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from the editor issue no.

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MARCH 2018

conten t di r ecto r Dawn Alford

managing E dito r Richard Brown

cont r ibuting edito r s Mhairi Graham

If anyone ever made the case for the virtue of keeping your head down and putting in a shift, it was Gary Oldman. Since emerging in the late 1980s as de facto leader of the ‘Brit Pack’ – a group of talented, thirsty-for-it actors that included Tim Roth, Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson, Colin Firth and Daniel Day-Lewis – the working class lad from New Cross has done nothing but graft. After graduating from the Young People’s Theatre in Greenwich – where he studied while working on a factory assembly line before beheading pigs in an abattoir – Oldman spent the 80s traversing the length of the UK with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Roles in various indie Brit flicks followed before performances in Sid and Nancy (’86) and Prick Up Your Ears (’87) paved the way for Hollywood. A string of villainous parts in Air Force One, JFK, The Fifth Element and Lost in Space helped “put food on the table” but didn’t necessarily generate the kudos of some of Oldman’s earlier work. His performance in Prick Up Your Ears has been ranked number 62 in Premiere magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time; while Nil by Mouth (’97), the semi-biographical tale of life in south east London written and directed by Oldman – it contains more C-bombs than any other film in history – won two BAFTAs and three British Independent Film Awards. “Gary Oldman is, hands down, the greatest actor that’s ever lived,” said an aspiring Tom Hardy. “I think Oldman was the actor of my generation, certainly in Britain, who we all admired most,” said Colin Firth. An actors’ actor always, the unsung hero of cinema is finally receiving the recognition he deserves. Following commercial turns in the Harry Potter and Batman franchises, the Hollywood nearly-man was lauded in 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy before landing what might just be his career-defining role playing Sir Winston Churchill in the WWII biopic Darkest Hour. In January, Oldman faced Daniel Day-Lewis in the Best Actor category at the Golden Globes, Day-Lewis having been nominated for his depiction of a dressmaker in Phantom Thread. Oldman won. And did so again at the BAFTAs. Ahead of this month’s Oscars, Oldman steps into the limelight on page 80. If you’ve yet to see Darkest Hour, try and catch it at Everyman Canary Wharf before it’s too late. “Continuous effort is the key to unlocking our potential,” Churchill once said. Just see the meritorious efforts of Mr Oldman.

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a ssistant edito r Melissa Emerson

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P r oduction Hugo Wheatley Jamie Steele Alice Ford

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E xecutive D ir ecto r Sophie Roberts

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alexander beer London-born photographer Alexander shoots for a wide range of publications and brands including GQ and Richard James. This month, he takes to the waters in Venice for a romantic fashion shoot (p.48).

38 features

14 gary oldman: my darkest hours are in the past The award-winning London actor on his Docklands roots and his latest role as Winston Churchill 20 Thrill of the hunt Our pick of the Easter chocolate that’s worth finding first 22 be brand you Should you take the plunge in 2018 and be your own boss? 74 the art of fragrance The scents of spring that are set to launch

COLLECTION

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carbon copy The companies recreating the conditions that turned carbon into diamonds, in the lab inside sihh: fashion week for watches The standout timepieces from the first horological gathering of the year

life & Style

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wardrobe staples: style, strategy, success The CEO of the British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush, went from making her own wardrobe to shaping British fashion

peter jenkinson

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from venice with love Capturing the spirit of la dolce vita in this month’s fashion shoot lfw: the lowdown Our pick of what went on at this season’s style showcase

Peter writes for publications including The Telegraph and The Times and specialises in technology. Turn to page 34 to see his round-up of this season’s fashionable gadgets.

travel

84 88 90

ferragamo’s florence The legacy of a Florentine fashion dynasty city break: Milan History and modernity collide in Italy’s most cosmopolitan city under the tuscan sun A historical private home in the Chianti Classico region

PROPERTY

100 108 122

the bigger picture Andrew Groocock of Knight Frank reveals a passion for street art investment portfolio Modern apartments bordering the City and Shoreditch investment portfolio Enjoy far-reaching views across London from new development Wells Park Place

ellen millard Assistant editor of Kensington & Chelsea Magazine and Notting Hill & Holland Park Magazine, Ellen swapped west London for Florence this month (p.84), to seek sartorial inspiration from design legend Salvatore Ferragamo.

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EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS MONTH

the agenda

Canary Wharf’s 128 acre private Estate with completed new district

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01 back to the future

canary wharf celebrates its 30th birthday

It might dominate the Docklands skyline today, but the Canary Wharf Estate – home to 300 shops, bars and restaurants and more than 120,000 employees – has been built from scratch in just 30 years. To celebrate this year’s milestone birthday, Canary Wharf Group – developer and custodian of the Estate – has released a report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) on its economic impact. It reveals the Group has funded charities, community groups and schools to the total of £15m in the last eight years alone, worked with Tower Hamlets on an employment and training service, and played a key role in the development of the Docklands Light Railway. Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman and Chief Executive of Canary Wharf Group also revealed there are a further 32 buildings planned, totalling 6-7 million sq ft. It might already be the largest urban regeneration project in Europe, but it’s not done yet. group.canarywharf.com

a view from 1987


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bottoms up

the newest place to drink and dine in canary wharf

The new Rocket by Balls Brothers restaurant and bar has finally been revealed in Canary Wharf. With an open-plan, casual ground-floor dining space, it’s open for lunch and dinner Monday-Friday (and closed on weekends for private hire). With tempting bar snacks of half a dozen quails’ eggs with sea salt, and mini cumberland sausages with a honey and mustard glaze, we can see ourselves staking out the upstairs bar for nibbles and nightcaps too. The Best of British section

on its comprehensive gin menu features the likes of Sipsmith, Portobello Road and William’s Chase and cocktails include the punchy Corpse Reviver #2 with Bulldog London Dry Gin, Pernod absinthe, triple sec, Lillet Blanc and lemon juice. If you want to try your hand at mixology, you can book one of its Gin Infusions classes, where you can experiment with botanicals, garnishes and mixers. (That’s an idea to pitch for the next teambuilding event.) As for the main menu, starters

include ham hock fritters with mustard piccalilli, a classic prawn cocktail and gnocchi with goat’s cheese and white truffle oil. Main courses favour British classics such as a beef burger in a brioche bun, beerbattered haddock and chips and a slow-cooked beef and mushroom casserole. Hearty winter fare aside, when summer comes, the doors to the large outdoor terrace will beckon. Rocket by Balls Brothers, 2 Churchill Place


the agenda

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the shape of water

grand designs with an aquatic air

Contemporary homes connected with bodies of water – whether they be lakes, oceans or pools – is the focus of Phaidon’s new coffee table tome. Some of the 55 structures included have been designed to look out over the water or be reflected in it, while others have been built directly on it. Highlights are a tree house overlooking a lake, a glazed pavilion in Helsinki, Finland and the suspended swimming pool roof of the ‘Jellyfish House’ in Marbella, Spain. It’s envy-inducing to say the least. £29.95, uk.phaidon.com

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sink or swim

a designer collaboration

image credit: Benjamin BenschneideR (pole Pass Retreat, Olson Kundig, 2013, San Juan Islands, WA, USA, page 259)

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Orlebar Brown has announced a partnership with Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo. The Aussie, also known as the ‘Honey Badger’ thanks to his huge grin and infectious sense of fun, has designed a three-piece capsule collection of Orlebar Brown’s Bulldog style swim shorts. Globetrotting was one of Ricciardo’s biggest influences. “I was inspired by places I’ve travelled mostly – they’ve left me with great memories. I live for the summer and it makes me happy on so many levels, so my swim shorts are genuinely some of my greatest pieces of clothing.” The limited run is available from 20 March. From £195, Orlebar Brown, Jubilee Place

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Gary

Oldman: My darkest hours

are in the

past

Although one of the world’s greatest actors, the East Londoner says his Docklands’ roots – and being a father – keep his size tens firmly on the ground Words: Dawn Alford


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ou can take the boy out of London. But when it comes to Gary Oldman, you can never take London out of the boy. The actor extraordinaire, and inspiration to a new generation of thespians, resolutely retains the down-to-earth attitude of his New Cross council estate start in life. Our home-grown Oscar nominated star of Darkest Hour, lives in LA these days, but has his priorities sorted: “You’ve got to have a decent cup of tea, so I have Typhoo tea bags,” he laughs. “And Colman’s mustard, Yorkshire puddings – things like that.” He turns 60 this month and recently married his fifth wife Gisele Schmidt, yet despite his wealth, fame and accolades, he has never felt the need to gloss over his working-class roots. Born Gary Leonard Oldman in south-east London, he is the son of sailor and welder Leonard and housewife Kathleen. He has two younger sisters, Jackie, and Laila Morse, who went on to star as Mo in Eastenders. He has talked about how his father – an alcoholic who worked in the Docklands – left the family ‘with not even two ha’pennies to rub together’ when he was seven. When we meet, he is chic in a beautifully-cut dark suit and black-rimmed glasses and appears a million miles away from the constraints of his poor upbringing. He clearly loves talking about home. “London changes so quickly and it was a very different place for me when I was growing up. “In a way, it’s lost a lot of that raw edge that it had, particularly around where I grew up. I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing. The transformation has been incredible, and now we will never go back to that version of the city.” The young Gary attended West Greenwich School in Deptford, leaving at the age of 16 to work in a sports store and then the now-defunct British Home Stores. A Millwall supporter, he was stunned and thrilled when a few years ago, his mother Kathleen, now 92, regaled him with the fact his dad played briefly for the team. “Just after the war, mum ran a boarding house for Millwall players. I knew already that my dad was somehow involved with the reserve team, but two weeks ago my mum said, ‘Oh yeah, your dad played for Millwall.’ It turned out that when he was young he had a couple of first-team games. “I was in the kitchen, making tea. I said, ‘What are you talking about? You tell me this now?’ “I was rather surprised to discover that my dad – albeit for five minutes – had been a professional footballer. I was quite chuffed, and proud.” Life for Gary in east London took a turn for the better when, following a succession of unskilled jobs, he won a place to study at the Rose Bruford College in Kent. The first part of his acting career was spent in the theatre and that’s how he expected it to continue. It all changed in 1986 when Oldman was offered the chance to play self-destructive, doomed Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious in the biopic Sid and Nancy. He nearly turned it down: “I read the script and I just thought it was a load of rubbish. I didn’t want to do it and my agent said, ‘Well, they are paying you £35,000,’ which was a fortune in those days.

‘Working is good for you. It gives you a sense of value It’s important to get out there and do something’ “I was getting 80 quid a week at the Royal Court Theatre company and I thought, ‘I could do with a flat.’ So I went and did it, and it changed things for me overnight.” The following year he married actress Lesley Manville, best known for dramas Cranford and River. He left her in 1989, three months after the birth of their son Alfie, now 29. The following year he wed Hollywood star Uma Thurman but that marriage lasted only two years. Uma later observed: “It was immature and rebellious. It is infantile to marry your first boyfriend, which Gary was, in my case.” Oldman remains pretty philosophical about his marriages, remarking: “I’m not proud to say it, but I’ve had a few goes at it, so I’ve probably learnt something.” After landing his first Hollywood roles in the early 90s, with parts including Lee Harvey Oswald in 1991’s JFK, he celebrated his success by hell-raising with fellow hardpartying stars including Kiefer Sutherland. His boozing, already out of control, began to really take its toll and Oldman said at the time that he realised he’d die if he didn’t get into rehab. He has now been sober for more than 20 years. In 1997 he produced, directed and starred in Nil By Mouth, the knuckle-hard portrait of a south-east London family. His own history appeared to be at its core and Oldman even shot his characters getting drunk in his dad’s former local – the Five Bells. Twenty years later, it remains one of the greatest British films and ensured Gary’s history with the London area would be immortalised forever. Just after the release, Oldman married photographer Donya Fiorentino whom he’d met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. They had two sons but this third marriage ended in 2001 following public and acrimonious accusations from both parties. He was later granted sole custody of the boys – Charlie, who is now 20 and an aspiring photographer, and Gulliver, 18, a model. They live with him in LA. Gary said of that time: “I woke up one day and was a 43-year-old single dad with two kids. It wasn’t exactly what I’d planned, but there it was in front of me. So I just made a decision to be at home more.” And he has relished it ever since. “It’s been wonderful. They are my greatest accomplishment.” Today, he says he has instilled in his boys the workingclass mindset and that they should always be responsible for putting food on the table. He says: “Working is good for you. It gives you a sense of value and it’s important to get out there and do something. I say to my kids, ‘You have to work. And you have to provide for your family.’ I’ve never been on the dole. I would always find things to do.”


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previous page image courtesy of Dan Rowley/ BIFA/REX/Shutterstock. above gary and sister laila morse. Image laila morse above main image courtesy invision

Big-money roles – as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films and Commissioner Gordon in the Batman trilogy – came along at the perfect time. “They allowed me, certainly financially, to really be at home with the kids. I’d make a Harry Potter movie for six weeks and then I’d have maybe seven months at home. It worked well.” In 2008 he married for a fourth time, to musician Alexandra Edenborough, but she filed for divorce in 2015. Following this, Oldman apologised to the Hollywood elite after he appeared to support Mel Gibson who had been accused of anti-Semitism. Oldman at the time offered a heartfelt apology and defied the odds to land his role in Darkest Hour. Talking to me, he’s full of humility, reflection and charm. His suave appearance contrasts with that accent that remains straight from the ruthless, unforgiving concrete of 1960s south-east London. About his most famous role to date as Churchill, he explains: “Playing him was a joy and a torture in equal measure. It was an arduous journey to get into him, finding all those moving pieces and putting him together. But when I did, what a joy. What a pure joy.” Insisting he never goes “full method”, Oldman admits to feeling that he was indeed channelling Britain’s most loved Prime Minister. “My wife said to me – which I loved – ‘I go to sleep with Winston Churchill and I wake up with Gary’.” Deliberating over the role, and not just because of the gruelling four-hour make-up and costume process undertaken for 48 consecutive days, Oldman

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had to reach into reserves of courage not plumbed for several decades. He looks thoughtful as he says: “There was always this big fat pink elephant in the room, asking me how I was going to pull this off. “I wanted to say no but I mulled over it. There was a lot of pensive soul-searching. But once that seed was planted, I knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I would never get a chance like this again.” He adds with a wry smile: “I listened to some of his speeches over and over, learning the gravitas of his timbre. And then I recorded myself on my iPhone giving it a try. It was horrible, but there was something there. Something worked. And it was really my wife Gisele, who said to me, ‘Are you really going to give up the opportunity to say those words? You’ll always regret it’.” It is obvious that Oldman’s childhood helped shape him. His first home in Hatcham Park Road in SE14 stays in his mind, as does the Five Bells pub. That he overcame such a start speaks volumes about him and he believes his roots, while not always easy, enabled him to never give up on finding the right partner. He married fifth wife Gisele, an art curator, quietly last September. He says: “You know, sometimes you have to go through things first. I’ve gone through my thing and we’re like peas in a pod. “I’m nearly 60 and at last I think I’ve come home.” And he is convinced that this time, it will last — that his own dark hours are over for good.

