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“What is the future of the property sector?” – that is the question most frequently posed to me by our clients and teams alike at Knight Frank. It’s understandable; we’re currently in a time of great structural change, political uncertainty and technological disruption which is inevitably causing confusion around the outlook for the sector. Over the past two years, my Partners and I have spent a significant amount of time considering the changing landscape of real estate and plotting our future around our clients’ interests and the challenges that may arise. The growth of technology and digital platforms undoubtedly has a role to play in the real estate sector, but we passionately believe that, above all else, our clients seek trusted professional advice and a truly outstanding service. In the age of growing automation, artificial intelligence and online service provision, our research confirms that you – our
discerning client – also want the best market intelligence, an exceptional personal service, and access to teams that enhance the fulfilment of your property requirements. We are very focused on providing you with this. Over the next year, you will begin to notice a change in our approach, our skills, our tone of voice and the array of services that we offer you. Knight Frank’s offices across the UK are currently undergoing a transformation to becomemore engaging spaces in our local communities, and our ongoing investment into technology aims to support your property requirements and enhance our bespoke service to you, without impeding on the human element that we feel is so important. Put simply, we want to raise the bar of the traditional estate agency. Being an independent Partnership enables us to place you at the very centre of all that we do – we passionately believe that developing and nurturing enduring relationships with clients and their families lies at the heart of Knight Frank’s business. Our commitment to research and insight means we are working with developers and investors to investigate solutions to the big challenges facing many of our markets. Examples of these include: affordability challenges; the need to provide mobility and liquidity for a fast-evolving workforce; ensuring that property ownership is a joy as well as a sound investment; and planning the future for our ‘empty nester’ clients via the fast-growing Retirement Living sector. In all of these sectors we are expanding our services to you. In addition to showcasing the best prime property around the world – from One Barangaroo in Sydney to Francesc Macià 10 in Barcelona – Private View 2018 explores the lifestyle considerations that matter to you. This year’s edition includes an interview with bespoke men’s
shirt designer Emma Willis; the heir to Blenheim Palace George Blandford on his forthcoming transatlantic rowing challenge; and our new and dynamic Private Office team as they discuss how they help to enhance and preserve our clients’ real estate portfolios for the future. The UK looks set to face another challenging year, but our research highlights a growing demand for prime property that will drive the residential market forward when we enter more normalised times. Our confidence in the future of real estate as a safe haven asset class remains unwavering, as does our commitment to you. I very much hope you enjoy reading this year’s Private View.
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George Blandford prepares for his Knight Frank-sponsored row across the Atlantic
Pioneering tailor Kathryn Sargent continues to open doors with her suit-making
The entrepreneur, artist and busy mother of three, explains why the kitchen will always be the true heart of a family home
Pierre Lagrange is one of the best-known hedge fund managers in the world. Or, at least, he used to be.
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This page from top: The intricate process of bespoke tailoring shown on one of Kathryn Sargent’s jackets in progress; Kathryn at her Brook Street atelier Opposite page: Precision cutting in her studio
Stories from Savile Row
FOLLOWING SUIT Pioneering tailor Kathryn Sargent continues to open doors with her suit-making By Adam Jacot de Boinod
latter is more about craftsmanship and making top-quality garments which stand the test of time, while the former is more concerned with following ever-changing trends. Now, as a proud owner of her own atelier, she is very involved at every stage of the tailoring process and still helps in the cutting of the pattern. She doesn’t have a house style as such, preferring her personal touch and unique styling for the individual. “There’s a real psychology to how people want to feel in their clothes,” Kathryn asserts, “looking at how they move: some almost do a workout in their new suit to ensure they are comfortable.” For her, the bespoke tailoring involves the intricate process of making a personalised garment from scratch. Kathryn meets the client to discuss their needs, tastes and lifestyle. “Communication is key,” she affirms. Then the measuring begins, the whole process can all take up to 50 hours and involves up to eight people, including a cutter, a trimmer, a coat and trouser maker, and a presser. Kathryn has dressed royalty, actors, politicians and leaders of industry and, though her client base is predominantly male, there is a growing contingent of women flocking to her shop. “When I was an apprentice, I started tailoring garments for myself, slightly softer and less structured than a man’s suit, because it was important to look good. Clients then started asking about tailoring for their wives and now I have a lot of corporate female clients.” She is confident that very soon half her clientele will be women. Kathryn caters to hard-working women needing high- performance tailoring to help them look professional and the increase in her female clientele has been significant. With prices on a made-to-measure suit starting at £1,595 and a bespoke two-piece suit at £4,900, that takes some doing. “It’s such a joy for them to have things specially made that suit their character and body shape and, if they are travelling, suit different climates and cultures.” For her own attire, Kathryn admits that it is hard to dress casually given she is a tailor. But she loves tailored suits and, opts for – jackets and trousers. “After all, it’s a bit difficult in a dress or skirt to do the job measuring people, etc.” She has already experimented with a “seasonal store”, a glorified “pop-up shop”, in 2016 in Savile Row. Kathryn also shows her work three times a year in American hotels with specially booked sessions. She told me she would love to expand into the whole house but she currently has a small team and is a “tailor not a retailer”. Let’s hope they continue to flock to her atelier and that others follow suit.
