Leaving our capital behind, after just over 3 hours behind the wheel I reach Eastnor Castle in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the same distance from the tripoint of the county with Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. Greeting me? Where better than to kill time with the Land Rover Experience. Peerless ride quality, regardless of the terrain or conditions, is a core part of the Range Rover experience.
Its needless to say; the Range Rover even more pretty-faced covered in mud off-road. A class-leading suspension system combines poise and stability with exceptional ride isolation for flat, confident cornering and delivers a natural and intuitive feel behind the wheel.
Comprising a lightweight front and rear design, the suspension layout perfectly complements the advanced aluminium construction. Its fully independent layout features a wide-spaced double wishbone set-up at the front and an advanced multi-link layout at the rear. This is a purpose built master of off-roading which for the average Londoner, will never see the dirt to its fullest capacity. Through the mullion windows of this Grade-II listed mansion you take in breathtaking panoramas of the lovely Painswick Valley. The Painswick is situated on a quiet lane behind the main street of one of the prettiest towns in the Cotswolds.
Decked in a medley of greys, blues and greens and with striking prints and graphic artworks on the walls, The Painswick exudes chic comfort. In it was acquired by the Calcot Manor group, whose other hotels, such as Barnsley House, encapsulate gorgeous, easy-going luxury. The 16 bedrooms are individually styled and have retro-chic flourishes — an Art Deco table here, a s-style lamp there.
Seven in the garden wing are smaller than those in the main house. Driving through the New Forest feels a bit like going on safari while making your way to Burley Manor. Built in by a Verderer a custodian of the New Forest this grand home became a hotel in the s, and apart from briefly being requisitioned by the military during the Second World War, it has welcomed guests ever since. Competition is fierce in this area, though, with dining favourite The Pig and its sister property, Lime Wood nearby.
The decor combines bold modern fabrics with traditional artwork, while some of the larger rooms in the main house have features such as roll-top baths in the bedrooms, or exposed floorboards. Out in the gardens, a small pool is open from June to September, with two spa treatment rooms inside. One of the Canary islands off the coast of West Africa administered by Spain, Lanzarote is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape. Cueva de los Verdes has caverns formed by an underground river of lava. East-coast resort Puerto del Carmen is home to whitewashed villas, beaches and dive centers.
After a major refurbishment in , this boutique hotel in Costa Teguise Lanzarote stands out for having hot tubs in most of the rooms, either inside the room or on the terrace. The adults only hotel has also refurbished its bars and restaurants, giving it a new modern, state-of-the-art feel. In addition, many new activities and services for adults have been included, such as a magnificent U-Spa, 2 infinity pools and a fitness studio. This multi-talented artist said; Lanzarote is the most beautiful place on Earth and I am going to show its beauty to the world.
Inspired by the amazing coffee culture in Australia and New Zealand, Kaffeine is an independently owned cafe and espresso bar with two locations in the Fitzrovia neighbourhood. Redemption Roasters work with young offenders who know their coffee to craft each batch. Allpress Espresso is built on relationships. Their first permanent bakery shop, St John Bakery features a counter laden with their famous doughnuts, for both elevenses and that teatime pick-me-up, as well as morning pastries and afternoon Eccles cakes.
There are also much-loved sourdoughs, raisin loaves and rye loaves to be whisked away for office launches. They are driven by a desire to deliver memorable, stand-out Japanese-inspired food. Self-taught butcher Charlie Carroll originally started Flat Iron as pop-up; now, the steakhouse has become a cult favourite, with six sites across London. Besides their famous flat iron steak, Flat Iron serves other cuts like the underblade fillet, tri tip and rump cap, alongside a line-up of tempting newcomers.
Split across two buildings and five floors, this revolving creative hub is home to a carefully curated programme of chef residencies, art exhibitions and all-round fantastic experiences, morning, noon and night. Not to mention the best lunch in Marylebone. After becoming a modelling sensation at the tender age of 16, Oliver Cheshire has gone on to enjoy a hugely successful career as the face of any number of major brands.
As he gets ready to launch his first clothing line, he looks back with Journal at half a lifetime in menswear modelling. Oliver and I are talking about menswear, his youth and the career which has been his life for almost 15 years. As a youngster, I wanted to be an actor so I studied drama. I had a fairly normal working class upbringing. I grew up in a council house with my family. I had a passion for clothing from a young age. I always felt the need to customise my clothes; jeans, shirts, trousers — everything! I can remember my parents thinking I was totally mad at the time.
Clothes were a big part of my upbringing. They defined me and my identity. I was scouted by Select Model Management when I was I was so young, and at the time I was studying. A few polaroids were taken of me by the agency, and then a few weeks later I visited their offices in Fitzrovia. I was booked by Calvin Klein and then became the face of the brand for a year. As you can imagine, my studies took the back seat and the modelling took over. I guess you could say it was an overnight success, you know?
