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

London Property: Dark clouds on the horizon but lots of sunshine on the way

After several bleak years the fun had returned for estate agents and the buyers returned in droves; some helped by the Government and some funded by international money looking for a safe haven and a sound property market. It was time again to consider buying the top of the range BMW; booking the villa in Ibiza and slipping into Bond Street for a Rolex Daytona. But there are black clouds … Read more

Interview with The Godfather of Italian Cooking: Antonio Carluccio

How do you feel when the media describe you as the godfather of Italian cuisine? I always think the word ‘godfather’ has something to do with the Mafia. I would not know however what else I could have been called. In a positive and appropriate sense I feel it is flattering. What were the rewards of touring Italy with Gennaro Contaldo another Italian chef, exploring the countryside, cities, traditions and … Read more

BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair

THE BADA ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR 19 – 25 March 2014 A range of works from classic antique furniture to contemporary and modern pieces will go on show at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair in The Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3, from 19 – 25 MARCH 2014. The BADA Fair is the only internationally renowned event exclusive to members of the British Antique … Read more

Pre-MIPIM Real Estate Party

Mishcon de Reya’s Pre MIPIM Real Estate Party, co-hosted this year with London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, kicked off the 2014 MIPIM season in style. More than 300 guests attended the champagne reception at Avenue Restaurant in St James’s Street, Mayfair. A short film of the event is available above. Please click here to view a selection of Mishcon de Reya’s party photos.