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Sun and Sand in the Hamptons

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

It’s a three and a half hour drive from New York to the Hamptons even on a not too busy day, we got there around 6pm and went to recce the home of Elie Tahari and catch up with the team – Scott, Mark, CJ and others I had met on Tuesday afternoon. The house is in a stunning location right on the beach, just behind a sand dune

The view from Elie Tahari's house

Over night at The Huntting Inn in East Hampton and back at 9am to the house, fingers crossed for good weather as the reports hadn’t been promising. The Tahari team had organised everything from catering to sunshine and Scott even did some stand in work for Mr Tahari as we mapped out our shots

Scott Currie walking the walk for Mr Tahari

Scott Currie walking the walk for Mr Tahari

and the sun shone and shone, and the team worked on and on…

Jonny and Zach checking the focus of the exterior shot

until we got in to the car to drive back to New York when the skies opened and torrential rain bucketed down. Spent the night at the Best Western at Newark airport which is a five minute shuttle ride from the airport and very handy if you have to be there early. Sunday on board another Virgin Atlantic flight and home by 10pm, now just thank you letters and copy to write so watch out for the features in the magazine between now and October.

another chunk of the Big Apple

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

Thursday Mr Obama decided to come to New York and as I was downtown and the shoot was up town it meant an early (6am) start to avoid all the security restrictions, I also went via the Flower Market on 28th and 6th to pick up some blooms for the day’s shoot, it seemed so odd to stumble across a mini Covent Garden in the centre of the Chelsea District, but the pavements were full of 6ft high branches of blossom and boxes of peonies

Big Apple blossom

After the shoot at Stephen Brandman’s apartment I had a drink with journalist Rod Huntress and writer Chris Huntress (it was Cinco de Mayo so Margueritas seemed appropriate) then uptown to stay with Catriona Mace an old friend from Brussels currently working at the UN.

view from the window of Catriona's apartment with new subway being built under blue covers

Friday morning I stationed myself in French-style cafe Balthazar on 80 Spring Street and met first with Carol Leggett who does PR for Bob and Cortney Novogratz ( their apartment was featured in The Times Magazine Jan 1st issue) a fun lady who has a wide range of contacts in fashion and design. Then Kimberly Oliver and Ashley Boyle  from the New York office of London based PR company Camron  took over the hot seat and brought me up to speed with the design news on their side of the Atlantic. Then to the head office of Jonathan Adler to meet marketing and press director Starrett Zenko and talk over the launch of an Adler shop in the UK in the autumn, a delicious lunch at Giorgione helped the flow of conversation. Then  back to Hudson Street to meet up with Jonny and Zach to drive to the Hamptons. Imperative to leave by 3pm to avoid the out of town traffic exodus.

At work in New York

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

Bank Holiday Monday was spent on board a Virgin Airways flight to the Big Apple, with 9.30pm arrival at the Smyth Hotel by Chambers and West Broadway, its a Thompson hotel in a great downtown location. Monday met up with photographer Jonny Valiant and his assistant Zach Callahan at an amazing apartment between Prince and Spring Street

The Team Jonny Valiant and Zach

The apartment was designed by UK based architect Nico Rensch of Architeam and will feature in The Times soon. After the shoot it was uptown to meet Stephen Brandman whose home we shot later in the week and the team from Elie Tahari a ready to wear designer who has a business worth in excess of $500 million although relatively unknown in the UK, although that is about to change.

Wednesday through the rain to the home of YabuPushelberg at the end of Perry Street looking out over the Hudson, a world ranked pair of designers who deal mainly with hotels and commercial spaces, but are so charming looked after so well that we didn’t want the shoot to stop. That evening I went to the launch of a UK pop-up shop at the New York Design Centre where Lulu Lytle of Soane, London was taking the city’s design scene by storm

Lulu on the left seducing the New York glitterati