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Birds

by Mathilde Nivet

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Burlington Arcade, in partnership with VANITY FAIR, are delighted to announce Birds, the first UK installation by French artist, Mathilde Nivet.

To create her inspired designs, Nivet starts with a sheet of paper, working with this everyday material to make the unending sculptural shapes and patterns that form her poetic work. The delicate results require an intense process of drawing, cutting and gluing before they are assembled and arranged. Using this method for Birds, Nivet has created 300 birds in-flight motion in two positions - their wings fully stretched or slightly bent.

Each bird structure is painstakingly covered with individual paper feathers in order to re-create natural movement of birds. Their delicate sculptural designs transform the Arcade's architecture, intruding on its static structure by bringing movement and nature inside, floating weightlessly along the Arcade.

Nivet frequently sources nature as her inspiration. For Burlington Arcade's commission, she has been able to explore and elaborate on the theme of birds, seeking to highlight the nature and wildlife that already exists in our cities. Her flock of birds will be mimetic of the flocks of people that move throughout London.

After graduating from Paris's Ecole Duperre with a degree in textile design, Nivet began working and creating with paper, her style, skill and unique use of the medium rewarding her with early success. Nivet has worked with paper since her exquisite designs appearing in high profile editorials and campaigns as well as the window displays of luxury fashion houses such as Hermes, Bulgari and CHANEL.

Iconic Louis XIII Cognac Showcase

To pay tribute to its heritage of adventure, L'Odysée d'Un Roi is a unique collection inspired by the first shipments of Louis XIII in the late 1870s.

Three French luxury houses have each designed travel companions for LOUIS XIII, displayed in the Burlington Arcade until October 21, after which they will be auctioned at Sotheby's on November 16, with the proceeds donated to The Film Foundation.

 

A bespoke trunk by Hermès, a white gold pipette by Puiforcat and a mouth-blown, wheel engraved crystal decanter and glasses from Saint-Louis will all be auctioned alongside a blend of Louis XIII Cognac.

LXIII Trim

Vogue 100 at Burlington Arcade

A spectacular new installation featuring twenty 10 foot-high prints of the most stunning illustrated Vogue covers from 1918-1950 was launched today at Burlington Arcade in partnership with Vogue to celebrate the publication of the magazine’s centenary edition.

Featuring some of the most beautiful illustrated and photographic covers from the Condé Nast archives, Vogue 100 at Burlington Arcade has been hung along the length of the 200 year-old arcade to create one of the most glamourous art installations of the season.

Curated by Burlington Arcade in partnership with Vogue Magazine, the artworks featured exclusively in the exhibition were selected both to create a narrative of the history of 20th Century sartorial fashions whilst also reflecting the diversity of the contemporary styles offered by the Arcade’s current tenants.

Works of early 1920s illustrators such as George Wolfe Plank and Eduardo Benito hang gracefully alongside Manolo Blahnik, Maison Michel and Frédéric Malle, whilst later works by Porter Woodruff and Miguel Covarrubias are placed alongside long standing institutions including Hancocks, N Peal and Crocket & Jones.
Alongside the exhibition, there will be a programme of events across the three months of the exhibition, the highlight of which was an exclusive summer evening of shopping, style and cocktails on the 8th June where many famous brands offered exclusive craftsmanship demonstrations and gifts with purchases – complementary to readers of the centenary edition of Vogue Magazine, featuring the Duchess of Cambridge on the front cover.

“Vogue 100 at Burlington Arcade brings together two British institutions”, comments Ellen Lewis, Marketing Director. “As the Arcade approaches our own 200th anniversary, the idea of creating this installation with Vogue to celebrate their own centenary seemed a fitting partnership.”

“Burlington Arcade have curated a beautiful illustrated history of early Vogue covers”, comments Jo Holley, Acting Retail Editor, Vogue. “The result is a truly inspiring installation; the imagery transforms the Arcade into a walkway through Vogue’s history.”
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Manolo Blahnik

Forty four years after opening his first ever boutique on Old Church Street in Chelsea, Manolo Blahnik is set to open another free standing store in London in early 2016. In line with Manolo’s love for traditional England, the new shop will be located at the quintessentially British Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly. Known as the home to artisan shops selling, among others, hand-made jewellery, leather goods and cashmere, the Arcade is the perfect match for the brand.

