How To Spend It

Quote of the day: Fran Lebowitz on wants vs needs



Fran Lebowitz quote

“I’m very materialistic. Unfortunately, I am also very uninterested in money, so it’s a horrible combination. I have more Anderson & Sheppard suits and jackets than I should. More than I could really afford. Of course, you don’t actually need any of these things, and I have more than I need. That doesn’t mean that I have more than I want, since I seem to be the only American who knows the difference between desire and need. But I enjoy the whole process. There is nothing that I like more than to spend hours looking through swatches. I love deciding between 17 shades of grey.” (more…)



Fantasy shopping: Berluti Home



Berluti Home by Kris Van Assche

Fantasy home office shopping is my new favourite thing. Especially from Berluti’s uber-swank homewares line. Kris Van Assche has done a great job curating an array of design classics reimagined in Berluti’s famous leather colours and patinas. From chairs to desk-cessories, each piece is a lesson in age-old crafts. (more…)



Gentlewoman style beauty: Stella Tennant in HTSI



Stella Tennant How To Spend It

As much as I loved loads of Stella Tennant’s ‘punk’ looks in the 90s (flashback to all the Corinne Day and Melanie Ward goodness in Donna and Vogue Italia), I’m really enjoying her grown up ‘gentlewoman style’ modelling too. (more…)



Lacoste: ‘a uniform for busy lives’



Lacoste by Anders Edstrom

This is a good read in How To Spend It about the new Lacoste, as reimagined by Louise Trotter. Menswear jackets have been cut by a Parisian military tailor using Japanese technical wools, which gives them instant utility-luxe kudos in my book. And the oversized deconstructed knits are just fab. (more…)