"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.” – P.J. O’Rourke
THE SENIOR COLUMN
Head to "Articles" above for more appetite filling efforts. The Column here is like my bottom-drawer or filing cabinet containing often featuring my own inspiration and general internet finds. Hopefully some of these might one day be expanded into articles, when time allows, but until then they're stored here. Go on have a snoop around whilst I'm taking too long getting some wine from the cellar or fixing you a Dukes Martini of an article.
Ralph Lauren is noted for not designing clothes but designing dreams - F.E. Castleberry is an holistic lifestyle design for a fictional world. Manhattan-centric, Wes Anderson-obsessed, studiously bookish, louchely-preppy, but as grittily honest as a hamburger (J.G Melon naturally). Scrolling through the website is like picking up a favourite novel. It makes me want to steal a great artwork — if only to order a new wardrobe.
You can keep your 100m+ megayacht. Despite my obvious love of gin not for me the floating gin palace. If I could have any yacht in the world it would be Kennedy's SY Manitou. Lines so sexy they could have been delivered by Marilyn Monroe singing "Happy Birthday"
Jackie Kennedy Onassis' under the tutelage of her friend Bunny Mellon developed an wonderfully relaxed American aesthetic. Here is her Martha's Vineyard estate currently on the market.
David Coggins is a writer of such prolific talent that he scares me to publish my own inconsequential ramblings; his website is invariably imbued with thoughts or phrases that will enrich your outlook on life or at the very least make you want to take up fishing
WM BROWN PROJECT
A Negroni-drinking, Dunhill-lighting, Partagas-smoking, Land-Rover-driving, Rolex-Leica-snapping, Weber-barbecuing, Barbour-wearing, Sinatra-singing, Petrossian-consuming, book-and-magazine-publishing visionary - Matt Hranek is a modern day Hemingway
FATHER AND SON
Don Draper is widely regarded as the second best person in advertising behind the visionary who came up with the Generations campaign for Patek Philippe. The campaign reached its peak with this video
Mark Birley was a customer of Pullman Gallery which should be enough to convince anyone of a need to visit. If more encouragement is needed in an FT interview he called them “A pocket of resistance in a world of mediocrity”. Not only one of the best shops in London but one of the best shops anywhere.
I'm a huge admirer of car video website Petrolicious. A particular favourite of mine is this video featuring Bruce Meyer. Bruce is the epitome of a car guy. Apparently his motto his "Buy the best example of what you want, and pay whatever it takes. That way, you cry only once.”
The beauty of a good novel is that it can crystallise the imperfect or perfect times we go through in life until they fit succinctly between a front and back cover. Sport (to its fans at least) can capture and communicate those moments in mere seconds
LIFE AT THE TOP
I had long been enamoured by the photo shoot Harpers Bazaar did of Tommy Hilfiger's electic apartment atop the Plaza. Architectural Digest went one better and produced this video
MORE COMING SOON - OPEN TO RECOMMENDATIONS