Time to have a close and critical look at your wardrobe?

Images above: silk camisole and gold cuff from Gill Davies’ Prescribe:London collection

Wouldn’t you like to have a functional wardrobe? One in which things go together and fit you and look flattering as outfits?

This is Gill Davies’ mission. A personal stylist who often works with Harvey Nichols’ Style Concierge, her aim is to add “responsibility” and “value” to your clothes. ‘Responsibility’ is not a word I associate with wardrobes, but what I think she means is not blowing the budget on one gorgeous but completely impractical item, but working with clients to put together for them “functional value based wardrobes which reflect who they are”.

Having complete, interchangeable and adaptable outfits is important, particularly if you travel for work, but the time and effort it might take to achieve that – and indeed the patience – is not something all of us have. If you can’t achieve it in one session in a big department store, you may be in for hours of shlepping around with bags in and out of different shops. Some people love that, but some don’t. It’s tiring, and often frustrating. Even if a clothes shopping trip is your idea of a good time, having a professional with up to date knowledge of the clothing ranges on offer from a variety of quality brands just makes life so much easier.

Images above: Right – silk trousers from in-house stock

Make the most of your existing wardrobe

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the retail trade. The whole process of shopping for clothes, touching garments on a rail, trying them on, has become much more fraught.

“Even before Covid I was focusing on a solution which also paid attention to being more responsible with wardrobes choices” says Gill.

“The Prescribe London Style Hub is a concept which brings together all the services I offer in one place by partnering with a number of brands and designers which focus on outfit completing pieces, including carefully chosen jewellery pieces, beautiful stretch sulk camisoles and trousers as well as a quality designer shoe brand”.

She offers these alongside selections from Harvey Nichols which you can try on approval, and pre-selected pieces from online retailers.

Images above: Preloved Prada dress from Vestiaire Collective; Amara Necklace – designer jewellery stock item 

She also complements this service by offering the best of ‘pre-loved’ garments:

“recommendations from our in-house ‘preloved’ collection and Vestiaire Collective (‘the leading online marketplace to buy and sell authenticated pre-owned luxury fashion’) as well as rental options recommendations from My Wardrobe HQ.

“There is always the option to take the concept into the clients home if they feel comfortable”.

Her clients seem to appreciate what she does, judging from the testimonials on her website. This is from one of her grateful clients:

‘Simply put, Gill makes you the best that you can be. She is the perfect clever, connected, impartial and gently honest friend you need when you go shopping who focuses solely on you. She makes you see yourself differently, finds just what you need to make you look and feel terrific and does it all with grace, humour and panache. She is wonderful’.

Charity work

Gill also works with charities. She contacted Ellie’s Friends, now part of Maggie’s Centres. They are dedicated to ‘making the big C smaller’ by improving the lives people with cancer, all around the UK. They provide gifts from caring businesses and individuals, to bring cancer sufferers a bit of enjoyment and ‘offset some of the financial and psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis’.

“Through them I also met Look Good Feel Good and sat in on one of their make-up workshops which teaches cancer patients how to apply make up taking into consideration their changing needs”.

She had planned to provide similar styling workshops. Covid has put this on hold temporarily, but if a client works with the Prescribe London Style Hub she will donate time towards working with a pro bono cancer client.

Gill’s company Prescribe:London offers a discount through The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card.


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