Pampelone

Founder, Holly Anna Scarsella
interviewed by Emily Spencer

Born from a love of people watching the most glamorous women of the Riviera. Pampelone is the epitome of effortless chic beachwear style.

As a young startup, what has been the hardest thing to deal with?

The fact that it never stops…ever. I sometimes describe the feeling as being on a treadmill and not being able to get off. It’s relentless when you’re building a brand, but also the best thing I’ve ever done.

The business started life on the internet, does the internet make it easier for new brands to develop due to limitless exposure or is it harder as there is no room for mistakes?

Both. The barriers to entry are very low, therefore it’s very easy for anyone to launch a brand, however the internet is a very big place. In order to get noticed you have to work a LOT harder to reach your customers. I also think it’s the same with Social Media. We’re so lucky in this generation that we have these incredible marketing tools, but they have to be used correctly and intelligently to work.

The products are beautifully designed how do you ensure consistency as you grow the brand?

We put a huge amount of time, effort and budget into getting our collections just right. We speak to our customers regularly and carry out a lot of research to check we’re on the right path. From a consistency and quality perspective, we actually have team members on the ground in India overseeing our manufacturing process. This is KEY for us in ensuring all our products reach us in perfect condition.

Do standalone retail units feature in the growth plan for the business?

Absolutely! We’re actually planning a boutique in Notting Hill/ Chelsea over the next few years. We do small pop-ups currently worldwide, but can’t wait to see our brand brought to life through a store.

What are your current plans for your brand?

In the coming season, we have some very exciting plans. We are launching our first ever children’s collection in conjunction with m2m charity, and we are also launching an exclusive pair of sunglasses…watch this space!

Your one piece of advice for anyone considering starting a high end fashion brand?

Be tenacious and be smart in all aspects of the business. Spend time perfecting your product but always remember that marketing is key. There is no point having the best product in the world if no one knows about it…

www.pampelone.com

Kalimera

Founder, Télémaque Argyriou

interviewed by Alex Mann

Duke & Dexter

Founder, Hugh Wolton

interviewed by Dominic Tixerant

Swingers

Founder, Jeremy Simmonds

interviewed by Alex Mann

SØRENSEN

Founder Wayne Sorensen

interviewed by Emily Dumbell

A British fashion brand inspired by artists, drivers and butchers. Wayne Sorensen began working on SØRENSEN in 2015 and was inspired by the work ethic of archetypal professions. What have been the main contributors to your brand’s success? I found myself surrounded by an amazing group of individuals who are…

London Grace

Founder Kristen Hazel

interviewed by Alex Mann

Upon returning from New York, founder Kristen Hazel wanted to create a nail bar with quality products and convenient hours. London Grace has become an award winning nail bar, cafe and bar with their own collection of free-from nasties nail polishes. What is your background and how did it lead…

Pergola on the Roof

Founder Charlie Gardiner

interviewed by Alex Mann

Designed as a vision of the Mediterranean, Pergola on the Roof is a piece of sunny European escapism. Pergola on the Roof was inspired by founder, Charlie Gardiner’s love of European al fresco dining. Where have your biggest influences come from? My biggest influences in terms of Pergola on the…

Kricket

Co-founders Rik Campbell and Will Bowlby
interviewed by Alex Mann

Kricket was formed by Rik Campbell and Will Bowlby, a former chef at The Cinnamon Club in Westminster. Now located in Pop Brixton, serving seasonal and stylish British-Indian small plates and cocktails.

What is your background and how did it lead you to starting up Kricket?

We became friends whilst at university in Newcastle. Will had always wanted to be a chef and went on to train under Rowley Leigh at Le Cafe Anglais. He then took a Head Chef job in Bombay, India for two years where he developed a look and knowledge for Indian food. I worked in the City at Deloitte, Corporate Finance for 3 years before leaving in December 2013 with an ambition to do my own thing. Will returned to London in early 2014 and we decided to do something together – this is when Kricket was born as an idea. It took another year until March 2015 when we found Pop.

You have started in Brixton, how important is location to Kricket and your concept?

Everybody knows Brixton has been on the up over the last 5 years, but in fact it has still had a long way to go. Despite the large number of F&B traders, there is still room for more, particularly better quality and destination restaurants.

You have achieved some incredible reviews from top food critics, what do you put this down to?

The quality of our food and service and the team behind it. We have so many regulars and repeat customers. This is the best form of promotion.

What did you learn from setting up a pop up restaurant and how will you implement the lessons in the restaurant?

You learn the basics when setting up a pop up. It’s about building on these when taking the next steps to scale your business. Surrounding yourself with a core team who you trust is incredibly important otherwise you can put yourself in an early grave.

