BRAND PROFILE: THOMAS LYTE
Thomas Lyte, the Mayfair outlet that symbolises quintessential British luxury and craftsmanship, recently invited us into their three-floor flagship store in the Burlington Arcade. After taking a quick look around the beautifully decorated boutique, with dark wood panelling and fuchsia pink carpets, we got a sneak-peak of their newly-launched leather handbag collection for spring. On our tour it was also evident that Thomas Lyte has come far in the three years since we first paid them a visit and we got the lowdown on the exciting ventures keeping them busy since we first met.
Named after the very man who presented King James I with his ancestry lineage, thus securing his place on the throne, the company launched in 2007 under CEO Kevin Baker. Specialising in leather and silverware goods, the business expanded into the retail market in 2010 with their debut showroom. Having initially dealt with corporate clients, their first bricks and mortar store has helped raise their profile with the public, both in Britain and abroad.
Perusing the new line, it’s clear that spring’s on-trend tangerine orange is here to stay at Thomas Lyte having filtered down from the technology accessories into their main ladies collection, along with various denim blue hues, chocolate browns and two-tone panelling to inject contrast into their colour scheme. The use of mock croc and pony fur, as seen at NY Fashion Week’s A/W showcase, are also incorporated into the design process while the Eliza handbag, now the best-selling ladies staple of Thomas Lyte, will also be featured in these various new shades. Briefcases and document holders have been unveiled for the men, in strong rich shades of browns, blues and reds and there are plenty of iPad and iPhone covers to choose from.
Favoured by David Cameron and members of the Ministry of Defence, as well as those at Manchester United and many royal households worldwide, their client list is both outstanding and impressive. However, this new collection for both men and women is set to become more affordable while maintaining luxury, quality and a fashion forward flair.
Earlier this year Thomas Lyte became the official supplier of luxury goods for Team GB, taking over from Links of London. And before the Sochi Winter Olympics had even begun, this collaboration saw much of their Team GB-embossed stock, including leather messenger bags, iPad cases and cufflinks, sell out in store.
Prior to this, Thomas Lyte secured contracts which saw them begin to make sporting trophies, as well repairing distinguished trophies such as the FA Cup, the Ryder Cup and the Rugby World Cup. They have also been commissioned to design and create custom, bespoke silver pieces for corporate events and luxury yachts, which has further helped to cement their success.
From their name and their location, to their values and distinguished clientele, as well as their involvement with the sport and football industry, Thomas Lyte represents the very best of British and they are proud to keep it that way. Their own workshop in Hainault, North East London, where they also offer a personalised engraving service, is the largest in London, and they encourage apprenticeships to rouse interest and investment in an unfortunately dying trade. With this dedication and spirit, and with customers as far as Dubai and the USA, Thomas Lyte looks set to become a British institution akin to the history surrounding the man himself.