Three Fabulous Fairs

According to a very informative report by Sophia Furber in last week’s Estates Gazette (20/09/2014), the creative industries contribute £71.4 billion to Britain’s economy. Global sales of art and antiques grew by 8% to £38 billion in 2013 and London is well on the way to challenging New York’s supremacy as the capital of the art market. The property market is often the first to know about gallery openings and the same article reports that … Read more

Interview with David Mills: Head of Communications and Marketing of The Goldsmith’s Company

The Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the UK’s premier event for contemporary designer jewellery and silverware.  It is a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity and craftsmanship. In preparation for the opening of The Goldsmith’s Fair 2014 we spoke to David Mills, Head of Communications and Marketing for The Goldsmith’s Company to find out what was in store this year. … Read more

The Glamorous Launch of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

The very wealthy are very different. Whilst I gasped at the glittering Boodles diamonds and the shiny Astons, the first man I met at the Aston Martin evening told me that he was going to take his yacht over to the Isle of Wight to buy me a T-shirt emblazoned ‘don’t sell this woman anything’. With so many beautiful items in one location, it is easy to pull out the plastic, … Read more

Meet Claire German: MD of Europe’s largest Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour

If, like me, you consider London to be the leading light for design excellence and innovation, then Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour must be its most prized possession. Whether you are an established name in search of a design solution for a project, or simply an aspiring designer seeking inspiration, you will be privy to an array of choice all under one domed roof. From classic to cutting-edge contemporary, there are … Read more

Interview with Geoffrey Kent: Founder of Abercrombie & Kent

 A&K International Estates is your latest venture (launched in September 2012). What made you decide to expand to become an estate agency as well as a leading tailored and luxury holiday specialist? There are very close synergies between luxury travel and high end second home ownership. Those interested in owning a second home (or in many cases their third or fourth) tend to be wealthy, well-travelled and business savvy. Exactly … Read more

L is for Luxe – ABC DCS: David Collins Studio

ABC DCS, the monograph about David Collins Studio is as luxurious as one might expect from a book with the foreword written by Madonna! “I have always wanted to see things I imagine made into a reality,” renowned architect David Collins once said, a statement that rings powerfully true in the projects of his eponymous studio. ABC DCS presents a strong portfolio of images that manifest the architect and interior … Read more

Tricia Topping’s protégé wins IBP award

One of Tricia Topping’s past employees, Ollie Pratt, won the IBP’s ‘Young Communicator of the Year’ award last week (w/c June 23rd). The Deputy UK News Editor of the Financial Times, Claer Barrett, presented the award. Those considered for the award are under 30 years old, show creativity, relevance to brief, achieve results and show outstanding achievement in handling PR campaigns. Ollie, who worked under Tricia at TTA, has said, … Read more

Property and Art

Apollo magazine had a fascinating article on property investor David Lewis, who started buying art in the 1970’s and now has an incredible collection worth in excess of £300 million. The collection is the subject of two large volumes entitled ‘The Schorr Collection, Catalogue of Old Master and Nineteen-Century paintings’. His art is on loan to museums: regionally, nationally and internationally. It is even on loan to the Palace of … Read more

Interview with Lucy Streatfield-Smith: Jewellery Buyer for Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason, one of the world’s finest stores, renowned for wonderful hampers and a legendary Food Hall has been championing the best of British for over 300 years and in March 2013 Fortnum’s extended its jewellery offering. The Jewellery Room has just celebrated its first birthday and Luxury Topping caught up with Lucy Streatfeild-Smith, jewellery buyer at Fortnum & Mason to find out more about the project. What was … Read more

Interview with Tony Bygraves: Chief Executive of MRFS

Tony Bygraves is Chief Executive of MRFS who are regarded as one of the leading integration companies in the field of audio visual, fire and security systems. MRFS supplied and installed new audio visual, fire and security systems for the Corinthia spa within the Corinthia Hotel. This was a huge project and one that was very successful in creating an uber luxury hotel, have you found that this has raised … Read more