Simon de Burton has managed to combine a love of classic cars, motorcycles, boats and watches with his work as a journalist and author. Based in the UK, he writes for publications around the world, including How To Spend It, GQ and Vanity Fair.
Unable to find customised spectacles that suited the wearer's needs and facial features, British eyewear designer Tom Davies launched his eponymous eyewear brand in London in 2002 that built on the made to measure principles of couture. Tom has since been on a mission to create perfectly designed and fitted individual eyewear using the highest quality materials and artisanal techniques available. With now five boutiques, a factory in London and over 1000 optical retailers worldwide, Tom has built an impressive customer base of stylish celebrities, sports personalities and discerning individuals, such as singer Ed Sheeran and chef Heston Blumenthal. Tom Davies is known for the skill of its designs and refined handmade artistry. All of the frames are produced by hand, so every step of the process is meticulously controlled. This ensures flawless quality and the highest level of craftsmanship.
Edmund de Waal
Edmund de Waal is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer, best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a particular place. His interventions have been made for diverse spaces and museums worldwide, including The Frick Collection, New York; Ateneo Veneto, Venice; Schindler House, Los Angeles; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna and V&A Museum, London. De Waal is also renowned for his bestselling family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), and The White Road (2015). He was made an OBE for his services to art in 2011 and awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction by Yale University in 2015.
b.1964 Nottingham. He lives and works in London.
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Emily FitzRoy founded Bellini Travel in 2000. She is recognised by many to be the leading expert on travel and entertaining in Italy.
Nicholas Foulkes is the author of around 25 books on the arts and history. He is best known for his critically acclaimed trilogy of 19th century histories: Scandalous Society, (a biography of Count d'Orsay); Dancing Into Battle, A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo; and Gentlemen and Blackguards, Gambling Mania and the plot to steal the Derby of 1844.
His most recent books include, Bernard Buffet: The Invention of the Modern Mega-Artist, 'Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century' and 'Swans, Legends of the Jet Society'.
His books have been published by Random House; Little, Brown & Company; Weidenfield and Nicolson; Flamarrion; Assouline; and Thomas Dunne Books.
He contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines around the world. He is a contributing editor to The FT's How To Spend It Magazine; a contributing editor to Vanity Fair; , a columnist for Country Life and luxury editor of British GQ. He launched and continues to edit Vanity Fair's twice yearly watch magazine On Time. He launched and continues to edit Vanity Fair on Art. In 2007 he was named Havana Man of the Year by the Cuban government, having been nominated for this award on four previous occasions. In 2009 he was appointed to the board of the Norman Mailer Centre. He is a graduate of Hertford College Oxford and lives in London with his wife and two sons.
Alice Lascelles is an award-winning journalist, author and drinks expert. She writes The Goblet drinks column for FT How to Spend It magazine and is a regular contributor to FT Weekend. Her articles have appeared in Monocle, Prospect, The Economist, jancisrobinson.com, Noble Rot, Evening Standard and many specialist and trade titles. She also makes frequent appearances on Radio 4. In 2019 she was named Fortnum & Mason Drinks Writer of the Year.
Skye McAlpine is a food writer and author of successful blog, From My Dining Table, she spends the majority of her time in Venice. Her debut cookbook A Table in Venice: Recipes from my Home was published to great acclaim by Bloomsbury in Spring 2018. She writes a monthly column for The Sunday Times and has contributed to publications from around the world, includingvogue.com, the Guardian, the Saturday Telegraph, Vanity Fair and Conde Nast Traveller. @skyemcalpine
Marek has also been heavily involved with some of the world’s most iconic cars throughout his accomplished design career. These have included the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Lincoln MKX and Navicross Concept Cars and the Range Rover Mk lll.
Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli
Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli is the fifth generation at the helm of his family’s Venetian fine textile firm
Tom Stubbs always loved style.
Having studied womans-wear design discovered writing and talking about other peoples work is far less treacherous, and consequently became a menswear stylist and writer.
Also serves as an excuse to indulge his passion full time.
While keeping half an eye of current fashion Stubbs is more excited by film, music and subculture inspired style, while also dressing actual men, TV and film stars.
Lucia van der Post
Lucia van der Post turned the How To Spend It pages of the Financial Times into cult Saturday reading and then oversaw its migration to glossy stock in 1994 as Founding Editor. Currently Associate Editor, her many awards include the Luxury Briefing Award for Excellence, the Walpole Medal of Excellence and several Jasmines for perfume features in How To Spend It.