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The Oldman story 1958

Born March 21 in New Cross, to parents Kathleen and Leonard, a Dockland’s welder

1974

Gary leaves West Greenwich School in Deptford with no qualifications

1976

Preferring art over music, he joins Rose Bruford Drama College in Kent, and graduates with a BA in drama in 1981

1982

Gary makes his film debut, in Channel 4’s Remembrance, starring Timothy Spall

1986

Landing the role of Sid Vicious in punk biopic Sid & Nancy sees Gary in his first lead role

1988

First child Alfie is born to he and wife British actress Lesley Manville

1990

Gary marries Pulp Fiction star Uma Thurman

1991

Gary shines as Lee Harvey Oswald in Oliver Stone’s JFK

1992

He takes the role of Count Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola’s romance-horror. This is the year he and Thurman divorce

1993

Checks into a rehab facility in Pennsylvania, the first of two attempts to get sober

1997

Writes, directs and produces Nil by Mouth to win the Best Screenplay BAFTA award. In it, he casts his elder sister Laila Morse, best known as Big Mo in EastEnders. In the same year, his second son Gulliver is born and he marries artist Donya Fiotentino whose he met at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.


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1999

Third son Charlie arrives. A year later his divorce comes through and he takes custody of both boys.

IMAGES BELOW: TOP ROW, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: OLDMAN AS LEE HARVEY OSWALD IN JFK, WITH MOTHER KATHLEEN, WIFE GISELE AND SONS. (IMAGE COURTESY FEATUREFLASH PHOTO AGENCY/ SHUTTERSTOCK.COM) AS CHURCHILL IN DARKEST HOURS. BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT: AS SIRIUS BLACK IN HARRY POTTER, AS GEORGE SMILEY IN TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, AS JAMES GORDON IN BATMAN BEGINS AND WITH BRITISH DESIGNER PAUL SMITH WHO DRESSED HIM FOR THE BAFTAS, IMAGE COURTESY OF @JAMESMASONPHOTOGRAPHY

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2004

2008

He marries British jazz singer Alexandra Edenborough, but when they later divorce, blames the 20year age gap

2011

He makes the first of four appearances in Harry Potter films

Stars in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as George Smiley

2005

Marries fifth wife Gisele Schmidt in the same year that Darkest Hour is released.

Stars as James Gordon in Batman Begins, the first of the Dark Knight trilogy

2017

2018

Wins Best Actor award at the Golden Globes, a Best actor Bafta and, at the time of going to press is favourite to win the Best Actor Oscar emy Awards

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Thrill of the

Hunt

The best chocolate treats worth setting your sights on this Easter Words: melissa emerson

go for gold

A shimmering handdecorated masterpiece. Belgian milk and dark chocolate egg with gold inset, £20, Marks & Spencer, Jubilee Place

green fingers

Because we all need more avocados in our life... Avocado egg, £8, Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home, Canada Square

nest egg

To share or not to share is the question this bespoke cake poses Easter cake, from £48, L’Orchidee, Canada Place

Easter Bunny

A fluffy Easter gift that won’t disappear as quickly as the chocolate Plush bunny with chocolate eggs, £28; Pixie egg, £20, Godiva, Jubilee Place


Food

hen party

The crispy pastel shells of these dark chocolate eggs are almost too pretty to crack Sugared chocolate hen eggs, £10.95, Carluccio’s, Reuters Plaza

all ears

sketchy

Instead of a rabbit, pull a mini praline egg out of this hat Mini big-eared hat, £15, Pierre Marcolini, marcolini.com

A newly illustrated design from the royal warrant-holding chocolatier Easter egg box, £30, Charbonnel et Walker, Cabot Place

hidden agenda

Break the thick cookie and puffed rice shell if you can Rocky road egg, £27, Hotel Chocolat, Canada Place

a pinch of salt

A classic combination of dark chocolate and caramel truffles Sea salt caramel truffle easter egg, £17.50, Prestat, Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home, Canada Square

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AT W O R K

Be Brand

YOU

Thinking of quitting your job and starting your own business? How to know if it’s time to be your own boss Words: Jan Jacques

D

o you sit at your desk dreaming of having the big corner office with 180-degree views of the River Thames? Perhaps Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice are almost too painful to watch as you’re certain you could do so much better than the contestants. If you have a killer idea or have recognised a gap in the market for a business or service how should you know whether to make a leap of faith? Figures from think tank The Centre for Entrepreneurs show that the UK start-up revolution is thriving. Nearly 660,000 companies were established in 2016, up on the previous year’s 608,000. Enthusiastic employees with big ideas are taking the plunge. Research by StartUp Britain, a Government-backed national enterprise campaign, backs this up. It shows that the City of London experienced the biggest new crop of small companies, with 500 start-ups for every 1,000 residents in 2016, although this was largely due to the Square Mile’s high density of offices rather than homes. At Canary Wharf, too, small and medium-sized businesses launch every week. Since 2013 when Canary Wharf Group set up Level 39, a tech community and hub for innovative

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start-ups, more than 200 companies have raised over 100 million dollars in funding. Docklands-based business psychologist Lorraine SinclairSwift advises clients considering quitting their nine-to-five for a more unsure income: She says: “If launching your own enterprise includes self-doubt, worry, fear, adrenaline, feelings of vulnerability and steep highs and lows – within reason – you’re probably doing it right. “But you need so much more than just an idea and commitment. When you scrutinise the challenges that entrepreneurs face, you’re actually looking at some of the core psychological tests and trials faced by all of us in life in general,” she says. “Business researchers have been working for decades to establish a collection of personality traits associated with successful start-ups. There are five distinct dimensions. “You need to be open to new experiences and willing to consider new ideas. You also need to be an extrovert and comfortable in the spotlight as you and your ideas will be held up to scrutiny. “Another key trait recognised in successful business leaders is conscientiousness and a willingness to work all the hours in a day and you need to be robust – having a desire to be popular can hold you back. If you can’t deliver bad news, and cringe

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at the thought of criticising or reprimanding someone, you’re in for a rough ride. Finally, you need to be able to be in control as you can’t afford to have a lack of emotional stability as an entrepreneur. It’s on you to be strong and forthright if your business is to stand a chance.” Lorraine adds: “When soul-searching, you need to ask yourself why you want to board this rollercoaster. Some people build their business around a particular idea, only to lose enthusiasm. “We know that excitement and higher earnings are excellent reasons, but you must be crystal clear. The only certainties which will carry you through are knowing the value (not in monetary terms) of the business you want to create and exactly why you want to create it.”

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reasons why you should scratch your entrepreneurial itch By Mo Seetubtim, life coach and founder and CEO of The Happiness Planner Not everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. But if you feel it in your blood and are determined to start your own venture, you must go for it. The reward is not just the money which most early-stage entrepreneurs don’t have. In fact, most businesses fail. Yet despite this I

would still encourage people to start your own thing if you have an itch to do so. I have narrowed down the reasons into 10 key points

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You will delete the “what-ifs” in your life.

Most of us are passionate about something. And if we are talented enough to be good at what we’re passionate about, surely we’d want to turn that into a career. But competition might be fierce. The market might be tough. Finances might not look so bright. So, we stick ourselves to the 9-5 because it makes us feel safe and secure. But what if you’re bored in your job? What if you’re not excited about going to work anymore? What if you’re looking forward to doing something with your passion and having freedom with your own time? Starting your own business might sound scary but it is a sure way to get rid of what-ifs in your life especially if you’re in your 20s and don’t have a family to feed. You have nothing to lose but a whole lot to gain.

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You will accelerate your learning curve like never before.

One of the things you will do when starting your own business is learn. Being an employee, you learn about your role and your industry. However, being your own boss, you have to learn everything — from marketing to accounting, operations, and finance. You will have to keep up-to-date with the new technology, tools, consumer trends, and industry news. You will learn like never before. Before you know it, you will


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become a lifelong learner who loves the challenge of learning about something new. You will take life as a progressive journey as you do with business. There is no better way to accelerate your learning curve like starting your own thing.

There’s no better way to accelerate your learning curve than starting your own business

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You will learn to be independent in your thinking and trust your instinct.

Starting your own business requires you to think on your feet.. Whether you start it on your own or with a business partner, you will have to make a decision without a boss or team members who are there for you to bounce ideas off. Over and over, you will learn to make decisions independently and become more decisive as you grow. You will learn to trust your gut instinct because no one else knows your business like you do. It is a wonderful feeling that every decision you make is solely dependent on you. You don’t need to compromise with different opinions from your boss and your colleagues anymore. You make your own decision and you are responsible for it.

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You will wake up every day driven and motivated to go to work.

Surely this is one of the main reasons people start their own thing. Nothing feels as exciting as following one’s passion and dreams. You might have a few sleepless nights because reality keeps you up with excitement; thinking about different ideas and strategy, stalking your competitors, and imagining the possible dream-come-true. Even during down times not making any sales, you’re still motivated to go to work, fix the bugs, pump up the sales, and make it happen. Because the business is yours and yours only. You’re not working for somebody else, so work hard and make it happen. The reward will be worth it.

5

You know what it feels like to truly follow one’s passion.

Some people might never understand why others decide to become a struggling artist instead of doing something else for a living. After starting your own business, you will understand how fulfilled it feels to actually follow your dreams and your heart. The reward is not necessarily the money. The reward is in being your own boss and in the art of creating something that you truly own and love. You will learn what it’s like to sacrifice external things that make you happy (like drinking and eating out) for things that make you happy internally (like making your business succeed). Of course, a profitable business is what proves your capability as a businessman. However, what truly drives you is not the money; it’s the passion and fulfilment you get from following your dreams.

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You will become more daring and fearless.

Starting one’s business can be scary for any first-time entrepreneur without the good fortune of wealthy backing. You have to believe in yourself and make daring decisions over and over. From deciding that you will not get a full-time job to investing in the business and making several business decisions on your own. Becoming an entrepreneur you will get rid of your self-limiting belief like never before. You will learn that nothing is to be scared of. You will learn that your comfort zone keeps expanding every time you step outside it. You will learn to initiate contacts and approach people. You will learn to make things happen and even if you have no idea about something, you will learn about it in every way you can without doubt and without fear. Over and over, this becomes a habit. You will have built this boldness in you and will become used to getting out of your comfort zone.

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You will become a person who decisively acts, not just talks about it.

A lot of people talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. As an entrepreneur you cannot just talk and don’t make actions. You have to keep to your words and follow through. Being an entrepreneur teaches you that things don’t happen as you wish, things happen as you do. You cannot ask someone else to do it for you or expect a colleague to help. You are on your own and only actions will bring your idea to life.

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You will realize that there are so many talented and ambitious people out there.

Being an entrepreneur can be lonely at times. But if you make friends with other entrepreneurs in your community or even around the world, you will realize that there are so many talented and ambitious people out there. You’re not alone. You’re not on your own. And these people are more than happy to share with you their experiences, advice, and recommendations. Suddenly, the world seems not so small anymore. There is a whole world out there waiting for you to discover, to learn, and to grow. The more you get immersed in the entrepreneur’s world and interact with other like-minded people, the more opportunities you will spot and the more driven you will become.

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You will never doubt yourself ever again.

Starting your own business takes guts. To be able to take a leap of faith in yourself, you will have already gotten rid of your self-doubt. And on the process of working on your own

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business, you will become even more of a firm believer in “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” Most important of all, you will never hesitate to invest in yourself because it is the only thing that always multiplies and can never be taken away from you.

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You will want to do it all over again.

You might have succeeded. You might have failed. But the fact that you have learned so much along the way makes it all worthwhile. Starting your own thing gives you a sense of control in your own life, and joy and fulfillment in doing something that you truly love. The rush, the excitement, the fear, the tears, the sweat, and the countless nights sleeping next to your laptop – they are experiences you would never have had if you hadn’t started your own thing. You couldn’t have it any other way. And you’re always looking out for the right opportunity to do it all over again. Mo is the founder of The Happiness Planner; thehappinessplanner.com

#Debate @canarywharfmag Would you rather be your own boss or opt for a regular wage? @jonno9901 I love my job but I have an idea that could change the world. The problem is I don’t have the time to develop it and pay my rent @startupforgood Thanks to crowdfunding sites and angel investment schemes having your own company is very achievable @showmetheshoes22 Why does everyone suddenly think they are Richard Branson. There is a lot to be said for regular paid work, holiday pay and pensions. It’s how society works @Banjo344 I have a great idea for a new product – I just need about £1 million to develop it. Any offers?

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As CEO of the British Fashion Council, Caroline Rush is credited with placing UK fashion on the world stage. Yet it all began when, as a young girl, her mum taught her how to run up outfits on an old sewing machine Words: Dawn Alford

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ournalists often meet celebrities and business leaders and, while we’d prefer not to admit it, we do tend to show off about our connections. My writer husband Peter is no different. He’s knocked back beers with Guy Ritchie, had a few nights out with Liam Gallagher and recently presented a TV programme with Philip Schofield. But his proudest boast is that he is pals with Caroline Rush, Chief Executive Officer of the British Fashion Council. Meeting at her central London office, I see immediately why. The epitome of a stylish industry leader, Rush, 46, is savvy, funny and down-to-earth. She was a classmate and friend of Peter’s at Parklands High School in Chorley and she is undoubtedly one of the city’s most successful exports. Given her achievements – she’s credited with shaping global fashion and was given a CBE for her dedication – Rush is modest and unpretentious. She is also very, very

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busy. Which is how we come to be chatting in a black cab as she heads to Heathrow, to the counterpoint of her constantly beeping phone. She’s on her way to New York Fashion Week – and a whirl of meetings – but just for the moment, her mind is on her younger days. Pushing aside a curtain of glossy chestnut hair, she recalls with a grin: “We had a great class at school, there were some fantastic characters, some who I’m still in contact with. My background is very important to me. I was born in Scotland but went to school in Chorley. As a teenager I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to be – who really does at that age? But I loved art and making things. I was already passionate about fashion and forever altering my school uniform. The careers advisor told me I should work in retail. “If I could go back now and counsel my 16-year-old self, I’d tell her that everything you do in life is a learning

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curve. I’d say embrace change, be bold and go for the things you really want.” Rush was clearly a driven young woman and fired-up with an iron will to succeed from the start. Since becoming CEO in 2009, she has put London fashion on the global map. Her efforts have clearly helped deliver profits for British brands and created countless jobs in the industry. London Fashion Week is now a major player in the ‘big four’ fashion weeks alongside Paris, Milan and New York. She has also helped shape the industry known for its hotbed of emerging design talent propelled by rising stars like Erdem, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou and J.W. Anderson. She is further credited with encouraging giants like Burberry, Mulberry and Temperley to show their collections in London. Her little black book is to die for and she is often seen with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Samantha Cameron and Net-a-Porter founder Dame Natalie Massanet, as well as countless celebrities and supermodels. Indeed, just days after we meet, Rush hits worldwide headlines again as she is seated next to the Queen on a catwalk front row to watch designer Richard Quinn’s runway show. It was the first time the Queen had attended London Fashion Week and Rush had earlier also hosted her on a

tour of the designer showrooms on London’s Strand. It was quite a coup and yet Rush is proudest that London Fashion Week is able to promote our nation’s home-grown talent: “The UK has a very specific place in the fashion world. We are known for our creativity and innovation and that is an enviable reputation. Our collections are sold all around the world. “It is great to see designers from Erdem to Palmer Harding to Halpern sitting in stores alongside giants like Celine and Prada.” Rush is at pains not to take the lion’s share of the credit, adding: “I didn’t and couldn’t do it on my own of course. I have an incredible team and we have a brilliant industry that is equally very supportive of what we do at the British Fashion Council. I know that some of our international counterparts admire how much the British fashion industry collaborates to achieve common goals.” Home for Rush is west London with PE teacher husband Matt, 46 and 21-year-old daughter Lana. Her own mum was a domestic science teacher, then deputy headmistress, and Caroline has many happy memories of them sitting together in front of a sewing machine and running up outfits at the dining room table in Chorley. She says with a smile: “It was my mum who got me interested in fashion. Once I started poring over magazines, looking at the collections and hearing stories about the designers, I knew I wanted to be part of that industry.” After studying art, she entered the PR world and her third job was working for creative and marketing consultant Annette Worsley-Taylor. Her late boss and mentor was a founder and driving force behind the original London Fashion Week, so as a rookie, she learned from the best. Rush set up her own public relations agency with close friend Vanessa Bond called Crush Communications in 2002, and the British Fashion Council appointed it as the press office for all BFC initiatives, including London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards. In 2009, she became BFC Joint CEO and took on the role solely three years later.