How important has POP Brixton been to the success of Kricket?

POP has been a great platform for us to test and promote Kricket. In relative terms it was inexpensive to set up a 20 cover restaurant in prime Brixton with a thriving customer base on your door step. Also, being part of a larger community means much of the admin is taken away from us so we can fully focus on the food and service. It’s also great to be surrounded by other driven and successful people in the industry.

What are your future plans for Kricket?

Our current plan for London is five in five years in all the hot spots, but you never know. We also have an international element which we are excited about.

Frame

Co-founder Joan Murphy

interviewed by Alex Mann

Potage

Founder and CEO, Georgia Cummings

interviewed by Alex Mann

BLOK

Founder and CEO, Ed Stanbury

interviewed by Alex Mann

Noble Rot

Co-founders Mark Andrew and Dan Keeling

interviewed by Alex Mann

Wine brought together Mark, head buyer at independent wine merchant Roberson, and Dan, who was once the MD of Island Records. After launching their wine magazine (Noble Rot) they’ve finally fulfilled their dream of opening a wine bar and restaurant. When did Noble Rot, turn from an idea into a…

Skinny Dip

Co-founder, James Gold

interviewed by Tracey Pollard

James Gold, Richard Gold and Lewis Blitz co-founded Skinnydip after seeing a major gap in the fashion accessory market. You have achieved so much for such a young team, is your age an advantage or a drawback? I think the biggest advantage of our age is our lack of fear.…

L’Olfattoria Bar a Perfums, Florence

A unique fragrance bar

by Charlotte Roberts

At L’Olfattoria, Bar a Perfums the sole objective is to help visitors discover a scent that captures their true essence. This unique concept, a fragrance bar, is the creation of Renata Da Rossi, who with her husband Giovanni Gaidano, is the founder of Cithera Sas, a Turin-based importer and distributor…

The New Craftsmen, Mayfair

Unique Mayfair showroom bringing together a spectrum of modern crafts
by Tracey Pollard

The New Craftsman launched in December 2012 and brings Artisan products from across the UK to a central showroom in North Row, Mayfair. Representing over 75 makers, the showroom hosts emerging designers and skills from a range of textiles, silverware, furniture and ceramics.

Many of the products are limited editions or you can commission your own work. There is a regular events programme from hand weaving and textile design to chocolate tasting, allowing the development of your own skills.

Reflecting our desire for heritage, quality and the growing trend to understanding where products are sourced and crafted. The New Craftsmen is a wonderful source of inspiration and although pieces are expensive, the bespoke nature of the product means they will last a lifetime and offer continued pleasure.

Devi Garh, India

Heritage hotel and resort in Udaipur

by Ivor Peters

After an hour of sucking in our breath, dodging overladen lorries carrying marble on the national highway to Delhi, we arrived at the kilometre long driveway leading to our hotel, with its stark silver on black signage. The imposing sight of Devi Garh, the 17th Century fort cum palace occupies…

Black Barn Winery, New Zealand

A boutique vineyard and destination in its own right

by Joanne Wilkes

I first stumbled across Black Barn Winery in New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay in 2011. It was a chance encounter but it was one of those perfect moments. Most wineries in Hawkes Bay keep it simple with a cellar door where you sample some of the best wines that New Zealand…

The Apartment by The Line, New York

An unassuming entrance in Soho leads to a trove of unique products.

by Nigel Gillingham

The Apartment is the joint innovation of Creative Director Morgan Wendelborn and stylist du jour Vanessa Traina. The group brings together a collection of extremely well-compiled lifestyle products presented in the setting of an unassuming Apartment. The entrance is via a self-effacing entrance that sits amongst high profile and luxury…

Space Ninety8, Brooklyn

Amongst the modish cafes, bars and industrial space of Williamsburg, New York, lives Space Ninety 8
by Rupert Bentley-Smith

Amongst the modish cafes, bars and industrial space of Williamsburg, New York, lives Space Ninety 8, the five story Urban Outfitters concept store. Big and spacious, the multi-level space is located in a renovated warehouse. It has an industrial look, complete with exposed ceilings and brick wall.

This Brooklyn store has a ‘market place’ showcasing 40 local designers as well as a collection of rotating pop-ups, the usual womenswear, menswear, and homeware and is also home to ‘The Gorbals’, an Ilan Hall restaurant and bar as well as a recharge area to relax in. Self proclaimed as ‘a constantly evolving platform for art, music, food, and designers’ Space Ninety 8 is the perfect destination for the Williamsburg ‘hipster’.

