1 Royal Exchange, City of London, EC3V 3LL
GOFF COURTNEY is showcasing its collection, along with a selection of accessories, publications and artworks in the heart of the City of London.
Opening our doors in December, the response has been incredible. Once people see our ‘distilled’ concept – ‘genius’ has been the response! The easy ‘throw-on’ aspect of the pieces chimes with both men and women.
Upon finding the tiny shop, we discovered it has two additional floors - all the same 80 sq ft! – albeit with higher ceilings/floor to ceiling windows.
As a short-term shop, we plan to add works by like-minded creatives on the first floor and Misha Stefan's ‘soft modern’ artworks will feature on the top floor (our founder’s architect partner – together they previously ran pioneering showspace www.intermission.london).
The unit was previously Searle & Co, a family jeweller’s since 1933. The bespoke wood and mirrored display cases give more of a cabinet of curiosities feel than retail premises. The interior is grade 1 listed, so we are gently adopting and adapting the space for our design output.
The Royal Exchange was London’s first centre for trading stocks, later adding retail businesses – the start-ups of the day. Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth I in 1571 – it is a privilege to be operating from such a prestigious and historic destination.