Palazzo Pitti. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Despite being the only person with English as a mother tongue at the Chaumet summit at Le Meurice, my lecture did seem to please. It is always something of a challenge to present a ‘state of the nation’ … Continue reading

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Palazzo Pitti. June 2012.

Dear Rowley, Florence is an entirely different city when Pitti Uomo has finished and the fashion boys have left town for the Milan shows. I still can’t get out of the habit of getting up at an ungodly hour so … Continue reading

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Stendhal Syndrome. June 2012.

Dear Rowley, You know the Liza song ‘I happen to like New York’? Well, I happen to like Florence. How to put it? The city somehow agrees with me. This city still encourages a well-dressed man to give it some … Continue reading

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Look Back in Langour. October 2011.

Dear Rowley, An appointment with the Royalty today as Eliza Doolittle would have it. Came an invitation from Row tailoring house Chester Barrie to tear a pheasant wing at the Banqueting House to attend the UKFT export awards in the … Continue reading

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