James Smith & Sons
It was founded by James Smith as a single shop in Foubert's Place in 1830. Further branches were established in Savile Row and New Burlington Street and the main premises is now in New Oxford Street. The shop-fittings there were constructed around 1865 and the shop still has a traditional Victorian character.
In popular culture
- In the 2014 biography A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal, historian Ben Macintyre includes the detail that Philby owned a James Smith and Sons umbrella
- The shop featured in episode four of the BBC's 2015 production of Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime.
- In the movie Spooks: The Greater Good, the shop is used as dead drop point for agents contacting each other covertly.
- Historic England. "James Smith and Sons (1113171)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
- "History". James Smith. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
- Parker, Olivia (17 Feb 2012), "London's top shops: James Smith & Sons umbrella shop", Daily Telegraph
- Raeside, Julia (2015-08-17). "Partners in Crime episode four recap – a brolly good adventure". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-05-12.
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