Shop Tactics with Jonny Dodge

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Photography: Foxall Studio / Elodie Nizon

Jonny Dodge is an F1 events entrepreneur, adventurer and founder of the Dodgeball Rally. 

Earlier this month, shoppers charging around Mayfair may well have been stopped in their tracks by a stunning array of sassy supercars cars prowling around Bond Street. They belonged to the Dodgeball Rally, a bi-annual car rally organised by Jonny, which takes place on public roads across Europe.

Jonny kick-started his career in London, organising celebrity parties and events. He then went on to buy the Aura nightclub in Mayfair. As the events grew in scale and number, Jonny formed GP Management, a global events and experience company. Over the years he has organised everything from F1 Festivals to ‘Superyacht’ at the Monaco Formula One. GP Management and its sister company ‘Life Prive’ create some truly unique experiences such as a one-off private shopping day on Bond Street in December together with the Bond Street Association.

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Before Jonny and the other participants taking part in the rally embark on the next leg of this road trip to Monza via the Italian Alps, you might find him making a last minute pit stop in the Polo Bar at The Westbury hotel or shopping for new season knits at Hermès. He reveals more of his favourite Mayfair destinations below:

Mews of Mayfair, 10 Lancaster Court

I could write a book on Mews! It’s an amazing concept, which has grown and grown and taken over most of Lancaster Court. Many an important F1 deal has been made here – a haunt for those in the industry. Back in the day, Jenson Button had a private party here after winning a race and that was pretty incredible. I recommend getting a table outside at the courtyard restaurant and ordering the halloumi and meat platters.

The Westbury, 37 Conduit Street

I’ve been meeting clients and friends for dinner or drinks at the Westbury hotel for the past five years. The Polo bar is the perfect spot for business meetings and entertaining clients. Unlike some places you go to in Mayfair, which tend to be a little loud and crowded, the Westbury is both refined and comfortable.

Mappin & Webb, 1 Old Bond Street

I recently designed my fiancées’ engagement ring here. I went through the bespoke process of designing the piece, which involved starting at the Mappin & Webb store on Bond Street and then visiting its Hatton Garden design studio. I had an idea in my head as to how the ring should look and saw the design through from scratch with the help of its head jeweller. To create something so unique was an amazing experience. And my fiancée likes it, which is a good!

5 Hertford Street, 2-5 Hertford Street

I think 5 Hertford Street currently holds the top spot among London’s private members clubs. The crowd from Annabel’s has migrated across there and now that it has opened up the roof it is just beautiful. To have a roof terrace in Mayfair is perfect – definitely a plus. The food is great as are the people. You meet so many different characters. It’s where you’ll find me on a midweek night chilling.

Hermès, 155 New Bond Street

I wish I were more of a fashion guru but I’m not. Instead, I go with a standard traditional look, so the Hermès aesthetic works really well for me. I shop here for key wardrobe staples such as belts, wallets and other coveted accessories, which are so beautiful and classic. I’ll go in again soon in search of jumpers – I mean ‘new season’ knits!

 

Makers House – Burberry and The New Craftsman join forces

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When Burberry’s London Fashion Week show commences on the evening of September the 19th, for the first time ever, each piece will be available to buy straight from the runway. So, if you can’t wait until next year for your favourite new season trench, bag or scarf to land in store get ready to hit click.

The runway presentation also coincides with the launch of Burberry’s new show venue located in the heart of Soho. Called Makers House, it is the result of collaboration between the British luxury brand and British craft collective, The New Craftsman. Prepare to be wowed over the course of one week (Sept 21-27th) as the country’s finest craft makers bring the inspiration behind Burberry’s new ready-to-wear collection, through a changing programme of daily demonstrations and installations. And since Christopher Bailey’s inspiration is Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, expect plenty of leatherwork, embroidery and lacquer technics on show here.

As for the new space, Bailey says: “Just as Virginia Woolf’s Orlando is both a love letter to the past and a work of profound modernity, this week-long exhibition aims to nod both to the design heritage that is so integral to Burberry’s identity, and to some of Britain’s most exciting creators, and the innovation and inspiration behind their work.”

