Monthly Archives: July 2012

52 North

Winner of the prestigious ‘Best New Bar’ award at the London Club and Bar awards, 52 North Bar & Kitchen is conveniently located on Poland street, Soho. The restaurant serves the best of British cuisine with some European influences with all ingredients being sourced in Britain

There are two floors at 52 North Bar & Kitchen – the ground floor includes a large bar, lounge area with fireplace & large sharing tables and is the main dining area for both lunch and dinner service; the lower ground floor boasts another bar and fireplace in a speakeasy-style environment.

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Spotlight: Ray Kelvin of Ted Baker

Ray Kelvin founded the Ted Baker brand in 1988, when he opened up a men’s shirt specialty shop in Glasgow. Kelvin relied on word of mouth and early viral marketing initiatives alongside the creation of a rich personality to anchor the brand.


U.K. designer label Ted Baker ( is a British lifestyle brand known for applying innovative and unique twists to all of its products. Following the opening of the first store in 1988, stores quickly opened in Manchester, Cambridge, and Nottingham. Initially, Ted Baker exclusively offered men’s limited edition shirts. Six years later, a store in Covent Garden opened and Kelvin bought the company outright from part-owners Goldberg and Sons. Additional stores in Soho in London, Nottingham, and Leeds opened in 1994. In 1995, Ted Baker launched Ted Baker Woman. Ted Baker has since become a global brand, which produces men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing. The company also produces fragrances, eyewear, footwear, watches, and accessories. The Ted Baker collections are also sold by other retailers. Ted Baker has launched new collections in partnership with Debenhams, including Baker by Ted Baker and B by Ted Baker. Ted Baker has stores, outlets ,and concessions across Europe, the U.S., Australasia, Asia, and the Middle East, and has expanded its presence in these territories through its wholesale and export business, which now covers Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Canada, Norway, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Finland, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as the U.K.

When you look back to 1988 and the creation of the brand, what did you see in the market that made you feel there was an opportunity?

I started the business and called it Ted Baker because I thought, from day one, that it would be a failure, and I didn’t want to be “Ray Kelvin the bankrupt.” So it was a good name to hide behind.

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NEON: A bold and  acquired taste; not for timid, subdued, or average Jane. But whether it’s head to toe, or in small doses, anyone can incorporate it’s electric appeal when paired with the right neutral, balancing tones.

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Best of British Design: The Corinthian Club

Yesterday’s spectacular Opening Ceremony was a celebratory montage of British history and achievement. A bit cheeky, sometimes dark, and chock-full of pomp and circumstance, it certainly did not disappoint. In tribute to the stunning display, we’re highlighting the best of British design, starting with The Corinthian Club.

“Built by David Hamilton in 1842 on the site of the 18th century Virginia Mansion, The Corinthian Club is one of Glasgow’s most elaborate and richly decorated buildings both internally and externally. It originally housed the Glasgow Ship Bank which was extended and embellished with superb sculptures and decorative features, added by highly acclaimed architects, artists and artisans including James Salmon (Snr), John Thomas and James Ballantine.

In 1929, the building was converted into justiciary courts and one of the UK’s finest Victorian interiors had many of its finest features hidden from public view behind false walls and ceilings.

In 1999, G1 Group painstakingly restored the ‘Grade A Listed’ building to its former splendour. This work included the reconstruction of the Roman Doric pilastrade and the restoration of the elaborate cornicing, superb sculptural plasterwork, free-standing classical figures and extensive gold-leaf work.”

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Local Favorite: The Brass Armadillo

Perfect for treasure hunting and wiling away an afternoon– I’ve gotten lost for hours. Open 9-9 everyday. Prices vary as each booth is operated by different vendors.  I was able to completely furnish my first apartment between this antique mall, a couple of garage sales, and a few stops at the goodwill. Fabulous finds if you’re willing to dig a bit.

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Cornflower Blue

You may know it from your very first box of crayons, and perhaps haven’t thought much of it since. Lovely, simple, and popular in Country Swedish  Styles. 17th century, Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer is associated with his affinity for the hue and preferred to pair it with yellow. Beautifully offsets traditional china patterns, light pastels, and blond woods.



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Spotlight: Kelly Wearstler

“Kelly Wearstler took the lessons of Modernism – a strict color palette and clean, graphic lines – and applied them to the glamorous, swanky style of old Hollywood, as created by decorators like Dorothy Draper and William Haines. Reworking the interiors of her husband’s fleet of boutique hotels, she helped create a new look that some called the return of Hollywood Regency and others simply dubbed Maximalism.

Following on the heels of minimalism – the grim asceticism of the early 1990s – Ms. Wearstler, along with Jonathan Adler and Miles Redd, brought the florid and the decorative back to interior design. Hers was a look that reached for the historical grand gesture and paired it with the modern one, offering a Louis chair in black patent leather (or a wing chair in white), a painted Rococo mirror set against a turquoise blue wall, a Roman head and a shag rug. It was arch and theatrical, but never quite kitsch.

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