Hubert the Great. March 2018.

Dear Rowley, Saddened to hear that one of the greats of golden era Paris couture, Count Hubert de Givenchy, has died aged ninety-one. A second son of the Marquis de Givenchy, Hubert studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and … Continue reading

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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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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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