It will be fascinating to see how they progress over the next few years as it was full of people (aforementioned hipsters), but not convinced they were all making purchases. Maje and Sandro have moved into an altogether newer, and shinier building further down the street, an interesting move for them, or perhaps an illustration of the direction Williamsburg is now heading.

Hay Design, Bath

Bath flagship for this iconic Danish homeware brand

by Nigel Gillingham

Vintage Village, Paris

A concept store based around genuine vintage and antique pieces from Habitat

by Ed Corrigan

Palomar, London

A modern Jerusalem menu and creative, crazy environment

by Nigel Gillingham

Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon

A modern take on a food court

by Tracey Pollard

There has been a market in this building since 1882 and it was once the most famous fish market in Europe but in May 2014, part of the market hall reopened as the “Time Out” Food Hall,  housing 35 of Lisbon’s top chefs and restaurants. Set within a beautiful building…

Rapha worldwide retreats

An international cycling retreat

by Rupert Bentley-Smith

UK Cycling is now reportedly worth a massive £2.9bn, and is a huge factor in the lifestyles of many. Bruce Gillingham Pollard has experienced first hand the growth of cycling, witnessing the emergence of a number of concept stores, and in addition, new more targeted bike shops such as Look…

Riad el Fenn, Marrakech

Five Riads converted into one

by Ed Corrigan

There has traditionally been a choice for travellers staying in Marrakech: the traditional but perhaps ‘compact’ accommodation offered by the riads within the Medina, or one of the luxurious sprawling hotel complexes just outside the city walls. Riad el Fenn attempts to bring the best of both, offering traditional charm…

Male grooming at Aveda, Covent Garden

The modern man's grooming experience
by Ed Corrigan

Modern men’s hairdressing is dominant in London now with the rise of Pankhurst, Murdock, Ted’s Grooming Room, and rumours of ‘peak beard’ abound. Usually masculine surroundings with leather, dark wood and musky aromas generally being the order of the day, these businesses are fundamental in changing the way that men preen themselves – making it more approachable, more fun and providing an experience rather than just a service.

Ted’s Grooming Rooms are making the experience more accessible by combining these spaces within their retail stores whilst Sharps also have concessions in both Topman on Oxford Street & Ben Sherman in Islington. Barber & Parlour (part of Soho House) in Shoreditch also incorporates a restaurant, bar, juice press and an Electric cinema in the basement – a great example of providing customers with a range of experiences all under one roof.

The Aveda Institute in Covent Garden has recently branched out into Men’s Grooming with a sleeker and more neutral approach. I was told that up to a third of their bookings now come from men – not unsurprising in Covent Garden with the media and theatre industries based locally.

On my recent visit there I opted for the full works of haircut, wash and style plus beard trim. This was not your average quick in-and-out trip to the barber; it was a much more ‘modern’ approach to barbering – my stylist discussed my preferences and what approach I took to my hair care (and beard care!)  Like I suspect many blokes – my only order was “low-maintenance, please.”

I was treated to some rather wonderful smelling beard oil and an exfoliating hot towel.  (At such establishments it is not unusual to be offered cut-throat shaves, moustache wax, ear singeing, man’s manicures and shoe-shines.)  Somewhat disconcertingly the men’s section is in full view of the Le Pain Quotidien café in the next room, so every nick of the barber’s razor can be witnessed by the lunchtime crowd. This is where I think Aveda customers may take time to adjust. Just as our approach to style is to look both presentable and elegant but thrown together without a moment’s thought or effort; modern men like to be pampered but they don’t necessarily like to admit it.

My Cup of Tea, Rome

A former cave, turned secret studio packed full with design wonders

by Rupert Bentley-Smith

This Roman cave, located in Via Gregoriana, is a secret studio packed full with design wonders. My Cup Of Tea was originally an events trend spotting company, which more latterly opened a retail arm, portrayed as less of a shop, and more of a “creative space”; operating a carousel of…

Cagliari, Sardinia

Traditional, yet captivating retail experience in Sardinia

by Rupert Bentley-Smith

Viewed and spoken about as a ‘laboratory’, Loredana Mandas’ shop in Cagliari is somewhere for people to watch and experience the fascinating process of her creating hand-made jewellery typical of Sardinia’s history and the island’s deep craft traditions. One of the few filigree jewellery artisans in southern Sardinia, the shop…

The Standard Grill, New York

A Meatpacking staple dining destination just off the iconic High Line

by Harry Wills

A trip to New York is not complete without a visit to the High Line. Originally built in the 1930s, it took dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district and raised them 30 feet into the air. From 1934 to 1980 it carried meat, goods and post…

Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Los Angeles

Recently dubbed, by GQ as ‘The Coolest Street in America’
by Nigel Gillingham

This is an absolute ‘must see’ for the wannabe retail expert going to LA!  This relatively long and standard, narrow two-sided street is home to some very cool independent brands. My favourite is Junk Food which has just opened and is a fabulous store fit-out selling urban unisex fashion.