It opened doors which I never knew I could walk through. I was just an ordinary guy standing on the shoulders of giants. My first campaign with Calvin Klein was in the first couple of pages of GQ at the time. I was starting to realise that this was definitely about to become a full-time venture for me; the doors to the fashion industry were opening to me. A personal British favourite of mine has always been Marks and Spencer.
Today I do a few editorials every couple of months. What I did when I was younger felt like my apprenticeship years. Now feels like real life. I feel totally secure and ready to explore other ventures. How do you feel social media has changed the way brands think and reach out to consumers today? The reality of an image and a marketing campaign is romanticised.
Instagram has totally changed the way in which brands strategically think. What it means to be a model has totally changed now, its become much more human.
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Character, personality and opinion has perhaps never been more valued in my role. I suppose in my heart I feel like there will one day be another platform which will take the throne. Its been an obsession of mine way before I was scouted or thought this could become a career for me. My passion for menswear and design was the impetus without a doubt. It is in part a way to give something back and to also fulfil a dream.
The brand is based around simplicity with a focus on sustainability. The designs play with colour and wearability, and encourage men to use colour in a masculine way. The price point is affordable and accessible. The name of the line is taken from the first 3 letters of my surname and the revolutionary, Che Guevara.
Alan Schaller and I are wandering in the metropolis. Alan is watchful and observant, seeking every possible opportunity for the next image in his signature monochromatic style. He cradles a Leica in his hands, just as he does every day as he travels around our capital. He takes street photography seriously. He lives and breathes his work, and has a killer sense of humour. A modern-day Fan Ho, he creates stunning black and white images expressing the emotion, pace and character of contemporary city life in London and beyond.
In fact, in his early 20s he had his heart set on music.
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I guess I began to get tired of the way musicians were treated in the industry. I wanted to have a hobby, and street photography felt like an obvious choice for me at the time. All I knew was that I wanted to take pictures of things I liked. I remember going to an exhibition close to the time I got my first camera and I was totally blown away by what I had seen.
I knew it was something I wanted to chase. And from there, I shot whenever I could. He soon felt that it was better to not be a jack of all trades. As his work has grown and he has developed his own defining characteristics and style as a photographer, London — where he was born and bred — has become vital to his work.
This was about six months in, and it focused mostly on the London Underground and quickly led to other things. After I worked with The Independent, I was beginning to build an audience. What still gets me today is when people say they know my images before they see the name. The idea was to create an online platform for street photographers to submit their work, and have the opportunity to see their photos appear on the SPI feed as the winner of weekly competitions.
SPI is the biggest resource for street photography in the world. Today, it has an Instagram following of around , and is set to hit a million followers in the coming months. Soho in particular has become an important canvas for him and his work. I see it as more about being a fisherman than a hunter.
Soho is a fascinating place for any photographer. For anybody who shoots street [photography], they should come here. Its particularly good at night; the neon lights and tight streets make it a photo haven. It was like a game to me. Photography gives you that perspective, especially in Soho. His understanding of light is first and foremost, at the heart of every image.
After that, Alan cites emotion, timing and patience as the key elements of his style.
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Most of all, though, he jokes that he gets his biggest kicks out of photographing dogs and pigeons. Alan is currently producing an ongoing series about the Soho neighbourhood. Beyond that, he is an official ambassador for Leica and works internationally as well as hosting an array of talks and street photography workshops, mostly in London and New York City. I spoke to David about breaking into the business, world domination and the importance of being a man of style.
I worked in the clothing industry for 20 years, going from Saturday shop boy to production director. I worked in retail, sales, production and product development, until 10 years ago I started my own brand with my partner Stephanie. I grew up in the Midlands and left school at 16 with almost no qualifications. One day I said I should work in one and save some cash — so I went into retail! I fancied working hour days, seven days a week, for no money!
Those long hours were also really appealing, of course…. Bloomsbury was our first store. It was really all we could afford. The Soho store was a bigger step for us, but at the time Berwick Street was not so expensive. In those days, it was a little dated and run-down. But we love being on Berwick Street and being part of a real Soho community. My only plan is to have no plan. But if I did have a plan, it would be global domination, followed by world peace. It was quite a straightforward process.
The first time, I was asked to audition for Rachel Chu. Later they asked me to tape for Astrid, a character I thought Gemma Chan was born to play. Then a few months after that, casting director Terri Taylor Skyped me for the role of Amanda. And that was it. For such a huge, ground-breaking movie, the audition process from my end was very, very painless. I know the production spent considerable time gathering their perfect cast, considering the ensemble synergy as well as individual merit — and I may be biased, but I think they absolutely nailed it. I began my career playing serious roles. I thought I was a good actor if I could move people to cry.
