Virtuoso Life - May/June 2018 - 70
Style & Design
Comme des Garçons at London's
Dover Street Market and (right)
Palazzo Parigi owner Paola Giambelli.
MICHAEL BONSOR, MANAGING DIRECTOR
You won't catch Bonsor in a tracksuit, even
on his days off. As he puts it: "I don't dress
down very well." The sharply dressed Scotsman - whose style icons include Tom Ford
and actor Eddie Redmayne - previously
held posts at the Four Seasons Hotel New
York and Claridge's before opening the 306room Rosewood London in 2013.
Go Big: "The idea of visiting a department
store is actually quite daunting for me, but
I find there's a lot I can learn at Selfridges
and Harrods. I'll wander around to see how
items are styled and presented, then take
that back to the hotel. I do occasionally buy
something - my last purchase was an Alexander McQueen shirt from Selfridges."
Favorite Boutiques: "Browns in Mayfair
has a huge array of designers from around
the world. Dover Street Market in Saint
James's is super cool - it carries Comme des
Garçons and other eclectic brands for men
who want to take a bit more risk."
Airplane Uniform: "I typically wear all
black or dark jeans with a T-shirt and sweater. I still want air travel to be somewhat
V I RT U O S O L I F E
glamorous, so I dress smart yet comfortable. I always carry on Bang & Olufsen
noise-canceling headphones and a hydrating cream from SkinCeuticals."
Classic Souvenir: "A Burberry trench. It's
incredible to see all the colors and styles at
the flagship store on Regent Street. They're
all made by hand and lightweight - you can
throw one in a carry-on without feeling like
you're lugging around a huge coat."
Suit Up: "I have two go-to shops for suits.
Gieves & Hawkes, at No. 1 Savile Row, has
been around since the 1770s, so they really know what they're doing. Everything
is beautifully tailored. The other brand I
love is Hackett. They make lovely yet hardwearing and durable suits - which is exactly
what I need because I don't have a desk job.
Some days I'm running up and down stairs,
carrying stuff, or packing things."
Off-Duty Style: "Always Prada jeans. On
top, some kind of sweater or shirt from Belstaff. And Lanvin does comfortable, cool
trainers that are more formal looking."
Packing Tips: "A typical London day brings
sunshine in the morning and a bit of wet and
windy conditions in the afternoon. I recommend layers; if it looks like rain, pack a
small umbrella. Generally, though, London
is warmer than you might think. And the
best way to see the city is to walk, so supercomfortable shoes are essential. "
Home Goods: "Timothy Oulton makes
furniture out of leather and reclaimed materials such as old fishing vessels. I have two
chairs inspired by saddles that incorporate
real stirrups into the design."
Dream Purchase: "It always comes down to
watches. Should I pay my mortgage, or should
I get a watch? I would love one from Patek
Philippe, which has a boutique on Bond
Street - an area home to many jewelers."
London Style Pro Tip: "Some people here
get excited when the sun comes out, and
you'll see them wearing shorts even when
it's not quite warm enough. I think it looks
silly. Leave those for the Caribbean."
Palazzo Parigi, Milan
PAOLA GIAMBELLI, OWNER
This glamorous architect and owner of
Palazzo Parigi - an 88-room jewel housed
in a seventeenth-century building, with