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Juggling a hectic diary was never going to be a doddle. She explains: “I travel a lot. It’s not easy, but it is a privilege and I love it. We never had a nanny as my husband teaches and so was able to do the school runs. “But I always made sure Lana and I had quality time at weekends. When she was smaller, I’d be home for dinner and bedtime stories whenever I could. We made it work.” Lana is skilled at sports and played tennis on the international junior circuit including Junior Wimbledon. Caroline laughs: “I don’t know what we would we do without Skype and FaceTime.” Under her tenure, the British Fashion Council has become one of the UK’s most impressive organisations and continues to lead conversations that she is rightly proud of. “This year we are promoting diversity in the industry, focusing on ‘Models First’ – an initiative to safeguard models and give them a voice. It’s a privilege to work in the most inclusive city in the world, in one of the most inclusive industries. Yet there is more to be done. I think London and the UK can lead the way.” And says the British Fashion Council has a part to play on issues affecting the industry from size to sustainability. “We should have a voice, but one that sparks intelligent debate which will lead to long-term culture change,” she says firmly. So what does the force behind the British Fashion Council actually wear? Rush won’t admit to being a fashion icon in her own right and admits that, like most women, she wishes she had more time to spend on her own wardrobe. And she says: “I think many women look to Audrey Hepburn, and if we had the ability, we’d like to look like her every day. “I’m pretty lucky in that I spend a lot of time around incredible and inspirational designers. But there are only a few, like Roksanda, which suit my body shape best.”

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Her tips for a sleek look which will carry you from day to night? She thinks carefully and answers: “A pair of Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, a good dress, which doesn’t need to be black as colour goes a long way, simple jewellery, a great coat, clean hair – and a smile.”

The icons who make her tick JONATHAN SAUNDERS

One of the nicest, funniest designers I know with incredible talent.

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She is a good ambassador for British fashion. She is a beautiful, intelligent young woman who is very passionate about giving people a voice.

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She has blossomed from being an emerging talent to being one of the world’s most talkedabout designers. left: Rush escorts her majesty the queen on a tour of the London fashion week showrooms. Getty Images/BFC

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She is another favourite and I chose one of her designs when I collected my CBE. Most women’s style icon and mine too. I’d say I’m quite classic. I love a simple dress which can work for night or day with great shoes and simple understated jewellery.

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make-up magic

The CliniqueFit range is

designed with workouts in mind. Reduce shine with the Post-Workout Neutralizing Face Powder – ideal if you’ve got brunch right after yoga – and put the the humidity and sweat-resistant mascara to the test. From £13, clinique.co.uk

triple threat

Green People is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and one of a number of new launches is this Gym Bag Heroes kit from its men’s line. The orange and clove scented shower gel, tea tree-rich shampoo and refreshing roll-on deodorant are all vegan and organic. £39.95, greenpeople.co.uk

plant power

Acai berries, yucca root and spinach make up this vegan protein supplement from Fit Delis. Free from artificial flavours and thickeners, you can make a shake with water, or a veganfriendly milk alternative. £28, fitdelis.com

wonder bra

Nike introduces a new technology this spring with its Motion Adapt Bra. It works rather like a seatbelt; the foam and polymer hybrid fabric flexes with you when you move but locks down for more support when it senses more vigorous activity. nike.com

Survival of the fittest Build healthy habits for body and mind

fast feet

Weighing barely 300g, Babolat’s new Jet Mach II trainers will have tennis players flying around the court, and its new shock absorption system has been designed with the angle at which players’ feet tend to land on the ground in mind. It’s 30 degrees if you’re interested. Well, we’ll try anything to play like Nadal. From £120, babolat.com

the fine print

The Freemont jacket and tights by Peak Performance have breathable fabric to help control body temperature, and waterproof and windproof coatings – so there’s no skipping your workout and blaming the weather. The colourful print alone is enough for us to buy the set. Jacket, £145, tights, £110, peakperformance.com


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reinventing the wheel

Susie Millen Master cycle trainer at Third Space, Canary Wharf What are your tips for total beginners? Get to class 5-10 minutes early in order to go through your set-up with the instructor, and go at your own pace. Do what you can when you can and you’ll be achieving personal bests in no time. What kind of music works best for it? Something that has a good beat, not too many lyrics, and highs and lows to help drive energy through the class. Electronic and dance music work really well. Should people wear heart monitors? It’s not essential, but it’s a great way to assess the intensity of your ride. What’s different about the new bikes at Third Space? They are smoother, there’s more resistance from the get go and there’s a digital console to provide you with data on your ride. Our studio has also had a makeover, with data screens at the front of the studio, which connect to the spin bikes, and a new sound system – the music literally resonates through you. What’s the new class on offer? It’s called Power Ride and it’s a high-intensity, data-based competitive group class that encourages members to maximise their

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power output. You ride to the beat of the music while powering through colour coded power zones.Participants can compare their performance with other cyclists on data screens, with live updates throughout the class, and because we use a power vs body weight ratio, it means that everyone has the chance to get to the top of the leader board! The data also allows us as instructors to tailor the workout to individuals. Are spin classes suited to cyclists? Yes, it’s a great way for cyclists to train in between outdoor rides. PowerRide at Third Space is a great class to help everyday cyclists apply power output at pinnacle points throughout their cycle routes – in order to drive to the top of the hills with speed and ease. Is it worth investing in spin shoes? I recommend shoes for everyone. They’re much more comfortable and you get a better range of motion. What are the primary muscles you work out during a spin class? Quads, hamstrings and core muscles. It’s also a great way to relieve stress. It’s the perfect exercise for both body and mind. What other types of workouts complement a cycle workout? Strengthening classes – especially yoga – are ideal. As we are in a riding position for 45 minutes, it’s good to stretch the hip flexors. Third Space, Canada Square

It might not be the first thing you think of when furnishing yourself with running kit, but glasses are a simple way to protect against sun damage, dust, rain and even wind. The new unisex beyonder and wayfinder styles from adidas have adjustable nose pads and non-slip contact points on the temples, so they won’t fall off easily, and both styles can be fitted with prescription lenses, either directly in the frame or as clip-in inserts. From £80, adidas, sportsshoes.com

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TECH

Wearable tech Words: Peter Jenkinson

FROM TOP 1 LEVI Jacquard Commuter X - POA, levi.com

Working alongside a division of Google called Jacquard, the age-old denim brand quite literally has something smart up its sleeve. With interactive yarn woven under the surface of the jacket, you just connect it to a smart device app and, with a tap or a swipe, you can pause music, take a call or estimate your ETA.

2 Myzone fitness bra - £50, myzone.com

A monitor inside tracks your heart rate as you exercise and, working with the app, it awards you effort points and gives you a status ranking. It can also share images from workouts should you wish.

3 Sena X1 – approx. £200, buysena.eu A connected cycle helmet that allows you to not only make and take calls in safety whilst on two wheels, but stream music to the built-in speakers too. And it has an FM radio tuner. This fully certified head protector also lets you communicate with up to three other riders wearing the same head gear using an intercom system. 4 Ringly GO - £160, ringly.com

This bracelet from US outfit Ringly is a move away from the plastic covered smart bands. A stone at the centre is the brains of this subtle yet striking piece of wrist candy. Use it as a fitness tracker for steps taken and calories burnt and set it to alert you to phone notifications such as incoming calls, texts and mails. Good enough to wear – even with the tech switched off.

5 I am Plus - £139.99, selfridges.com

These wireless earphones inspired by vinyl see style and substance effectively combined. The in-ear numbers are wireless, and give you full access to your music and call controls on your device with the easy access panel. This is the kind of kit you’ll wear as much for its head-turning capabilities as the audio delivery quality.

6 Hermès Apple Watch - £1299, apple.com Collaborations such as these allow technology firms to tap into a brand new market without too much bother. Understated yet very strong design elements with an impressive feature list, plus 50 metres of underwater ability. 7 Snapchat Sunglasses - £129.99 at johnlewis.com If you’ve a penchant for video creation on the move then your album is about to burst once you pop this pair of specs on. Loaded with a camera, you can take ten-second videos at the touch of a button and extend to 20 or 30 seconds in length with another press. 34

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The neon likeness of Richard James stands guard over his bespoke store on Clifford Street, Mayfair. The store itself has been extended upwards, and now spans three floors, which showcase the brand’s bespoke and made-to-measure tailoring. There’s also a customer lounge and bar, and more than 15,000 English and Italian cloth samples. richard-james.com/bespoke

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Inside SIHH

The Style Brief

Behind the scenes at the fashion week of watches

Boss Black is out to smarten up spring

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The trends that caught our eye on the catwalk


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s you wiggle your finger, it dances and sparkles in the light, throwing out rainbow hues that make you gasp and coo. But what if I told you that the diamond you are admiring came not from beneath the Earth’s surface, but a pristine lab in Silicon Valley? Would it change how you feel about it? This is a question worth considering as science now gives us the option of buying diamonds created by humans. In labs across the world, from Germany to China, men and women in white coats are recreating the exact same conditions that turned carbon into diamonds all those millions of years ago. And it’s working. Not be confused with cubic zirconia or rhinestones, lab-grown diamonds are real and have the same optical and gemological properties as mined diamonds. Even trained gemmologists sometimes can’t tell the difference. As the mecca for emerging tech, Silicon Valley has been one of the first places to really invest in the creation of lab-grown diamonds. The company leading the pack – or at least attracting the most famous investors, including Leonardo DiCaprio – is Diamond Foundry. With slick marketing that focuses on the ethical advantages of lab-grown stones (no mining, no exploitation, a clear supply chain), it is trying to change the way we feel about diamonds. “If you ask people abstractly whether they would buy a synthetic diamond, people tend to be disinclined,” admits Diamond Foundry’s chief executive Martin Roscheisen. “But that’s like asking someone in 1990 whether they would buy an electric

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Would you wear a diamond grown in a laboratory? We investigate the future of Silicon Valley’s sparklers Words: Rachael Taylor

car, at a time when the only electric cars in existence were golf carts. When people see our diamonds in a store and understand their cultivation, there is zero resistance. Cultivated diamonds are simply a better product all around. It’s like organic food – it’s better food.” For those in the coffee queue with a thumbprint at the ready to buy their organic decaf soya latte using Apple Pay, this probably seems like a no-brainer. But for the romantics among us, the story that has been told for generations about diamonds forming slowly beneath the surface of the Earth over millions of years is less easily unravelled. To start with, says Roscheisen, that story is false: “It takes two full weeks of continuous operation to create a [Diamond Foundry] diamond, which is 100 times slower than Earth itself forms them. Diamonds in earth form within two to three hours.” While the discovery of diamonds might take millions of years, the process starts with intense heat and enormous pressure 100 miles below the surface of the Earth, and when an eruption shoots the material upwards, cooling it rapidly, it is in this moment that diamonds as we know them are formed. These are the same conditions now being replicated above ground to create the 100,000 carats of lab-grown diamonds that Diamond Foundry is producing every year. Then, of course, there is the grimier side of the romantic mining story that jewellers don’t want you to think about when you’re selecting an engagement ring. While a very low percentage of diamonds are from conflict areas – it is estimated to be about one per cent – that does not mean that the 99 per cent of

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diamonds guaranteed by industry watchdog, the Kimberley Process, are ethically and environmentally sourced. The gemstone industry has a real problem with traceability, and while strides are being made – actor Salma Hayek recently auctioned off a 4.11ct emerald for charity mothers2mothers at her London home, donated by Fabergé and laser inscribed with a reference number, allowing its journey from a Gemfields mine in Zambia to be traced – if you ask a dealer where your exact stone has come from, it is

“A lot of customers like the fact that they are getting more diamond for their money” unlikely they could tell you with full certainty. In a glass-fronted boutique within Soho’s fashionable Ham Yard Hotel, there is a jeweller, Anabela Chan, who can guarantee you that every one of the diamonds and brightly coloured gemstones you’ll see within her chic golden displays are genuine and ethically sourced. That’s because every last one of them – from rich purple amethysts and fuchsia sapphires to canary yellow diamonds, and even black opal – was grown in a lab. “I trained as a fine jeweller in a very traditional way, but when I was in my second year I met a friend who was in footwear design but whose family were in the gemstone business, so I asked her why she was doing footwear,” says Chan, whose designs have all the hallmarks of Bond Street but not the exorbitant price tags. “She said, ‘If you’ve seen what I’ve seen and know what I know, you wouldn’t want to be a part of that industry either’. It was a life-changing moment.” While a very small minority of Chan’s clients do come to her because of the lab-grown angle, most fall in love with the designs first and discover the origin of the stones – and, pleasantly, the prices – second. “When you look at stones, you can see how beautiful they are,” says Chan, whose clients will mix her pieces into collections dominated by pricier, mined gems. “There’s no difference optically, and value-wise I think we are creating pieces that people enjoy wearing rather than keeping in the safe. Clients feel comfortable to travel with them and flamboyant, colourful, dramatic pieces can be enjoyed by a younger demographic as they can now afford them.” Ethics aside, the lower price of lab-grown diamonds is a major draw. At ethical jeweller Cred, which has an appointment-only boutique in Clerkenwell, all its fairtrade gold engagement rings are offered with either ethically sourced diamonds mined in Canada or Namibia, or lab-grown diamonds. Swapping the stone from mined to labgrown can save you up to 30 per cent. “Some customers still want the allure of a natural stone, the romance,” says Cred owner Alan Frampton,


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whose biggest lab-grown diamond sale to date was a 1ct oval cut. “However, a lot of customers like the fact that they are getting more diamond for their money with a lab-grown, and love that they get all the beauty of a sparkly diamond without the cost to the environment, safe in the knowledge that no-one has been harmed in the process.” Last year, Atelier Swarovski – from the family of the same name that made its fortune from faux sparkle – launched its own collection of fine jewellery that set its trademark crystals next to lab-grown diamonds. American Horror Story actor Emma Roberts wore some of the pieces on the red carpet at the 2017 Oscars, marking a watershed moment for lab-grown diamonds being taken seriously. The question that remains is whether lab-grown diamonds will hold their value, as their mined predecessors have done. Will they follow the tech path and drop in price as increased production boosts supply? Or will they mimic cultured pearls, which took the place of natural pearls in the 1920s? Though prices initially plummeted, cultured pearls, once considered pretenders, are now highly soughtafter luxuries. And good news for anyone with a mined diamond in their possession: the price of natural pearls skyrocketed even further.

