The Aesthete: Almine Rech talks more personal taste

The art dealer and collector concludes her list of likes with Delfina Delettrez jewellery, Coco Chanel’s personal style and the work of Stanley Kubrick

Almine Rech at home in Paris
Almine Rech at home in Paris | Image: Jouk Oosterhof

My style icon is Coco Chanel. She is so current. You can dress today like she did in the 1920s, in knitted trousers and a jacket, in total comfort. 

My favourite room in my house is my bedroom in my house in Brussels. It’s large and peaceful – you can’t hear any traffic – and has two huge windows overlooking a private garden that backs on to the Bois de la Cambre. I’m in my cocoon when I’m in there.  

Coco Chanel
Coco Chanel | Image: Roger Viollet/Getty Images

The best gift I’ve received recently is a pair of Delfina Delettrez earrings from my husband. They are gold three-quarter hoops set with diamonds and rubies on one side, and diamonds and emeralds on the other. They are sophisticated but not too dressy and I wear them all the time. From £8,980; 109 Mount St, London W1 (020-7629 5550;

The people I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeing are my hairdresser Boris Vitarella, who comes to my house – my hair is rather undisciplined so it’s much easier when someone else does it – and Maurice Choueka, my physiotherapist, trainer and masseur. Boris Vitarella, (+324-9937 4848; Maurice Choueka, 79 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris (+331-4804 7000; 


If I didn’t live in Brussels and Paris, I would live in London. I love it in an idealistic way, and it’s the museums that really make the difference. The National Gallery, with its Old Masters, is incredible. And I love the Englishness of the members’ clubs – you only find places such as the South Kensington Club there. National Gallery, Trafalgar Sq, London WC2 (020-7747 2885; South Kensington Club, 38-42 Harrington Rd, London SW7 (020-3006 6868;

The last music I downloaded was Brad Stank’s Flirting in Space. He’s a young songwriter from Liverpool. My son Alex works at Universal Music and also has his own little music label, so he sends me recommendations all the time. 

Rech’s Delfina Delettrez earrings, a gift from her husband
Rech’s Delfina Delettrez earrings, a gift from her husband | Image: Jouk Oosterhof

An indulgence I would never forgo is organic granola, which I eat every morning after some exotic fruit. It’s worth getting up for. I love the Super Granola by Eat Natural with oats, buckwheat, sunflower seeds and honey. £3.69; Waitrose, 169 King’s Rd, London SW3 (020-7351 2775;

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d chooseMayfair. Thomas Goode is the only place where I can find the tea strainers that I like. I love the jeweller Delfina Delettrez, as she is so different. Her work is connected to a surrealist vocabulary, and has a feminine sense of humour. It’s not about being expensive; it’s something you can wear every day. And Huntsman on Savile Row has nice presents for men – I recently bought a beautiful sweater for my father and ties for my husband there – and I like its 19th-century decor. Delfina Delettrez, 109 Mount St, London W1 (020-7629 5550; Huntsman, 11 Savile Row, London W1 (020-7734 7441; Thomas Goode, 19 South Audley St, London W1 (020-7499 2823;


If I weren’t doing what I do, I would work as a scriptwriter or director. I took a module in cinema when I was a student and nearly went down that path. Sergei Eisenstein, Josef von Sternberg and Stanley Kubrick are the great masters.