I drew so much on my own traumas that I was diagnosed with depression. During my recovery, through a chance meeting with a comedian, I was offered the opportunity to play at Edinburgh, and discovered a whole new world of creativity.
During my first Edinburgh Fringe, I made my depression the focus of my set, and it became a very healing experience. The most rewarding part was when audience members came up to me after the show and opened up about their own battles with depression. Comedy is an unbelievably powerful tool and, when used well, can connect strangers, tackle taboos, and break down stigmas.
Do you think this film is a turning point for Asian representation in Hollywood? But it is just the start. It then took Hollywood another 25 years to make an all-Asian contemporary studio film. For Crazy Rich Asians to be number one at the US box office for three weeks, proves that Asian-led films will make a profit. Now that this film has defied all box office expectations, a new precedent is set.
You actually studied at UCL in Fitzrovia, a few streets away from where Journal was born… What memories do you have of the area? My years at UCL were one of the best chapters of my life. Our first night, our welcome to London, was a major pub crawl through Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury. There were more than a dozen pubs and all I remember is being lost in the streets with my roommate at 3am trying to find our way home. I spent most of my nights at The Court, strawpedoing Reefs with friends.
My friends in the upper years had their own flats on streets like Hanson, Cleveland and Whitfield, so sometimes the party would carry on at theirs into the early morning. You studied law but ended up following through on your dream of being an actress… were you a rebel growing up? I think so. I started smoking at 12, drinking at 13, got suspended from school, which did not help relations with my parents. The more I rebelled against their authority, the more authoritarian they became. It was a vicious cycle. I ran away from home when I was The police picked me up the next day and took me back.
In the long term, it marked a turning point. My parents realised that immigrating meant their child was growing up in a different culture to what they knew. Over the years, as I matured, I learnt to see it from their side too. My dad grew up during the Cultural Revolution and escaped the Communist regime when he was granted a scholarship to study abroad, which is how we ended up in England.
So, for him, education was the only way he knew to a safe future, and it was killing him to see me squander mine. I went on to study law at UCL, but enrolled in acting classes as soon as I graduated. In a word, yes. The Feed is a psychological thriller based on a book by Nick Clark Windo. It is set in a dystopian world where all technology is implanted into your nervous system. I was drawn to the project because the world it depicts is a terrifying foretaste of our future if we continue to live like we do — embedded in our phones, opting to text friends instead of call, knowing more about their breakfasts and gym workouts than their personal lives.
It also highlights the dangers of humans becoming over-reliant on machines. I grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney and I remember being fascinated by this melting pot of subcultures, of old school punks, skinheads, metalheads, revheads and surfers. I have vivid childhood memories of walking with my father at night through the seedier areas of the city, wide-eyed at all the prostitutes and transvestites working the streets, hanging about with the bikies, which seemed to embody this total rebellion against suburban normality.
After university, I worked as a graphic designer and dabbled in both painting and a bit of photography. Then, in my mids, I had a health scare that made me reflect on what I was doing to document my time here. I realised that I regretted not having photographed the people from my past. Around the same time, I had a friend who was travelling the world; and looking at the photos they were taking, I was drawn to the portraits of people they encountered.
What attracts me to the people I document is this idea of reinvention and transformation through dress and make-up. The Soho series came about purely due to geography. I work in Soho and after work each day I would wander the streets looking for interesting characters to photograph. Much has been written about the increasing pressure of gentrification and in the last five years the nightlife of the neighbourhood feels very different. I feel that just as my subjects often exist outside of traditional notions of gender, they also sit outside of time.
It is a basement beribboned with rails of garments slinking off of their hangers and walls decorated with clipped photographs of millennials laughing, loving, kissing and co-existing. When she was five years old, during the holidays, Serena used to go to work with her mum at Gallery Five on Great Titchfield Street. They paid me and I loved it. I got a feeling for work very early on. Then, you could send your five-year-old round the corner on their own! It was totally fine! Her first port of call in Marylebone was working with a retoucher on Marylebone High Street, at a time when a scalpel was used to scrape away at black and white images.
So much so, in fact, that she went on to work for designer Vivienne Westwood, where her knowledge and experience within the fashion industry bloomed. I loved the clothes. I wore them and still wear them to this day. It was supposed to be a lifestyle store where everything was erotic or sensual in some way, shape or form. We painted it ourselves. Then, in , we sold it for a large amount of money. It was a very different time. Soho was the perfect place to do this, I suggest: in Soho, you can just exist.