Manolo’s love affair with England started at an early age with his father often immersed in books about Churchill and his mother reading Enid Blyton and Dickens at bedtime to him and his sister. He first came to London as a teenager and Burlington Arcade was one of the places he visited and fell in love with.

 "I have adored the Burlington Arcade from the very first visit. It has that intimate feeling and one always feels welcome, especially when the Beadles greet you at the entrance. It is an elegant place with history and tradition and the shops that occupy it share the same qualities as I find essential in beautiful hand made products. Honestly, I could not think of a better place to be" says the designer.

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Presenting the new floor





After much anticipation, The Burlington Arcade revealed a new floor as part of the owner’s ongoing restoration. Made from thousands of intricately cut pieces of dark British stone - comprising Burlington Slate Cumbria, Moorcroft Somerset, Ashburton Devon and Mendip Marble Somerset.

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The floor takes its design cues from the geometry of the arcade’s architecture and various 19th century British floor patterns.

After months of detailed research and experimentation, Fobert settled on a rhythmic, interlocking, three dimensional design that reflects the variety of the arcade’s curvilinear forms found on the arches and grill work.

The stone was cut and dry laid in Italy - the only country with the expertise and laser technology required - before being shipped to London and laid by Tudor Stonework. A complex but subtle design, the dark stonework manages to flatter all of the existing shopfronts, appearing blue, green, brown and red all at once.
As well as an advanced non-slip coating, another practical benefit of the new floor is the abolishment of the stepped entrance, which has been replaced by a gently sloping ramp - a small change but one that has proved to be life-changing for one of the Burlington’s most loyal customers, who can now, every day, manoeuvre her wheelchair into the arcade completely unaided.

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Zoe Bradley
Handsculpted in Paper

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Working across many disciplines Bradley’s work combines sculpture, fashion and theatre. Bradley discovered her love of paper whilst making a showpiece for the designer Michiko Koshino. This started her on a progressive and continuing journey of creating intriguing sculptures in unexpected materials. Through Bradley’s skills as a fashion designer, she works like a tailor and applies her artistry using the paper form.

Her works involve her folding, cutting and stitching paper as well as using traditional origami techniques. Recently her work has taken her into using digital technology in the form of laser cutting resulting in extremely intricate artworks. She draws her inspiration from various influences from the nature that surrounds her rural home, to the vibrancy of theatre, couture and architecture.

Zoe Bradley studied fashion design at Middlesex University. After graduating with a first class honors, Bradley went on to work with fashion designer Alexander McQueen. She worked closely with McQueen to create the showpieces for S/S RTW 1999 show no: 13.

Today Bradley’s clients include Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Dior, Tiffany & Co, Christian Louboutin and major department stores around the globe from Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Selfridges and Harrods in London. Bradley’s work has featured in American and Chinese Elle, British Vogue, British Harpers Bazaar, Wallpaper and Italian Casa Vogue. Bradley’s work has also been published in numerous books on paper art and her work has been featured in exhibitions in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and New York.

The Rolex Crown Collection

Each Highly jewelled piece was made with Unique Reference Numbers relating to the Precious Stones used Most pieces were made to order allowing the client to experiment with choice of Unique Dial, Bezel and Bracelet culminating in truly unique and Now highly sort after pieces. To own a Rolex Crown Collection piece is to own a magnificent work of art.

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New Additions to Burlington Arcade

It's a new year and all the treats that usually accompany the start of a new calendar are behind us. But here at Burlington Arcade we have some new stores to unwrap and enjoy all year round. 

World renowned luxury fashion house Chanel bring their iconic perfumer to Burlington Arcade, Barrie will guide you through their sublime range of knitwear in the softest cashmere and La Perla will help you relax in the finest Italian fashion with their nightwear and underwear.

You can look forward to the race season with Maison Michel and their exquisite range of ready to wear hats and hair adornments while at Kwanpen a range of exciting handmade leather products add a touch of the exotic to your accessories collection.  

With this exciting collection of new luxury vendors, we're sure you'll agree that your journeys to Burlington Arcade have just become that bit more special.

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Chance Eau de Parfum
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Maison Michel
Virginie felt fedora
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Kwanpen
Raffles Shopper Tote
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Christmas Gift Guide

Heart warming gifts for the festive season

There’s a chill in the air, jack frost is creeping across the glass, and there are logs crackling in the hearth.

There’s reason to be merry, and there’s even more reason to reward those closest to your heart with a few wonderful gifts, which go a little beyond just seasons’ tidings and good cheer. This carefully curated list of gifts will ensure that you don’t miss the mark.