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The Montblanc pavillion at SIHH2018

Inside SIHH:

Fashion Week for Watches The first horological outing of 2018 reveals an industry in optimistic spirits – even if reissues and reinventions remain the order of the day Words: Richard Brown

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ewind to this time last year and the mechanical watch industry was a ship in troubled waters. A perfect storm of global socio-economic suckerpunches had pummelled the sector into recession. In 2015, for the first time since 2009, Swiss watch exports had shrunk. Shipments fell a further 10 per cent in 2016. Thirteen of the 15 largest markets were in decline. Industry captains either abandoned their ships or were forced to walk the plank. Crews were culled. It was horological Armageddon. Or so it seemed. What a difference 12 months make. After some major internal shakedowns, CEO swaps and strategic product realignment, brands are already reaping the rewards of redirecting their attentions to grassroots collections. Annual exports grew by 2.7 per cent in 2017, almost breaking the CHF 20 billion (£15 billion) mark (the industry peaked at CHF 22.2 billion in 2014). So, what’s the forecast for 2018? As the first major trade show of the year, January’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, or SIHH, serves as a good barometer for the state of the industry at large. Attended by 35 mostly premium brands belonging chiefly to the Richemont

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group, a significant slice of the show is dedicated to haute horology – that highfalutin, high-fashion end of watchmaking – yet among the tourbillons and super-complications there are enough timepieces destined for the real world to make the show relevant to real people. What did we learn from the 2018 instalment? An allround sense of optimism suggests that it’s back to business as usual: Richard Mille did what it does best, launching an £828,500 carbon fibre, scratch-resistant timepiece with Argentinian polo player Pablo Mac Donough; Piaget invited Ryan Reynolds to its tiki-themed pavilion to talk about the updated Altiplano collection; while IWC once again hosted a gala evening attended by Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper and Adriana Lima. Amid the champagne receptions and celebrity roll calls, a swathe of significant timepieces made their debuts. Some were as expensive as houses, but many others limbo-ed their way into that price point we call, for want of a better word, the ‘affordable’ watch segment. Watch crisis? What watch crisis?

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Royal Oak Offshore Camouflage £26,100, Audemars Piguet

While some watch brands have spent the previous two years battening down the hatches, there are notable exceptions. Hublot recorded its most successful ever year in 2016, while in the same period that other great purveyor of brawny sports watches, Audemars Piguet, increased sales to CHF 900 million (£690 million). For 2018, AP releases the Royal Oak RD#2. As the world’s thinnest automatic perpetual calendar, the watch made more noise than almost any other at SIHH 2018. Elsewhere, within a cosmic collection of around new 80 references, the pimped-out Royal Oak Offshore ‘Camouflage’ affirmed Audemars Piguet’s playful side. Perhaps with one eye on the burgeoning customisation trend, the 44mm chronograph features a khaki ceramic bezel, pushpieces and screw-locked crown. Eye-catching orange chrono hands pop against a subtle beige dial and brown sub-dials. The original Royal Oak Offshore was launched in 1993 with the intention of enticing a younger, more fashion-forward clientele. Consider the Camouflage a natural evolution of that ambition. audemarspiguet.com

FiftySix Collection, from £10,500, Vacheron Constantin

The golden age of watch design is generally considered to have run from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. Not only did that two-decade period bequeath us with the blueprints for the archetypal dive watch – Blancpain’s 50 Fathoms arrived in 1953, one year before Rolex’s Submariner – it also laid down the design codes for both the classic chronograph – we got Breitling’s Navitimer in 1952; Omega’s Speedmaster in 1957; and the Rolex Daytona in 1963 – as well as the luxury sports watch; see Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak (1972), Patek Philippe’s Nautilus and the IWC Ingenieur (both of ’76). Launched near the start of those halcyon days was 1956’s lessercelebrated Reference 6073 from Vacheron Constantin. It was one of the manufacture’s first watches to house a self-winding movement and also one of its first to be water resistant, thanks to an innovative multi-sided caseback. It’s become customary for brands to revisit their back catalogues but few watchmakers are lucky enough to stumble across such handsome specimens in their caches. Updated by way of a new movement, transparent caseback and a polished and satin-brushed 22-carat open-worked oscillating weight, the new FiftySix range consists of three 40mm watches, available in either gold or steel. The entry-level model will tell you the time and date; the mid-range displays the date, day and a power-reserve indicator; while the most complicated comes with a complete calendar with precision moon phase. Past meets present. vacheron-constantin.com


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Carré H,

£5,625, Hermès

In 2010, Hermès introduced the Carré H, a highly legible square timepiece created by eminent French designer and architect Marc Berthier. The timepiece now returns in an enlarged 38x38mm steel case with right-angled guilloché dial, available in dark grey or black. An automatic movement, visible through a sapphire crystal caseback, provides a 50-hour power reserve. hermes.com

Laureato Chronograph,

FROM £9,400, Girard-Perregaux Two years after its return to the Girard-Perregaux portfolio, the brand’s luxury sports watch, the Laureato, is bolstered by a range of new chronographs. The familiar hobnail dial remains, joined by three ‘snailed’ sub-dials. The case – available at 38mm and 42mm, and in 18ct rose gold or stainless steel – now comes with crown guards and octagonal screw-down pushers. Take the rose-gold version to a depth of 50 metres, or steel model to 100 metres. girard-perregaux.com

1858 Automatic, £2,990, Montblanc

Reinterpreting 1920s pocket watches from movementmaker Minerva, Montblanc’s 1858 collection consists of five different designs. The entry-level, time-only 1858 Automatic is the cleanest and comes closest to looking like a genuine heritage piece. A bronze bezel sits on top of a 40mm stainless steel case. Choose between a black or smoked champagne dial, adorned with beige luminescent Arabic numerals and an outer railway-minute track. An engraving of the Mont Blanc mountain on the case back is a visual nod to the iconic peak that inspired the maison’s founders. montblanc.com

Polaris Memovox,

£11,300, Jaeger-LeCoultre Nice-looking watch, you say, but what’s with the three crowns? Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Polaris Memovox is a diver’s watch equipped with an alarm you set via the top crown. Divers can use the middle crown to set an inner rotating bezel, while the bottom crown sets the time. The Calibre 956 that makes it all happen is a direct descendant of the first Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic alarm watch from 1950s. It features a striking gong mechanism, in addition to a central seconds and instant-jump date-change system. The movement is a rare example of a movement that has been in production, although continually updated, for more than 60 years. Only 1,000 Polaris Memovox watches will be made. Expect them to be hoovered up by collectors. jaeger-lecoultre.com

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Six of the Best Sandy Madhvani, showroom manager at David M Robinson in Canary Wharf, selects his standout watches from SIHH 2018 Quotes: Sandy Madhvani

Words: Richard Brown

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition ‘150 Years’,

Tribute to Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’, from £20,500, IWC

£4,650, IWC

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Santos,

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from £5,500, Cartier

“The rounded angles of the Santos dial, the seamless curve of the horns, and the exposed screws made for an iconic watch that inspired countless reinterpretations. Now, the legend makes its return.” Gordon Gekko’s era-defining squarefaced statement watch is back. Created in 1904 for the Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Santos is widely considered the world’s first pilot’s watch, and also credited for popularising wristwatches among men. For more than a century, the Santos swelled, softened at the edges and experimented with materials, before it disappeared from boutiques and Cartier’s website completely in 2016. Now, 40 years since the launch of the first Santos in steel, the collection returns with tapered edges and a ‘quick switch’ strap system. There are two sizes available – medium (35.1x41.9mm) and large (39.8x47.5mm) – and three material options: stainless steel, all gold (yellow or pink) and two-tone (yellow gold and steel). The large is equipped with a date window and is available in skeletonised form. All are fitted with an automatic mechanical movement.

“The totalisers on this sporty chronograph are especially spectacular against the white dial. A soft-iron inner case keeps the movement safe from magnetic fields, and the sapphire glass is protected against sudden drops in pressure.” As has become custom, on the second night of SIHH, IWC hosted a celebrity-packed gala dinner, this year featuring performances from Aloe Blacc and Paloma Faith and attended by James Marsden, Dev Patel, Valtteri Bottas and David Coulthard. Back at its pavilion within Geneva’s Palexpo centre, the brand was introducing buyers and press to its Jubilee collection: 27 limited-edition watches from the Portugieser, Porto¬fino, Pilot’s and Da Vinci families. One of the most striking tool watches of the show was the stainless steel Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition 150 Years, its white lacquered dial working beautifully against black indices and blued hands. Only 1,000 of the 43mm automatics will be produced.

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“The in-house 94200 calibre inside this piece advances the display discs by using a separate wheel train with a barrel of its own. The fact that the flow of power in the main wheel train is uninfluenced guarantees a precise rate and a 60-hour power reserve.” In 1885, 17 years after it was founded by American watchmaker F.A. Jones, the International Watch Company purchased the rights to a pocket watch movement designed by Austrian engineer Josef Pallweber. The revolutionary calibre displayed hours and minutes in large digital numerals on rotating discs. It was manufactured for two years as a pocket watch between 1885 and 1887. Inspired, and to mark its 150th anniversary, IWC now incorporates a digital hours and minutes display in a wristwatch for the first time. Three limited-edition, hand-wound Tribute to Pallweber watches with jumping numerals will be produced; 25 in platinum (£50,950), 250 in red gold (£31,950) and 500 in stainless steel (£20,500). In the flesh, the portly 45mm timepiece is as beguiling today as the pocket watch that inspired it would have been a century and half ago.

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Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT,

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POA, Panerai

“Panerai’s hand-wound P.2005/GLS calibre incorporates a tourbillon escapement, which can be admired from the front and the back thanks to the sophisticated work of skeletonising the movement and the absence of an actual dial.” Panerai has presented its first watch with a moon phase. The latest L’Astronomo – or, to give the model its full-fat name, the Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT – is an updated version of a watch launched in 2010 to mark the 400th anniversary of the invention of the telescope. That natty gadget allowed Galileo to track the movement of the moon and stars. Fittingly, the 50mm brushed titanium L’Astronomo is equipped with a GMT, a date and month indicator and will display sunrise/ sunset times, equation of time and the phases of the moon. Made to order, each watch is personalised to operate in accordance with the geographical coordinates of a place chosen by the client, so that the indication of the moon phases will always relate to the sky above that location.

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Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm, £5,500, Panerai

“A retro-looking automatic with a date window, small seconds and three-day power reserve. What’s not to like? Panerai at its classic best.”

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05 Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 38mm, £5,100, Panerai

“The new Luminor Due is an elegant, minimalist sports watch that’s now suitable for every wrist and situation.”

Despite being Panerai’s slimmest collection, the Luminor Due still packs plenty of presence on the wrist. If you are hankering for something a little beefier than the 38mm version, but like your watches lean enough to slip under a shirt sleeve, the new Due is also available in 42mm form. Sporting Panerai’s signature bridge-protected winding crown, the anthracite dial of this stainless steel watch features a satiné soleil finish and the brand’s customary large luminous hour markers. It comes with a vintage-feel brown leather with contrasting beige stitching.

As the watch sector swelled between 2000 and 2014, so did the watches. After the industry stuttered, spluttered and then shrank in 2015 and 2016, case sizes contracted in line with the confidence of watch companies. Now that Panerai, that leading proponent in cuff-shredding wristwear, has launched its first ever 38mm timepiece, we can officially declare the oversized watch trend dead. The daintiest Panerai ever, the stainless steel Luminor Due is only 11.20 mm thick and equipped with an automatic in-house movement. A small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock sits opposite a date window at 3 o’clock. Despite being available with straps in lime green and baby blue, this is not, says Panerai, a ladies’ watch. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

David M Robinson, Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf, E14, davidmrobinson.co.uk

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Trousers, £171, Entre Amis, entreamis.it; Sunglasses, £154, Clan Milano, clanmilano.com; Shirt, £176, and jacket, £522, Tagliatore, tagliatore.com


This page: Jacket, £513, and shirt, £124, Tagliatore, tagliatore.it; Trousers, £141, Madame Berwich, berwich.com; Sunglasses, £155, Clan Milano, clanmilano.com

Opposite page: Jacket, £2,508, Isaia, isaia.it; Shirt, £140, Alessandro Gherardi, alessandrogherardi.com


Jacket, £575, trousers, £239, and shirt, £212, Christian Pellizzari, christianpellizzari.it


This page: Smoking jacket, £2,628, and shirt, £464, Isaia, isaia.it; Sunglasses, £154, Clan Milano, clanmilano.com

Opposite page: Dress, £905, earrings, £236, and collar, £453, Elisabetta Franchi, elisabettafranchi.com


This page: Dress, £8,850, Antonio Riva, antonioriva.com

Opposite page: Jacket, £575, trousers, £239, and shirt £212, Christian Pellizzari, christianpellizzari.it Special thanks to The Gritti Palace Hotel, thegrittipalace.com


Style

Brief

re turn your overcoat to the wardrobe, s p r in g i s he r e w hi c h me a n s t he b l a z e r i s b a c k

Back in Black

Boss black offers a spring wardrobe with an edge

Black is the new black. Again. The latest capsule collection from BOSS brings together its fashion and fragrance divisions to create the Black Edition collection. The 10-piece capsule is all-black, meaning that, in theory, each piece fits together. From split skirts and sheer panel dresses to sharp suiting and sportswear separates, there are staple pieces for women and men who want a new base for their wardrobe. Modern technical fabrics combined with classic style: welcome to spring. hugoboss.com


style

Etro

Classic Blazer

A subtle pattern is a good bet for spring. Etro, known for its bohemian paisley and floral designs, takes a more sophisticated route here. £810, farfetch.com

Brunello Cucinelli

Hopsack blend jacket

Trust Cucinelli to create the perfect spring blazer. Made from a linen, wool and silk blend, it’s lightweight and is cut for a modern fit. £2,060, harrods.com

Boglioli

Unstructured suit jacket

Definitely one for the warmer side of the season. Boglioli’s stretch cotton and linen blend jacket is the epitome of smart casual – bang on the money for weddings and garden parties. Matching trousers are available. £555, mrporter.com

Isaia

double-breasted jacket

For a smart Neapolitan vibe, the ‘Sailor’ double-breasted jacket is cut from Super 130s wool, a high grade of wool that balances a sturdy durability with light comfort. £1,750, mrporter.com

Paul Smith

A suit to Travel In

Always a good choice, a Paul Smith jacket is usually a pretty versatile option in the wardrobe, but this suit takes it up a notch. It comes from the brand’s ‘A Suit To Travel In’ collection, designed to look as good stepping off the plane as it did at check-in. Made in Italy (of course), the half-canvas suit is constructed using a wool and mohair-blend fabric to create a cloth that recovers quickly, bouncing back into shape, meaning no more tired, creased suits. £775, paulsmith.com

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The Lowdown

The trends and moments that got everyone talking this season Words: MELISSA EMERSON

bye, bye bailey

The Burberry show was Christopher Bailey’s last as president and chief creative officer of the brand, as he steps down after 17 years at the creative helm. Over 1300 guests including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell turned out in force to watch his farewell show, and you can buy a piece of his history, with a capsule collection of reissued pieces from the 80s and 90s now available for immediate purchase. uk.burberry.com

a multisensory installation ‘Spectrum’ by United Visual Artists was the backdrop to the burberry show

good hair day

Hairstylist Sam McKnight created wild ponytails at the Halpern show. Front sections were slick but the pony was brushed back, crimped, curled, plaited and brushed some more for a multitextured bird’s nest of a ‘do. Syd Hayes crafted a similarly voluminous look on models at the Sadie Williams presentation, using 30-inch hair extensions. halpernstudio.com; sammcknight.com

silver lining

Make-up artist Monica Marmo’s vision for Delpozo was a simple look that played with the contrast between matte skin and metallic eyes. You won’t be able to get your hands on the shimmering silvery grey shade from the Mahe Eyeshadow Quad until later this year, but the silky smooth gel-like eye paint in Interstellar is your best bet for now. narscosmetics.co.uk


FA S H I O N

practical magic

Amongst all the glamour, glitz and excess, highly useful accessories were high on some designer’s priority lists this season. An orange high-vis number went down the catwalk at Burberry, while at House of Holland, plaid suits were paired with chunky boots and climbingstyle belts.