All of my friends who were at St Martins round the corner used to come and hang out at the store. Everyone was in that store and it was really fun! Old Compton Street was almost like a sexual revolution for the gay movement. It was very different then and it was exciting. Now we have the MeToo movement — it cannot continue like this. The new label, aimed at millennials, champions comfort over erotica in the form of undergarments of all kinds, coined bed-to-street wear. Les girls les boys takes things back to basics.
Serena is watching political and social change unfold in front of her, and is evolving with them. She understands the need for authenticity and honesty, for accurate portrayals of reality. She reclines back into her seat as I take one last glance at the Polaroids on the wall. They meticulously fit the aesthetic of community and whisper an unspoken understanding of insecurity.
If you put all those things together, it helps you create an experience. I create experiences. Journal leaves London to wander and explore the beauty of Turkey and Spain during the winter months. The urban centre of Chiclana has good amenities and also boasts a wealth of important cultural attractions. There is a commercial centre, markets, handicrafts, wine cellars, restaurants, bars, and much more to keep you busy. Beaches, pinewoods and salt marshes of great ecological importance make up the protected area known as the Natural Park of the Bay of Cadiz.
Its long sandy beaches helped the development of high-quality tourism, while the pinewoods alongside the coast are the ideal complement: sea and country sit in perfect harmony. Inland, vineyards, oak woods and meadows dominate the landscape. Within the nature reserves and lakes, such as Jeli and Montellano, you find a wealth of different bird species, some of which are in danger of extinction.
Chiclana de la Frontera is a traditional agricultural town, with excellent wines and health-giving waters. Its urban structure is of a typical Andalusian style, with narrow streets and courtyards full of flowers. Chiclana preserves its Andalusian customs and traditions well: the processions, bullfighting, flamenco, and wine production are all part of everyday life for the inhabitants. The area is home to some of the best cuisine in Andalusia, with fine restaurants serving locally caught seafood, which should be washed down with one of the excellent local wines; Moscatel and Oloroso are particularly popular with Spanish visitors.
Spanish sausages, such as Butifarra and Longanizas are typical of Chiclana, and also not to be missed are the almond pies made by the Augustinian nuns. Best of all, Chiclana de la Frontera enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, with little rain and more than 3, hours of sun a year. The original architectural design of the buildings, its five outdoor swimming pools with hot tub, the natural lakes and more than 35, m2 of lush tropical gardens make the Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri a unique resort.
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The range of leisure activities includes the lounge nightclub Siddharta, the Dublin Bay Irish Pub, a bowling alley, and a packed entertainment programme for adults including sports and cultural workshops. And if you do want to pick up the pace, you could always give watersports a try or head into the lush green hills that surround the town. Club Marvy, set in the magical landscape of the Aegean, offers a brand-new holiday experience inspired by its local roots.
Every aspect of this unique environment, where sandy beaches meet a crystal shimmering sea, has been designed to create carefully crafted memories for visitors, whether families, couples or solo travellers. The simple lifestyle of Aegean and Mediterranean towns is kept alive in its purest form here, in rooms designed with a modern architectural approach. Club Marvy values local products, principles and craftsmanship. They have built their own culinary concept inspired by traditional Aegean villages, bringing rich homemade food and street flavours together on the same table.
The resort boasts a variety of ways to savour this unique culture, enriched with all the fresh products of the region. Rivalling those of the top hotels in our capital, the hour concierge are always on hand to provide any help or assistance required by guests. It boasts 12 contemporary suites that offer complete discretion and the building has a dedicated hour concierge, who is happy to organise anything from in-room spa treatments to a grocery delivery from Whole Foods.
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Kestin Hare is a Scottish menswear brand from a designer who gets what works and is inspired by the clothes men want for everyday life. The brand was launched in when Kestin returned to his hometown of Edinburgh. He grew up watching his grandad, a man with a distinct style who took great pride in his appearance and ran pubs in Leith.
Kestin has steadily created his signature look for Kestin Hare, and has continued to nurture his core values of vintage research, seeking out the most unique and technologically advanced fabrics, road testing every garment for fit and purpose, and is in constant conversation with his customers and the best of the industry. The result is a signature look straddling streetwear and smart dressing. Always aiming to find the perfect balance between style and functionality, the Wood Wood collections have evolved into tailored and sophisticated expressions while keeping their playful graphic profile that often revolves around juxtapositions and iconography.
Cubitts frames are made in the traditional way, and go through 50 crafted stages of production over a period of six weeks, including four separate stages of polishing to ensure a glorious lustre. Most of their frames are constructed with custom Cubitts pins that secure right through the acetate. For their latest opening, Cubitts have chosen the names Cleveland, Fitzroy, Charlotte and Rathbone for their Fitzrovia collection, celebrating their new store opening at the corner of Charlotte Street and Goodge Street. Curionoir carries integrity, that is ingrained in the brand and has been since its organic inception.
