50 years of David Mellor Sloane Square
The first and most famous David Mellor shop opened on 7 October 1969. Originally called ‘David Mellor Ironmonger’, the shop celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – an increasingly rare milestone in British retail.
The young David Mellor was at the time already one of the best-known designers of his generation, having recently redesigned the UK’s traffic lights. Inspired by the eclectic Ironmonger shops of his Sheffield childhood, Mellor’s vision was to open a shop stocking ‘the most carefully-chosen tools in London’
David Mellor Sloane Square soon became a focal point of Swinging Sixties Chelsea. Janet Street-Porter wrote in the Daily Mail that David Mellor ‘does for scrubbing brushes and kitchen equipment what the uplift bra did for Brigitte Bardot’. Regular customers always included royalty, top chefs and Hollywood stars. Jackie Kennedy Onassis came to make a purchase, served by David himself who failed to recognise the then most famous woman in the world.
Over the years the selection has gradually been expanded and refined. We now have one of the most impressive collections of kitchen and tableware to be found on the international scene.
To celebrate the anniversary David Mellor produced a limited, numbered edition of ‘Provençal’ Rosewood cutlery, one of the products only available in the early years of the Sloane Square shop.
Each piece of this highly collectable 50th anniversary edition was exquisitely handmade using sustainably sourced rosewood.
The 300 individually edition marked place settings of ‘Provençal’ Rosewood have now sold out. Limited additional pieces are available.