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taste the rainbow

Cara Delevingne swept along the the catwalk to close the Burberry show in a faux fur rainbow-striped cape, lined with the house’s classic check. The brand said it is dedicating its collection to the celebration of LGBTQ communities. And other collections followed suit with rainbow brights too, from Ashish’s tinsel-like jumpsuit to Fyodor Golan’s silk sporty ensemble. uk.burberry.com; ashish.co.uk; fyodorgolan.co.uk

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royal flush

The award for best front row has to go to Richard Quinn, whose show saw Anna Wintour sitting next to Her Majesty The Queen. The monarch arrived to present Quinn with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. It is only his second collection since graduating from Central Saint Martins’ MA programme. richardquinn.london edwin mohney, Central Saint Martins MA image credit: Chris Moore at Catwalking.

LOW RES liam johnson, Central Saint Martins MA image credit: Chris Moore at Catwalking

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stranger things

fur and feathers

Fluffy footwear was everywhere at LFW, from relaxed sliders at Shrimps – faux fur is at the heart of the brand – and paired with a suit at Ashley Williams. Preen went for an altogether more shaggy look with heels fringed so you can almost mop the floor as you walk. Simone Rocha opted for Cousin Itt-like hairy slippers.

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The Central Saint Martin’s MA show gave us what was quite possibly the most Instagrammed – and definitely the most affordable – look from LFW, a paddling pool. Edwin Mohney’s surreal inflatable dress designs closed the show, and considering the MA show has launched the careers of designers including Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, perhaps Mohney is onto something.


FA S H I O N

image credit: jason purple

blurring boundaries

Mary Katrantzou set up her label in 2008 and this season’s tenth anniversary presentation shows she’s cemented her reputation as the queen of prints. Inspired by decorative objects, interiors and art, this A/W18 collection blends Bauhaus modernism and Victorian ostentation. marykatrantzou.com

royal rebels

Tulle, lace and loosely plaited hair in bows brought a gentle romanticism to the Simone Rocha show. Fitting elements for a presentation that took place under the chandeliers in the ballrooms of London’s Goldsmith’s Hall. Cues were taken from the lesserknown portrait work of Britain’s foremost landscape painter John Constable, while plaid and pointy shoes gave these Victorian women a tomboy edge. simonerocha.com

one to watch

Non-profit initiative Fashion East supports emerging designers and gives three womenswear and three menswear designers the opportunity to present a catwalk collection each season. The beneficiary everyone was talking about this time – Symonds Pearmain. symondspearmain.com

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underwear

Keep your eyes peeled for brand new Calvin Klein Underwear opening it’s doors in Canary Wharf this March

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of Vogue magazine. Its popularity

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represented the iconic brand that is

with its offering now encompassing

Calvin Klein Underwear. So learning

beautiful lingerie, nightwear and

that it was due to open in Canary

swimwear for both men and women.

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Its new S/S18 collection features a

of March was music to our ears. Not

range of provocative, cutting-edge

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own right. And it’s exactly what Canary

the new store for the monochrome

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Calvin Klein classics or opt for a

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Bralettes, £30

colourful piece just in time for spring.

Calvin Klein Underwear, Cabot Place; calvinklein.co.uk

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lv i n pa rt n e r s h i p

Underwear briefs, £33

Bottoms, £18

STORE OPENING

Calvin Klein Underwear is set to open in Cabot Place, in early March. Discover its range of underwear, nightwear and swimwear.

Its new S/S18 collection f e at u r e s a r a n g e o f p r o v o c at i v e , cutting-edge products with i n n o v at i v e d e s i g n a n d s u p e r i o r fit and quality l u x u ry l o n d o n .c o.u k

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mother nature

Amber Valletta still looks like a supermodel, even when stranded in a desert in Mango’s S/S18 campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti. The arid surroundings tie in with the collection’s earthy tones, and the delicate designs, with their transparent fabrics and loose silhouettes, are ideal for a holiday wardrobe. We have our eyes on a floor-skimming sheer black maxi dress and the mermaid-esque dress with its silvery scale-like sequins. Mango, Canada Place

Style edit Words: melissa emerson

the high life

top buys

Velvet, crystals and gilded colours pepper Christian Louboutin’s S/S18 collection, while the Rubylou bag, with its handle woven through the front flap, is the key style to launch this season. eu.christianlouboutin.com

simply the best

Charlotte Olympia is celebrating its 10th anniversary by re-releasing 10 classic pieces voted for by customers, including the Mini Bar and Pink Scent clutches. charlotteolympia.com

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

1. Benny’s Blessing print dress, £646, Camilla, harrods.com 2. Jillay pink sliders, £310, acnestudios.com 3. Glass Hearts robe, £500, longstafflongstaff.com 4. Knot satin clutch, £525, No. 21, net-a-porter.com


valentino s/s18

sies marjan s/s18

trend

Gelato pastels

something new

Max Mara s/s18

Ermanno Scervino Woman s/s18

British designer Jenny Packham has teamed up with L.K.Bennett on a capsule collection of bridal shoes and clutches. Star motifs, art deco-style jewels and pearls were inspired by the golden age of Hollywood and 1930s Parisian glamour. It’s an ‘I do’ from us. From £195, L.K.Bennett, Jubilee Place

Tailored jacket, £315, Sandro, Jubilee Place

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je ne sais quoi Orma trousers, £49.99, Mango, Canada Place

Mini hat box bag, £495, Aspinal of London, Cabot Place

Rachel mule, £139, Hobbs, Canada Place

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p e aulred into for p a s p e c s vent t time the

French flair is at the heart of the new collection from Whistles, with Breton stripes, blazers and loose linen blouses – the new Vive Les Vacances slogan tote bag says it all. Tulip and lip prints also keep things playful, and turquoise is a key shade for the season. Whistles, Jubilee Place

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H obbs

s p r i n g fa s h i o n welcome back spring with the brand new trends fresh from fashion week

lavender living While the Pantone colour of the year has been announced as ultra violet, it was not the only shade of purple to make an impact on the S/S18 catwalks this year. Lavender appeared in all shapes and sizes, whether it was a subtle necklace and statement sunnies or a bold leather jacket and delicate dress.

Drop earrings, £8, Oasis, Jubilee Place

Metal festival cat eye sunglasses, £15, Accessorize, Canada Place

Leather crinkled biker jacket, £450, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Jubilee Place

Mich ael Kor s

Coloured Isabella jeans, £45, Oasis, Jubilee Place

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Lydia trench, £29, Hobbs, Canada Place

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Amalfie heels, £80, Dune London, Cabot Place

Lottie bag, £625, Aspinal of London, Cabot Place

Adina jumper, £95, LK Bennett, Jubilee Place All-over lace dress, £290, Sandro Paris, Jubilee Place

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style

the new cool

paul s m it h

Cool, calm and collected pretty much sums up what men should aspire to be this S/S18. The catwalks were littered with pieces boasting block colours and neutral, understated pieces. If you’re a little more quirky, opt for an eccentric shirt or bag with extra character to complement your look.

R eis s

Campus backpack with Tattoo Tooling, £650, Coach, Cabot Place

Grey leather high tops, £49.99, Zara, Cabot Place

zara

Bomber-style nappa leather Jacket, £229, Massimo Dutti, Cabot Place

Moonflower heels, £95, Dune London, Cabot Place

Epetcity top, £35.99, Mango, Canada Place

feeling floral March is finally here, spring has arrived and we all know what that means; the florals are back in full force. Wear them big, small, bold or subtle, this is one trend that will never go out of style. The S/S18 catwalks saw the flowery pattern in all forms and we’re not suprised; there is nothing that prepares us for the new season quite like the colour that florals bring.

Lori printed jacket, £55, Monsoon, Canada Place

Black ‘Ocean’ print silk dress, £950, Paul Smith, Cabot Place

save the date Floral print dress, £99.95, Massimo Dutti, Cabot Place

monsoon

Printed faux suede skort, £25.99, Zara, Cabot Place

canarywharf.com

Head to the malls in Canary Wharf on 6, 7 and 8 April and see the trends come to life on the catwalk. Find pieces to fall in love with, make the most of exclusive discount of up to 30 per cent at selected stores and enjoy live performances over the epic spring fashion weekend.

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B E AU T Y

garden variety

Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking, we know, but we can’t resist the pink tones of the new Dolce Garden make-up collection, from its vibrant fuschia and coral to the more muted nude and rose tones. The limitededition Rosa Duchessa blush compact has a rose imprinted on the powder, with varying shades for blending the perfect flushed cheek, while the eye palette’s pink and taupe colours mean you can translate a smoky eye into spring. from £21, Dolce & Gabbana, harrods.com

Beauty Words: melissa emerson

under the sea

After last season’s unicorninspired polishes, Nails Inc’s next mythical creature of choice is the mermaid with this shimmering duo of oceanic shades. £15, Nails Inc, Cabot Place

smooth operator

If you’re not a big fan of grazing on walnuts and flax seeds, get a dose of Omegas 3, 6, and 9 in this eye serum instead, to plump and smooth skin and help it to retain water. Cold Plasma+ Eye Advanced Serum Concentrate, £80, perriconeMD.co.uk

girl power

British accessories designer Karen Mabon has designed a limitededition version of Elemis’ ProCollagen Marine Cream, which launches in time for International Women’s Day this March. All of the profits (£35k) will go to Women for Women International. £99, elemis.com

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rare gem

La Prairie’s hightech new serum is designed to work overnight when the skin is best able to regenerate, and the delicate floral scent means it’ll put you into a beauty sleep in no time. Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir, £894, La Prairie, harrods.com

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The art of scent

The food trends crossing over into fragrance and what to ask yourself when looking for something new Words: melissa emerson

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ichard Clayforth, manager of the Miller Harris store in Canary Wharf, has over 15 years’ experience in the fragrance industry but is modest about his expertise. “I fall into most of my jobs,” he laughs, “but I’ve always enjoyed fragrance.” We meet in the store’s fragrance profiling area and Clayforth explains how he guides his clients. “We start by asking when you are looking to wear the fragrance, if it’s for day or night, or if it’s for a special occasion,” Clayforth begins. “Although you can’t see it like clothes or jewellery, whichever social or work situation you are in, your scent leaves a message. It’s about how you want to communicate your personality through your fragrance.” He does reassure me however that there are no right or wrong answers. “There are no rules. We also never put genders on our fragrances and I think even the big commercial houses are now trying to avoid that boxed in approach.” Tempo eau de parfum; Scherzo eau de parfum, both from £95 for 50ml

Sound booths also allow customers to listen to audio interpretations of selected scents, and the art on the walls and neon light installations offer further inspiration. “We’re looking to work with more emerging artists,” Clayforth says while showing me around. “London has such a history of producing amazing talent.” On the store’s walls right now is a series of works by Heather Chontos, which are also for sale. “We’re also looking for a botanist, a poet, a fashionista... the whole idea of creativity runs through Miller Harris,” he adds. As for trends, Miller Harris isn’t a slave to them, but Clayforth sees food as an increasing influence. “I find customers are intrigued by the fact that everything at Miller Harris is made in the UK, and I think it comes from people now being much more interested in the provenance of things like food. The next three fragrances we are launching are inspired by foraging in London as well; it’s a real lifestyle choice for some people now.” Miller Harris, Cabot Place


b e au t y

flower girl

Dolce & Gabbana’s bloom of choice this spring: the frangipani blossom Dolce Garden, from £49 for 30ml, Dolce & Gabbana, theperfumeshop.com

checkmate

The bottle of Tom Ford’s vanilla and pink pepper scent wouldn’t look out of place on a chess board Eau de Soleil Blanc, £82 for 50ml, Tom Ford, theperfumeshop.com

field day

The grains and wild flowers of the British countryside inspired Jo Malone’s English Fields collection Honey & Crocus cologne, from £47 for 30ml, Jo Malone, Cabot Place

TOP PICKS From sunny citrus groves to the grains of harvest time, the great outdoors inspires this spring’s new crop of scents

night owl

fruit salad

A zesty mandarin and blackcurrant scent, in a refillable bottle. Le Jour Se Lève, from €210 for 100ml, louisvuitton. com

A carnation and cedar wood scent, inspired by a rare orchid whose scent intensifies at night Moonflower, £59, bjorkandberries.com

birthday bouquet

Diptyque celebrates 50 years of fragrance with this expression of patchouli Tempo, £115 for 75ml, Diptyque, Space NK, Cabot Place

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The Vitality Big Half Sunday 4 March 8am – 12 noon Throughout Canary Wharf Free to visit Britain’s two fastest half marathon runners, Sir Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins, will come face-to-face at The Big Half, London’s brand new half marathon, which comes through the Canary Wharf Estate on Sunday 4 March. Created by London Marathon Events Ltd, in partnership with Sported, The Vitality Big Half is a new one-day festival centred around the half marathon distance, which aims to be truly global and uniquely local, in a celebration of the wonderful cultural diversity in London.

Canary Wharf Squash Classic Monday 5 – Friday 9 March East Wintergarden The world’s greatest squash players return to the stunning East Wintergarden for the 15th Canary Wharf Squash Classic. The PSA World Tour M70 event will be staged on the state-of-the-art Eventis Pro-Court. Last year Englishman Nick Matthew lifted the coveted trophy for a record 6th time

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and he will be back to defend his title for possibly the last time as his illustrious career draws to a close. Will this be the year another finally gets their hands on the trophy or can Englishman James Willstrop hold them off ? The five day tournament culminates with the grand final on Friday 9 March. The spectacular setting and outstanding line-up is sure to make this one of this year’s must-see events in the capital. For more information visit canarywharfsquash.com, please note that this event has now sold out however you can email cw@eventis-sports.com to be added to a waiting list or to enquire about hospitality.

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RSC Live Twelfth Night Tuesday 13 March 7pm (doors 6.30pm) East Wintergarden Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night captured live from the RSC Stratford-upon-Avon. ‘I am all the daughters of my father’s house, And all the brothers too.’ Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck. In order to fend for herself and get a job in a strange land the first twin, Viola, is forced to dress as her twin brother Sebastian. There she

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falls madly in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola – who she believes is Sebastian – but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter the real Sebastian and watch the confusion as the whole story comes apart. Christopher Luscombe, director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of “the whirligig of time”. Ticket details:

£10 per screening W: seetickets.com* T: 0871 220 0260* Tickets available on the door are subject to availability *Booking fee applies

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Night of Adventure Thursday 22 March

Minigolf

East Wintergarden

Back From Monday 26 March

The Night of Adventure series returns once again to Canary Wharf, bringing an eclectic collection of top explorers and daredevils to celebrate the spirit of exploration. Hear from first-class explorers and pioneers as they share their captivating stories of exploration, escapism and wonder. Each speaker will be limited to just 20 slides to accompany their tales, each slide leaving the screen after just 20 seconds. It’s fast. It’s furious. But ultimately, it’s a chance to be swept away to a world filled with adventure, all without leaving your seats. The evening is hosted by Alastair Humphreys, adventurer, author and recipient of National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Award. All proceeds from this event will support the work of Hope and Homes for Children. This event is supported by Canary Wharf Group. For more information, please call Hope and Homes for Children on 01722 790111.

Mon – Fri: 12noon – 7 pm Sat & Sun: 12noon – 6 pm Columbus Courtyard Free to visit Looking forward to the Masters? Got the bug from The Open? Canary Wharf has the solution, with its free Minigolf course back by popular demand. These challenging nine holes will suit all abilities from the novice to the more experienced golfers, so whether you want a quick round on your lunch break or you’re looking for some family fun at the weekend, simply come along and put your putting skills to the test. No need to book, just turn up and play, subject to the availability of equipment. Children welcome but must be supervised by an adult.