Placing value in the relationships of all people and makers, prioritising ethics and sustainability, striving to source local to its home of New Zealand and continuing to push boundaries its at the heart of the brand. Curionoir does not follow trends. This is not just a theory or philosophy, it is the brands life long commitment which it is proud to hold. Anya Hindmarch candles launched back in November , and as far as we were concerned it was love at first sight.
Now, Anya has added three new scents and a diffuser to the collection. Either way, your home will be full of the most delightful scent. Soft light filters through leaded windows as billowing nets cast a diffused, ever-changing light onto Japanese screens, framed butterflies, glass bell jars, a series of top hats and various other arcane, museum like pieces that contrast with the cutting-edge contemporary art hanging on silk-papered walls.
Perhaps; because, in common with her friend and mentor David Bowie, Daphne Guinness has a super-bright and enquiring butterfly mind that skips from one subject to the next. DG : I go in with an idea and often words will come to me in the booth. On the first album I just had bits of paper all over the floor all over the walls — automatic writing — then I cut it up and put it back together.
MW : You have said that you need visual stimulation to create music and vice versa. DG : There is a metaphysical component, but all of the above is true. MW : Exactly, and your music dictated what you wore, who you mixed with and your whole life philosophy. DG : Precisely. Kensington Market was about as rad as it got. The executives have a completely different idea of what creativity should be; but what have they created?
Reality shows! If you want reality, look out of the window! Who wants a television camera on them all day long? We want some mystery. MW : We were the Bowie generation and he was launched on a tide of mystery. We knew nothing about him in the 70s. DG : And who wants to know what celebrities had for breakfast or what the state of their relationship is? The art should speak for itself, and people either like it or not. DG : Yes, he did! There was immediately this connection.
He was a magical creature… he is a magical creature. MW : I love real strings and I get the impression they are very important to you in your music. DG : Tony Visconti is the most brilliant string arranger on the planet, which is one of the reasons I wanted to work with him. I solo all the strings and just listen to them. They are things of divine beauty that I have written out. DG : Interesting! All of the above. Followed by a relaxing holiday in Rome, just to chill out?
Geoff MacCormack aka Warren Peace was asked just that. Beneath our feet lies Soho, and beyond it a stunning vista of the capital city which has helped him become an award-winning photographer of high fashion and street style. He takes out a vintage Canon camera and begins to photograph the skyline; meanwhile, I capture him at work from behind my own lens.
At home we had a stack of photographs from her modelling days, in a folder hidden at the back of a cupboard. I loved to take them out and look through them. To this day, I remember being amazed by these foreign-seeming images from another world: the poses, the clothes, the way the light looked — everything. Jonathan grew up in Glasgow. He was given his first camera when he was seven — a plastic 35mm point-and-shoot.
In some ways, nothing has changed for Jonathan and his work today. As a youngster, his greatest passions were painting and drawing. Photography re-entered his life at the age of While at university, he made use of the darkrooms and studios on campus and thus a fascination was born.
It had a huge effect on me. It was at this time that Jonathan really cut his teeth as a photographer. In order to have a stable income in the early days, Jonathan took a job as an in-house photographer at a small design e-com company. I took that as a sign and it gave me the push I needed to make it on my own. From here, I decided on a policy: learn as you go, be positive and say yes to everything. At the start, Jonathan worked on small portrait jobs but, as his network grew, he began getting assignments from brands such as Selfridges and Reiss.
It was at this point I realised I was onto something bigger than myself. By the end of the days, he had amassed over , followers on his site and a photo book was already in the works. It was a whirlwind at the time. I want to photograph people who look genuine, subjects who look like they live a full life; which is why London is such an incredible place to be based. His distinctive approach to clothing feels like something elegantly plucked from a previous century —and his care and attention to detail is what shines through in his has work as a tailor and designer.
As we sit by the canal in the blazing early autumn sun, before taking a walk towards Islington, we talk clothes and style, inspirations from the past and aspirations for the future. We lived in Poplar, Bethnal Green for a while, and then Hackney. Generally, when I was growing up, in a certain class, people wanted to groom and present themselves in the best way that they could do.
Kids were dressing preppy. I guess the music was different back then too in the s. Given the musical influences at the time, there was more emphasis on tailored clothes and generally dressing the part. Clothes were important to any working class youngster. When I was growing up, kids respected aesthetics much more and valued it. You always made a real effort to not look like where you were from. I sometimes feel like young kids consider it a badge of honour to dress as scruffy as possible.
London has always been everything to me — still is. Tailoring, for me, was an amalgamation of a lot of things coming together. Initially it was music, especially jazz, that influenced me. Secondly, it was cinematography and a string of film references. I knew that it was clothes I wanted to get into. My style? As I said, classic Hollywood and jazz influenced me, but also the music of the s when I was growing up. Everything they produce is made in Britain. They produce clothing for the modern man, which is made to last. I think style is style, but you have to make a certain amount of effort.
