About us

A website of worldly pleasures from the Financial Times.

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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 34 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 290,000 downloads.


Editors and Contributing Editors

  • Gillian de BonoThe 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 It. Luxury: champagne. Extremely well chilled and preferably daily

  • Damian FoxeFashion 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 PostGrande 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 MargolisMr 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

  • Vivienne BeckerGem 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 BurtonMotor 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 ShollenbargerWander 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)

  • Nick FoulkesWatch Fancier and Dandy

    Our resident watch and cigar specialist – and former International Best-Dressed lister – bought his first "vintage" mechanical timepiece aged 11, when it would have been called "junk". He seeks respite from the laborious business of sparking up a stogie by penning the Swellboy column, in which he subjects sartorial mores mercilessly to his vast vocabulary. Luxury: an endless supply of Cohiba Sublimes (and time to enjoy them)

  • Alice LascellesLibation Maven

    The Goblet columnist has been distilling the best of the drink world for HTSI since 2010, covering everything from whisky investment and single estate tea to trends in vintage champagne. She co-founded the leading trade title Imbibe, was named International Wine & Spirit Competition Communicator of the Year in 2016, and was shortlisted for Wine Writer of the Year at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writer Awards in 2018. Luxury: A smoky dram and an oyster in the wilds of Islay

How to get the print edition

How To Spend It comes out with the Financial Times newspaper on 26 Saturdays and 8 Fridays a year; 14 of those 34 issues are themed, and another seven include themed sections. (If there were an award for Most Baffling Magazine Publishing Schedule, we’d win it.) So herewith, for loyal but confused readers, are the dates How To Spend It appears in print​:


  • Saturday January 5 
  • Saturday February 2
  • Saturday February 16 Smart Arts
  • Saturday March 2
  • Saturday March 9 Wise Guise
  • Saturday March 16 A Passion For Fashion 
  • Friday March 22 Plus a global property special
  • Saturday April 6  
  • Saturday April 20 Superior Interiors 
  • Friday April 26 Plus a men’s style special 
  • Saturday May 4
  • Saturday May 11 Travel Unravelled 
  • Friday May 17 Plus a speed themed special
  • Saturday June 1  
  • Friday June 7
  • Saturday June 15 Boats That Rock 
  • Saturday July 6  
  • Friday July 12
  • Saturday August 3 
  • Saturday September 7 
  • Saturday September 14 Wise Guise   
  • Saturday September 21 A Passion For Fashion
  • Saturday September 28 Smart Arts
  • Saturday October 5 
  • Friday October 11 Plus a global property special 
  • Saturday October 19 Super Interiors 
  • Saturday October 26 Travel Unravelled 
  • Saturday November 2 
  • Friday November 8 Plus a men’s style special 
  • Saturday November 16 Christmas Unwrapped 
  • Saturday November 23 Fine Times, plus a beauty special 
  • Friday November 29
  • Saturday December 7 
  • Saturday December 14 How To Trend It