I met Kathryn Sargent in her stylish shop on the first floor of a Georgian house on Mayfair’s Brook Street. It had a strong feeling of being both functional yet enticing, blending of tradition with the contemporary, the walnut cabinets placed for the patterns and the hotel foyer desk for the cutting board. All the colours were
she bought tailoring books with all the tips of the trade and illustrations on how to draft traditional patterns and construct classic clothing. “Bespoke tailoring wasn’t a very fashionable job for a woman back in the 1990s, so I didn’t have too much trouble getting a job straight after college. I’m sure many of the senior
neutral apart from a shot of the brand’s burgundy and the bright lights which, she told me, were a stark contrast to the basements where she had once worked. “The cut of a gentleman’s suit says more about him than almost anything,” she says. A tall, confident and naturally well-dressed lady herself, she cuts quite a dash. Kathryn also caused quite a stir by entering “where angels fear to tread” in 2012, when she opened the very first gentleman’s tailoring practice to be owned and managed by a woman in London’s Mayfair: the epicentre of the city’s tailoring industry, both very much male bastions.
gentlemen I worked alongside would have preferred a young man as an apprentice, but actually they were inundated with women applying. Some found this shocking, some just didn’t understand it, but others thought it was brilliant.” After graduating in 1996, Kathryn found work experience at Denman & Goddard, the renowned tailors and shirt makers in Mayfair, before securing full employment at neighbouring Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row. “You might as well start at the top and they really did take me under their wing.” Here, Kathryn put her head down and “practised and practised and practised.” She won the Golden Shears Award in 1998 and, by 2000, had become a cutter with her own client list. These two revered houses gave her an exceptional grounding in menswear and the rigours of bespoke tailoring. It was at the latter that Kathryn trained for 15 years, absorbing decades of skills and experience from the craftsmen involving seams, pleats and cuffs. She achieved head cutter in 2009, an appointment which prompted a flurry of supportive letters from members of the public, highlighting how unsual a woman in in her postion was.
Kathryn’s passion for tailoring was lit during a trip to London’s Savile Row in 1995, suggested by her tutor. “Instantly, I was captivated. I was 20 years old and, as I walked down the street, it felt like I’d stumbled into a secret club. Even then I knew it was a light-bulb moment.” People seemed to her so stylish and well-dressed, reminding her of her father, a man who was to prove a major influence in her career. “My dad was a dapper man. A businessman who travelled often for work, he was always impeccably dressed. He used a tailor local to us in Leeds for alterations and, as a little girl, I’d sit in the shop and watch the men who were busy, cross-legged, sewing away. But it wasn’t really until I studied fashion that I realised how much of a style icon my father was to me.” “It is imperative,” Kathryn insists, “that you are passionate about what you do. There is a real opportunity in the world of tailoring for anyone. You just need to grab it” Kathryn certainly grabbed hers. She grew up in Leeds before moving south to enroll on a fashion course at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design in Epsom. It was there that
Kathryn is delighted at the prospect of being an inspiration to other women, but is adamant about getting her priorities straight. “I was thrilled to be making history, although being a woman is incidental: I am a tailor first and foremost,” she makes clear. Kathryn feels a deep connection between herself and the cloth: “The fabrics themselves are woven in Scotland and Yorkshire. I am from Yorkshire, and I think it must have been in the water.” She loves rich wools that have “substance, depth, colour and texture”, and is adept at creating handcrafted pieces that flatter, inspire and fit beautifully, Kathryn is keen to make a strong distinction between fashion design and tailoring, believing that the
Kathryn Sargent is at 6 Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1BB, kathrynsargent.com
A s a founding partner of GLG - a platform for professional learning that was acquired by the Man Group for $1.6bn in 2010 - and a net worth estimated at half a billion dollars, Lagrange’s place in the hedgie hall of fame is assured. His net worth has been estimated at half a billion dollars. But, a couple of months before our meeting, he renounced his advisory role to the board of the Man Group to focus on other interests full-time. We’re in a room above the main shop floor of Huntsman, the storied Savile Row tailor that Lagrange acquired with his partner in 2013. There is tweed-effect wallpaper, provided “by the people behind Farrow& Ball”, and various members of staff pass through, carrying out tasks in an effort to transform the space into a sort of “Edwardian morning room” for customers of the brand’s bespoke tailoring. Soon, VIP clients will be able to drop in to read the papers, do a bit of work or enjoy a drink from the honesty bar in what