Gifts for Him

Christmas has always been a time to spoil oneself and one’s loved ones, and there is perhaps no better nor more thoughtful gift than a pair of velvet slippers. Crockett & Jones have truly outdone themselves in the creation of this beautiful pair of soft velvet slippers, lined with quilted satin and embroidered with crowns to remind their wearers of the truly regal nature of this footwear. These will be at home gliding across the floor of a Christmas party or propped up on a divan on Boxing Day morning.

This Church’s Flask bound in luxurious calfskin and supplied with extra cups is a perfect defence against the rapidly descending temperatures. It will warm the heart, keep the head, and raise the spirits in the face of wintry gusts in a way, which no hand-knit jumper or upturned collar can ever hope to do. What’s more the handsome form of it all will elevate the furtive nip into an act of both class and fine style.

Nourbel & LeCavelier have found little difficulty in establishing themselves as champions of both craftsmanship and beauty. This delicate set of Nada Micromosaic Cufflinks set with miniature flowers, studded with diamonds and mounted in a yellow gold cushion are a work of art in and of themselves. Yet their functional role as cufflinks ensures that their wearer can not only take these treasures with him wherever he goes, but also rest easy that they’ll never be far from his hands!

Finally, the most astute of you will know that stockings are fast becoming a thing of the past, which of course, explains the inclusion of this handsome accessories case from Moncrief. Set with palladian silver, and lined with Moncrief’s signature anti- stain and anti-fray lining, this is a bag for the globetrotter and the bon vivant. The interior is of course filled with pockets and dividers to keep all of your valuables safe, and as a truly generous gesture, we suggest filling it with all of the above! A Moncrief Case – the new stocking.

Gifts for Her

Penhaligons has been crafting aromatic excellence for over a century, and this Malabah Bath Oil is no exception. Scented with aromatic spices, and formulated to nourish and moisturise before leaving skin soft and fragrant. This is the perfect gift from the storied perfumers of the Burlington Arcade.

Offered in an array of eight colours ranging from the most somber of blacks to the most vibrant of pinks, this clutch from Pickett is perfect, as party season is already upon us! Each clutch is handmade in sumptuous leather and lined with Pickett’s signature plum suede. What’s more in a true triumph of both form and function the clutch is organised with ample room to accommodate all of her essentials in a discreet and simple fashion. It is a piece that will never fall from the good graces of style.

If you have ever wondered what the inside of the Forty Thieves’ Cave might look like, Matthew Foster’s jewel box of a store might be able to give you a rough idea. This elegant 1950s Diamond and Platinum Cocktail ring is the perfect gift for the queen of your heart, or perhaps the perfect ring with which to ask a particularly pertinent question. We are not savants, but this is a ring that is sure to set hearts racing.

Hancocks may be best known as the historic craftsmen behind each Victoria Cross; however, their collection of Art Deco jewellery is arguably without equal, and this Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet is no exception. The bracelet is set with baguette- sapphires and studded with diamonds. It will outshine even the most polished of tennis-bracelets, and out-dazzle any ‘love-bangle’. It is a thing of beauty and fine example of period craftsmanship and timeless style.

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CALFSKIN TRAVEL FLASK

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Suede Lined Leather Purse

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Autumn Arsenal

Descent into the colder climes in fine style

With autumn in full swing, and winter just around the corner, we pick a few seasonal staples to keep you in good form and high fashion through the season.

The changing of the leaves has come and gone, and with its passage colder climes are all but guaranteed. Although there’s no need to make this descent in anything but fine style. Thus, we have selected a few upgrades to ensure your autumn arsenal remains in good form ahead of winter.

Crockett & Jones Navy Pembroke Brogues are truly a marriage of form and function: the shoes boast a full Dainite sole sure to keep even the most tempestuous elements out, and elegant navy scotchgrain uppers sumptuous enough to ensure that admiring eyes will struggle to stray from your feet.

Harry’s of London have a fine solution to stave off chills in style. Their Flat Cap is cut in an elegant blend of wool and alpaca, and made by an exclusive London hatter with over a century of experience. The result is a luxurious, slim, and beautifully hued hat, which is sure to see you through even the worst of weather.