Of the talented British makers carefully selected by The New Craftsman to show off their handiwork here, several stand out. Take Pedro da Costa Felgeuiras for instance. All of Pedro’s contemporary work is imbued with his ever-growing personal library of pigment and lacquer knowledge. For Makers House, he will demonstrate traditional paint and lacquer techniques on an array of vessels that specifically reference the Burberry collection and its Boho inspiration.

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Meanwhile, Rose de Borman’s iconic aesthetic of surface pattern and embellishment can be seen in a series of stunning silk cushions inspired by flora and fauna. She will also be putting on a display, live printing exclusive silk scarves, which will be available to purchase.

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Finally, East London brand ‘Bespoke & Bound’ will also be here bookbinding live. Its team of makers will draw on Burberry’s rich military history as they combine traditional materials such as bridle leather with a modern aesthetic. Now that’s a wrap!

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Makers House, 1 Manette Street

The Q&A With Yann Chevris, General Manager of ‘MNKY HSE’ restaurant and bar

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Photography: Foxall Studio / Elodie Nizon

 

MNKY HSE (add a few missing vowels and you get the wordier version – ‘Monkey House’), promises great Latin American food, club class DJs, live music and dancing when it opens its doors later this month.

Designed over two floors in what was once the site of the Dover Street Wine Bar, MNKY HSE will house an upstairs bar/lounge area serving an impressive list of mezcal-fuelled cocktails. Downstairs in the ground floor restaurant, the open plan kitchen overlooks leather banquette-style seating. This can be adjusted to encourage table-hopping and who knows… some innocent monkey business?

Heading up Mayfair’s exciting new venue is Yann Chevris – a restaurant consultant with both commercial acumen and a passion for excellence. Yann has shared his knowledge of luxury hospitality and special passion for fine wines to some of the finest restaurants in Dubai, Bangkok and the Caribbean to Michelin starred establishments here in London including Nobu and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon.

Bond Street News caught up with the affable Frenchman ahead of MNKY HSE’s official launch to quiz him about the story so far and to gaze into the future.

Bond Street News: You’ve been in the restaurant business for over 30 years, what continues to make you tick? 

Yann Chevris: I started working in the business when I was 15 years old! What makes me tick? Well I guess it’s the excitement of never having the same day twice. This is due to the people, the concept, and of course the nature of operational challenges. I like the following quote, which I think sums up the job perfectly: “We are like actors in a West End theatre – when the curtains open, you never know what can happen”.

BSN: How long has MNKY HSE been in the making and what was the most enjoyable part of the planning process?

Y.C: MNKY HSE has been two years in the making, so it’s fantastic to see it finally coming together. The most rewarding part would have to be the ‘coming together’ of the build – but most of all the team. Everything takes a few weeks of training to reach perfection, but there is no better feeling than when you stand in a room that was a building site a few weeks ago and suddenly it is full of happy people and everything’s running smoothly.

BSN: Tell us a little about chef Pablo Peñalosa Nájera who has created MNKY HSE’s Latin American menu. 

Y.C: Pablo is a young and very talented chef, with great techniques and plenty of ideas. We wanted to bring someone to the table with a fresh perspective on Latin American cuisine, but also someone who could bring authenticity to the flavours. Pablo is very excited about developing new dishes for Londoners and we have really enjoyed the tastings!

BSN: Can you predict 2017’s next big thing in food/drink and interior design? 

Y.C: I see the organic movement getting stronger – both in food and restaurant design. In the last few years, Japanese and Asian cuisine has really taken over. A ‘family style’ way of eating with sharing plates will continue to grow, as it’s such a popular way of eating in all cultures and cuisines. This also ties in nicely with the rise in popularity of dining locally.

MNKY HSE, 10 Dover Street

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Bond’s Best

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Mulberry’s Chester Bag

Despite the slightly boyish name, Mulberry’s new ‘Chester’ bag (£1,295) oozes understated elegance with a twist of vintage panache. Made with contrasting shades of black and oxblood smooth calf and white shiny goatskin, the structure is sleek and simple. With two side compartments for keeping your essentials organised, its versatility is enhanced further with the addition of a removable shoulder strap. Perfect for busy city girls on the go.

Mulberry, 50 New Bond Street

Shop Tactics with William Asprey

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William Asprey, the seventh generation member of the celebrated Asprey family, founded William & Son in 1999. With his penchant for shooting and love for the finer things in country and sporting life, he is as quintessentially British as the brand he has created.