Ticket details:

£20 per person Book in advance: billetto.co.uk* Tickets available on the door are subject to availability *Booking fee applies

General information:

Unreserved theatre style seating Full cash bar Only items purchased on the premises may be consumed The programme and line-up are correct at time of press

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Made London Canary Wharf Wednesday 25 – Sunday 29 April Wed – Fri: 11am – 7pm Sat & Sun: 12 noon – 6pm East Wintergarden Free to visit The unrivalled MADE London contemporary design and craft fair is returning to Canary Wharf. Discover some of the best designers and makers in the country showcasing and selling unique handmade products in the East Wintergarden. The show will feature high quality homeware, fashion, jewellery, lighting and furniture from a range of materials including ceramic, textile, wood, leather, silver and more. The show offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for browsing with the opportunity to source that exclusive item for your home, an exquisite gift for someone special or that one piece you have been waiting for. The makers and designers will be on hand to chat about their work, the design processes, commissions and future collections. madelondon-canarywharf.com

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fASHION AND FLORENCE GO HAND-IN-HAND IN THE STYLISH CITY

WHERE TO STAY AND WHAT TO SEE AND EAT ON A CITY BREAK TO MILAN

ENJOY A HOME FROM HOME IN THE ROLLING HILLS OF TUSCANY


Pack Your Bags

Mapping out this year’s most desirable destinations Words: melissa emerson

surf’s up

COMO Uma Canggu is soon to open its doors on Bali’s south coast. Embrace the outdoors with top surf spots just a short walk away and fresh seafood served on the hotel’s wood-fired grill. For the best Indian Ocean views, opt for a three-bedroom penthouse (with a private rooftop pool and butler service). From $250 per room per night including breakfast, comohotels.com

suitcase scent

Acqua di Parma has added a travel spray with soft calfskin leather case to its Colonia Pura collection. Double up on the delicate white musk and fresh citrus notes with the matching deodorant. Case, £87, 2x30ml refills, £78, acquadiparma.com

siesta territory

Almanac Barcelona is just steps away from the luxury shops and bars of Passeig de Gràcia, but we just want to stay indoors. Grey and gold tones are contrasted with oak and walnut details, and the Ibizan white marble bathrooms are works of art. We can’t wait to see the group’s next openings in Vienna, Prague and Budapest. From €450 per room per night, almanachotels.com


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The Residence Bintan island retreat – a 55-minute ferry ride from Singapore – has villas spread along the South China Sea coastline. Families can enjoy activities including birdhouse painting, tie-dye classes and cooking classes while couples can retreat to the spa’s private treatment rooms equipped with bathtubs. From approx. £152 per night, cenizaro.com

Ireland’s Adare Manor hotel is the stuff of fairytales with its chateaulike appearance, medieval ruins, and woodland walks. After nearly two years of restoration and the addition of a new accommodation wing and ballroom, you can dine by candlelight in the oak-panelled dining room or recline on an ottoman to admire The Great Hall’s vaulted arches and heraldic designs. A championship 18-hole golf course and clubhouse will open this April. From £280 per night, adaremanor.com

Enjoy the views of the surrounding lagoon through this glass-fronted marvel, or opt for a private villa with its own Tiki torch-lit pool on this Fijian private island resort. From $4800 per night, laucala.com

WATERING HOLE

This exclusive retreat in Tanzania boasts a 25m swimming pool with wide views of the Serengeti plains. From £4,748 per night based on full-board exclusive-use for up to four guests, singita.com

TO INFINITY

Grecotel’s The White Palace in Crete turned to modern architectural firm WATG for a pool that blends into the ocean. From £180 per night, thewhitepalace.com

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Italy’s cultural hub makes for a particularly stylish retreat when seen through the eyes of a famous Florentine fashion dynasty words: Ellen Millard


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urely in this beautiful city, with its centuries of wealth in art and its long traditions of noble leatherwork, I can find the answer to my problem.” Such was the hope of Salvatore Ferragamo who, in his autobiography Shoemaker of Dreams, tells of his arrival in Florence, where he hoped to fulfil his ambition of owning a bespoke shoe shop. His eponymous label was born in 1927, and by the time he died in 1960, his small-town store had become a global fashion brand with a workforce of some 700 shoemakers, who handcrafted more than 350 pumps a day. In Florence, Ferragamo’s influence lives on in more ways than one. One of the city’s top financial supporters, the designer helped to fund the restorations of the Fountain of Neptune, eight rooms at the Uffizi Gallery and the riverside road Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli. It’s on this street that you’ll find the medieval Palazzo Spini Feroni, which has been synonymous with the designer ever since he bought it in 1937, just 10 years after his company was founded.

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Today, it remains the site of the label’s flagship store and museum. A few doors down from here are three more nods to Ferragamo’s legacy: a trio of hotels owned by his family, and on the other side of the river, a fourth: Hotel Lungarno. Claiming to be the only hotel in Florence that sits directly on the Arno River (meaning if you jump out of the window, you’re going to get wet), the luxury inn is dressed accordingly, with royal blue nauticalthemed furnishings, navy pinstripe carpets and gaping windows that make you feel as though you’re floating on the water itself. Even the crockery has anchors on it. My riverside studio suite is spread across two floors, with balconies on each and postcard-worthy views of the Ponte Vecchio. The walls are decorated with Italian artwork and fashion illustrations hang above the bathroom sinks for sartorial inspiration. In fact, the hotel is something of a monument to Italian art and style, with works by Bruno Cassinari and Antonio Bueno (to name a couple), and sketches from the Giorgini Archive, an organisation dedicated to early Italian fashion. There are 440 pieces of art overall, and guided tours with artist-specific itineraries on offer. The maritime theme continues in the hotel’s Picteau Lounge, where breakfast and lunch are served. The latter includes traditional Tuscan soup, Bolognese tortellini and thick spindles of tagliatelle, all served with very generous shavings of parmesan. Dinner is less conventional. At the restaurant Borgo San Jacopo, potatoes are on the menu – and not just in your standard mashed, roasted or jacket varieties. Instead, head chef Peter Brunel has crafted a seven-dish tasting menu around the humble spud. Among the highlights are Campari-soaked crisps

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Clockwise from top: Prestige Double River View room; View from hotel lungarno; Florence

served with a negroni chaser and potato ‘pasta’ spirals drizzled with a creamy carbonara sauce. It’s all a bit Heston, and each dish is served with a similar side of showmanship – a nod among waiters signals it is negroni o’clock and our miniature Camparis are opened with a unified cracking sound, a brief moment of eye contact indicating when it is time to pour. Such finesse, delivered with both style and substance, is to be expected from a hotel owned by the Ferragamo family – but for all the pomp and ceremony, it is the location that truly excels. Found on the quieter southern side of the Arno River, Hotel Lungarno strikes the balance between city break and luxury escape, giving its guests the opportunity to enjoy the more relaxed side of Florence while still being within walking distance of its buzzing historical centre. This is a combination that I take full advantage of, strolling around the city during the day and retreating to the comfort and cocktails of the Picteau Lounge at night. Compact enough to explore on foot, Florence

lends itself to a ditch-the-map attitude and after a few days I find I can navigate the city without difficulty – and without my phone’s temperamental GPS. I travel in November, and despite a chill in the air it is gloriously sunny. I make the most of it, juggling cultural activities with strolls through the city centre, popping to see Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia one morning (go early to avoid the queues), and admiring the ivory, mint and terracotta facade of the striking Duomo di Firenze on another. On a rare grey day, I explore the Misericordia Museum’s private archives, a tour of which can be arranged exclusively through Hotel Lungarno. Thought to be the world’s oldest charitable initiative, the Florentine Misericordia was founded in 1244 and the records of its work assisting ailing patients or accident victims provide a unique history – of not just the charity, but the city itself. Tucked away in a box room at the back, I’m shown snippets of this precious library, presented by two enthusiastic volunteers who buzz with excitement as they don white gloves and thumb through the crisp pages, laughing as they discover doodles drawn by bored scribes some 800 years ago. On my last day, I make the climb up to the Piazzale Michelangelo, which offers an unrivalled view of the city. Looking out at the Arno River, the terracotta Duomo and the bell tower of the Palazzo Vecchio basking in the last of the day’s sunlight, I’m reminded of Salvatore Ferragamo, and his first impression of the city: “As I strolled through the summer night and felt the impact of its great beauty, I thought perhaps in Florence I had found my dream.” From £240 per night, room only, lungarnocollection.com


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CLockwise from top left: The ocean liner Roma at sea, 1927, Courtesy of Collezione Paolo Piccione, Genova; Countess Alessandra della Gherardesca Spalletti’s Sandal, 1930, ©Arrigo Coppitz; Anna Fougez, 1929, ©Getty Images; Portrait of Salvatore Ferragamo, 1920; Pippo Rizzo, The Wanderer, 1929, Courtesy of Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Palermo; Labirinto pump, 1927-1930, ©Arrigo Coppitz; Mino Maccari, Still Life, 1926, courtesy of Polo Museale Regionale della Toscana; Lucio Venna, Advertising drawing for magazine, 1928; Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks on board the Roma, Courtesy of Collezione Paolo Piccione, Genova; Francesina Oxford shoe, 1929, ©Arrigo Coppitz; Two-piece shoe, 1930, ©Arrigo Coppitz

The latest exhibiton at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo charts the designer’s journey from America to Florence 1927 The Return to Italy, until 2 May, Palazzo Spini Feroni, ferragamo.com

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efore visiting one of the ‘big four’ fashion capitals of the world, Milan, I consulted friends and family about what not to miss. Some spoke ardently of its fast-paced social scene, others less so about the harsh industrial architecture. Armed with a smattering of inside information (most importantly, that an early evening aperitivo is accompanied by complimentary canapés), when I arrived at Milan’s palatial central train station in the slightly weathered north of the city, I was curious as to which side of the fence I would fall. My interest piqued when we weaved across the lanes of the wide boulevards that took us from the station to the city centre (Milanese traffic will almost certainly raise your heart rate), and I peered up at gracefully aged and overgrown buildings. I could sense that Milan was alive, in flux, and that I was going to enjoy it. The start of Milan’s economic prosperity is usually pinpointed to 1906, when it celebrated the completion of the Simplon tunnel to Switzerland by presenting its first World Expo on the theme of transport. It has hosted biannual fashion weeks since 1958 and the seminal furniture and design fair, Salone del Mobile, since 1961. With a population that is the second largest in Italy after Rome, Milan was also coined the country’s ‘moral capital’ in 2015 by its President of the National AntiCorruption Authority, Raffaele Cantone. He supported his statement by highlighting the development of Milan’s thriving new cultural attractions such as the Fondazione Prada and the World Expo, which the city hosted again in 2015, welcoming 22.2 million visitors. As I approached the centre, the view was dominated by the city’s beacon – the dramatic, gothic Duomo. The city’s sights can be mapped easily from here: the gilded, grandiose Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II; the Royal Palace, usually showing a historical exhibition that commands a queue through the courtyard; and the Scala theatre, rich in history, are all walkable. The Sforza Castle is a longer but simple walk from the Duomo, and it houses enough artefacts to keep you there all afternoon, including Michelangelo’s last incomplete work: the marble sculpture, Rondanini Pietà. Follow this with a stroll to the Indro Montanelli public gardens, a leisurely hour via the city’s golden block of designer shops. When I walked there mid-morning on a spring Saturday – a day of jubilantly blue skies – the streets were serenely quiet. I took shortcuts through hidden squares and side streets and felt like I was the only one ever to have stumbled upon them. Milan might not be decorated with ornate and ancient structures like Florence or Rome, but its upper hand lies in its dynamic character.

city break

Milan History and modernity collide in Italy’s most cosmopolitan city – one which often divides opinion WORDS: marianne dick

Starhotels rosa grand, above and right

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, image credit: Georgios Tsichlis/Shutterstock.com

Marchesi 1824, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, image credit: Naeblys/Shutterstock.com


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Where to stay Since it’s easiest to start at the Duomo and work your way out, Starhotels Rosa Grand Milano boasts an unbeatable location just steps away from this prime spot – centrality lies at the heart of the family-owned hotel chain. As one of just 12 inimitable Starhotels Collezione properties, the Rosa Grand’s modern décor reflects its hip location while a spa and terrace – to lounge on in the warmer months – make it ideal for couples and families alike. The hotel is a Tardis though: guests are well-known to have rung reception in order to be rescued from the winding corridors. From £195 per room per night, starhotelscollezione.com

Suitcase essentials

Sun gl a ss es , £ 1 2 5 , c u b i t t s . co . uk

Where to eat image credit: Tatsiana Salayuova/ Shutterstock.com

Pasticceria Marchesi is one of Milan’s proudest local businesses, having served divine confections since 1824. In 2014, the Prada Group acquired 80 per cent of the company and opened two more establishments in the city, one of which is located above the Prada shop in the Galleria Vittorio Milan cathedral, image credit: Boris Emanuele II. Stroujko/Shutterstock.com The pistachioclad interiors, complete with green velvet chairs and cherry wood tables, were designed by Roberto Baciocchi; picture perfect, it could be a set in a Wes Anderson film. I recommend ordering a hot chocolate – so thick you can almost stand a spoon up in it – and a selection of pastries, before sitting back and watching the world go by below. pasticceriamarchesi.com

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N ote b ook , £ 2 4 . 9 5 , m o g l e a , l i b e r tyl o n d o n . co m

Don’t miss image credit: andrea delbo/ Shutterstock.com

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Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th-century wall painting of The Last Supper lies in the refectory of the Santa Maria delle Grazie church and Dominican convent, near the Sforza Castle. It was commissioned by the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza, after da Vinci applied to him for employment with a letter that read in part: “in painting, I can do everything possible as well as any other, whosoever he may be”. The Last Supper has survived a bout of mould, numerous restorations and Second World War bombs, making it more than worth the mandatory advance booking. From €5, legraziemilano.it

h ol d a l l , £ 6 7 5 , l u c afa l o n i . co m

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Bethan Rees soaks up the rays in a historical private home in the Chianti Classico region


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at in the cobbled courtyard, alongside the villa’s dog Luca, I took a deep breath in, exhaled, and felt my shoulders drop. “This is it,” I thought. “This is what pure relaxation feels like.” Looking over the historic vines of Villa de Geggiano and a glimpse of nearby Siena, the sun was glowing orange, the same colour as the Aperol spritz in my hand. Staying at Villa Geggianello, in the sleepy town of Ponte a Bozzone, was unlike any other villa experience I have had before. Renting through Tuscany Now and More, a booking service with a portfolio of some of the finest homes in Italy, the villa felt like a home,

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rather than an investment or business opportunity where that congenial feeling can get lost in. Villa Geggianello is on the estate of the famous Villa di Geggiano (just a five minute walk away), a family-run wine producer in the Chianti Classico region. Its wine making activity, or at least the documents that prove so, date back to 1725 when Niccolò Bandinelli, who was producing wine in the cellars of the villa, started exporting to Great Britain. Today, the vineyards are run by two brothers, Andrea and Alessandro Boscu Bianchi Bandinelli, and follow the principles of organic farming in the 50-acre estate. This of course means that Geggianello has easy access to the wines of the estate, which I painfully tried all of. The wines they produce include the Chianti Classico Riserva, a complex, rich wine with notes of cherry and pepper, the Geggiaiolo Toscana IGT, a dark ruby, full-bodied elegant wine and a refreshing Rosato Toscana IGT, made from 100 per cent Sangiovese grapes and the perfect wine to drink on the icy-side of chilled, by the side of the villa’s infinity pool. As the villa was also someone’s home, the owner’s artefacts were dotted around the property, which includes giant coffee table books from Assouline and contemporary art hanging on the walls. Although it felt lived in, it importantly didn’t feel like I was intruding. The vantage point of the villa shows off the rolling Tuscan hills and the swathes of greenery this country inspires – it feels a million

