Return to Splendour. September 2017.

Dear Rowley, While recording a short interview for a film about Savile Row the other day I was asked what made me throw so much energy behind British bespoke tailoring? I believe the epiphany came at the Paris menswear shows … Continue reading

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Jewellery for Gentlemen. May 2017.

Dear Rowley, Well, the manuscript for Jewellery for Gentlemen is finished and at the last count we have about 500 pictures in the files; many of them shot especially for the book by Andy Barnham. I’ve gone cross-eyed checking thousands of Academy … Continue reading

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Fantastic Beasts & Fabulous Jewels. November 2016.

Dear Rowley, I don’t go to the movies very often. It simply isn’t safe. If the cheery chipmunks in the next row won’t stop chatting when the film starts, I am all on not to bludgeon them to death with … Continue reading

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All the Riches of Araby. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, With the exception of the Cheapside Hoard exhibition at the Museum of London, I think we can say without bias that the Victoria & Albert Museum curates the most spectacular jewellery exhibitions in London if not the world. The … Continue reading

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Detox. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, Well my dear, the party’s over, it’s all over my friend. So said Kenneth Williams in one of my favourite Round the Horne sketches. It’s the way he tells them, I find. Needless to say, the Spencer Hart launch … Continue reading

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