daunted. “If I hadn’t bought the shop I don’t know if I would have stayed, but after we made the first one or two pieces, I thought: oh my god, this is totally for me.” Lagrange has updated some of the business’s processes, using out-sourcing platformUpwork to secure consultancy services and employing the same keen eye for detail with which he became famous among hedge fund colleagues. “But my approach is ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ There’s a reason that this shop has been in the favour of the great and the good since 1849.” With this, he leaps up to show me the label on the inside of a tweed jacket that’s hanging on a mannequin close by. It was made for Eric Clapton a couple of decades ago and has the head cutter’s initial on the label by the inside breast pocket. The importance placed on the expertise of the head cutter is just the same as it was then, he says. Away from Huntsman, Lagrange holds a seat on the board of a cryptocurrency investment company and
Pierre Lagrange is one of the best-known hedge fundmanagers in the world. Or, at least, he used to be By Edwin Smith THE HUNTSMAN Stories from Savile Row
is designed to be an oasis of calm in the centre of town. “Now everybody [in luxury and retail] is trying to create an experience,” says Lagrange, closing his laptop on the table next to us and settling down on a long wooden bench. He wears loafers, jeans, a blue-and-white striped shirt and has dozens of bracelets and bands adorning his right wrist. The combination of his French-Belgian accent and mane of long hair makes him seem like a modern-day version of one of Alexandre Dumas’ musketeers. But “creating an experience,” he says, is what Huntsman has been doing since it was founded almost 170 years ago. “In every one of us, there is a creative part. Even in the most serious of us. But there are very few expressions of creativity that a businessman or a politician is allowed.” There’s widespread recognition now, Lagrange adds, that ‘making stuff ” – whether cooking, baking or doing DIY – is therapeutic. “This is a luxury extension of that. You work with the best craftsmen, you direct their work, and they make it for you.” When he first took over at Huntsman, Lagrange had his doubts. “Everyone was very serious, very austere. I felt
finances film projects. The most notable of the latter is the Kingsman franchise, which came about when, shortly after acquiring Huntsman, Lagrange discovered that the director Matthew Vaughan, a friend of his, had begun writing a script that was inspired by visits to the tailor. He’s also an art lover (the one piece he’d save in a fire is a small black-and-white Rothko drawing that’s been in his collection for decades), and is constantly on the lookout for work to grace the walls of his homes in London, Hampshire, Courchevel, Mustique and New York. The “super-modern” penthouse in Manhattan is the one he talks about most animatedly, describing its 12th floor location above the High Line and the “extraordinary terrace” that wraps around it. The area is “a bit like Notting Hill,” he adds. “You can get totally dressed up to go out, turn right out of the front door and there are all these art galleries. Or, you can walk downstairs in flip-flops, turn left and go and get a burger.” In either case, you suspect, Lagrange could be perfectly content.
Pierre Lagrange by Tom Cockram
Stories from Savile Row
have to work around flaws it’s incredibly time-consuming,” she says. “And we use real mother-of-pearl buttons instead of plastic because they have a beautiful iridescence to them. They’re a decoration in themselves.” When Emma started making shirts back in the nineties, she was very much a woman in a man’s world, but her hard work, easy charm and quiet confidence helped her to build a reputation for quality and authenticity. “I think I was definitely one of the first women in Jermyn Street,” she recalls. “I had a small workroom in New Cross from which I sold directly to customers in London and New York, so by the time I opened in Jermyn Street I knew a lot of men in the business. I’d built up a good profile with respected customers such as the Dukes of Beaufort and Devonshire. The fact that I’d already been making bespoke shirts for ten years helped people to take me seriously, but customers were definitely at first a little surprised by a woman. I remember one Italian man questioning me and saying: ‘Women can’t make shirts,’ so I said: ‘Let me try, sir.’ He was funny and challenging – and I made sure he went away very happy with his shirt.” Today, most of her workforce is female “apart from one brave man”. Gloucestershire is where Emma first moved to in 1989 and she’s proud to say she found most of her talented team locally. “We train people from scratch so if someone hasn’t learned to sew but has a good work ethic, we’ll teach them as they work. One new employee is a very talented young woman who’s a Syrian refugee and she’s absolutely excellent. She’s already proving herself to be really skilled.” With a successful business under her belt, Emma is now in a position to share her sartorial skills with those in need and she founded her charity, Shirts For Soldiers, after listening to a Radio 4 documentary about a military rehabilitation hospital. What she heard inspired her. “These people weren’t complaining about their horrific injuries; you could tell that their real fear was having to start again and build new careers when being in the forces was their identity,” she says. So she began visiting the ex-servicemen and making them bespoke shirts as gifts. “About a year later, I made my first trip to Headley Rehabilitation Centre and I loved how the men took such pleasure in choosing the fabrics and style of the shirt,” she says. “So many were in wheelchairs or had lost eyes or limbs and to see these handsome young men take pride in themselves was so rewarding.” Emma’s next project is an exhibition, Art In The Aftermath, featuring work from ex-servicemen and talks from the charity’s patrons, The Telegraph ’s fashion editor Lisa Armstrong and model David Gandy. It’s a hectic time for Emma, but she’s a woman who clearly loves her work.
