Three Faces of Florence. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, I must admit to have arrived in Florence for Pitti Uomo No 86 with a certain degree of litost. Roughly translated from the Czech, litost is a word introduced to me by author Milan Kundera meaning a touch of the blues. … 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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Luxury. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, Having been asked to give a lecture about luxury for Chaumet – Imperial jewellers to the court of Napoleon I – in Paris next month, my thoughts turned to the obvious cliche that celebrity is the new aristocracy. … Continue reading

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Ciao Italia. June 2012.

Dear Rowley, Just returned to Bloomsbury Towers after the Italian trip to Florence and Milan. You know one is back in England when you arrive at the Heathrow Express platform only to be told some poor stiff has thrown himself … Continue reading

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Firenze. January 2012.

Dear Rowley, What better way to chase the New Year blues away than hopping on a Malpensa to Florence for the January edition of Pitti Uomo? The bi-annual Florentine men’s fashion foundation puts on the best fashion exposition bar none … Continue reading

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