The Aesthete: Alex Eagle talks personal taste

The founder of the eponymous lifestyle boutique is the creative vision behind The Store – a curated retail space in Soho Farmhouse and Soho House Berlin

Alex Eagle at home in London
Alex Eagle at home in London | Image: Rick Pushinsky

My personal style signifier is an oversized Cartier Cipullo nail bracelet from 1971 that I wear with everything. For me, it represents simple designs standing the test of time, which is fundamental to my aesthetic. cartier.com.

The last thing I bought and loved was some beaten silver beakers by the designer William Welstead, who makes them for my studio. They’re so thin and delicate-seeming but incredibly strong – and unostentatious. We serve water and wine in them – I love how the metal gets so cold – but I think champagne looks especially beautiful. From £230; Alex Eagle Studio, 6-10 Lexington St, London W1 (020-7589 0588; alexeagle.co.uk).

Welstead silver beakers, from £230
Welstead silver beakers, from £230 | Image: Rick Pushinsky

And the thing I’m eyeing next is a pair of Le Monde Beryl black satin backless mules. The designer Lily Hanbury and I are dear friends, and aesthetically we’re pretty much singing from the same hymn sheet. They go with almost everything and they’re incredibly chic. £295; matchesfashion.com.

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a white Resolute blazer by Blazé Milano. When I first met these three Italian girls and said I wanted to place an order, they weren’t even a brand yet. They’ve focused on making one thing and making it really, really well. I can justify another blazer 10 times over as I wear one almost every day, but a white one felt like a very luxurious post-baby purchase. €1,530; boutique1.com.

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A recent “find” is Ensemblier, which makes beautiful bespoke beds. Many of them are like the princess bed you always wanted, and are made entirely by hand in Britain. Definitely an investment for life. From £6,085; ensemblierlondon.com.

The last meal that truly impressed me was at Engawa, in Ham Yard, Soho. The setting is beautiful, and it’s a truly authentic Japanese meal right on my doorstep. The Kobe beef was sublime – I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but I did there – and I had superb, delicate sashimi and a few beautifully composed salads. 2 Ham Yard, London W1 (020-7287 5724; engawa.uk).

Clockwise from top left: Le Monde Beryl satin mules, £295. Her Blazé Milano wool/silk Resolute blazer, €1,530. Eagle’s signature Cartier Cipullo nail bracelet
Clockwise from top left: Le Monde Beryl satin mules, £295. Her Blazé Milano wool/silk Resolute blazer, €1,530. Eagle’s signature Cartier Cipullo nail bracelet | Image: Rick Pushinsky

An indulgence I would never forgo is facials by Anastasia Achilleos, because she’s much more than a facialist; you walk out feeling realigned and healed too. The vain side of me loves her for making me “de-puffed” if I’ve got a photoshoot, but it’s also a total mood reset. From £475; lanesboroughclubandspa.com.

The best gift I’ve given recently was a leather Smythson album to my grandma for her 90th birthday. We first put in photos of her ancestors, then of my Mum, me and my cousins. It was a compendium of a lifetime’s achievements; a cross-section of memories, holidays and happiness. She loved it, but really it was a gift to all of us too. £375; smythson.com.

Authentic Japanese cuisine at Engawa, in Soho
Authentic Japanese cuisine at Engawa, in Soho

And the best one I’ve received recently is a portrait of my son, Jack, painted by Vanessa Garwood when he was born. It’s very small – sort of lifesize – and rough, on a piece of canvas. She captured a moment when he was so, so tiny – almost still in another world. I love it, as I love her. By appt, vanessagarwood.com.

If I didn’t live in London, the city I would live in is Venice, because it feels like home; I have always had a deep affinity with the city and its culture. The Peggy Guggenheim museum has the most wonderful collection – a cohesive look at the best works of the best artists from an insider. I love Harry’s Bar, of course, for cocktails and the heavenly bellinis. And Antiche Carampane, a hidden restaurant, for the most delicious lunch – soft-shell crab especially, when they’re in season. Antiche Carampane, San Polo 1911, 30125 (+39041-524 0165; antichecarampane.com). Harry’s Bar, Calle Vallaresso 1323, 30124 (+39041-528 5777; harrysbarvenezia.com). Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Dorsoduro 701, 30123 (+39041-240 5411; guggenheim-venice.it)

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My favourite websites are Olivierbaby.com, Waddler.co.uk and ABC123me.com for children’s clothes, which, being a new mother, I can’t get enough of. For myself, I can browse online magazines Semaine.com and Thespaces.com for hours.

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