Changing Rooms. July 2014.

Dear Rowley, For central Londoners, Hampstead truly is another country. You daren’t walk down the high street without an artesinal loaf in a basket trailing wildflowers picked on the Heath. The dedication to shabby, bohemian chic makes the good burghers … Continue reading

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A Napoleonic Interlude. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Having not been in Paris since the launch of The Perfect Gent at Ralph Lauren’s flagship on the Boulevard Saint Germain, it was something of a pleasure to return at the invitation of Chaumet to speak to their … Continue reading

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Green Fire. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Just arrived in Paris to give a luxury lecture for Chaumet at Le Meurice tomorrow pondering the future for fine jewellers. The talk runs the gamut from Marie Antoinette to Princess Haya by way of Coco Chanel, Eva … Continue reading

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Fashion. March 2014.

Dear Rowley, I found it most unwise of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to take a second honeymoon in the Maldives minus the minor and after the Middleton clan had just got back from Musitque. Most people in Britain … Continue reading

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Gilt Complex. July 2013.

Dear Rowley, Tell me I’m not the only one who’s had a gilt complex since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I can vividly remember my first visit to Versailles. We were in Marie Antoinette’s bedroom and a rather … Continue reading

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