For those with a more casual approach to headgear the N. Peal Thames Blue Ribbed Hat may serve as more suitable headwear. Cut in the style of the tried and tested watch cap, the N. Peal looks best in their exclusive Thames winter blue. N. Peal is renowned for its exceptional cashmere and this hat is no exception. Whether you give it as a gift to yourself or another, thanks are guaranteed – one need only pull it on to appreciate the exemplary craftsmanship and unbeatable warmth.

The Church’s Ryder 3 Brown Castoro Suede Boots are perfectly balanced, sturdy boots sure to see you through the parks and puddles, or across slick pavements, and down icy steps. The soft suede will age beautifully, and the construction will ensure that any aging is done with grace. An indispensable upgrade to the commonplace desert boot.

N. Peal’s seasonal shade of Thames Blue is beautiful; its crisp and clean hue is a perfect accent to the nature of the season, and if you found their Ribbed Hat irresistible you are sure to find the same for their Cable Knit Gloves. The gloves are cut from a luxurious blend of Mongolian cashmere, and boast a set of fingertips specifically designed to work with your smartphone meaning that the gloves will keep their blue colouring without passing it to your fingers.

It is never too late to make a statement and the House of Cashmere Red Woven Scarf is the perfect piece to make one with. Woven from the House’s signature blend of cashmere and dyed in a striking shade of scarlet this scarf is sure to keep you warm, whilst catching all the right eyes.

Scents are as seasonal as anything else, and Penhaligons is perfect to keep your autumnal aromatics on point. Their Trade Routes Lothair is particularly suited to the cooler climes with a warm base of musk and cedarwood, hearty notes of black tea and geraniums, and a sprightly set of top notes including juniper and grapefruit.

The Thomas Lyte Burgundy Velvet Caro Clutch is a ideal gift for a perfect person close to your heart (even if that person is you). The beautiful, rich tones of burgundy are complimented by the softest velvet, which just begs to be touched. The Caro Clutch can also be customised to your liking, adding that extra special touch for that perfect person.

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Navy Pembroke Brogues

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N.Peal
Thames Blue Ribbed Hat

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Velvet Caro Clutch

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Navy Flat Cap

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The Fine Jewellery Guide

For almost two centuries The Burlington Arcade has been the storied home of luxury. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the dazzling treasure troves of the arcade’s jewellers are amongst the best in the world.

Since opening in 1819, the Arcade has been an indispensible asset to those with the most refined taste seeking the most exclusive of luxuries. From freshwater pearls to flawless diamonds, the Burlington Arcade has space for it all. To help with navigating the sizeable offerings, we have reached out to a few jewellers in the hopes of offering our readers a glimpse of their most prized possessions.

 

Susannah Lovis has spent years building her wonderful collection. Her intimate shop is an oasis of calm, where customers can browse her collection in peace. The current highlight must be the Art Deco opal and diamond drop earrings – truly breathtaking.

Hancocks has been in business for over 150 years, and after all of that time the business has remained within family hands. Their craft is truly a labour of love, and the shop remains the sole producers of The Victoria Cross. Today, the shop offers a wide array of antique jewellery, and their current standout piece is an exquisite Victorian gold-coiled snake bracelet, studded with rose diamonds and a pear-shaped sapphire.

Nourbel & Le Cavelier is one of the latest additions to the arcade. Yet, despite their comparative youth, the jewellers offer some of the most extraordinary pieces. Their piece titled ‘The Hanging Gardens of Babylon’, boasting a staggering 44.67cts of Zambian emeralds and 46.97cts of extra white diamonds finely mounted on 18K white gold, is a testament to the house’s innovative and creative spirit.

Michael Rose is never far from the brand he has so carefully created. He can be found in one of his three shops at any time of the day, every day. His is a brand built on passion, care and the endless pursuit of elegance. Perhaps the most exciting of his current cache is the ring, which is set with a 31.75 carat sapphire – it is estimated only five of such sapphires are found per year.

Milleperle maintains a reputation as one of the finest sources of pearls, and it is all thanks to passion and commitment of its owner Marco Giovanardi. He remains dedicated to seeking out the best pearls from across the globe, and setting them in both contemporary and classic designs.

Theo Fennell’s story is one of love and dedication to his craft. Never failing to exceed expectations, his workshops remain home to some of the most exciting pieces of British contemporary jewellery. His one of a kind drop earrings have been crafted by hand and feature diamond spikes set in beautiful contrast to a pair of exquisite pink kunzites. 

 

Summer Style Essentials

sand, sun or staycation – get ready for a stylish summer

 

The Essentials...

