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For a Person of Style, no trip to the Kensington area of London would be complete without a visit to Hornets. Not one, or two, but three shops of vintage, gently used clothes, all wonderful. The Hornets shops are a labour of love. They're done with a charming wink by William Hornets Wilde, or as he prefers to be known in the Old Clothes business: "Bill Hornets."


The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.

It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.

Semper Intrepidus

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