Jermyn Street, in Mayfair, and Soho have always felt important to me. Soho and Mayfair have both changed so much, but they still remain quintessentially London. Coming into the centre of town always felt like a big day trip when I was young. It was always a big day out. It felt like a million miles away from the East End, and always made an impression on me as a place I wanted to be. I suppose I like the idea of starting something that is available to everybody.
I believe that right now there is a real gap in the market for mid-century-style tailoring. It should be accessible to all; and that, for me, means producing ready-to-wear garments and not just limiting myself to made-to-measure and bespoke. Michael Neve is talking to me about The Bloomsbury, the hotel in the centre of the eponymous neighbourhood.
Years later the building was listed as a striking example of the inter-war style by an international master. While staying faithful to the original building, a major renovation was carried out. Key features of the original building, including the old Chapel and the Library, now dedicated to Irish poet Seamus Heaney, were retained. The structural and decorative features were fully renovated and the building was returned to its former glory. The Bloomsbury was born, opening in September This is a hotel that is as much about literature and the arts as is it is about hospitality.
Poet in the City and the Royal Society of Literature are just two of the organisations we work with in partnership. Given our positioning, it is important for us to connect and work together closely. I for one count myself as a regular, and so should you. Biedul is a British style icon, a figurehead of fashion whose story as a model is as fascinating as the brands he works with.
His mother and father met in London, where they settled and raised Richard and his two brothers. She had an influence on me, which led me to take on a law career. I suppose I never truly understood the value of education at that time. How else can I describe it? It was crazy; just that. I was a normal bloke. I thought I must be on to something. Really how can you top that now? It became a thing where if one big client wanted you, so would another. Richard came to prominence at a time in the early s when the British fashion industry was gravitating away from sculpted perfection and towards normal, relatable individuals to model clothing.
After all, customers are more likely to desire clothes when the person wearing them on the runway is someone they can recognise as being like them. Currently, Richard splits his time between his London life, working with fashion labels worldwide and a new personal project. I love to learn, and in learning I have contributed further to my level of involvement with brands. The first collection will be released this summer, followed by another later this year. As Richard talks me through each of the outfits, his inspirations and aspirations, I suspect that his knowledge and eye could definitely lead him to create further collections in the coming years.
Today, Richard is represented by IMG, based close to Soho, where he has spent much of his time — both work and social life — over the years. Its rich wash of colour embraces style, race, sexuality and community. It has stood the test of time. It was new, it was mind-blowing, and I fell in love with it. Tell us a bit about the play and what drew you to it. Killer Joe is a play by Tracy Letts, set in the early 90s. It follows the story of a poor family living in a trailer park who, in order to pay off their debts, decide to hire a contract killer to murder their estranged mother so they can get her life insurance money.
I play Dottie, the sister of drug dealer Chris who has hatched the plan.
The pace and intensity builds and builds to the point of explosion. Sometimes with things like that you just have to throw yourself into it wholeheartedly and fearlessly and not be self-conscious about what you create. As long as you carry on listening and doing the work every night, you discover something different. I read that you love nature. Are there any greener parts of the West End you like to escape to?
Well, Bar Italia is an institution! In the past yes, but not so much recently. I think the first thing I saw was Beauty and the Beast. I remember running through the auditorium and being in awe of the sound coming from orchestra pit, then singing in the cab on the way to the station. It was absolute magic. Tell us about your new film, Red Joan. How did it feel to play the younger version of the character played by Dame Judi Dench? She lived her entire life with not one person suspecting her of anything like that, not even her son.
A distinctive looking and impeccably dressed redhead with a wicked smile, Ann Wixley can usually be seen making her way through Fitzrovia, the neighbourhood she now calls home. Taking elegant puffs on a cigar, she told me about these two very different careers and the unexpected qualities that connect them…. Tell me about your upbringing back home in South Africa and how you ended up becoming a ballet dancer.
I remember when my mother suggested that I grow my hair. I was about eight years old, with a thick bowl cut which offset my fat cheeks unflatteringly. It was after winning a prize at the annual ballet eisteddfod in Cape Town, where I grew up. This was the start of a year calling to become a ballet dancer. The notion of wanting to be a part of a large group in order to pick on a smaller group that was slightly different seemed ludicrous even then.
My career as a principal ballet dancer was relatively short but rich, if not in earnings. I now work in advertising at Wavemaker UK where I create and direct ideas and content that work with media and technology to solve marketing problems for clients. It seems a leap, but four habits that I learnt as a dancer still apply. And stamina.