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miles away from London, when in reality it’s only approximately 1,000. The house is made up of three stone buildings, two connected by a walkway. The main house has five bedrooms, each with their own bathroom, and independent of this is the housekeeper’s property, who provides a breakfast spread each morning of cereals and bread, fruit salads, and fresh, creamy scrambled eggs with chives scattered across the top. With gardens as beautiful as Geggianello’s, most of your time is spent alfresco, but when you do finally retreat inside, the elegant theme continues. The farmhouse kitchen is well-equipped for catering for big groups, and the pale green indoor dining room is the perfect place to put the world to rights over veal in lemon sauce and fresh calamari cooked by the housekeeper (and very experienced chef) and of course, one of the estate’s wines. When the owners of Geggianello restored the 500 year old property, they did so with much respect. The vaulted ceilings, old beams and the terracotta floors scream of another era. The master bedroom is full of rustic charm with shutters, a mahogany bureau with illustrated postcards of the villa you can send to loved ones to fill with envy, and a his and hers bathroom – hers with a bathtub, his with a shower. The other four double bedrooms are equal in sophistication, and all bedrooms come with slippers and dressing gowns – an unexpected touch for a private home. Tuscany Now and More also provides a concierge service that can arrange local experiences for guests such as a truffle hinting trip, a tour around Tuscany in a classic Fiat 500, or as I chose, the Chianti wine tour. The trip included a tour and lunch at the family-run Fattoria di Corsignano, followed by a tour and a tasting at Fèlsina S.P.A. The former is in the Chianti Classico Black Rooster area – a stretch of about 100 miles of land between Florence and Siena and dates back to about 800 years ago when there was a territorial feud between the two places about ownership. The distinction between Chianti and Chianti Classico is important. As with wines from other regions, like Bordeaux or Burgundy, Chianti Classico has to meet certain standards – a basic Chianti

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Classico, is made up of 80 per cent Sangiovese grapes grown within the area, and 20 per cent other selected grapes for blending. All Chianti Classicos must be at least 12 per cent ABV also. At Fattoria di Corsignano, I tried a selection of its wines including the IGT, the Chianti Classico, the Riserva, the Gran Selezione and the Vinsanto and the olive oil, accompanied by delicious bruschette, and fresh pasta dishes such as pici cacio e pepe (a simple but divine pasta made with pepper and parmesan). The second tour and tasting at Fèlsina S.P.A started in the stone vaults underground, before sampling its wines, including a spumante brut, a well-balanced, delicate wine with a tropical fruit aroma. My visit to Villa Geggianello was truly memorable – stunning scenery, a wonderful home and world class wines. It’s perfect for friends or family groups wanting to create memories together. From £11,528 per week based on 10 people sharing, for the 5-bedroom Villa Geggianello, 020 7684 8888, tuscanynowandmore.com

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Limited to editions of 280, our newly-commissioned Art Deco posters feature glamorous holiday destinations around the world, ski resorts in the Austrian, French and Swiss Alps, and the world’s greatest historic automobiles. Over 100 designs to choose from, all printed on 100% cotton fine art paper, measuring 97 x 65 cms.

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HENRY MOORE DRAPED SEATED WOMAN 1957-58 IN CABOT SQUARE, CANARY WHARF © THE HENRY MOORE FOUNDATION

Henry Moore:

Draped Seated Woman 1957-58 Lobby, One Canada Square

Until 6 April, FREE This exhibition marks the return of Henry Moore’s Draped Seated Woman 1957-58 to the East End of London. From 1962 this monumental bronze sculpture, known locally as ‘Old Flo’, was located on the Stifford Estate in Stepney. But when the tower blocks faced demolition in 1997, the sculpture was loaned to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, remaining there until 2017. Old Flo finally came back to Tower Hamlets for good last October and can be seen at Cabot Square in Canary Wharf until 2022. This documentary exhibition not only traces Old Flo’s story, travels and impact on local opinion and politics, but also explores Henry Moore’s working methods

and influences. The painted plaster Working Model for Draped Seated Woman: Figure on Steps 1956 is on display, kindly loaned by the Henry Moore Foundation, who provided much of the archival material, including a film clip showing the sculpture being installed in Stepney in 1962. Photographs of the other bronze casts in Moore’s edition of Draped Seated Woman are also shown in their locations around the world. The exhibition is part of the wide programme of celebration, education and community events taking place while Old Flo is at Canary Wharf. If you would like to receive updates and become a ‘Friend of Old Flo’ please contact oldflo@canarywharf.com or 020 7418 2346.

Special Event Monday 26 March, 6.30-7.30pm Curator Ann Elliott celebrates the exhibition with members of the Henry Moore Foundation. While the event is free, please contact Canary Wharf Public Art Office at visualart@canarywharf. com to reserve a place.


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COMMUNITY GALLERY Craft Central

at The Forge, Westferry Road Until 4 April

International Women’s Day Alice Instone:

‘Playing Cards With My Grandmother’

Reuters Plaza

8 & 9 March, 12-7pm

Canada Place

Craft Central has supported craftsmanship and craftspeople in the UK for 40 years. Last September they moved to The Forge in Westferry Road on the Isle of Dogs. This Grade II listed former ironworks has been imaginatively converted to provide creative studios, workshops, offices, shared workspaces and an Exhibition Hall. By moving to the Isle of Dogs, Craft Central is bringing design and making back to an area of traditional industry. craftcentral.org.uk

Thursday 8 March is International Women’s Day and UN Women are celebrating by presenting a week of art events in collaboration with major arts bodies across London. Alice Instone has created a new project named ‘Playing Cards With My Grandmother’, inviting people to come and play in her customised ‘art caravan’ on a beautiful, specially designed card deck that acts as the surrogate grandmother. It offers the lifeaffirming advice that a wise grandmother might offer up to give her grandchildren strength

and guidance. Alice’s ‘art caravan’ will be at Reuters Plaza on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 March, from 12 till 7pm. Hopefully visitors will leave with a sense of reassurance as well as a strong message about the role of women in the past and today that resonates beyond the life of this project. aliceinstone.com

Window Galleries Art, Canada walk and Design, Jubilee Walk

3 -30 March Alice Instone’s beautifully illustrated card deck will be also exhibited in the Window Galleries.

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Open Doors Canary Wharf Contractors will once again be participating in ‘Open Doors’, an initiative delivered by Build UK and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), to offer a unique opportunity for members of the public to see first-hand the full range of great opportunities that a career in construction can offer. Guests will have the chance to go behind the scenes of major construction sites and talk to the people working on them who will be on hand to answer questions. Places are available for the tours of the Newfoundland Tower and Wood Wharf project in the week commencing Monday 19 March and must be pre-booked, to do so please visit opendoors. construction/contractors/73. If you would like to arrange a private tour for a larger group or a school with a focus on a specific industry area we would be happy to arrange. Please contact Julie Dang at julie.dang@canarywharf.com or call 020 7418 2346.

The Darkest Hour

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organised by World Wildlife Fund and once again Canary Wharf Group will be supporting the global ‘call to action’ on environmental sustainability. Joining millions worldwide, Canary Wharf will be switching off non-critical lights on the estate on Saturday 24 March for an hour at 8.30pm to address climate change and energy conservation. For more information and to support this initiative please visit earthhour.org/ celebrate-the-hour.


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the bigger picture Whether it’s street art or the property market, Andrew Groocock of Knight Frank has a discerning eye

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hen it comes to street art, Andrew Groocock knows his Banksy from his Basquiat. He might be Knight Frank’s regional partner for the City and east London as well as head of sales in Canary Wharf, but out of office, he can be found at auctions, galleries, and on London’s streets, searching for the next big thing. We meet in the basement ‘Banksy Bunker’ at the Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke

Newington. The gallery has dealt in Banksy prints for nearly a decade and is now one of the biggest dealers in original prints by the artist. Groocock is a big fan, not least because of the artist’s contribution to his new home in north London. “The Banksy that I’m going to sell at the moment is going to pay for my new kitchen,” he laughs, but before I can start gleaning insider investment tips, he swiftly assures me it’s all a fluke. “I collect all

sorts, not purely street art, and for every thing I buy that’s gone up in value, there are probably 10 things that are not worth the paper they are printed on any more. I do genuinely just buy pieces that I want to look at every day, and when you get something at the end of it, that’s a bonus.” Big name Banksy might be a particular favourite, but Groocock likes the potential for discovering new talent that street art can bring. “If I see something I like when


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I’m out on the streets, I try and get in touch with the artist directly, and see if they’ll do an original. Trying to read their signatures is an art in itself though,” he laughs. He’s even turned it into something of a treasure hunt for his young daughter. “There’s an artist called Ludo who I knew had been over here and done three pieces. I wanted to go out and find them, so I took her with me, and she loves it – it’s exciting when you find it. I’ve started an Instagram account of her with lots of street art as well.”

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East London has long been Groocock’s stomping ground when it comes to property too. “I’m based in Canary Wharf and that’s where I cut my teeth over the years.” He also looks after the Aldgate, Battersea, Islington, Kings Cross, Riverside, Tower Bridge and Wapping offices for Knight Frank. Clearly a man of many talents, Groocock did however take a career detour in the restaurant industry first, working for John McClement, who had a Michelin-star restaurant and a series of bistros in west London. “I did a law degree when I went to university but I always wanted to be a chef.” The long and unsociable hours soon took their toll however. “I miss the buzz of the Saturday night service where you’re constantly turning tables and it’s running smoothly, but it takes over your life. Then someone suggested estate agency to me.” It was perhaps the hospitality experience that gave him the edge as a sales negotiator. “The job was all about people and service, like it was at the restaurants, which is the key to everything in estate agency.” From primarily covering the City, SE1 and E1, Groocock’s role looking after eight offices today means he has a much broader perspective. “Every single office – and the market it looks after – is totally different. When one is having an absolute flier, there’ll be another saying this is as hard as we’ve had it. There’s no correlation as such.” The turbulent times in the last 18 months haven’t helped. “With Brexit, the general election, and the additional three per cent stamp duty on buying a second home, there’s always been something that has caused the market to stall. It feels like we have a clearer run now though. December was a good month. It’s a bit of an estate agency myth that it’s a quiet one. People are buying houses all the time and we did a number of deals in the week leading up to Christmas. January was good too.” So where’s performing well? “King’s Cross has a huge amount of interest at the moment. Facebook is saying it’s looking to go there, while Google and Central Saint Martins – who Knight Frank works with to sponsor the graduate show – are there already. That area in terms of regeneration is amazing. And One Park Drive in Canary Wharf, by Herzog & de Meuron, is the pinnacle of property in that area so sales rates of those flats have been incredible.”

Art’s prospects too are on the up, according to Knight Frank’s own Luxury Investment Index (KFLII). It ranks the performance of various types of assets and in its most recent report, compiled by Andrew Shirley, classic cars dropped, jewellery had an excellent year after a number of record-breaking sales at auction, and art was up seven per cent. “There was a sale recently at Christie’s that set the highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of art,” Groocock points out, referring to the $450.3 million sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, the only known painting by the Renaissance master still held in a private collection. Banksy’s work may not have reached such dizzying heights at auction, but people seem more keen than ever to collect his, and other street artists’, work. “People are even cutting out Banksy’s works,” says Groocock. “There was one in SE1 on the side of a house, and someone put a board up around it and cut it out, and that original is now in a private collection. That’s not what it was intended for. It’s intended for the masses.” Although many artists prefer to keep it that way, Groocock is seeing a shift. “A lot of ‘proper’ graffiti artists wouldn’t dream of going into the gallery world but I do think the line is becoming more blurred now. “Jean-Michel Basquiat’s roots are as a graffiti artist but the Barbican did a show on him recently. The Barbican is very strict about graffiti and if there’s anything done in its grounds they will get rid of it immediately, yet they are holding a Basquiat exhibition. Banksy found it slightly ironic so he went and did a piece on a wall down there and it’s now covered in Perspex and...the Barbican wants it.” Groocock does however maintain his belief in the transient nature of street art. “It’s there just for the moment. If people go along and tag it and do other stuff over the top of it, that’s what it’s about. That’s how it evolves on the street.” The question of whether he has himself ever taken a hand to a spray can has to be asked. “Not that I’d admit” is the response. A coincidence perhaps, that Banksy’s identity is yet to be revealed. Knight Frank, 18/19 Cabot Square, E14, 020 3733 1754, knightfrank.co.uk Hang-Up Gallery, 81 Stoke Newington Road, N16, 020 3667 4550, hanguppictures.com

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MOVE. FASTER WITH KNIGHT FRANK. If you are considering selling or letting a property this year, now is the time to speak to an expert. We pride ourselves on exceptional service and unrivalled market knowledge, with a global network of 418 offices accross 60 countries that can showcase your property to the widest possible audience.   Call us today on 020 3641 6112 to arrange your free market appraisal.   Guide price: £1,295,000

Discovery Dock Apartments East, Isle of Dogs E14

 

This spacious two bedroom apartment is located on the fourteenth floor. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, private terrace, leisure facilities, concierge and private parking. EPC: B. Approximately 105.07 sq m (1,131 sq ft). cwharf@knightfrank.com Office: 020 3641 6112

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Port East Apartments, Nr Canary Wharf E14 An exceptional two bedroom penthouse situated on the top floor within a Grade I listed warehouse conversion. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, roof terrace, concierge, parking and leisure facilities. EPC: D. Approximately 167 sq m (1,800 sq ft). cwharf@knightfrank.com Office: 020 3641 6112

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Masthead House, Royal Docks E16 A well presented two bedroom apartment This two bedroom apartment is located on the fourth floor within the new Admiralty House development. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, 2 private balconies and concierge. EPC: B. Approximately 96.90 sq m (1,043 sq ft). Available furnished or unfurnished

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Guide price: £425 per week KnightFrank.co.uk/CWQ285234 All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. There will also be a £48 charge to register your deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme if applicable. (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit www.knightfrank.co.uk/tenantfees.

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Mayfair Showroom 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL 28 offices in central London and over 60 across the capital

High Holborn, WC1V ÂŁ2,995,000

This three bedroom penthouse apartment is split over the top three floors and benefits from a large roof garden with decked flooring. The property has been finished to a high standard throughout and has an open plan kitchen/reception room and two modern bathrooms, energy rating c. Dexters Bloomsbury 020 7833 4466

Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 ÂŁ1,250,000

A mid-terrace Victorian house set over three floors with three double bedrooms. The property has been fully refurbished and has large sash windows throughout. Further benefits include an open plan kitchen/ reception room, a large three piece family bathroom, and a south facing roof terrace, energy rating c. Dexters London Bridge 020 7650 5100

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Shad Thames, SE1 £1,150 per week

A four double bedroom apartment set in the heart of Shad Thames with views of Tower Bridge. The property has two bathrooms, a private balcony and is located moments from the riverfront. The apartment benefits from concierge and parking, energy rating b. Dexters Tower Bridge 020 7650 5105

Pan Peninsula Square, E14 £1,400 per week

A penthouse apartment with three double bedrooms and views of the London skyline. The bedrooms each have their own en suite, balcony and built-in wardrobe. The residents of the building have access to a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a 48th floor cocktail bar, energy rating c. Dexters Canary Wharf 020 7517 1190 Tenants fees apply: £180 per tenancy towards administration, £60 reference fee per tenant and £144 for a professional check in (All inc of VAT).


