Editorial Director. Broadcaster. Father.
Where do you get your hair cut?
At a brilliant little neighbour joint called 53AM in Golborne Rd, Notting Hill. They're really lovely people, nifty with the scissors and pleasantly unobtrusive.
Best place for coffee?
This is a BIG issue for me as I’m an antipodean: Prufrock if I’m in Clerkenwell, Nude Espresso in Shoreditch, Caravan in Kings Cross and Fernandez & Wells in Soho (the little one down the alley- there’s always a corner seat).
Choice of Hotel.
I’ve always had a blast at Pikes Hotel in Ibiza (recently reopened) when I’ve been out there DJing, but that’s more to do with Tony Pikes’ wonderfully indiscrete recollections of his various famous guests’ insane drug-fuelled sexual excesses than the hotel itself. The Splendido in Portofino is absolutely wonderful in a ‘50’s glamour, Cary Grant-esque kind of way… Just make sure you’re not paying.
A sit down social work meeting?
Depends who I’m meeting with!
I’m a fan of doing business with food, so I do a lot of breakfast meetings: they’re always time-restricted (which is good) and you’re hitting the issues fresh. Caravan Kings Cross is perfect as it’s central for everyone and the owners are friends of mine. I’m also (somewhat paradoxically) a fan of doing the early stages of a deal over a drink, and Mark’s Bar under Soho’s Hix is suitably conspiratorial. Otherwise I pretty much live on the second floor of the Groucho Club.
Where do you take a client you are looking to impress?
I only try to impress people with my work and preparation.
Koya at Frith St in Soho.
The Groucho Club, for atmosphere and sheer joie de vivre.
How would you describe your style?
I spend far too much money on clothes- my friends think I’m mad. Yohji Yamamoto’s Pour Homme line is my current addiction. He’s a god- perhaps the last great designer still actually designing every collection. Don’t get put off by the ugly Y-3 line he supposedly designs for Adidas! I’ve also been collecting Margiela since the mid nineties, but I can’t help but feel they’ve become grossly over commercialised in recent times, which saddens me greatly. I do however have a major soft spot for Italian shoemaker Guidi’s incredible boots…
What are you up to this weekend?
Shopping at LN-CC and Phonica Records, eating at Pizza East and Daylesford, going to the photographer Katie Ell’s twins’ first birthday party and singing nonsensical songs to my 10 week-old baby.