The hops and skips in between make the leap less dramatic. I like to bend them to my will; after all you should wear the clothes, not the other way around. Colour, line and clothes that move appeal to my senses. I have an archive of treasures that I rotate: my favourites are usually Vivienne Westwood and Y3, mixed with vintage pieces found by my mother when I was I live in Fitzrovia now with my partner, a fashion photographer.
David Newton is a hugely successful still life photographer based in Central London. Journal met up with the maestro over cocktails at newly-opened La Brasseria on Marylebone High Street. One of the reasons I changed to photography was the fact that illustration is so subjective you are constantly being told by art directors that you got it wrong.
Though, like I say, I do try to put a little story into the pictures. Your work is ridiculously creative and consistently original; where do you get all your ideas from? As if it can be ordered online or bought in a shop, or something. My response is that you have to constantly keep your brain on, and open, like a sponge. You have to not discount anything that you see or think. But with the rise of social media, Instagram has become my agent. I did a big ad campaign for a major Paris luxury cosmetics house earlier this year… they found me via Instagram.
Has moving your studio from Shoreditch to your home in Marylebone changed the way you work? The literal distance between idea and execution can now be measured in feet, rather than miles! When my studio was in Shoreditch, I might have lost the idea overnight, or it got replaced by something else. It would often have to wait until the next day. I started Wylde in purely as a showcase for my work and the work of other photographers that I admired.
I got in just before the Marylebone boom happened. When I first moved here, it was a bit of a down-at-heel backwater. Charity shops, little old ladies; it was quiet, no tourists… or bankers. But it actually is — people do stop and talk. Really good for parks. Much livelier than Mayfair. High-end candle shop Cire Trudon, also on Chiltern Street, is an occasional treat. It has to be Selfridges. I call it my corner shop; I believe in supporting local businesses! I recommend the saffron vodka.
The late Felix Dennis was a legend in the publishing world. The same could be said of the publishing house he founded, which has outlived its creator and continues as an industry leader to this day. The story of Felix Dennis and Dennis Publishing is one that takes place almost entirely in Fitzrovia — the story of a golden age in publishing and of a Fitzrovia institution. There are a number of well-known titles you may know from the Dennis empire: Viz, Fortean Times, Cyclist and The Week to name but a few.
For Felix, the s began with a bang when Oz became embroiled in the longest conspiracy trial in British history. And then came a fateful moment that proved instrumental in his career: Felix saw teenagers queuing for a Bruce Lee movie, and something in his mind clicked. First published under the auspices of H. It was the start of a highly profitable relationship that led to a decades-long partnership between the two men.
Beginning with Which Bike? Again, Felix followed his keen commercial instincts; he spotted a good idea, thought about it, and presented it to his team, allowing them to develop it as a title with real market potential. It was a simple but effective formula that resulted in one successful product after another.
Through this period Dennis Publishing was based at 39 Goodge Street, but with continued success that showed little sign of stopping, they had finally outgrown their first Fitzrovia nest. By , amid the success of multiple new titles, the team had grown to 16 strong. It was at this point that Felix struck gold once again. Dennis Publishing had come to establish itself as a major UK publishing house, but by the dawn of the new century, it was bursting at its seams and the business was spread across a number of sites.
The location was the very beating heart of Fitzrovia, directly opposite the now demolished Middlesex Hospital. The publisher remained on the same site for 17 years until relocating to a new site a short distance away in Bloomsbury last year. During this time, Dennis Publishing cemented itself as a leader of the industry in the UK and beyond, with Felix becoming renowned as a publishing legend, famed for his maverick entrepreneurial style. Later in life, he developed a taste for writing poetry, a perhaps surprising new venture in which he enjoyed considerable success before he passed away in Alongside 40, square feet of new office space, the building will feature terraces on the upper floors with vistas which should prove suitably inspirational for visionaries from any walk of business.
Certainly, Felix Dennis will always be on any list of great Fitzrovia characters. Then, almost a year ago, it got even better. La Fromagerie first opened in Highbury Park 26 years ago, having evolved from a market stall in Camden Lock. Today, the three sites are thriving as their Bloomsbury showcase nears its first birthday. Founder Patricia Michelson discovered her love for cheese while skiing atop a mountain in Meribel, in the heart of Savoie, France.
The May, June and July cheeses are quite different in flavour, so Patricia chooses some to sell at one year old and ask for others to be kept for a further year, giving the tasting style a real burst of herbaceous flavours. Going back to the origins of La Fromagerie, Patricia placed her first cheese in her garden shed and started the business from there before upgrading to a stall in Camden Lock market around a year later. This became the motivation for the eventual opening of the first La Fromagerie outlet in Highbury Park in , which also encompassed a wholesaling business onsite in the basement of the shop.
