shops, 11 to 6

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The Major's Shoes

The Major's Shoes

A beautiful pair of bespoke shoes by Amesbury. Co London.

With the original hand made trees.

Size 9 1/2 approx.

 

Jason Amesbury is possibly the greatest living bespoke shoe maker. A dapper Bon Vivant and habituate of some of the more interesting Soho watering holes, such as 'The French House'.

He is very much what people call an eccentric, he's not. He is like many of Hornets other customers, a very English and original gentleman, with immense style and dash. Also he has a beautiful and charming lady, who knows about shoes.

If shoe makers could be called artists, he would be one. He is in effect a great craftsman and already a legend.

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The Guv'nor's Garments

The Guv'nor's Garments

A vintage shooting/country jacket by Grenfell.


Elegant yet practical.

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Uniforms

Uniforms

Hornets always has many interesting vintage uniforms in stock. Mostly British, but some foreign.

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The Founding Father

The Founding Father

Harold Hornets

1885

In the shop window in Kensington Church Walk

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Hornets Holiday Opening Times

Hornets Holiday Opening Times

27th to 31st December

11 am - 6 pm

Reopens on 3rd January

11 am - 6 pm

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Gems for hire

Gems for hire

Hector in the fifth Marquis of Bath's dark blue fur lined coat, with fur collar and cuffs.

Size 38"/40"

The coat is one of our top professional hire/rent garments.

Some of them being.....

1920 Barbour coaching/riding cape

gold braided 1910 Ambassador's coat

1958 Huntsman Ambassador's coat

1900 Horse Guards full length red coat

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Keats

Keats

'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness with stirring thoughts of tweed'. Tweed suits and jackets from Hornets.

(With thanks to John Keats 1795-1821)

 

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from Time Out

from Time Out

"Vintage menswear from Hornets, the ‘oldest gentlemen’s vintage clothier in England’. The people living in Ezra Pound’s former house opposite leave cushions on the wall for visitors to sit on. Who said Londoners weren’t welcoming?"

12 reasons to go to Kensington Church Street

Actually Hornets puts the cushions on the wall every day and Ezra Pound's house is around the corner, not opposite.

BH

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Goodwood starts today !

Goodwood starts today !

Goodwood Revival Meeting starts today.

In stock at Hornets shops we have:

Tweed jackets, cord pants, breeches, waist coats, cravats and of course Hornets famous Goodwood brown trilby.

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Under construction

Under construction

Hornets site has become a shop as well. Over the next two weeks we will stock it with interesting and useful merchandise that reflects Hornets unique style.

Hornets. Not fashion, style.

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Hornets - a Delightful Kensington Discovery

Hornets - a Delightful Kensington Discovery

Go to the top of Kensington Church Walk, turn right down Holland Street, you come to Church Street, cross at the lights and there is a passage, walk through it and there is the Palace, Kensington Gardens and the famous Round Pond, all this history and green in the middle of London. 

Oh, and of course you have all the countryside like quite in Kensington Church Walk with the formal garden, the two little parks and you can sit on the low wall to relax.
Hornets are not only unique shops, they are in a unique setting.

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