MADE IN ENGLAND
HowEmmaWillis’s quintessentially English shirt-making brand found its ideal home in a gorgeous Gloucester townhouse By Hannah Verdier
A s shirt maker to Prince Charles, David Gandy and Dermot O’Leary, Emma Willis is a woman in demand. Clients visit her Jermyn Street shop to be measured up for a bespoke style, but most of the production is done in an 18th-century townhouse in Gloucester. It was love at first sight when Emma first noticed Bearland House, with its ornamental façade and fine wrought-iron railings, and the moment she walked in she knew it was the ideal place to set up production as her company outgrew its smaller workshop. “Big windows and high ceilings are really important when you’re doing a lot of hand sewing, monogramming and cutting,” says Emma. “Natural light is a must. Bearland House is also an inspiring place to work. Although I hadn’t really noticed the place before, I arranged a viewing and absolutely fell in love with its beautiful carved staircase and huge arched windows that look out across the docks. “The room proportions are great, with lovely high ceilings and huge sash windows, all with really good light for working in. I was blown away by the masses of space that gave us so much room for expansion.” The property had been empty for almost two years, so Emma snapped it up to rent and moved in straight away – and it didn’t take long for her team of 28 staff to settle in to the place they call “Downton Abbey”. “It feels like a house rather than a factory,” says Emma. “We moved there with all our cutting tables and sewing machines and we didn’t really have to do too much to it. The downstairs rooms are fantastic, with beautiful proportions, perfect for our bespoke cutting rooms. It had been a solicitor’s before we moved in, so we just swapped laptops for sewing machines and were up and running.” Now Bearland House has become a fundamental part of the business, so after five years Emma is thrilled to be in the process of buying it. “Everyone loves working there,” she says. “It’s incomparable and the ideal place for our business.” Emma splits her time between her Jermyn Street shop in London and the Gloucester base, where she welcomes and trains graduates to her exacting standards. “Our philosophy is quality before speed,” she says. “We never judge people on how fast they work, although everybody knows their aim is to provide quality with speed. I’d never hurry production.” Emma is also very discerning about her materials ensuring each garment has the luxurious finish her customers expect. “The fabric we use is superb because if you
Previous page: Emma Willis Above: Emma measures a soldier at Headley Court for one of her bespoke shirts Right: Bearland House in Gloucester
‘Art In The Aftermath’ opens on 4 November at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London. Visit the shop at 66 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6NY, emmawillis.com
Jools Holland recalls his first exposure to music at his grandmother’s house and gives a tour of his east London studio holland
Y ou’d be forgiven for thinking that Helicon Mountain wasn’t in south-east London. With its small pastel-coloured buildings, pseudo-Italian square and intricate Mediterranean architecture, the place is a hidden treat. And, like many of the other unexpected mash-ups and mixtapes that are brought to life here, it is the creation of Jools Holland. Today, the musician is showing us around, sharing the secrets and stories of Helicon Mountain, and playing some music himself. “There have been a lot of amazing moments in this studio,” he says from behind a grand piano. “And I’ve seen some amazing things in here – maybe the most magical moments of my life.” Names from Tom Jones to Eric Clapton, Bono to
So I was exposed to Bach, the Beatles and the blues. And that’s only B…” Helicon Mountain, built over two decades ago from a jumble of lock-ups and stables, is an homage to Holland’s collaborative and varied approach. European in architectural- style, it is decorated with thoroughly English antiques and borrows a tower that began life as a folly in a Chelsea Flower Show garden. And it isn’t far from where Holland’s passion for music was first sparked. “My grandmother’s house was in a little terraced street inGreenwich. It had been in the Blitz, actually; and, although it hadn’t been destroyed, there was a lot of fire damage. I remember the piano, a tough old thing, was charred all over the front. But when she put me on her lap and opened up that burnt front, there was this beautiful wood inside.” It was on this piano that Holland heard his first boogie- woogie tune. He says that the song, played by his uncle, was one of the best things he had ever heard. “It made me want to jump up and down,” he laughs, performing the piece on his Yamaha grand. “It gave me so much joy.” That joy still runs through Holland’s music to this day. He reveals Ed Sheeran and Rag’n’BoneMan as his favourite current artists, and how he hopes to bring many more musicians to the storied studios of Helicon Mountain to collaborate. This mash-up mentality is the key to Holland’s success. In a world he today considers careful, the musician isn’t afraid to let a rapper sing the blues, or bring the far-flung architecture of Europe to the British capital. In fact, he’s never more at home than when he’s behind his piano, pushing boundaries. “That’s the thing about bringing things together,” he grins, pausing for a theatrical clap. “You get something quite unique.”
