Women of Bond Street

Women of Bond Street

Street Babes is a project I’ve been working on since 2012.
It started when I was working in a shop in Mayfair, where I would
go out to shoot on my lunch break and after work. I’m interested in
the culture that surrounds Mayfair, as well as the wealth. I find
that Mayfair holds a timeless quality and its own distinctive
culture that is different from anywhere else. The images are all
candid snaps of my observations surrounding women’s fashion and
culture in Mayfair.

Bond Street came to prominence as a retail destination at the
end of the 18th century when the upper class living in Mayfair
began socialising in the area. It has since become one of the most
famous destinations in the world for haute couture, art dealers and
jewellery, and is the most expensive retail area in Europe after
the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Today the street has expanded into two
sections – Old Bond street and New Bond street, the later filled
with more commercial shops than the former, which houses some of
the world’s most expensive jewellery and watch shops.

The women in these photographs represent in their own ways the
wealth that surrounds this London street. Whether it’s the lady
carrying a bouquet of flowers to her Mayfair home or the nouveau
riche style of a woman newly minted, they’re all essential to
creating the exaggerated culture of this special place.

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