Lalage launched her own label in 2004 having gained extensive experience designing for famous English fashion houses during the eighties and nineties. Trained in Fashion at the University of the West of England, Lalage (who is in fact English – the name is ancient Greek and pronounced La - la - ghee) began her career at Aquascutum, where she developed her understanding of the true meaning of quality. Lalage has an unrivalled appreciation of tailoring, textiles and finish and consequently went on to design for several other celebrated English brands (Burberry and Mulberry to name but two) before her three year sabbatical in New Zealand. Here Lalage focused her attention on buying and retailing European designer clothing, returning to England in 2004 to design her first range under her own name and opening her first shop in Mayfair in 2006.
The collections that Lalage produces combine classical elegance with distinctive detailing for a look that embodies sophistication and style. The pieces are beautiful, original and chic but in an understated way, meaning the garments transcend the flightiness of high fashion and have lasting appeal. Understandably the boutique has acquired a loyal following with customers enjoying the subtle sexiness of the clothes - feminine but without the frills and therefore ideal for any occasion from the boardroom to cocktails.
Lalage designs and commissions many of her unique fabrics and has silks dyed to her colours every season. Fabulous tweeds form the oldest tweed mill in England (which has been supplying Chanel since she began), specially woven English and Spanish jacquard silks, exclusive embroideries and Italian prints can all be found; the shop is always a feast for the eye. The fabrics are her starting point and often taking inspiration from the 1960s, she creates her timeless designs to suit any age group. Unlike much of what is on offer from many other designers, customers often describe her collection as “real clothes”, true investment pieces to love and treasure and therefore the clothes you have always wanted. Made in London and with an attention to detail that Lalage is famous for, you can find anything from an elegant suit for the office, something for the races or just a simple raw silk shift dress and every piece is un-fussy, effortlessly elegant, wearable and classic.
For special occasions Lalage works with milliners and together they create gorgeous hats to complement her outfits. For more everyday wear; finest jersey tops, cashmere knitwear, Italian leather bags, unusual scarves and both freshwater pearl and ethnic jewellery are all available too.
Expert and friendly service awaits you at the boutique in Knightsbridge, London, where there is no need to make an appointment – just drop in to browse at any time during normal opening times (or phone for an appointment outside normal hours if required). A full alterations service is available in house with a fast turnaround and we are delighted to take orders for ‘Demi-Couture’ or Made to Measure in order to give you clothes that fit to perfection or a totally exclusive outfit if required. Lalage is usually on hand to take you through the possibilities as her studio is above the boutique on Beauchamp Place and she is always delighted to offer suggestions and advice even if just on where to go for shoes.