From its fabulous flagship store located at 181 Piccadilly, London to its retail stores at St. Pancreas Station and the Royal Exchange, Fortnum & Mason has always been at the forefront of providing its clients with the best products the world has to offer.
In its 300 years of trading the company has always stayed ahead of new trends and innovations. For instance in 1866 the company introduced the mighty baked bean to Britain for the first time thanks to their belief in a young American entrepreneur determined to introduce this unusual product to the UK Market. Whilst one doesn’t imagine Baked Beans when you think luxury department stores, this was a gastronomic first that took the UK by storm.
Cumbria Crystal as the last UK producer of hand-made luxury Crystal has regularly featured in the most salubrious of surroundings and high profile organizations – these include the famous Glyndebourne Opera House in West Sussex; every Bentley Bentayga Mulliner and Thomas Goode, located in London’s Mayfair and boasting two royal warrants to the British royal household of Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales. We are delighted therefore that Cumbria Crystal will once again become more readily available to available through Fortnum & Mason.
Our Sales contact Mike Iland says “the relationship with Fortnum & Mason builds on our strategy of building working partnerships with luxury brands that value to very best in British artisan skill and design.
Today we see people rejecting fast fashion and the throwaway culture of modern mass-produced, inexpensive products. The appreciation of skill and craftsmanship is returning and with it a resurgence of interest in cut crystal as can be seen in contemporary cocktail bars and exclusive dining venues in cosmopolitan England.”
The Cumbria Crystal Grasmere Collection couldn’t be more suited. The Georgian style regularly features in period dramas including the hugely popular Downton Abbey. Most recently the Grasmere Vintage Champagne SW-008-GR glass was selected for a luxury £400 cocktail for the prestigious Samling Hotel , Lake Windermere.
Designed in 1976 by Lady Grania Cavendish, an original founder of the company and part of one of the most influential aristocratic families in England , Grasmere is the most time consuming and complex collection to produce. Manufactured using flute, mitre, diamond, rings and hollow cuts the design uses seven different cutting wheels & the collective efforts of the whole team to produce.
The Grasmere collection is available in store at Fortnum & Mason’s, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER or directly from Cumbria Crystal online at cumbriacrystal.com