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John Rocha

A worry-free weekend in France is the designer’s idea of heaven

John Rocha

August 15 2011
John Rocha

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We got started bright and early on Friday morning, meeting with our manageress Annica at our store on Dover Street in London. Last week Odette and the staff had turned over the shop with the new autumn/winter collection. I am very happy with it, and also proud to have my daughter Simone’s collection hanging alongside my own this year. I think we will have a good season ahead. Actually, I mostly love the winter collections.

Then we caught an evening flight to Nice to spend the weekend at our home in Cap Ferrat. Odette’s brother Frank and his lovely Christine came to stay with us; we all went out for supper on our local beach restaurant, Passable, which served us grilled John Dory under a close-to-full moon and the stillest evening tide you can imagine – it was perfect.

Saturday morning the four of us went to Beaulieu village for a wander in the market and a perfect cup of café crème at Le Grand Café, then spent the afternoon swimming and reading, before heading off to a lovely supper at Anjuna, in Eze-sur-Mer. I love this restaurant by the sea; it has a great staff and the best view imaginable. Again we enjoyed the full moon, with its reflection stretching miles along the water, reminding me of the wonderful Sugimoto seascapes.

In town we ran into Bono and Ali with some of their friends. The last time we’d seen them was at Glastonbury, with all of us completely covered in mud – great fun, though!

It was a beautiful day on Sunday, so we chilled at home – spent the entire day reading and swimming, and planning the next morning’s outing to the antique market in Nice old town, to be followed by a nice lunch at La Petite Maison.

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