167 Bermondsey is the creation of Michael McGrath and Alessandro Palhares; by combing their Irish and South American roots they have created more than just a shop – it’s a lifestyle concept.
167 Bermondsey opened its doors in 2007 as a platform to showcase menswear and Michael’s own range of shirts, as well as some men’s accessories exclusive to the store. These sat alongside pieces of contemporary art and desirable, limited-edition items for the home as well as jewellery, all sourced by Alessandro from interesting artisans and designers.
Ideally we want you to visit our shop as this is where you will see the whole range of products. However, we know this can sometimes be difficult, so we are delighted that some of our products can now be purchased via our website. If there was something you saw when visiting the shop you can also give us a ring and we will send these products out to you by post.
DESIGNER & CO-OWNER
Born in County Galway, Ireland, Michael grew up with an eye for design.
From an early age he was a keen collector of Lego, one of his favourite past times was to sketch buildings and various structures and then construct them with Lego, which could take from days to weeks!
On leaving school Michael secured a place in the Art Foundation at Galway University, with his heart very much in the direction of Architecture. However Art Foundation gave him a new insight into the Art world and soon he developed a taste for texture and form. He was then accepted at The National College of Art and Design to study Fashion and Textiles; his early work was quite theatrical, and it was during this time he became good friends with Philip Treacy (milliner) who was a couple of years ahead of Michael at college. Philip inspired him to focus and work harder, and Michael graduated in 1990 with a 1st Honours Degree. Some weeks later he took a one way flight to Milan, submerged himself in the deep end of Italian culture, picked up the language and was taken on as design assistant for Krizia Uomo.
After two years at Krizia Uomo Michael was offered position as designer for Dunhill based in London. Michael designed for Dunhill for two years before moving on to design for Gieves and Hawkes on Savile Row. Following his time designing with G&H Michael was offered the position of designer for Bally based in Switzerland, where he designed both Men’s and Women’s ranges. Michael was then headhunted by Burberry where he remained for eight years as head designer for the London Men’s range.
In 2007 he joined forces with Alessandro to create 167 Bermondsey. Michael continues to co-own 167 whilst also working as creative director for Ede & Ravenscroft, who have been tailors to the Royals since 1689.
Alessandro was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After finishing a Degree in Marketing and Advertising at FMU University, in Brazil he worked as a copywriter for the Sao Paulo Supermarket’s Association in house magazine.
In December 1997 Alessandro decided to travel to the UK to study English. During this time he fell in love with British culture and lifestyle. Following his studies he was offered a position working in the retail sector, this was an ideal opportunity to meet new people and better his skills.
He took a position as sales assistant at Hugo Boss where he proceeded to become an assistant manager. Following that he moved to Prada for a number of years covering everything from the shop floor through to buying and merchandising working at the flagship store while also spreading his time between the concessions at Harrods and Selfridges.
Working for luxury retail taught Alessandro a lot about excellency in customer service and after sale service, this valuable experience he brings to 167 Bermondsey. Alessandro has a passion for design and when the opportunity arose to join forces and create 167 Bermondsey, Alessandro didn’t think twice. “It has been a great experience to bring a bit of my culture to England. We look out for new and interesting artisans and designers from Brazil and mix their work with others from all over the world, that is the best part of the job. My mission is to be front of the house making sure the operation keeps interesting, updated regularly and runs smoothly.”
Often referred to as a ‘treasure trove’, 167 Bermondsey showcases a wonderful eclectic mix of items. These include classic, vintage and antique pieces in natural and reclaimed materials combining practical novelty and unseen curious pieces. A collection of delights to suit every taste and budget.
In the shop and online you will find desirable products such as Michael’s own finest range of men’s tailored shirts (all hand made in England), plus his leather accessories hand crafted in Italy. You will also find Alessandro’s unique sourced jewellery and design collaborations, all of which create an ever evolving shop experience including furniture, lighting, art, scent and inspiring surprises. 167 Bermondsey really does have something for everyone!
We are just 5 minutes walk from London Bridge station and promise that no two visits will be the same, so if you see something you love buy now to avoid disappointment. Or you can give us a ring and order via our online shop.