At the Bruton Street flagship collections of the finest jewellery and timepieces, leather goods and silver and glassware as well as paraphernalia for elegant penmanship and gamesmanship are displayed over two floors. The gleaming store is also the first point of call for any country sports enthusiast in search of kit and tackle. It also stocks bespoke, handcrafted shotguns as well as William & Son’s own line of perfectly cut but suitably sturdy country clothing.

Speaking of which, the autumn/winter 2016/17 collection has a decidedly more contemporary edge than the traditional styles of past. Key pieces include women’s Orkney Tweed waistcoats and Breeks (breeches).  Then there are pea coats, cashmere shawl collar cardigans and Linton tweed field coats for men.  All tweeds are designed by William & Son’s in-house team and manufactured in Scotland, demonstrating further William’s dedication to home-grown craftwork and his mission to keep British manufacturing alive. Take the brand’s first knitwear collection for instance. The collection is produced in Hawick, in a factory William & Son recently purchased.

In London, William’s been known to stay longer than necessary at wine tastings and feels right at home in a hotel with a good signature fragrance. He shares more of his favourite haunts below:

 

Bellamy’s, 18 Bruton Place

Bellamy’s is just a stone’s throw away from our gunroom so it’s perfectly convenient to meet with friends or clients at William & Son and then walk across for lunch. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing whilst the food is outstanding. If you need a table last minute without a booking, they will always do their best to find you one.

Hedonism Wines, 3-7 Davies Street 

Hedonism is like a treasure cave full of unique and exciting wines. I love the interior. It matches the welcoming atmosphere with experts always on hand to offer their endless extent of knowledge. It’s my go to for a great bottle of wine, although the wine tastings always tempt me to stay slightly longer than necessary!

The Connaught, Carlos Place 

The Connaught holds many memories for me, as it is just a few doors away from where we were previously based on Mount Street. The service is second to none and the staff are extremely accommodating. Having held many William & Son events at the Connaught, nothing is ever too much to ask. Even after moving to Bruton Street it is still a place regularly visited. As soon as you enter the lobby and smell their signature scent you instantly feel at home.

Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond Street

The Halcyon Gallery is an amazing gallery for so many reasons. Firstly for working with so many emerging and established global artists – it represents artists from all parts of the world. It’s so easy to only see the work of artists around you when living in London, however Halcyon Gallery really champions the best from all over the world. By working with such varied artists, it allows guests to access art exhibitions, which they might otherwise miss due to lack of knowledge or interest.

Dege & Skinner, 10 Savile Row 

With 150 years of heritage and knowledge, it’s no surprise Dege & Skinner is the family run business I go to for suit tailoring. I enjoy visiting Savile Row and even more so now Dege & Skinner has introduced its first selection of ready-to-wear suits and blazers. As William & Son are for the craftsmanship, Dege & Skinner are passionate when it comes to protecting the traditions that have led to its success.

Time Out – Breitling’s New Customer Entertainment Space is the Perfect Place for VIP Guests to Kick Back

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Since launching in 1884, Breitling, the inventor of the modern wrist chronograph and aviation watchmaker par excellence, has shared all the finest moments in the conquest of the skies thanks to its sturdy, reliable and high-performance instruments. No surprise then that its New Bond Street flagship, which opened three years ago, reflects a cool aerial theme. With its American walnut wood floors and flashes of yellow lighting, it provides the perfect backdrop to the latest designs in its horology collections; Navitimer, Chronoliner and Avenger to name but a few.
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Throughout the New Bond Street boutique interior, bold Pop Art paintings by acclaimed artist Kevin Kelly for instance, illustrate pilots and bomber planes – reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein’s work. Elsewhere, statues of Breitling’s iconic pin-up girl, inspired by 1940’s Nose Art, sit on the shop floor and atop its sleek new cocktail bar.

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The bar takes centre stage in the store’s brand new customer entertainment area, which is designed to hold exclusive Breitling collection launches and VIP events. Constructed from walnut veneer and illuminated by soft LED wall and sidelights, it is the kind of bar you would could imagine an off-duty pilot perched at. No doubt they would be sipping on the aptly named ‘Upwards Ever Onwards’.