Recently dubbed, by GQ as ‘The Coolest Street in America’ we can see why Toms opened their flagship concept store here. Toms is a great example of a concept store, the space acts as both a coffee shop, a hang out for the super cool of Abott Kinney and a retail hub for its foot and eye wear ranges. Selling local goods and hosting a variety of events from yoga, coffee tasting to jenga tournaments, Toms treats customers like welcome house-guests. Founder, Blake Mycoskie, reportedly commented that he wanted Toms be more than a store, for it to be a community, adding that building a community around a brand is much more important than marketing – and from the way this store buzzed, I cannot help but agree.

Loads of art galleries and cool restaurants are dotted along Abott Kinney Boulevard including Gilano’s  for brunch and a spattering of international brands including Kate Spade, Aesop and Gant Rugger.  This street restores your faith in independent retail when you move away from the big malls and Beverley Hills bling!

Hudson Yards, New York

Hudson Yards opens in phases from 2017 and includes 14 acres of public realm

by Nigel Gillingham

KaDeWe, Berlin

The largest department store in continental Europe

by Tracey Pollard

The Rum Kitchen, London

A great example of a restaurant working well on a first floor inward facing scheme

by Victoria Broadhead

Having been to The Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill, I was excited to try out their newest restaurant. Located on the first floor of Kingly Court in Carnaby Village, The Rum Kitchen is situated in a corner without very much else up there. Despite this, booking a table, especially in…

Springer Spaniel, Launceston

Traditional Cornish pub from a former Mastechef winner

by Woody Bruce

On the Launceston to Plymouth road is a new venture by Anton Piotrowski, the 2012 winner of Masterchef and his head chef Ali who have been working together for the past 10 years. Eight of us went for a  family lunch on bank holiday Saturday. From the outside it feels…

Baileys, Herefordshire

Destination homeware store in the Herefordshire countryside

by Nigel Gillingham

Set in a rural location in Herefordshire, Baileys sells a wide range of homewares from kitchen equipment, lighting, 1930’s Bathrooms, sofas and vintage milk bottles. Located in a series of farm buildings called the Threshing Barn, Stable tack room and Loft, the retail offer has developed to include a café…

Bounce, London

A hip table tennis club and social entertainment experience
by Victoria Broadhead

Always keen for a different night out, I ventured down to Bounce one Thursday night, convinced it was a good idea to add some form of exercise with a few beers and a pizza! A new craze on the scene is a beer and a game of Ping Pong. Leaders in this field are Bounce, a hip table tennis club and social entertainment experience from Adam Breeden, also co-founder and ex CEO of All Star Lanes.

Their first and flagship location is in Holborn a slightly off pitch location just past Chancery Lane so  is starting to become a destination in its own right. The venue really does have everything under one roof, a buzzing bar, fun music, quick and easy food, friendly service and a game of ping pong.

If you are a party smaller than 8 you cant book, but when you turn up you are given a 30 min slot, trust me if you are just a party of 2 that’s enough time! They have a late licence so it stays open till 1pm so you don’t have to go anywhere else!A really good fun night out and not going to break the bank either; definitely worth a try.

http://www.bouncepingpong.com/

Zorlu Center, Istanbul

Superb public realm and an enviable tenant mix in this Turkish shopping centre.

by Nigel Gillingham

Mud Dock, Bristol

Cycle shop meets restaurant - a Bristol institution

by Victoria Broadhead

Omotesando Hills, Tokyo

A mecca for shopping in Tokyo

by Tracey Pollard

The area around Omotesando Hills is a mecca for shopping, specifically the surrounding side streets adjacent to the main retail street, where international architects have designed world class buildings for the world’s top fashion brands. Omotesando has more buildings designed by world class architects than any other neighbourhood in the…

Marunouchi, Tokyo

First class public realm creates a calm, relaxed, atmosphere so contrasted to the rest of Tokyo

by Tracey Pollard

Mitsubishi have over 120 years’ ownership in Tokyo’s central business district and now own over 30 mixed use buildings within the 120 hectares that make up Marunouchi. Mitsubishi have proactively engaged in maximising the retail and restaurants elements of their development which include internal malls, so common with the rest…

Otto Restaurant, Sydney

A Sydneysider's perspective

by Jane Horton

In celebrity interviews, they often ask what would be your last meal ever. Well, for me it would have to be at Otto Ristorante in Sydney, New South Wales. Not for the waterfront views or the sunshine that warms your face as you sit on the terrace with your first…