Historic Boutiques Around the World

They were here before the concept stores, the pop up spaces and the fast fashion retailers. Historic boutiques have become a part of a city’s history and these, in particular, are still standing and developing products for new generations.


Swaine Adeney, London (1750)


Founded as a whip makers business in 1750, Swaine Adeney eventually expanded to become “the highly regarded producer of quality handshaped luxury leather goods that it is today.” They’ve crafted leather goods for many generations of british royals (King George III and his sons were Swaine Adeney’s first well known costumers) and luggage for 007 and the Kingsman movies.


Capas Seseña, Madrid (1901)

Courtesy of Capas Seseña


When looking for a handcrafted cape, there is no better place than at Capas Seseña. The techniques used today have been the same for over 100 years, but the shop also partners with modern designers to create different styles and variations. Between their famous costumers are Ernest Hemingway, Hillary Clinton and Pablo Picasso, who was buried in one of their capes.


Mellerio dits Meller, Paris (1613)


One of the oldest family-run businesses in Europe, Mellerio dits Metter has designed jewelry and crowns for many royal families during the 18th and 19th centuries. Nowadays, the company sells engagement rings and other jewelry pieces, watches and sporting trophies.


Luvaria Ulisses, Lisbon (1925)

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Founded in 1925 by Joaquim Rodrigues Simões, the small shop sells only customizable gloves. There are seven different sizes to choose from and many colors, fabrics and smaller details like buttons and embroidered appliqués. Since its foundation, Ulisses’ client list has included the city’s political, cultural and artistic upper class and it remains faithful to its manufacturing processes and founding principles.


Moscot Eyewear, New York (1915)

From moscot.com


Hymon Moscot moved to New York in 1899 and immediately became a pushcart vendor, selling ready-made eyewear in the Lower East Side. In 1915 Moscot opened his own brick-and-mortar store, which thrived into the present day as Moscot Eyewear.


Neiliansheng Shoes, Beijing (1853)


After working in a shoe workshop and becoming one of the best cobblers in the area, Zhao Ting opened his own shop with the help of an Imperior General. Initially crafting boots for officials and members of the royal family, Zhao Ting eventually started making shoes for the general public and created the black shoes commonly worn by elder people nowadays.