About us


How To Spend It has been part of the Financial Times for more than 40 years, first as a single page in the Saturday edition of the newspaper, then as an expanded section and, finally, from 1994, as a large-format glossy magazine. Widely regarded as the benchmark for luxury lifestyle magazines, it is now distributed globally with the Financial Times 32 times a year.

Howtospendit.com was launched in 2009. It has many unique characteristics, including free access to the searchable content of more than 200 issues of the magazine, organised by subject rather than by print edition, plus additional web-only daily postings – blogs, columns, interviews and news – from our award-winning team of writers and editors. In September 2011, howtospendit.com launched a free iPad app (howtospendit.com/ipad). It now has over 275,000 downloads.

Editors and Contributing Editors


Gillian de Bono The Editor
Our supremo spent 18 years editing lifestyle magazines before taking over the reins at How To Spend It in 1998. Since 2009, she has also championed its digital offerings – but her true love remains a really brilliant headline. The British Society of Magazine Editors has named her Editor of the Year on three occasions, twice for How To Spend ItLuxury: champagne. Extremely well chilled and preferably daily


Damian Foxe Fashion Fabulist
How To Spend It’s Fashion Director has been conceptualising and styling the magazine’s fashion shoots for over 15 years. An MA journalism alumnus of Central Saint Martins, he segued into styling after being discovered by the late Isabella Blow. He is rare in the fashion industry for being stylist and photographer on the same shoots. Luxury: an art-deco diamond dragonfly clip to pin on my tuxedo lapel


Lucia van der Post Grande Dame of Luxury
Our illustrious Associate Editor 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. 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. Luxury: time in the African wilderness


Jonathan Margolis Mr Technopolis TV

Having covered consumer technology since the 1980s, Jonathan Margolis is How To Spend It’s star of both print and (72dpi) screen. He has talked us through the coming of age of laptops, mobile phones, portable music systems and digital cameras, but is still waiting – without much hope – for a flying car. Luxury: the Leica M with the Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 – a lens more sensitive than the human eye


Nick Foulkes Watch Fancier and Dandy
Our resident watch and cigar specialist – and International Best-Dressed lister (2011) – bought his first “vintage” mechanical timepiece aged 11, when it would have been called “junk”. He seeks respite from the laborious business of selecting pochettes by penning the Swellboy columns, in which he subjects the high life mercilessly to his vast vocabulary. Luxury: an endless supply of Cohiba Sublimes (and time to enjoy them)


Vivienne Becker Gem Doyenne
In her research for How To Spend It, jewellery historian, journalist and author Vivienne Becker lays her delicate, gloved hands on the world’s most valuable gems. She also masterminds jewellery exhibitions, forecasts trends and consults for the industry, lectures and broadcasts. In 2003, she received a Gem Award for Excellence as International Writer of the Year. Luxury: a Golconda diamond


Simon de Burton Motor Maestro
A How To Spend It frontline reporter since 1999, Simon de Burton became a luxury specialist after working at Sotheby’s. He has written on wildly diverse subjects, from furniture fashioned from decommissioned missiles to Titanic memorabilia, but his expertise is the world’s rarest and most exotic cars, motorcycles and boats. Luxury: a 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 RSH


Maria Shollenbarger Wander Woman
How To Spend It’s former deputy editor couldn't resist the lure of the road, and since 2012, her peregrinations as travel editor have taken her from coral outcroppings off the coast of Northern Mozambique to the private costume collections of Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort. Luxury: A drive down the Big Sur coast, any day of the year (in a vintage Merc 380SL, c1982, even better)


Below is a list of our regular columns. Some appear in the Saturday edition of the magazine, some in the Friday edition, and 12 (asterisked) can only be found on howtospendit.com or have additional postings that can only be found on howtospendit.com. All are written or edited by the magazine’s award-winning team of journalists.

*The Aesthete Global tastemakers answer questions about their personal style
*The Bespokesperson Under-the-radar bespoke and customisation specialists
The Captain’s Table C-suite dealmakers reveal their favourite dining spots
*Chronicles of a Spa Junkie Our covert reporter's warts-and-all diaries
The Cult Shop Off-the-beaten-track retail emporia worthy of a detour
*Diary of a Somebody A week in the life of a luminary
*E-cquisitions Niche online retail therapy
Eclectibles Fetching finds for the person and the home
Finders Keepers The inside track on collecting art, cars, wine and more
For Goodness’ Sake Inspiring channels for charitable urges
From Desk Till Dawn Extreme weekend agendas for adrenaline junkies
The Gannet Piquant restaurant reviews from our galloping gourmet
Get Realty Rarefied residences and snazzy pads for citizens of the world
*Gift Guide 750-plus inspirational ideas for him and for her
*The Haute Seat Guest postings from the luxury bloggerati
Loose Change First class finds for under £100
*Need To Now Catch-it-while-you-can news and events
Past Masters A market-savvy eye on vintage collectables
Perfect Weekend High-flyers reveal their downtime agendas
*The Reconnoisseur Personal recommendations from our top contributors
The Sharpener Men's sartorial savant Tom Stubbs dispenses superlative style counsel
The Smart Money The inside scoop for the betting enthusiast
The Smooth Guide Expertly curated city edits for a long, luxurious weekend
*Swellboy Droll deliberations on the luxe life from Nick Foulkes, the wag they cannot gag
Technopolis Gizmo wizard Jonathan Margolis reviews the latest gadgets
*Technopolis TV Video test drives of techie kit by IT boy Jonathan Margolis
*Travelista Global intelligence on hotels, destinations, adventures and spas
Wry Society A gimlet eye on the gilded life