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Bamford & Sons, London

The Old Bank, 31 Sloane Square
Knightsbridge, SW1
Tube: Sloane Square
Tel: 44 207 881 8010's insider take:

First and foremost, Bamford & Sons is a shop for the boys. The clothing is classic casual; think crisp linen shirts, bleached cotton suits, cashmere V-necks (a Jude Law favorite), and mini-me versions of the men's collection for junior. A recent revamp of the top floor made way for elegant silks, cashmere vests, and jewelry for the missus, plus a small line of cashmere baby clothes for sensitive-skinned offspring. Bamford & Sons also has a knack for getting first dibs on the sexiest little gadgets, such as the Toshiba Libretto—one of the world's smallest personal computers—and a fine selection of vintage watches, including Tag Heuers from the 1970s. What with the nonchalantly cool interior, and foods from the Daylesford Organic Cafe in the basement, you'll soon realize that you're buying a lifestyle—and you thought you only needed a cashmere sweater.

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