On this day in fashion history

In 2007,  thieves struck at Luella Bartley’s Brook Street store in the early hours of the morning, stealing thousands of pounds worth of goods – just one week after it opened its doors. A gang on mopeds broke the glass doors with a sledgehammer at around 1am before making off with handbags worth around £10,000 and leaving the shelves bare.

Around ten minutes before the raid the thieves – described as young, short and wearing dark clothing and helmets – had broken into the Brora cashmere store on Marylebone High Street, taking two holdalls full of clothing. The incident was the latest in a long line of high-end fashion robberies in London, which the police believed were linked to the same gang.

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