 

Whilst we can't always guarantee sunshine in London, elsewhere it is an entirely different story. Champagne is soaking the sands of St. Tropez, the Vineyard is lush and green as ever, and the Mediterranean Islands have begun the murmur that will grow to a roar come the height of summer. Wherever you are, or wherever you should be, you cannot depart without these essentials.

The Burlington Arcade is the essential ‘one stop shop’ before you depart on any getaway this summer. Start from the Southern entrance and work your way up. To begin with, you should stop by Vilebrequin and leaf through the swim trunks. They are perfectly on trend for this summer and come in matching Father/Son pairs. Then find some well-deserved indulgence in a few macaroons from Ladurée and continue on up the Arcade. Harrys will have beautiful sandals for him, with a range of soles that ensure they’re both supportive and stylish.

 

It is all about sandals this summer; so don’t be caught in flip-flops. She should pick up a pair of Kelsey sandals from Church’s (we like the White Calf best), and then splash out on a pair of Ciro Sandra earrings. The Sandra earrings are beautiful pear-shaped cubic zirconias, which means you can take them to the Riviera without having to worry about Cat Burglars or Cary Grant.

Remember that rising temperatures can lead to sticky situations, so don’t forget to hop over to Penhaglion’s and pick up a travel atomiser. This elegant little contraption will slip discreetly into a purse or clutch, and is guaranteed to keep you feeling fresh whatever the conditions.

Don’t forget your little girl either. Cashmirino has an adorable selection of fashionable childrenswear cut from the best materials from all over the world. It’s a surefire way of keeping your kids looking stylish and still comfortable.

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Somerset Rechargeable Lamp

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Rio Bay Moorea Shorts

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My Burlington Arcade

Head Beadle Mark Lord has many stories to tell

The Burlington Arcade Beadles are not only the oldest smallest private police force in London they are also your best source to get all sorts of information about the arcade, the shops, its people and products. Mark Lord is heading up the knowledgeable force and with 13 years under his belt he knows the arcade inside out.

What is your favourite place to shop in Burlington Arcade?                                       

That is a really difficult question. I don’t have a favourite shop because over the 13 years there were always different things that caught my eye. Even if I had a limitless budget I don’t think I would favour one shop over the other. For example, if I wanted to treat my wife to some jewellery I could buy a beautiful ring at any of the jewellers. It’s just a different style. They offer anything from a modern to an antique piece. Or my daughter, she has very blue eyes and I could get her an aquamarine to show her eyes off. There are lots and lots of beautiful jewels here in aquamarine. My son wants a Rolex watch for his 16th birthday. In here I could buy everything from a vintage Rolex watch right back to the early 1900s or a modern piece from David Duggan or Armour Winston. There’s a whole selection.

What makes Burlington Arcade special for you?

I think the history first of all. It always had a special magic. Then there is the quality of the shops and their products. Also the exceptional service you receive in the shops. The jewellers’ shop assistants don’t work on commission, which means they won’t sell you something that doesn’t match your eyes or your skin complexion. They want you to come back. Likewise when you buy shoes they will look at your foot to make sure you get the right fit. There are lots of little perks that you won’t really get anywhere else.

 

The Lust List

MAKE A STATEMENT

It's all in the details for Spring Summer 2014 as designers presented a wide range of eye-catching and statement-making extras that would make any discerning accessory lover rejoice!

 

We’ve seen mesmerizing pieces of jewellery, silk scarves in vibrant summer prints and bags in pop colours. Wear one, two or pile them on, Burlington Arcade will only present you with one challenge: what to choose. To make this process easier we’ve compiled the ultimate accessory lust list for spring summer 2014.

This edit features a retro, rose gold bangle, set with sapphires and brilliant cut diamonds. The bangle, by Boucheron of Paris, is a truly unique piece of 1940's design.

Shop The Lust List for Her Here

Shop The Lust List for Him Here

Accessorise In Style...

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Pavé Cubic Zirconia Flower Bracelet

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Cote d’Azur

for Pines, Pools & Parties

 

 

 

MAY is fast approaching and with it is the chance to enjoy a few days away from city life. The Côte d'Azur is one of Europe's most glamorous destinations and now is the perfect time to go there when the season is just opening.

We suggest packing chic resort wear in bold, bright Spring colours, which we’ve seen on the catwalks at Celine, Hermes or Chanel. They work well against the backdrop of the sun, sea and pine trees. 

