Fabulous florists – personally recommended

From vintage-style blooms in London to “Dutch still-life painting” arrangements in New York

Alexandre Mattiussi swears by Debeaulieu in Paris’s ninth arrondissement
Alexandre Mattiussi swears by Debeaulieu in Paris’s ninth arrondissement | Image: Akatre

Alexandre Mattiussi, artistic director of Ami

“I frequently give flowers as a gift, and usually I opt for roses, which are the most beautiful. I always go to Debeaulieu, near where I live in Paris’s ninth arrondissement. At Ami we use black and white striped paper for the packaging and this florist has similar paper, so whenever I buy flowers here I ask them to use my paper as a special touch.” 30 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris (+331-4526 7868; debeaulieu-paris.com).

Daniel Hopwood, interior designer

“Absolute Flowers is my go-to for emergency presents. Its eclectic array of vases make a great upgrade to a bunch of flowers.” 363 Portobello Rd, London W9 (020-7286 1155; absoluteflowersandhome.com).

Isabelle Ettedgui buys arrangements from Pulbrook & Gould
Isabelle Ettedgui buys arrangements from Pulbrook & Gould

Isabel Ettedgui, founder of Connolly

“I love having fresh flowers in the house and the shop – particularly roses. I go to the stall at the end of Clifford Street in Mayfair or to Pulbrook & Gould.” 19 South Audley St, London W1 (020-7730 0030; pulbrookandgould.co.uk).

Emilia Wickstead, fashion designer

“I always find single varietal flower bouquets the most beautiful. FlowerBx specialises in just this and is my absolute go-to. Their flowers arrive fresh from the growers and last forever. Nothing makes me happier than filling my home with Flowerbx bunches of different colours and varieties - a flower (type) for every room!” flowerbx.com


Tricia Guild, founder of Designers Guild 

"An indulgence I’d never forego is flowers. Some of my favourites are sweet peas, scabious, cornflowers and peonies. And I adore dahlias and magenta carnations, which are sadly much overlooked. Scarlet & Violet in Kensal Rise always has fresh, interesting blooms. 76 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 (020-8969 9446; scarletandviolet.com)

Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder and chief brand officer of Moda Operandi

“I get fresh flowers weekly from L Becker on New York’s Upper East Side. I was introduced to this florist by Annette de la Renta, the ultimate resource for all things elegant, and the stunning arrangements appear to be straight out of Dutch still-life paintings.” 217 East 83rd St, New York, NY 10028 (+1212-439 6001; lbeckerflowers.com).

Tricia Guild loves bouquets from Scarlet & Violet
Tricia Guild loves bouquets from Scarlet & Violet

Kris Van Assche, creative director of Berluti

I buy flowers from Odorantes, a florist in Paris’s sixth arrondissement, and I go with whatever is fresh that day. Its flowers are arranged by scent and have a certain authenticity to them; I avoid ones like white roses because they’re ubiquitous and look too perfect.” 9 Rue Madame, 75006 Paris (+331-4284 0300; odorantes-paris.com).

Lulu Lytle, co-founder and creative director of Soane Britain

“The Land Gardeners grows the most sublime flowers and herbs in Oxfordshire and delivers weekly to our London shop. The flowers are essential to my wellbeing.” thelandgardeners.com.

Soane’s Lulu Lytle has flowers delivered by The Land Gardeners
Soane’s Lulu Lytle has flowers delivered by The Land Gardeners

Olivier Reza, jeweller

“There’s a little shop that I love inside the Hotel de Russie in Rome. It sells flowers and decorative faïence vases that are absolutely spectacular.” sebastian-flowers.com.

Sally Greene, theatre impresario

I order fresh flowers every week from Rob Van Helden. He makes the selection; I trust him completely.” 8 Tun Yard, Peardon St, London SW8 (020-7720 6774; rvhfloraldesign.com).


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