We had already known each other for over five years and my recollection of our deciding to work together was that it happened after rather a lot of cocktails and the wish to do something new and exciting with La Fromagerie. Sarah has the same view as me when it comes to produce, producers, seasons and also visual impact. I have always trodden a path of authenticity and being respectful to the people and place as well as what is being made or grown, and Sarah embraces this too. I wanted people to walk in and feel excited to find out more about the produce, and especially to walk into the Cheese Room, read the descriptive labels of the cheese, taste and then buy.
It is labour intensive, but everyone who works with us has to be greedy for knowledge as well as wanting to talk about the produce. I tell our team that they are the PR for the business as their engagement is the link between the product and the customer. The site is different from the two others, with a focal point provided by the marble bar where you can sit and enjoy wine, cheese and charcuterie. The wine list reflects its identity with the cheese to make perfect pairings, and the few tables on the ground floor are just sufficient to allow those who wish to linger a little longer to feel part of the surroundings too.
Freshly baked items sit on ledges and counters ready for breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch. This new opening is tailored to a more social setting as well as shopping. Below ground, an extensive renovation and re-modelling has taken place; installing a glass roof and restoring the 18th century beams has produced a wonderful space for private events, tastings and workshops, as well as providing an area where the homewares and vintage items can be viewed. The La Fromagerie story feels destined to continue, with much, much more to come both in Bloomsbury and beyond.
I talked to chef Tom Kelleher, who tells me the story of The Lighterman and his role in commanding this fast-paced dining environment. Comprising a pub, a dining room and a bar, The Lighterman opened its doors in summer and has become a prominent fixture in the area. Its dining room is situated adjacent to the recently restored Fitzrovia Chapel, with views of the surrounding square. The Lighterman has continued to evolve its menus and extend its private hire opportunities.
Tom first found his way into the kitchen as a youngster growing up in Portsmouth, and names his mother as his key inspiration. She had a very nifty approach to it. Cooking was a part of my upbringing, and part of my family. I definitely feel more comfortable in a kitchen environment than anywhere else! Rob and I ran into each other a couple of months back. Then, we talked a little about Journal, a little about his publishing venture New River Press and quite a lot about his art.
So, Robert Montgomery: poet, writer and artist. I grew up in Scotland and I lived there until I was I had incredible artists come to my studio there to critique my work; James Turrell, Roni Horn, Jack Pierson — these real heroes of American art. Well I decided when I was about 15 that I wanted to be an artist, but I had been quite an academic kid so persuading my father to allow me to study art at university was a bit of a challenge. I had to make a deal with him: he would only let me go to Edinburgh to do art if I got the grades to do law.
Those were the entrance requirements for the Law degree; for the art course I would have only needed something like 3 Bs. I got the grades for the law course, so he had to let me go and go do the art course! From art school onwards, I was set on the path. We burned it on Shellness Beach at the very end of the Thames Estuary then rebuilt the burnt fragments in Canary Wharf. Well, I started working with text in my paintings at Edinburgh College of Art and then I became really obsessed with the text art of Jenny Holzer.
I loved how she disseminated her words on little posters in the city; that was such a beautiful idea — messages to strangers. I wondered if you went halfway between Jenny Holzer and Philip Larkin, what would you get? Tell me a little about New River Press and its backstory. How does it differentiate from your work as an artist? Well, me and Greta were inspired by the story of Leonard and Virginia Woolf starting the Hogarth Press in their dining room.
The poets get 50 per cent of the income from their books, which is a much more generous percentage than big publishers can give. Really, we wanted to make a press for contemporary page poetry. When the Mandrake Hotel opened on Newman Street last September, it was the place that everybody was talking about. Compared to the eclectic make-believe of its surroundings, the restaurant is a surprisingly understated and relaxed space, although it also boasts a stunning red lacquered private dining room that is a feast for the eyes.
Having opened their Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name in Hong Kong, this is their first overseas venture. Centre stage as I arrive at the restaurant is co-founder and interior designer Charles. No wonder Rami Fustok wanted to get Fred involved with his long-planned Fitzrovia hotel. He asked me about myself and my work. He loved what I cooked, and he told me about the project and becoming involved with the Mandrake Hotel.
He told me straight: I want you! I could just buy all of my vegetables from the same supplier, but what would be the point in that? I go to specific suppliers for specific ingredients. Everything happens there and then. There are few restaurants in Britain that do this, and we are proud to count ourselves as one. For us, the menu is ongoing.
My kitchen and my menu are reactive, to London and to our diners. Ingredients and menu are vital, then, but equally important, says Charles, is the dining experience itself. Think about it like this: why should we have to put on evening dress to listen to classical music? Any good restaurant always should be! Fitzrovia has evolved and adapted to the times through the decades.
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