Nicky Kinnaird talks personal taste: Part Two

The entrepreneur rounds off her list of likes with the Upper East Side, Sofia Coppola and deep-tissue massage

Nicky Kinnaird photographed at home in west London
Nicky Kinnaird photographed at home in west London | Image: Shamil Tanna

My style icon is Sofia Coppola. She is always immaculately dressed, whether up or down, and is fashion-forward without it ever appearing contrived. She makes anything look effortless.

Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola | Image: Getty Images

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a burgundy, V-necked, sleeveless Marni dress with irregular seams. Marni’s dresses never look much on the hanger, but when you put them on you realise just how great the cut is. My Marni necklace collection is also ridiculous. I could probably open a vintage Marni store with all the necklaces and cuffs I’ve acquired over the years.


An object I would never part with is any one of my Loro Piana superfine cashmere scarves. They go with everything and are unbelievably warm despite how light they are. The quality is amazing and they last forever, so the biggest challenge is not losing them. From £255;

Diptypque Ambre Hourglass Diffuser, £100
Diptypque Ambre Hourglass Diffuser, £100

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Anguilla in the West Indies. For me, vacations are about absolute escapism. I love the totally deserted beaches but also the great tennis coaches, so I can get on court and slam balls with vigour and passion. What impresses me most are the people – they’re warm, friendly and seem to work together to sustain their way of life. It’s a happy place.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

The books on my bedside table are invariably new. I read a lot of contemporary fiction and like to be one of the first to discover what the buzz is about. Marisha Pessl’s Night Film is a well-researched and slightly creepy thriller; Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings is about a bunch of American kids who first meet at summer camp and then again in late adulthood in Manhattan. I’ve also just started Delia Ephron’s autobiographical essays, Sister, Mother, Husband, Dog. I’ve always loved the Ephron sisters and this starts by remembering Nora and how their relationship kept shifting its power balance. I like books I can pick up and put down again but, above all, ones that are emotionally engaging.

Loro Piana Grand Unita cashmere scarf, £325
Loro Piana Grand Unita cashmere scarf, £325

The best gift I’ve given recently was the Hourglass Diffuser by Diptyque, which elicited squeals of delight. It is so much more streamlined than reeds or candles. £100;

Road Bay Harbour, Anguilla
Road Bay Harbour, Anguilla | Image: Alamy

The best gift I’ve received recently was when I came back from a trip to New York to a house filled with beautiful, fresh white roses. My partner, Bob, had done a really great job. That brought a smile to my face.


In my fridge you’ll always find a mixture of blueberries, raspberries, Greek yoghurt, almond, rice or coconut milk, apples and lots of green vegetables. We tend to buy protein on a daily basis if we’re cooking, but grilled or roasted salmon is the absolute staple for dinner. Apart from the occasional splurge, my diet’s relatively simple.

An indulgence I would never forego is deep-tissue massages. In London I go to Nicole at Zom Therapies. In New York I tend to go to Keren Day at Eleven Eleven Wellness; she’s an osteopath who does a lot of active-release therapy. Because I spend so much time sitting on planes, trains and in cars, my lower back has a tendency to spasm if I’m not stretched out. Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, 32 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010 (+1212-255 1800; Therapies, 13 Crescent Place, London SW3 (020-7052 0070;

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose the Upper East Side. Crawford Doyle bookstore on Madison Avenue is browsing paradise, and I get all my fresh produce from Eli’s Manhattan on Third Avenue. For sporting and running gear, I go to Jack Rabbit on Lexington Avenue, or I get a fashion fix at Jil Sander and Marni, while Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman shoe departments have the best edits. Then there’s Sant Ambroeus for afternoon tea or Juice Press for fresh juices. Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue (+1212-826-8900; Bergdorf Goodman, 660 Madison Avenue (+1212-826 8900; Crawford Doyle Booksellers, 1082 Madison Avenue (+1212-288 6300; Eli’s Manhattan, 1411 Third Avenue (+1212-717 8100; Jack Rabbit, 1255 Lexington Avenue (+1212-727 2981; Jil Sander, 818 Madison Avenue (212-838 6100; Juice Press, 1296 Madison Avenue (+1212-777 0034; Marni, 21 East 67th Street (+1212-257 6907; Sant Ambroeus, 1000 Madison Avenue (+1212-570 2211;

My favourite room in my house is the bathroom. It’s been my absolute sanctuary since childhood, from coming home from sport to scooping lotions and potions from my mother’s dressing table and working my way through all the hot water in the house. A bath is a place I can wind down and put the world to rights, just by soaking in Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil, and then wrapping myself in Abyss & Habidecor oversized Egyptian-cotton bath towels, which feel amazing on the skin. From $180; Abyss & Habidecor, Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil, £39;

If I didn’t live in London or New York, the city I would live in is LA. I could live quite comfortably in Venice by the canals. Abbot Kinney Boulevard has developed into a great walking neighbourhood with quirky stores and nice little cafés: Bountiful is a fascinating place of vintage discovery that is popular with fashion and interiors stylists; Linus Bikes has old-fashioned bicycles in lovely colours with perfect bells and comfortable leather seats; Tortoise has beautifully designed Japanese homeware, and LFrank is one of my favourite jewellery stores, where owner Liselle Frankfurt designs modern, sculptural pieces. You can also have your early morning run along the beach then stop off at Intelligentsia, who have elevated drip coffee to an art form, or get in your car and trek in the Santa Monica mountains to escape from it all. Bountiful, 1335 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (+1310-450 3620; Intelligentsia Coffeebar, 1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (+1310-399 1233; LFrank Jewelry, 1116 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (+1310-452 0771; Bikes, 1413 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (+1310-857 7777; Tortoise, 1208 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (+1310-314 8448;

If I weren’t doing what I do now, I’d be an architect. I read land management at Reading University and have subsequently been involved in the design of my shops as well as domestic renovations. I admire the minimalist styles of David Chipperfield and John Poulson, but I would probably add something more textured, such as you’d find in Paul Christian Yaeger’s immaculately nuanced interiors.

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