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!

 

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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

http://www.mnky-hse.com

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