Paul McCartney, are printed on the walls in gold lettering. All have recorded here, coming from far and wide to collaborate with Holland. “We like to give artists the opportunity to have some fun,” says the bandleader, absent- mindedly playing the blues as he
“I REMEMBER the PIANO , a tough OLD THING , was CHARRED all over the FRONT ”
talks. “Because all artists love experimenting with music. For me, it’s amazing. Some of these people I’ve been listening to since I was 12 – and then they’re here in this room recording with me.” Now 60, Holland has released many albums of these collaborations. He has worked with everyone from Cee Lo Green to Amy Winehouse – and can’t think of a single genre he actively dislikes. “The great thing about music is there’s always something exciting,” he says, still playing. “I listen to music that’s two seconds old, or 100 years old. I’ve got 78s and digital downloads. I think I owe that to my parents. Growing up we listened to a lot of pop music, but also classical music.
Jools Holland, photographed by Tom Bunning for Gentleman’s Journal
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George Blandford prepares for his Knight Frank-sponsored row across the Atlantic
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B y the time George Blandford (aka theMarquess of Blandford) makes landfall, after his 3,000-mile rowing odyssey across the Atlantic Ocean, he will know the other three crewmates in his boat very well indeed. Perhaps too well. As competitors in the 2018 TaliskerWhisky Atlantic Challenge, Blandford and his colleagues will spend 40 days (possibly a lot more) in a tiny boat measuring just seven metres long and two metres wide. Sponsored by Knight Frank, their mission is to row unsupported, 24 hours a day, in two-man shifts, from the Canary Islands all the way to Antigua in the Caribbean. (There are other race categories for solo rowers, pairs and trios.) Along the way they will face multiple challenges. First off there is the seasickness. Even an experienced sailor – as Blandford is – expects to be racked by nausea in such a small boat. “The first few days are so bad that some rowers abandon the race,” says this 26-year-old aviation broker, who lives in London but whose family home is Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. “But if you can push on through then it subsides.” What doesn’t subside is sleep deprivation and saltwater sores. Blandford is ready to hallucinate from lack of sleep (“some competitors have seen aliens floating around”) and is open to the possibility of having to row
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naked in order to avoid salt chafing in his nether regions. “Bad hygiene can cause bacterial infections,” he reveals with distaste. Perhaps worst of all, though, is the mind-numbing boredom of so many days on the open ocean. “I’m sure conversation will get limited after the first couple of days,” Blandford admits. The team, called Oar Inspiring, have virtually no experience of rowing, yet they’ve been training assiduously since November last year. Rowing machines and gym weights have taken quite a bashing, and by the time you read this, they will have notched up a 72-hour row along the south coast, from Devon to Hampshire. After burning 9,000 calories a day during the race, they all expect to lose 20 per cent of their bodyweight. Last year’s favourable winds resulted in a record 29-day crossing for the winning four-man boat – a feat Team Oar Inspiring admit they have little chance of emulating. Glory for them lies simply in rowing across unscathed. “I hope we get there in one piece,” Blandford says. “We’ll be battered and bruised at the end, I’m sure. My hands are already torn apart from training, and that’s only going to get worse.” He believes camaraderie is what will hold them together. As he says: “friendship is key.”
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Team Oar Inspiring will start their Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on December 12, 2018. Sponsored by Knight Frank, they are raising money for Starlight Children’s Foundation.
For this entrepreneur, artist and busymother of three, the kitchenwill always be the true heart of a family home MARIE GUERLAIN
By Ally Oliver
B ut our waking life, and our growing years, were for the most part spent in the kitchen, and until we married, or ran away, it was the common room we shared.” – Laurie Lee The world has changed beyond recognition since Lee authored Cider With Rosie in the late 1950s, but the kitchen has maintained its place as the beating heart of everyday family life. It’s where children plant themselves to do their homework, neighbours sit for a cup of coffee or friends gather for a glass of wine (it is, after all, where the fridge lives). Sometimes we’ve even been known to cook in it. According to a report, however, the future of the kitchen looks bleak. Swiss investment bank UBS’s ‘Is The Kitchen Dead?’, theorises that a combination of food-delivery apps, millennials and single-person households could render the room extinct by 2030. For now, though, it remains the centre of the home. “
Marie Guerlain photographed in her home
“Whether you have a family or not, the kitchen really is the home hub, but it needs to be flexible,” says interior designer Georgina Burnett of www.thehomegenie.com. “I recently saw a bespoke fold-down desk which was part of the worktop – very clever. There’s a shift to create zones within this home hub to have a ‘snug’, where, for example, the kids can watch TV or do their homework.” Marie Guerlain, of the cosmetics dynasty, is another firm believer. One of the first priorities for the artist, entrepreneur and mum to three boys when choosing her new Richmond home was a kitchen inspired by her love of art and design combined with utility and practicality. Guerlain’s welcoming yet sleek modern kitchen/diner is by David Linley (www.davidlinley.com). “The kitchen is where the best conversations happen, whether with friends or family. I love the marble worktops and I have lots of surface space. I have an island, which probably gets the most use. A lot of prep happens there and if I’m making something with the children – cookies or brownies – we’re all crowding that as well. “I needed a really good, big hob, with at least six rings! My oven is Gaggenau and I also love Miele appliances. For me, [I like] a kitchen that’s light and airy with a sleek design, where most things are out of sight and you just have your basic olive oils, fruit and herbs
