September 24 2011
Running into old friends is always a happy occasion, and when one has long business associations with them it’s even happier. So this morning I started off at 45 Park Lane, to meet Jim Druckman from the New York Design Center where Profiles, his showroom, carries the William Yeoward furniture line. It gives me a chance to catch up on the US market and who’s doing what (and with whom!).
Jim has so much energy and enjoys a good breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, as I do. We chat and before I know it I’m at The Royal Hospital for the Homes & Gardens magazine fabric awards. Deborah Barker and her associate Giles Kime together with Carole Bunce run a great magazine, and these awards are always interesting. Luckily we’ve been nominated in two categories. No firsts; but that’s fine! I gossiped with my friend Kit Kemp, whom I really rate. She has great hotels in London and of course The Crosby in New York. She’s an old fan of ours, and I really get what she does. It’s individual, as is she; and that’s nice.
Afterwards, a delightful buffet lunch with Claire German at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour… utterly worth a visit. It’s on Lots Road and is full of such beautiful things for the home. I always say to my customers, you must go there but after you call upon William Yeoward and Designers Guild on King’s Road! These should be your first ports of call but after that, do enjoy the Harbour.
By afternoon I’m longing for tomorrow as I’m having a day in London. First Portobello and a breakfast at Tom’s, and then a quick run through Alfies Antique Market in Church Street. Tim Jenkins and I regularly spend hours trawling through both the grand and simple vendors around town looking for “treasure” and inspiration for William Yeoward Crystal. In the afternoon I’m planning on Spitalfields for what I’m calling call a field trip to see what the stores are doing. I’m hoping maybe I’ll find a great deli to buy my supper.
Decorex at The Royal Hospital opens at 10am on Sunday morning, as does Focus at Chelsea Harbour, so I need to be petal fresh. It’s been a great week, busy and stimulating – one in the many that I’m lucky to have in my life. For those who’ve been reading this blog, I do hope you all now realise that I’m a man who cares a great deal about my work, my friends and my life.