Discovery Walk, Wapping E1W

The Highway, Wapping E1W

a2 are pleased to offer for sale this recently refurbished 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 2 ea2 are pleased to offer for sale this rare to market top floor duplex penthouse within this storey freehold house with no onward chain.The property benefits from a fully fitted ornamental canal side secure development.The apartment is generously proportioned and Wellington Terrace, Wapping E1W £695,000 kitchen, lounge, front and rear and gardens. Laminate wood floor. Double glazing. split over 2 floors offering far reaching South facing views over Wapping.The apartment 2benefits double bedroom, 2 storey house set within this gated CCTV development. The property has been fully modernised to include Close to Shadwell station, local bus routes and amenities. from a fully fitted kitchen, shower room, spacious lounge and bedroom and ample double glazing, replacement ceilings,space. wood floors, , alarm, heating system operated via remote control, smart phone or storage space. Secure underground parking On site caretaker. Closecentral to the historic Tabaco Dock, WappingFully station, bus routes and amenities. internet. Lounge. fitted kitchen. Double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes. Garden. Secure Underground parking space.

Potential to extend into the loft subject to planning permission. Close to Wapping station and local amenities. Price: £550,000 Price: £595,000

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Hermitage Court, West Wapping E1W

a2 is pleased to offer for sale this modern built 2 bedroom apartment within this popular ea2 are pleased to offer for sale this modern built 1 bedroom apartment within this ornamental canal side secure gated development.The property is comprised of a spacious popular West Wapping development.The apartment benefits from separate fully fitted lounge with a dining area leading to a fully fitted kitchen. 2 Bedrooms with views of the kitchen, 3 piece bathroom suite, lounge, private terrace and laminate wood floor. Tudor House,Tower Bridge, SE1 ornamental canal. Family 3 piece bathroom suite. South facing terrace.The property also Secure underground parking space. Residence communal courtyard.£1,595,000 Porterage. Close 6th floor luxury 2 underground Double Bedrooms, 2 The Bathrooms, Plandecorative Reception Room, large balcony. bedroom benefits from a secure parking space property is Open in excellent to St Katharine’s Dock Master and Tower Hill station.with en-suite and Modern Integrated Kitchen, Balcony, 24 Hour Porter by Harrods Estates, Residents Gymnasium, Swimming order.walk Closeintowardrobe. Wapping station, the DLR, local bus routes and amenities.

Pool, Lifts to all floors. Close to Local Shopping Facilities, Walking Distance toPrice: London£495,000 Bridge. Price: £625,000

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Waterman Way, Wapping E1W

Burr Close, West Wapping E1W

Overground and close to Waitrose. Rental Price: £775 Per Week

Rental Price: £470 Per Week

Tradewinds Court, West Wapping E1W

Sovereign Court, Wapping E1W

ea2 are pleased to offer to rent this two double bedrooms duplex apartment situated ea2 are pleased to offer for let this very large 4 double bedroom 3 bathroom house only moments from St Katherine’s Dock in West Wapping. Comprising of separate with superb views of the ornamental canal.This is a very bright house with 2 of the fitted kitchen, reception, bathroom, patio garden and laminated wood flooring. Close bedrooms en-suiteWapping and one furtherE1W family bathroom and an extra cloak room on Rodingbeing Mews, £1,300 per week to St Katharine’s and Tower Hill Station.is a the floor. Fully kitchen with a you diningthis area.6Separate lounge. Garden leading ea2ground are pleased to fitted be able to show bedroom 4 bathroom house for rental with aDock garden. This property from kitchen. Fully furnished. verythe unique property and has views over the canal. Would suit 6 professional people. Close to Tower Hill and Wapping

ea2 are pleased to offer to rent this recently refurbished 3 double bedroom duplex apartment in the popular Quay 430 gated development.The apartment benefits from 2 bathrooms (one en-suite), Private garden, Garage and an allocated parking space Cascades Tower, Docklands E14 Within close proximity to Tower Hill and Wapping Station.‘Waitrose’ is also close by.

High quality apartments to rent in an exciting and vibrant development in Wapping E1W.With 24-hour concierge and set around a beautiful communal courtyard garden square, this development consists of 124 high-quality studio, 1 bedroom and per 2 bedroom apartments and is the perfect place to unwind and£500 make the mostweek of 2 double bedroom, 2 bathroom 11th floor apartment within this secure modern development. Comprising a reception Wapping and the surrounding areasSovereign Court is ideally located with easy room with water/ City views, fitted kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe & en bathroom, access to The Citysuite and Canary Wharfadditional via a number of different transport links.

shower Balcony. pool, Gymnasium & Tennis court. Concierge. Rentalroom. Price: £650Swimming Per Week Rental Price: £450 Per Week

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Spitalfields, E1

London Square Spitalfields is a stylish collection of 49 one-, two- and threebedroom apartments on Commercial Street. Both the City’s historic landmarks and vibrant Shoreditch are on its doorstep, and the development’s aptly-named Leadenhall, Billingsgate and Broadway buildings are set around the beautifullylandscaped Mallon Gardens and Grade II-listed Toynbee Hall. Transport links are excellent with Aldgate and Aldgate East stations just a short walk away, while the market, independent shops and eateries of Spitalfields are also nearby. The apartments are designed to appeal to discerning purchasers and are luxuriously appointed with timber flooring in the main living areas, underfloor heating, stylish SieMatic kitchens with integrated appliances and wine coolers, and spacious bedrooms. All properties also have a secure video entry system, outdoor space in the form of a terrace, balcony or garden, and the additional luxury of having access to a concierge service. The beautiful two-bedroom 874 sq ft show apartment – launching this month – occupies a dual aspect, ground floor plot with its own private entrance and garden, so potential residents can get the full picture. Inside, Suna Interior Design has combined monochrome tones and gold hues with industrial-inspired wall lamps and raw metal accessories. Apartments will be ready for occupation from this winter.

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From £705,000 for a onebedroom home 0333 666 0110 londonsquare.co.uk

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THE FINEST RIVER VIEW IN LONDON WATERFRONT PENTHOUSE COLLECTION ARRANGE A VIEWING TODAY Simply stunning: the new penthouse collection at Waterfront is the ultimate in luxury, with breathtaking views up and down the river to Canary Wharf, the City and the Thames Barrier. Residents can relax in the sumptuous spa facilities of The Waterside Club and enjoy on-site dining, riverside walks and shopping. Not to mention the on-site Crossrail station, due to open in December 2018, which will provide a world-class, high capacity railway, delivering faster journey times to central London and Heathrow.

A limited collection of 2 and 3 bedroom duplex penthouses available Prices from ÂŁ1,295,000 Viewing by appointment only - call 020 3553 7093 to register your interest Sales & Marketing Suite open 10am to 6pm (Thursdays until 8pm) Imperial Building, No. 2 Duke of Wellington Avenue, Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich, London SE18 6FR Photography is indicative only. Prices and information correct at time of going to press.

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St James’s Summer Garden Party THURSDAY 28TH JUNE 2018 FROM 6PM TO 9PM IN ST JAMES’S SQUARE SW1Y 4LE

A wonderful evening for residents and businesses and their guests at a private party in support of the St James’s Conservation Trust. v FOOD & DRINKS from Café Murano, Chutney Mary, Wiltons, Barbacoa, Aquavit, The Ritz London, Fortnum & Mason, 67 Pall Mall, The Stafford Hotel, The Royal Automobile Club and more v MUSIC listen and dance to two bands v CASINO The Ritz Club v CHAMPAGNE Pimms, wines, cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks too v ST JAMES’S CRAFTS tailors, shoemakers, perfumiers, hatters v FABULOUS RAFFLE PRIZES TICKETS £60 EACH OR £50 FOR MORE THAN 10 - DRINKS, FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDED

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FINAL PHASE NOW LAUNCHED

NOW COMPLETE AND READY TO MOVE IN Zanara Court is proud to present a newly released collection of two and three bedroom duplex loft-style apartments, and a magnificent three bedroom penthouse with lift access and a fabulous private terrace. All of these apartments offer spacious accommodation ranging from 1,012-1,216 sqft and are finished to a high standard. Ideally located for Sydenham station offering direct services into Central London including Canada Water in approximately 15 minutes as well as London Bridge and Shoreditch High Street.

Prices from ÂŁ625,000

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Maidenstone Hill SE10 Found in the heart of West Greenwich is this attractive three bedroom Victorian terrace house.

Price £895,000 Freehold Three bedrooms

Two bathrooms

Two receptions

EER D

West Greenwich Office 020 8858 9911

Quentin Road SE13 An elegant three storey Victorian house with a larger than usual courtyard garden.

Price £1,150,000 Freehold Four bedrooms

One bathroom

One reception

EER D

Blackheath Village Office 020 8318 1311

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Old Woolwich Road SE10

Dursley Road SE3

A stunning three bedrooom Victorian house located on a sought after residential street.

A delightful period home with planning permission granted for a two storey dwelling to the side.

Price £1,000,000 Freehold

Guide £650,000 - £675,000 Freehold

Three bedrooms

Two bathrooms

Three bedrooms

One bathroom

Two receptions

EER D

Two receptions

EER D

East Greenwich Office 020 3846 1414

Blackheath Standard 020 8858 6101

Blashford Street SE13 A superb three bedroom Victorian family home located within easy reach of Hither Green station.

Price £675,000 Freehold Three bedrooms

One bathroom

One reception

EER D

Lee Office 020 8852 8633

Blackheath Village Blackheath Standard Greenwich (West) Greenwich (East) Lee

020 8318 1311 020 8858 6101 020 8858 9911 020 3846 1414 020 8852 8633


Little Cottage Place SE10

John Donne Way SE10

Combe Avenue SE3

Immaculate one bedroom modern apartment in a great location in Greenwich.

A stunning, spacious and beautifully presented three double bedroom apartment.

A bright and stylish two bedroom purpose-built maisonette available now.

£1,300 PCM

£2,400 PCM

£1,400 PCM

1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 1 Reception • EER C

3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Reception • EER B

2 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • 1 Reception • EER D

West Greenwich Office 020 8858 9911

West Greenwich Office 020 8858 9911

Blackheath Standard Office 020 8858 6101

St. Johns Park SE3

Ryculff Square SE3

Meadowcourt Road SE3

A newly renovated second floor, apartment offered unfurnished and available now.

A refurbished, first floor maisonette close to Blackheath Village with a private entrance.

A ground floor apartment with a private garden forming part of a superb gated development.

£1,350 PCM

£1,800 PCM

£1,600 PCM

1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 1 Reception • EER D

3 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • 1 Reception • EER E

2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Reception • EER C

Blackheath Standard Office 020 8858 6101

Blackheath Village 020 8318 1311

Blackheath Village 020 8318 1311

Lambarde Square SE10

The Peltons SE10

Upwood Road SE12

Immaculately presented two bedroom apartment benefiting from parking.

Sought after one bedroom apartment situated in a popular development.

Lovely three bedroom family home located within a few hundred yards of Lee train station.

£1,750 PCM

£1,375 PCM

£2,190 PCM

2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1 Reception • EER B

1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • 1 Reception • EER B

3 Bedrooms • 1 Bathroom • 1 Reception • EER D

East Greenwich Office 020 3846 1414

East Greenwich Office 020 3846 1414

Lee Office 020 8852 8633

Our standard tenant fees are £120 agreement fee and £90 per person reference fee. Other fees may apply, visit johnpayne.com/tenantfees for more information.

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Beckenham 020 8663 4433 Bromley 020 8315 5544

Chislehurst 020 8295 4900 Locksbottom 01689 882 988

Orpington 01689 661 400 West Wickham 020 8432 7373

Beckenham BR3

Shirley CR0

Occupying a plot of approximately 0.8 of an acre is this exceptional Arts & Crafts family residence.

Fabulous four bedroom detached family home with a three bedroom connected annexe.

£2,850,000 F/H

£1,375,000 F/H

Five bedrooms

Five bathrooms

Seven bedrooms

Two bathrooms

Four receptions

EER C

Four receptions

EER E

Contact Beckenham 020 8663 4433

Contact West Wickham 020 8432 7373

Bromley BR1 A collection of unique one and two bed apartments adjacent to the Grade I listed Sundridge Park Mansion.

Prices from £399,950-£550,000 L/H • • • •

Available On Help To Buy Stamp Duty Paid Unique Peaceful Setting Energy Efficiency Rating C

Contact Bromley 020 8315 5544

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THE FINEST RIVER VIEW IN LONDON WATERFRONT PENTHOUSE COLLECTION ARRANGE A VIEWING TODAY Simply stunning: the new penthouse collection at Waterfront is the ultimate in luxury, with breathtaking views up and down the river to Canary Wharf, the City and the Thames Barrier. Residents can relax in the sumptuous spa facilities of The Waterside Club and enjoy on-site dining, riverside walks and shopping. Not to mention the on-site Crossrail station, due to open in December 2018, which will provide a world-class, high capacity railway, delivering faster journey times to central London and Heathrow.

A limited collection of 2 and 3 bedroom duplex penthouses available Prices from ÂŁ1,295,000 Viewing by appointment only - call 020 3553 7093 to register your interest Sales & Marketing Suite open 10am to 6pm (Thursdays until 8pm) Imperial Building, No. 2 Duke of Wellington Avenue, Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich, London SE18 6FR Photography is indicative only. Prices and information correct at time of going to press.

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PENTHOUSES WITH A VIE W SE1’s Coda Collection at The Music Box are ready to move into. Each offer panoramic London skyline views, inspirational architecture and outstanding interiors. • Final 3 penthouses from £2,500,000 • 24 hour concierge service • Great Zone 1 location • 2 minute walk to Southwark tube station*

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from £535,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, from £1,299,995 for a four-bedroom townhouse 020 3437 0472 crestnicholson.com

WELLS PARK PLACE, SE26 Crest Nicholson’s new London development, Wells Park Place, is a collection of 46 homes located in the leafy suburb of Sydenham Hill in south-east London. The hill is one of London’s highest points, and the development’s elevated position means residents will enjoy far-reaching views across London. Reaching the city below is just as simple, with regular trains taking just 15 minutes to reach Victoria, from Sydenham Hill station. The two- and threebedroom apartments have one secure underground parking space each, while the four-bedroom townhouses

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have two. All properties also come with ample private outside space. The spacious townhouses are spread over three or four storeys, and the master bedroom’s enormous windows stand at 5m tall, to maximise both the views and natural light. The gardens of these properties are also south-east facing for maximum sunshine. For further outdoor space, Crystal Palace Park and Mayow Park are within walking distance. If provision for family life is high on the priority list, the area also boasts three independent schools: Dulwich College, James Allen’s Girls’ School and Alleyn’s School, as well as four comprehensive schools all rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

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Wake up to this view every morning... An idyllic collection of townhouses at one of London’s highest point, Sydenham Hill

Zone 3 | 23 minutes* to central London | Incredible views over London & Kent | Quiet, leafy surroundings | Close to some of London’s best schools | Nestled between Dulwich & Crystal Palace | Incredibly spacious 1,801-2,156 sq ft Property to sell? Speak to us about how we can help you sell your current home. 4 bedroom townhouses from £1,299,995 Visit our Sales & Marketing Suite Exeter Place | Sydenham | London | SE26 6RP

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Travel times taken from Google Maps. Show Home photography of 4 bedroom, 4 storey townhouse. Pricing correct on 21.02.18.

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