Fast forward five years and a lot of hard work later, and Guerlain’s stunning pan range, Ondine, was launched in 2017. Cookware may well be a far cry from the cosmetics industry, but whilst she may not have entered the cosmetics business herself, the 42 year old has certainly inherited the family talent for creating beautiful products using high-quality ingredients. Ondine was developed with craftsmen in Italy to create durable pans featuring design and form surpassing that of most cookware. The pans are of such distinctive quality, that they’re used in professional kitchens, and the beautiful crest on the base and lids of the pans is made up of Marie’s initials. Ondine is her middle name. “I was trying to create something that was incredibly beautiful, but practical as well. It had to tick all of those boxes. I kind of look at it as a piece of art – it’s cookware but it’s not going to harm you, it’s an heirloom, something that can be treasured and passed on to the next generation, which we’re not doing anymore; it’s all about throwaway culture now.” The pans are made using the highest grade 316Ti titanium stainless steel, a material that prevents the leaching of potentially harmful chemicals into cooking. “The chefs I work with absolutely love the pans. Francesco Mazzei [chef patron of Sartoria restaurant in London’s Mayfair] has created a signature ravioli dish to go with
out on the counter. And a couple of machines – my Vitamix, for example. I love that machine!” Marie’s great-grandfather Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain founded the Guerlain cosmetics empire 90 years ago and she grew up in France, Switzerland and the UK. “I’mvery proud of my French heritage, but I do love London,” admits Marie, who studied art in NewYork andwent on to exhibit in the US and UK. “My mother says I was drawing before I was walking. Creativity is part of me, everything in my life has to have some kind of creativity to it otherwise I am not satisfied.” It was during her time as a student inNewYork that she first became interested in nutrition. “I had some health issues and it was at this point I started to learn more about food and nutrition. This was over 15 years ago and since then my fascination with the subject has grown.”
the cookware and the pans are all over his professional kitchen. When he appeared on MasterChef , they played a starring role!” With three boys, a typical morning in the Guerlain household is a mad rush to get everyone fed and out of the door on time. “The toast is burning, the blender goes off five, six, seven times – my children love fresh smoothies. What’s great is that they don’t know half the time there’s tonnes of fresh spinach and avocado in there! “I love teaching the boys how to cook as I think it’s so important. It always makes me sad when someone says: ‘I don’t even know how to fry an egg,’ because I feel they’remissing out. “In France when I was a little girl of about 10 or 11, I used to surprise my parents with a ‘French restaurant’ meal. There was always a starter, a main – usually chicken because it was
‘Divina Cucina’, the collection and partnership between Dolce & Gabbana and SMEG
Statement electricals Smeg has collaborated with Dolce & Gabbana to give the humble oven and fridge a flamboyant makeover. Their Sicily Is My Love range takes pretty tile prints to kitchen appliances and there’s a limited edition of 100 exclusive fridges customised by Alessandro Forte, Gianfranco Fiore and Alice Valenti. Glamorous recycling This season’s worktops are made from aggregate, recycled plastics and wood. “I’m seeing an ever-growing number of kitchen materials which are recycled,” says interior designer and blogger Georgina Burnett. “There’s also a trend for worktops to extend into splash-backs, getting rid of the worktop edges which can become grimy. Copper, gold and rose gold taps are still popular and look great with them.” The hidden kitchen If you love the minimalist look, Italian trendsetters Boffi have taken it a step further with their moving worktops that conceal the workspaces below. The uncluttered trend allows you to hide away anything from cupboards to sinks for a sleek look.
FromDolce andGabbana fridges to flexible spaces, here’s what’s hot in kitchen design right now
Pop of colour The trend for grey and natural wood is complemented by bright colours, whether it’s a canary yellow island or red electricals. Or you could let nature do the work by placing a herb garden in your kitchen to let the greenery provide a green accent. Seasonal change Flexibility is key and now clients want to change their kitchens according to season. “One thing I’m seeing more of is the mobile kitchen island with retractable wheels,” says Burnett. “If you have doors out onto the garden, during the summer you’ll keep the island away from those windows but in the winter you can change the space up and shift the island over to the windows.” 5 Georgina Burnett is an interior designer and blogger. She has been renovating homes for nine years and is also a home coach (thehomegenie.com)
Marie Guerlain with her ondine pan
easy – and a dessert. My poor sister was the sous-chef! I used to love making risotto, which sounds quite technical, but after my mum showed me how to make it I just understood you have to keep stirring.” The French, she believes, have the right idea when it comes to eating well. “In France, the women seem to have the mindset of ‘everything in moderation’, so you never deprive yourself. It’s a question of watching what you eat and drink. They enjoy themselves in France, but they don’t go overboard.” The juggle to combine work as an artist, being a mum to three boys and her philanthropic work comes at a price. “It’s a constant balancing act,” Marie admits. “I’d love to extend my kitchen range, spend more time helping others who are starting up businesses, going to networking events, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved so far – I can’t wait for the next step.”
