The Aesthete: Delphine Ninous talks personal taste

Delphine Ninous has designed womenswear for Belstaff since 2014, having previously worked for Isabel Marant and Paul & Joe

Delphine Ninous at home in London
Delphine Ninous at home in London | Image: Rick Pushinsky

My personal style signifiers are my leather jackets – I have always worn them, and always a Perfecto. And I also wear a vintage Tissot watch that has a black crocodile strap and a simple chrome face. I think both things give me a certain kind of attitude as they are quite masculine and oversized.

Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte, £55 for 50ml EDC
Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte, £55 for 50ml EDC

The last thing I bought and loved was an unpolished gold bracelet by Monsieur Paris. I like the timeless aesthetic of it and how it makes even a simple T-shirt look elevated. Similar from €330;


And the thing I’m eyeing next is a leather and metal armchair by Charlotte Perriand that was made in the 1960s. I love the mix of materials. I’m just trying to convince my boyfriend that we need it.

Africa Rising, which Ninous is using for research about Africa
Africa Rising, which Ninous is using for research about Africa | Image: Rick Pushinsky

The last meal that truly impressed me was at Edition Koji Shimomura in Tokyo. He is a Japanese chef who trained in France. The food is so refined, with this incredible Japanese aesthetic – everything small and beautiful and at the same time a sort of deconstruction of French food. It’s amazing, totally unlike any other French food I’ve eaten. Nothing is heavy; nothing is cooked with oil or butter or cream. 3 Chome, Ropongi, Minato, Tokyo (+813-5549 4562;

Ninous’ unpolished gold bracelet by Monsieur Paris
Ninous’ unpolished gold bracelet by Monsieur Paris | Image: Rick Pushinsky

The person I rely on for wellbeing is my osteopath Chris Harris at Shine in Newington Green. Instead of my taking lots of tablets for backache and headaches, he puts everything back into place. 20 Newington Green, London N16 (020-7241 2065;

Her vintage Tissot watch
Her vintage Tissot watch | Image: Rick Pushinsky

The beauty staple I’m never without is Concentré d’Orange Verte by Hermès – it’s very fresh, it’s not too girly and I love the deep blue-green glass bottle. I change my skincare all the time but I always use French, pharmacy-style brands. Right now I am using Hydraphase Intense Légère moisturiser from La Roche Posay. I like it because it is unfragranced and feels light and fresh after I’ve applied it. Concentré d’Orange Verte, £55 for 50ml EDC; Hydraphase Intense Légère, £16.50 for 50ml;

A 1960s Charlotte Perriand leather and metal armchair
A 1960s Charlotte Perriand leather and metal armchair

An indulgence I would never forgo is red wine. At the moment I am very into organic light reds that I can drink every day. I order bottles from a wholesaler, Les Caves de Pyrene, which I discovered at Brawn on Columbia Road – they had such great French wine that I asked where they sourced it. Brawn, 49 Columbia Road, London E2 (020-7729 5692; Les Caves de Pyrene, 01483-554 750;


The best gift I’ve received recently is a book called Africa Rising that my boyfriend just bought for me. I am doing some research about Africa and it’s a beautiful book about art and design from a very modern perspective. £40;

In my fridge you’ll always find fresh meat and seasonal vegetables – I have great grocery stores where I live, so I tend to buy and then cook rather than stocking things for long. I always have French cheese, mostly sheep and goat’s cheese – the softer they are the better – and I buy them from Androuet in Spitalfields. It’s a bit of a treat. I don’t drink a lot of champagne but I do always seem to have a bottle in the fridge. Old Spitalfields Market, 10A Lamb Street, London E1 (020-7247 7437;

An object I would never part with is a big antique mirror that I found in Paris at Clignancourt flea market. It’s quite ornate but it’s painted light grey so it doesn’t feel over-the-top. 10am-5pm Saturday-Monday, 138-140 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint Ouen.

My favourite app is DoJo, which I use a lot in London – it gives local recommendations, a bit like Time Out, but more curated if you are looking for a bar, restaurant or exhibition.

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