The style-conscious stalwart among the nation’s department stores won your hearts.
It’s hardly surprising that you love John Lewis — a fervent, if previously unsung, champion of contemporary, affordable design — as much as we do. The eponymous founder opened his first shop on Oxford Street in 1864. In the 1960s, the brand hired Robin and Lucienne Day as design consultants and commissioned the likes of Jacqueline Groag to create textiles. This season, it invited fashionistas Clements Ribeiro, artist James Joyce and textile designer Ptolemy Mann to customise Ercol cabinets: the results are refreshingly left-field yet bang on trend. Most recently, it has snapped up former creative director of Habitat Theo Williams — surely a sign of great things still to come. Pictured is Paula Nickolds, buying director for John Lewis home.