If there is one place to show off a great piece of jewellery, then it’s in the glitzy resorts of Cannes, St. Tropez or Monaco. A coral pashmina will add that touch of colour to your outfit and keep the evening breeze at bay.

 

He too can follow the colour theme and match you with a pair of bright red Vilebrequin sunglasses. Just add a pair of marine blue hand-sewn penny loafers from Harrys of London and you’re sorted for a day out on the boat. And should he ever lose track of time, Rolex’s vintage Submariner is as pleasant to check, as it is to bask along the Riviera.

Nourbel & Le Cavalier’s one of a kind Paraïba Tourmaline earrings will put you straight into holiday mood whilst a stunning vintage Cartier bombé ring demonstrates your refined jewellery taste.

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Cotswolds

for Cashmere, Comfort, and Champagne

The Cotswolds have always been a mecca for the fashion elite; after all it’s Kate Moss’ retreat of choice to recharge her batteries.

It’s all a very relaxed affair in this refreshingly tourist-free part of Britain with picture perfect villages and scenery to match. 

 

 

 

Days go by with strolls through the countryside and long lunches in the sun at the local gastro pub. We suggest you leave your fashion forward frocks in London and immerse yourself in sophisticated country house chic.

British spring is unpredictable, so it is best to dress in layers; pack your cosiest cashmere jumpers and a weatherproof gilet.

 

 

 

Colombo’s little number with its raccoon fur collar adds just the right amount of glamour and is the perfect addition to your vintage Patek Philippe.

For him, Church’s Ryder’s - the Bond approved footwear - is a must and will provide that extra rubber grip he needs on extensive country walks.  

Pickett’s lightweight leather wash bag will keep his shaving kit safely stowed away to ensure no stubble gets in the way of a romantic evening.

 

 

 

Weekend Cotswolds

What to pack...

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Jason Basmajian, confidently took over the reins of Gieves & Hawkes mid last year. He has over two decades’ experience which includes Director of Menswear at Calvin Klein and Donna Karan in New York. 

Additional to this he became Creative Director of ST Dupont in Paris. Subsequently he joined Brioni as Artistic Director.

Whilst at Brioni he spearheaded the company’s modernisation and consolidation as one of the leading global luxury brands.

As for Gieves & Hawkes, it was created in the 20th century from the amalgamation of two long-established private tailoring firms founded in the 18th century - Gieves (founded 1785) and Hawkes (founded 1771).

Currently the holder of three Royal Warrants, yes that's THREE,  as suppliers to HM The Queen, HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh and HRH Prince Charles the Prince of Wales.

My style icons are anyone who are not afraid to express themselves through their own individual style

  

For Spring of this year Gieves & Hawkes departs Savile Row well attired for a long summer holiday with stops planned in Amalfi, Nairobi, Barbados and Shanghai before returning to London.

>The spirit of the collection is inspired by the traditions of bespoke but it is contemporary in its fresh mix of sartorial, military and sportswear styling.

Anyway, that's quite enough of the history and onto the main feature - The interview!

FRENCH LESSONS

I’VE BEEN ITCHING TO ATTEND A CLASS AT THE VAN CLEEF & ARPELS ECOLE EVER SINCE IT OPENED IN PARIS THREE YEARS AGO, AND THIS YEAR I GOT MY CHANCE.

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I'd seen the space (an airy 18th-century townhouse) on previous trips to the epicentre of Parisian high jewellery, place vendôme, and wondered whether taking a course run by one of the most iconic and revered jewellery brands in the world would actually be educational or just an expensive indulgence. It was definitely the former.

There are currently 13 courses on offer, each taking four hours, and having done one, i’m eager to do several more. Firstly, this is no remedial trudge through the basics.

In the ‘interpreting the gemstones’ course, we discussed, handled and examined everything from malachite to amethyst under magnification, juggled rough diamonds and raw quartz, 

 

and received a truly enlightening crash course on the geology behind the birth of gemstones.

The ‘classrooms’ are exquisitely decorated and they serve berry juice and tiny hors d’oeuvres during the break

 

The course was led by dominique dufermont, who is both a geologist and geographer, and charmingly obsessed by his subject.The ‘classrooms’ are exquisitely decorated and they serve berry juice and tiny hors d’oeuvres during the break, but i still walked away armed with a gleaming new knowledge of the subject i love.

