We always wanted to make a shop which sold the things we loved in a space we loved to people we could grow to love. It's a sentimental kind of aspiration but borne out of a genuine love of retail and a real belief in the worth of shops and shopping and shopgirls (and boys). We like to think of The Hambledon as a kind of department store but just selling the good stuff.
Since 1999 we have been trying to refine and develop what we want The Hambledon to be: a really good shop by any measure, uncompromising in its choices, entertaining in its presentation and always super friendly in its approach.
We have extended womenswear into three rooms on the first floor. The Norman basement (once a warren of spooky stockrooms) is now a happy home for a fully fledged menswear offer. Homeware and all its associated friends live on the ground floor. The first mezzanine level is a new and grown up bath and beauty department. The Tudor rooms at the rear of the building are now a stationery and book department and a project space to house our temporary exhibitions and collaborations. And the new website is like a new department for us – just a different room in the same building – which enables farther flung people to visit us.