Author: Lentini

Off The Cuff

How a family antique hunt in her home city of Istanbul inspired Begüm Kiroglu to launch her oriental influenced cufflink brand, Begüm Khan. RICHARD: You come from a family of art collectors. Did you not fancy following that same path? BEGUM: In a way I am following the same path by designing beautiful cufflinks that will be antiques and collectibles in the future. My childhood was enveloped in art and beautiful objects; I embraced the creative influences that surrounded me from the very start. I was always very inspired by heritage style, which is firmly rooted in family antique...

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Nose It All

Master Perfumer Olivier Pescheux on being inspired by Paris, the joys of working with Oud, and the fragrant masterpiece that he would love to have created. In the past couple of decades, famed Master Perfumer, Olivier Pescheux, has been instrumental in creating some of the world’s finest fragrances. The proud Frenchman graduated from the ISIPCA school in Versailles back in 1990, before moving to Bangkok to work for Payan Bertrand. He returned to his native Paris in 1992, and worked for Annick Goutal, and latterly the Kao Corporation, before joining Givaudan in 1998. Among his most enchanting creations is...

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Hypno Thrilled The Radio Star

The career odyssey of a broadcaster, turned pilot, turned hypnotist. The 18th-century English poet William Cowper was a man regarded as a lyrical genius by his contemporaries. However, like many supremely gifted artists, Cowper flitted between periods of prolific creativity and bouts of agonising mental torture. He was institutionalised on more than one occasion on account of his “insanity”, as it was rather generically termed back in an era when books were bound in human skin and wives could be sold at local markets. However, despite Cowper’s periodic battles with his own psyche, the Hertfordshire-born wordsmith managed to pen...

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