 

 

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This is the perfect girls’ day out for those who are passionate about jewellery and who are willing to spend a bit more than a day at a high-end spa for a truly memorable experience.

 

HOW TO LOOK GOOD
IN BLACK TIE

6 TOP TIPS that will KEEP YOU LOOKING SHARP through even the swankiest affair 

 

1. Go single-breasted with grosgrain silk peaked lapels, and matching silk bow tie (always hand tied).

 

2. Wear a waistcoat or cummerbund (never show your waist).

 

3. Unless you are Roger Moore, never wear a white jacket.

 

4. If you are Roger Moore, think twice.

 

5. Black and white works because it creates sharp contrasts. But midnight blue looks darker under artificial lights, so is a good modern twist.

 

6. Brent advises: "Don't ruin a classic look with your hair. Keep it neat, in great condition and beautifully groomed. You can't go wrong."

 

 

 

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Adding some glitz

A review of some of London's hidden gems

 

PEARLS ON PARADE

Pearlearings

The V&A Pearls exhibition opens soon, and as with everything the museum does, it promises to be unmissable.

Pearl jewellery owned by Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth Taylor and European royalty will be on display alongside rare natural specimens of every colour and size.

Art deco and art nouveau pieces will jostle for space alongside modern masterpieces, not least among them pieces by Yoko London, a generations-old family company that specialises in rare, natural coloured pearls and has an inventory the envy of the world. 21 Sept to 19 Jan.

 

 

 

 

 

OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Mismatched earrings are nothing new, but often the asymmetry is just a gimmick.

Earings

At Nourbel & Le Cavelier, a fascinating new jeweller housed in London’s Burlington Arcade, there’s a very good reason for these ornate earrings being a little lop-sided; they’re made from antique Venetian glass micro mosaic and this stuff doesn’t come in handy matched sections. Mounted in white gold and finished with diamonds, they’re gloriously unique. 

 

OFF THE CUFF

Theo Fennell’s smart enamel and 18kt gold cufflinks feature windows into other worlds – from deep space to the depths of the ocean.

Our pick?

These jaunty jockeys… from £7,500

Visit theofennell.com

 

TF Cufflink

 

gold BEE CUFFLINKS

Replica bees flutter on cuffs. Wright & Teague's 
gold bee cufflinks.

 Goldbee

£2,900

Order online 

Gastro gossip

Masterpieces, pumpkin pie and mingling with
a master chef

 

LADIES WHO LUNCH

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Celebrated fashion illustrator, David Downton, has created a limited edition, hand-drawn map which will be given to 34 diners at Mayfair restaurant, 34.

The bespoke map will highlight some of the artist’s favourite Mayfair haunts. October and November. 

 

 

 

 

The perfect brew

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To brew perfect black tea, take a pinch of the leaves or a small teaspoon and place in an infuser. The more space the tea has the more flavours will be released.

Fill the kettle with fresh water and boil. Pour the water into your teapot or mug over the leaves. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes.

 

Ski Escapes

THINKING OF GETTING AWAY THIS CHRISTMAS? POWDER BYRNE HAVE THE LUXURY SKI HOLIDAY ALL PLANNED OUT

 

GUIDE

Powder Byrne offers a tailored ski-weekend concierge service, comprising luxury transfers with on-board champagne and complimentary ski-guiding. Expert guides will book the prime tables at the best mountain restaurants and ensure you are skiing the right slopes for the conditions and time of day. This means you have flexibility to drive across to Stuben, or finish the day on the St Anton side. Outside of school holidays there is a complimentary Powder Byrne crèche for young kids, while over-threes can join the inspirational Ski Yeti programme.

Powder Byrne offers three nights from £1,169pp in a Deluxe Studio at the Goldenerberg (including complimentary ski guiding, breakfast and dinner, private transfers).
020 8246 5300; powderbyrne.com

 

 

 

APRèS

If St Anton is the noisy neighbour, then Lech offers a more genteel approach to après. In Oberlech, make a parallel line for the umbrella bar at the Burg Hotel (burghotel-lech.com), or head to the champagne bar at the Montana. Down in ‘Lech proper’ it’s all about the river.

Check out the sunny terrace of the Hotel Krone for the last kiss of afternoon sun, before heading to the Tannbergerhof 
for the afternoon.

For something completely different try Fux, surprisingly good Asian fusion with a stonking cocktail list and live jazz, thank you very much.  

 

 

Contributors: Country & Townhouse and Pankhurst

 

 

 

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