About us

A website of worldy pleasures from the Financial Times.

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 290,000 downloads.

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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)

How to get the print edition

How To Spend It comes out with the Financial Times newspaper on 24 Saturdays and eight Fridays a year; 12 of those 32 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​:

2017

  • Saturday January 7
  • Saturday February 4
  • Saturday February 18 Smart Arts
  • Saturday March 4
  • Saturday March 11 Wise Guise
  • Saturday March 18 A Passion For Fashion
  • Friday March 24 Plus a global property special
  • Saturday April 1
  • Saturday April 15 Superior Interiors
  • Friday April 21 Plus a men’s style special
  • Saturday May 6 Plus a beauty special
  • Saturday May 13 Travel Unravelled
  • Friday May 19 Plus a speed themed special
  • Saturday June 3
  • Friday June 9
  • Saturday June 17 Boats That Rock
  • Saturday July 1
  • Saturday August 5
  • Saturday September 2
  • Saturday September 9 Wise Guise
  • Saturday September 16 A Passion For Fashion
  • Friday September 22 Plus a global property special
  • Saturday September 30 Smart Arts
  • Saturday October 7
  • Friday October 13 Plus a men’s style special
  • Saturday October 21 Super Interiors
  • Saturday October 28 Travel Unravelled
  • Saturday November 4
  • Friday November 10
  • Saturday November 18 Christmas Unwrapped
  • Saturday November 25 Fine Times, plus a beauty special
  • Saturday December 2
  • Friday December 8