So great was Guerlain’s interest, that she has recently qualified as a nutrition health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and talks knowledgeably on the subject of food sensitivities and intolerances. “I had so many friends and family asking for advice because they knew nutrition was a passion for me. Then there was the fact I’d launched my cookware range and it made sense to me, to qualify in something that is such a huge part of my life. “When I had my children [the boys are now 11, 10 and four], I wasn’t painting so much, I was cooking for them all the time and I learned as much as I could about the food I was giving them. It was at this point my idea for the pans came along. I remember holding a pan one day – it was by a very well-known brand – and the handle fell off. It crashed to the kitchen floor and I was horrified. I thought, ‘Oh my god, my child could have been beneath me at that exact moment.’ I started looking into the way cookware was made and thought, ‘why hasn’t anyone made something beautiful, non-toxic, oven-to-table?’”
Ondine pans are available at www.ondine.com and at Harrods. Follow @marieguerlain
Whenmybusinessstarted14yearsago,bespokewasabuzzword. Now it’s hand in hand with luxury. You go into Louis Vuitton today and they offer you your initials on the bag as soon as you’ve bought it. Ten years ago you couldn’t do that.
Ialwaysusedtoaskmyselfthequestion–whycan’titbeuniquetome? Why has luxury always been about mass market? Bespoke should tell people: “You’re one of one. You’re unique.”
The firstwatch I customisedwas aTagHeuerMonaco, which is the most bizarre thing as I’ve now come full circle to customising the carbon fibre Monaco. It had a black case and a black dial, with really, really tacky red hands – if I saw how those hands were put together now I would have fired everyone on my team.
“WHEN you come to our HEADQUARTERS at The HIVE, I want to try and SENDYOU into aWORLD that is all about BESPOKE and about the LOVE for aWATCH”
Icomefromafamilyofengineers. At the age of eight I learned how to weld and I learned how to strip an engine. That was all learned in the R&D [research & development] department of JCB.
Fifteen years ago, itwas all about bling. So I thought, what’s the opposite of bling? I went to the R&D department, and I spoke to Gary and we had a long chat, and I said to him: “Is there anything that we could do to change the property of steel? I want to make alchemy.” They told me about a zero lubrication drill process called diamond-like carbon. They said: “It’s off colour is a blue-y smoky black, and it works when you’re boring holes.” So we started developing, and developing and developing, and we got to where we are today –MGTC: Military Grade Titanium Coating. No one had done anything like that on a watch before. Our marketing works by word of mouth. I’ve always said Bamford is the little secret in the world of watches. But our customers are the greatest adverts. When someone wears one of our watches to an event, I’ll get all sorts of people coming up to me the next day and asking if they can have one this way or that way. Acouple of days ago a friend ofmine sentme a photograph they’d taken in south-east Asia . They’d found a shop that was selling counterfeit BamfordTAGs. One side of me is so flattered and thinks that’s so cool, and the other one says: “What the hell!?” When you come to our headquarters at The Hive, I want to try to send you into a world that is all about bespoke and about the love for a watch. My guys obsess about strap feel and dial colour. We really are passionate about how we can make it truly individual to you. Our client roomis likemy house. It’s very relaxed, and there’s a big TV on the wall. On that we’ve built our own customiser, which has endless amounts of options. There are, however, many billion customisation options on our website, but this extrapolates that so much further. You could do almost anything. I get inspired by some weird and wonderful things. Last night I walked up to Hyde Park and saw how beautiful the colours were, and I was inspired by the noises and what was happening around me. Sometimes I go to the Brompton Oratory and sit there for ten minutes – not because I’m religious, but because I love the space. You sit there and think, people have made this, and made it in such a beautiful way. We’re lucky in London to have so much inspiration. ThepeopleImostadmireintheworldofbusinessaremymotherandfather . She is the queen of organics. If I achieve ten per cent of what she’s done with her brand, as well as being a mother to three, it’ll be absolutely amazing. And then there’s my father, who once launched a new engine by doing a landspeed record. You just think, wow. Mymosttreasuredphysicalpossessionisnotawatch , bizarrely. It is a Snoopy stuffed teddy. It was put in my cot when I was born, and each of my children has had it in their cot. If my house burned down, that’s what I’d save. Our motto at Bamford is : “Our customers can get on without us. We cannot get on without them.” I think it’s so important every day to remember that you’ve got to do your utmost to satisfy your customers in the right way.
