Sautter was founded in 1961 by Desmond Sautter. His expanding pipe and cigar business bought a small cigar store in Mount Street which he quickly focussed on Cuban cigars due to the large number of American customers heading across the road from the Connaught Hotel looking the ‘Holy Grail’ of Cuban cigars.
Building on the success of his focus on cigars he concentrated on collecting pre-Castro cigars, anything produced before 1958. At this time, back in the late 1980’s it was commonly believed that cigars matured and went to their ultimate at 12 to 15 years. Desmond was the only person interested in vintage cigars. He loved all aspects of these great old cigars, the bands and all the old sizes.
What he started out doing for fun started to grow. He became the person who everyone went to with their old cigars. The oldest cigar he ever found was from 1855. The business in vintage cigars grew as collectors from all over the world started to become interested and beat a path to Sautter and Mount Street.
In 2006 Desmond retired and, after many years as a regular and loyal customer, cigar connoisseur Laurence Davis took over the store with his business partner Johnny Berman and has put Sautter back in its rightful place as one of the top cigar specialists in the world. Today the Sautter offers its customers a regular newsletter, cigar training and trips to Cuba.
Laurence’s passion for the business has grown as he has become more experienced. With Laurence’s passion for fine aged and Vintage Cuban cigars it is clear that this world famous little store in Mayfair is in very safe hands.
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106 Mount Street,
8 Raphael Street, SW7 1DL