The Aesthete: Victoria Grant talks personal taste

Victoria Grant’s quirky bespoke hats have been worn by Lady Gaga and Kate Moss. She has also designed for Temperley London and French beret-maker Laulhère

Victoria Grant at her studio in Notting Hill
Victoria Grant at her studio in Notting Hill | Image: David Yeo. Gucci suit available from Harvey Nichols. Make-up by Smashbox Studios

My personal style signifier is my Kiss beret. I feel naked without a hat – I’ve worn one every day for the past 10 years. This has a really beautiful tailored shape and a little pull-down veil for night-time. I’ve got one in every colour. From £330;

The last thing I bought and loved was a prism-shaped crystal from a boutique in Abbot Kinney in Venice, LA, which hangs in my window. I love the way it projects rainbows across the wall when the sunlight shines through. 

Mark Powell bespoke wool suit, from £3,000
Mark Powell bespoke wool suit, from £3,000 | Image: Andrea Baldrighi

And the thing I’m eyeing next is a Mark Powell three-piece suit. I adore tailoring and I’ve got a plain suit jacket from him that I’ve worn to death. Now I want a chalk-stripe suit à la Winston Churchill, with flashy buttons. Bespoke suits, from £3,000; 2 Marshall St, London W1 (020-7287 5498;

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Maratua Island, Borneo. It was the most remote place I could access for a holiday. That feeling of being alone in the world is extraordinary. I stayed in a little guesthouse and spent five days counting stars, swimming with manta rays, watching monkeys and walking in the clearest aquamarine sea.


And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is a ceremonial Thai headdress I picked up at Chatuchak market in Bangkok a few years ago. I love its intricacy and symmetry.

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a cape jacket from Temperley London. I love the rich colours and contrasts of the tattoo-inspired swallows and padlock embroidery. 27 Bruton St, London W1 (020-7313 5280;

Grant’s Temperley London wool Sail cape jacket
Grant’s Temperley London wool Sail cape jacket | Image: David Yeo

The beauty staple I’m never without is Make skincare. I am obsessed with its all‑natural products, especially the Face Glow oil, which smells wonderful. And Azzi Glasser’s Sequoia Wood fragrance – it puts me in a really good mood. Make Face Glow face oil, £22 for 30ml; The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi Sequoia Wood, £95 for 30ml EDP;

A recent “find” is Derek Mogford, an amazing art-furniture maker. Everything shows incredible attention to detail, with beautiful inlays and mirrored interiors. I’d love one of his cocktail cabinets with hidden drawers.

The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi Sequoia Wood perfume, £95 for 30ml EDP
The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi Sequoia Wood perfume, £95 for 30ml EDP

The last meal that truly impressed me was the 20-course tasting menu at Sushi Nakazawa in New York. Each course was like a work of art and the sushi was the most melting I’ve ever eaten. 23 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014 (+1212-924 2212;

In my fridge you’ll always find stiffeners, feathers and sculpting clays. There’s rarely anything edible – I’m a useless cook.

A jewellery stall at Portobello Market
A jewellery stall at Portobello Market | Image: Alamy Stock Photo

The best gift I’ve received recently is an enormous print by one of my favourite fashion photographers, Diana Gomez, from a shoot we did in Los Angeles. She has such a warm Venezuelan spirit.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose Notting Hill in London, where I’ve lived for 20 years. I go to a really special Italian deli, Valentina, for truffle oil, and Coffee Plant for its powerful almond-milk lattes and a chat with the locals. Mario’s Shoe Care repairs my shoes after too much dancing, and I love everything at Jonathan Adler; it’s always useful for presents. For jewels for my hats, Portobello Market is my treasure trove. Coffee Plant, 180 Portobello Rd, W11 (020-7221 8137; Jonathan Adler, 287-289 Westbourne Gr, W11 (020-7727 0600; Mario’s Shoe Care, 26A Colville Sq, W11 (020-7221 5288). Portobello Market, Portobello Rd, W10. Valentina, 145 Notting Hill Gate, W11 (020-7702 1181;


My favourite websites or apps are Shazam for music and Moda Operandi for fashion – it is so well curated and you can order hot off the catwalk.

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