This toe-tingling tipple is based on the ‘The Aviation’ from the 1940’s and made a splash at the launch night for the first Breitling Professional Series. Sean Fennelly, mixologist at Soho cocktail bar and members club Milk & Honey, created it in honour of special guest Squadron Leader Hugh Nichol – pilot of the most advanced fighter jet, the F35 lightning II.

To make it you need Tio Pepe dry sherry shaken with fresh lemon, sugar with a dash of dry cherry liqueur, Dutch Violette liqueur and a splash of tonic water garnished with a Riesling, jasmine, orange and smoked Scotch mist cloud. At the event, Fennelly wowed guests by making said cocktail in a dynamic display, which involved creating puffs of vibrating smoke to mimic fluffy white clouds.

The bar is also well stocked with Tanqueray No.Ten Gin, Johnnie Walker Gold Label and Bollinger. Tea and coffee are also served throughout the day should you prefer to keep your wits about you.

Looking ahead, Breitling’s race team pilot Nigel Lamb, will be next month’s guest of honour at an in-store event to mark the latest Breitling Professional watch series. From a brand that consistently steals the show at the exclusive Baselworld watch fair, expect to see plenty more soirées held here.  

Breitling, 130 New Bond Street

Trunk Call – The Berkeley’s New Complimentary Vintage Fashion Service

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This month at the Berkeley, Knightsbridge, suite guests can enjoy rooting through a one-of-a-kind fashion trunk exclusively curated by digital vintage fashion boutique Vestiaire Collective.

Room service is pretty much the same the world over, but have you ever rung down for a pair of vintage Christian Dior earrings with your Earl Grey? At the Berkeley however, one call to the concierge is all it takes and a fashion trunk will be delivered straight to your suite full of rare vintage accessories to try on and borrow free of charge.

Fanny Moizant, co-founder of Vestiaire Collective the luxury resale site that sells pre-loved pieces to new owners, is responsible for curating the trunk’s coveted contents. Its drawers contain some of the most sought-after accessories spanning from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. These include a Chanel silk satin evening bag from the early 1980’s, a pair of Christian Dior earrings from 1985 and a Hermes lizard skin bracelet from the early 1990’s. If I had to choose though, I would probably pick the Celine necklace from the latter part of the 1990’s or the beautiful Yves Saint Laurent scarf from the same era.  It’s a tough call. So how did Moizant make her edit?

“We wanted to offer a good mix of designers and products for guests to play with,” says Moizant who spends her time between London and her native Paris. “I looked at our vintage catalogue and picked pieces that we imagined guests would want access to whilst travelling. Every item is a statement piece that will help elevate any look.”

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Meanwhile, the stunning bespoke trunk is handcrafted in England by Norton MacCullough & Locke. There are eleven drawers of various sizes, an engraved mirror and a suede-lined tray on which the accessories of choice can be taken to the dressing table. Guests staying at the Berkeley’s new suites; the Chelsea, Berkeley and Terrace, can also purchase their picks upon check out. Alternatively, should they wish to explore Vestiaire Collective further, the digital boutique has an array of vintage pieces on offer to buy online from the comfort of their suite.

I’m curious to know though, in terms of buying vintage fashion, are there any particular pieces or decades I should be investing in now?

“The 1980’s and the 1990’s are having a strong moment right now due to the renewed popularity of looks on the international runways”, says Moizant. As for accessories she adds: “A classic watch such as a man’s Daytona Rolex or a mini Baignoire Cartier are a shrewd investment. The Cartier Love bracelet is another item that is also very popular at the moment. As for handbags, you can’t go wrong with a classic Hermes Kelly bag or a Chanel bag. Louis Vuitton luggage – a monogrammed Monceau or a Speedy Keepall – also have good longevity.”

 

Meanwhile, back at the Berkeley, where better to wear your pick from the vintage trunk than at its newly relaunched Blue Bar. Created by the late David Collins, this much-loved watering hole opened its doors again last month after a six-month restoration project undertaken by one of Collins’ former design protégés Robert Angell. As the lighting dims for evening cocktails flaunt that Saint Laurent chain strap bag – even if it’s yours just for one night!

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The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge

Vestiaire Collective vestiairecollective.com