Katharina Flohr talks personal taste: Part One

Katharina Flohr is the creative and managing director of Fabergé. The brand’s pop-up salon and exhibition at Harrods runs until April 21

Katharina Flohr at her home in Gloucestershire
Katharina Flohr at her home in Gloucestershire | Image: Sebastian Böttcher

My personal style signifier is a hat. I wear one almost every day – less Philip Treacy or Ascot and more masculine, such as Panamas, trilbies, hunting hats made of loden and rabbit hair and top hats with veils. I got one of my most fabulous ones – a black trilby with a sharp feather – from a hatter in Regensburg called Hutkönig, which made headwear for Pope Benedict XVI. From €98; Krauterermarkt 1, D-93047, Regensburg (+49941-51840; www.hutmacher.de).

Flohr’s 1930s couture dress
Flohr’s 1930s couture dress | Image: Sebastian Böttcher

The last thing I bought and loved was a 20ft magnolia tree from the Burford Garden Company. It has a prime position in my garden and I have been hand-watering it. It’s not easy to replant a big tree, but we dug a large hole for it and I love seeing it flourish. Shilton Road, Burford OX18 4PA (01993-823 117; www.burford.co.uk).


The thing I’m eyeing next is a book subscription from Heywood Hill. They send you a book every month according to your tastes. Mine would be about Russia, jewellery, the 18th century and gardens. It would make a great present, but I’d like it for myself. From £175; 10 Curzon Street, London W1 (020-7629 0647; www.heywoodhill.com).

Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin, £69 for 50ml EDP
Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin, £69 for 50ml EDP

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a 1930s silk couture dress. It’s very elegant and looks like something Katharine Hepburn might have worn. My daughter bought it for me from a vintage store in LA called Lily et Cie. I love the silk-covered buttons – it’s a bit Philadelphia Story mixed with Downton Abbey. 9044 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (+1310-724 5757; www.lilyetcie.com).

Complete Hungarian Dances by Brahms
Complete Hungarian Dances by Brahms

The site that inspires me is the countryside in Gloucestershire, especially the 18th-century parkland that surrounds my house. I love the liquid light from the sunset that falls over the trees; the morning mist that rises over the landscape; and the moon reflecting on the leaves, casting shadows. In the summertime I stick my head out of the bedroom window and just soak it up.

Flohr’s ruby ring given to her by her grandmother
Flohr’s ruby ring given to her by her grandmother | Image: Sebastian Böttcher

An object I would never part with is a ruby ring that was given to me by my grandmother, who lived in Bohemia. Her family fled during the war and she carried this ring in a sugar bowl. It’s really special, quite art deco – almost like a teardrop in pigeon-blood red. I never wear it as I am so afraid of losing it. It tells a whole family story.

St Sophia Cathedral in Kiev
St Sophia Cathedral in Kiev | Image: © Tommaso Ausili/SIME/4Corners Images

The beauty staples I’m never without are Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Face Cream, which is like brushing liquid gold onto your face; Crème de la Mer lip balm; SK-II eye gel; and perfumes by Serge Lutens – one I like at the moment is La Fille de Berlin. I wear fragrance every day and don’t feel dressed without it. I like complex ones filled with contradictions. Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Face Cream, £370 for 50ml, from Harrods; www.harrods.com. Crème de la Mer The Lip Balm, £42; www.cremedelamer.co.uk. Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin, £69 for 50ml EDP; www.sergelutens.com. SK-II Advanced Eye Treatment Film, £59, from Harrods.


An indulgence I would never forego is fine linen sheets. Most of my linen is Russian – from the Volga Linen company – and is just the right mix of refined and rough. www.volgalinen.co.uk.

The last music I bought was Hungarian Dances by Brahms, which is where the Slavonic blood in my veins comes out, and Santana’s Greatest Hits. Part of my commute involves a 45-minute drive and I love listening to Santana in the car.  

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Kiev. I love the churches, especially St Sophia Cathedral. And when it’s frozen, the Dnieper river is beautiful. The mix of turn-of-the-century and Stalinist architecture isn’t renovated to a T; it’s still quite authentic, which is often hard to find.

My favourite websites are a travel site called Black Tomato – it allows me to dream – and Maria Doulton’s The Jewellery Editor. I like seeing other CEOs and creative directors speak about their work and I love the clips that give quick trend overviews. www.blacktomato.com; www.thejewelleryeditor.com.

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