Mayfair’s tinkerer-in-chief, watch customiser George Bamford on inspiration, Snoopy and his amazingmum
F or George Bamford, it all started at the age of five. Long before the day had broken, as the rest of the house lay asleep, the young JCB heir would venture downstairs with a screwdriver and a spanner on a mission to dismantle the kettle, or the toaster, or the television. It’s stuck around, this desire to know what makes things tick. It extends to people, too. As he sits across from me in the Circus Room at Mark’s Club, his eyes scanning the decor, the width of my lapels and the accents of my tie, George reads me like an instruction manual. “You’d want a classical watch, probably with steel strap, but with a more modern blue face” he says. Eerily accurate, but
perhaps that’s hardly surprising. For many years, George has been the tinkerer-in-chief in Mayfair’s rarefied watch world, and has crafted a formidable brand in his own right by playing with the hallmarks of others. What started with a much-abused childhood Breitling Navitimer (“I must have taken that thing apart 100 times”) has now grown into a remarkable business that forges truly unique, utterly bespoke timepieces for the great and good of the world. Last year, George’s pre-eminence in the fine watch market was recognised when he became the official customiser for TAG, Benith and Bulgari ¸ an unprecedented position for an incomparable character.
George Bamford models a Zenith watch, one of a select few brands he works with
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Thomas: Before joining Knight Frank, Rory and I were running prime London agency VanHan. We saw a huge opportunity at Knight Frank to utilise its global connectivity and expertise to deliver the very best advisory service to current and future clients. The chance to become a part of the world’s leading independent property firm was too good to refuse. Who can the Private Office assist and how? Rory: We advise private clients and family offices, as well as their advisors, many of whom want clear advice alongside the utmost discretion at all times. We are 100% real estate focused. Thomas: We help wealthy families around the world to manage, build and develop their legacy in real estate. Rory: Many of our clients are diversifying their portfolios with both residential and commercial property. We’re often initially introduced to advise on a prime residential property and are subsequently asked to also help to build or advise on commercial or mixed-use portfolios. For example, Tom and I recently sold a house in Chelsea on behalf of a client who mentioned that they also owned a private hospital in Harley Street. We went onto advise on extending the building’s lease from 13 to 23 years to increase its capital value, before selling it to a major financial institution for circa £40M, with a 3.5 net initial yield – a fantastic result for the client. Thomas: That happens quite a lot – we recently sold a large flat for an American client who turned out to own the impressive Grade II listed Fulham Town Hall, so we’re now advising on that sale too It’s an incredible central London development opportunity. Rory: The property market can often be noisy, confusing and even daunting at times. We’re here to help navigate through that uncertainty, providing straightforward advice and streamlining the process by providing a single point of contact. A couple of weeks ago, a European client asked if we’d advise his grandchildren on their first property investments. That’s our ultimate goal; to form lasting, trusted relationships with families and their future generations. How does the Private Office work with other Knight Frank teams? Thomas: Collaboration with many of Knight Frank’s 15,000 experts around the world is key to delivering a seamless service to our clients. We speak with our prime central London offices, residential development, commercial and international teams on an almost daily basis. If there was just one thing everyone could know about the Private Office, what would you like it to be? Rory: That we’re here to give honest, straight-forward advice on the prime residential and commercial markets. Thomas: And that the private office ensures you receive the best of all Knight Frank’s services, be it sales, acquisitions, development, finance, or any of our many other services Paddy: Ultimately, the Private Office looks to the future. We don’t just advise clients on the best investment right now; we advise on the best investment for their children, grandchildren and the many generations to come. How could a client benefit from getting in touch with the Private Office?
What is the Knight Frank Private Office? Rory: We’re a fully integrated commercial and residential advisory service for private clients. That’s the official answer Thomas: To put it simply, we provide clients with a single point of contact for a best-in-class service across Knight Frank’s extensive global offering; whether you’re looking to expand your property portfolio with a house in Belgravia, an office investment in the City or a villa in St. Tropez. Paddy: The Private Office is here to advise against the backdrop of ever- changing real estate trends. Today, a trophy residential investment in London isn’t enough; clients often also want assets that produce an income and measurable long-term results. Our team provides trusted, in-depth guidance on commercial and residential assets around the world. How did the Private Office come to be established? Paddy: Knight Frank wanted to evolve its Private Wealth team and, given Rory and Thomas’s phenomenal track record, we immediately knew they were the right people to lead the Private Office. It’s unusual to find agents who are both commercially qualified and very experienced within the residential market. Earlier this year, Knight Frank recruited RoryPennandThomasvanStraubenzee toleaditsnewlyestablishedPrivateOce. Joined by Paddy Dring, Head of Global PrimeSales,RoryandThomasrevealhow they advise their clients for the future. The Future of PrivateWealth in Property From left to right: Thomas van Straubenzee, Paddy Dring and Rory Penn
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