My little luxury: the brunch bunch

Leading tastemakers reveal their morning rituals

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Peter Pilotto, fashion designer

“An indulgence I would never forgo is taking the time to make my own healthy breakfast from scratch. I roll my own oats from grain to flake, add flax and pumpkin seeds, then grated apple, orange, other fresh fruit that I have to hand, cinnamon, water and honey, and leave it to macerate. It tastes so much better than anything from a packet.”

Architect William Smalley at home in London
Architect William Smalley at home in London | Image: Harry Crowder

William Smalley, architect

“I have half a grapefruit every morning, every day of the year. It’s such a ritual that friends know to get a grapefruit in when I come to stay. I don’t drink coffee – this is the slap round my face that gets me going.”

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Wayne McGregor, choreographer

“Huel – or ‘human fuel’ – is a nutritionally complete food, full of greens and fibre, which is great for a quick breakfast. First thing in the morning I listen to BBC Radio 4 and learn about the current state of political affairs. I get very tired of visual noise and find the radio to be powerful.” huel.com 

Huel food drink – always found in choreographer Wayne McGregor’s fridge
Huel food drink – always found in choreographer Wayne McGregor’s fridge

Dominique Lévy, art adviser and dealer

“Fresh ginger is key to energy and vitality, and I put it in everything from my morning green juice to teas. I also always have almond milk on hand for my breakfast cereal.”

Art adviser/dealer Dominique Lévy at home in New York
Art adviser/dealer Dominique Lévy at home in New York | Image: Weston Wells

John Harrison, creative director of Gieves & Hawkes 

“I like Fortnum & Mason tea, usually Fortmason, a blend of Darjeeling and China teas. We have a lot of tea in the house. I tend to use loose leaf, and when I go to Hong Kong I always buy pu-erh and Keemun.” Fortmason, £12.95 for 250g, fortnumandmason.com

Fortmason tea – a morning favourite of Gieves & Hawkes creative director John Harrison
Fortmason tea – a morning favourite of Gieves & Hawkes creative director John Harrison

Julie de Libran, fashion designer 

“In the morning I drink ‘charcoal coffee’. It’s very healthy, and the flavour changes depending on whether you have it with water or with oat milk. I’ve stopped drinking real coffee and I feel much better.” Activated Charcoal Powder, $25, schizandu.com

Fashion designer Julie de Libran in her Paris home
Fashion designer Julie de Libran in her Paris home | Image: Edouard Jacquinet

Dyala Nusseibeh, art fair director

“I’m obsessed with avocados. Even my children tell me to vary my breakfasts. There’ll always be mangoes too. When the blender comes out, lots of berries and bananas get chucked together to make something amazing – carrot, apple and ginger is another favourite combination. And always with freshly roasted Blacksmith coffee from the brand’s speciality store on Saadiyat Island. Blacksmith Coffee, blacksmith.ae

Art fair director Dyala Nusseibeh is a fan of Blacksmith coffee
Art fair director Dyala Nusseibeh is a fan of Blacksmith coffee

Paul de Zwart, furniture designer 

“There’s a lot of joy to be found in elevating your everyday rituals. For me, my Rocket Espresso Mozzafiato Evoluzione R coffee machine is a nice bit of kit that allows me to make high-quality coffee each morning – assuming that I do everything correctly.”£1,799, bellabarista.co.uk

Ceramicist Peter Ting at home in London
Ceramicist Peter Ting at home in London | Image: Daniel Stier

Peter Ting, ceramicist 

“I drink Master Luo’s Long Jing tea from Timothy D’Offay’s Postcard Teas, which is fired in a large wok. I like to mix it with Barry’s Tea from Ireland; I don’t have a recipe, I just vary the amounts according to how smoky I’m feeling.” Master Luo’s Long Jing, from £39.95, postcardteas.com. Barry’s Tea, from €2.15, barrysteashop.ie

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Rosetta Getty, fashion designer

“I have electrolyte-filled coconut water and little glass jars full of porridge, which I make and mix with chia seeds, almond milk and blueberries. It gets better the longer it sits, and it makes for a natural, sweet, healthy breakfast.”

Jean Nouvel, architect

“After breakfast I often return to bed. It’s where I’m most creative. I put on my eye mask and earplugs, and tuck in for several more hours. This is a time of meditation and ideas, and like a fisherman, I wait.”

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