Editorial

Just Suppose…

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  Words Kirk Truman Portraits Geoff MacCormack “As I remember, David and myself were fairly wired, yet this shot belies this…” Just suppose that your Brilliant Pal, David Bowie that is, said to you: “Will you join my band (The Spiders from Mars) and come on a tour? And would you mind awfully if we travelled (first class) by sea to New York, and then sailed from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Canada, Hawaii and on…
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Jonathan Daniel Pryce

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “I want to photograph people who look genuine. Subjects who look like they live a full life…” Jonathan Daniel Pryce and I are walking around a three-bedroom apartment in New Oxford Street’s Centre Point. Beneath our feet lies Soho, and beyond it a stunning vista of the capital city which has helped him become an award-winning photographer of high fashion and street style. He takes out a vintage Canon camera…
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James Jonathan Turner

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Interview & Portraits Kirk Truman “Dressing well shouldn’t be elitist. It should be accessible to all…” James Jonathan Turner was born and bred in the capital; he’s that rare thing – a genuine Londoner. When we meet, he’s impeccably dressed, as ever, just as you’d expect from a gentleman whose knowledge of men’s style is second to none. His distinctive approach to clothing feels like something elegantly plucked from a previous century –and his care and…
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The Bloomsbury

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Words & Photography Kirk Truman “The Bloomsbury is about staying true to Lutyens’ design, to the neighbourhood itself and to the era in which the building was born…” We’re sitting in the once underused hotel reception area, today reincarnated as The Coral Room, also known as Bloomsbury’s ‘grand café’. Michael Neve is talking to me about The Bloomsbury, the hotel in the centre of the eponymous neighbourhood. It’s his second home, and as the hotel’s General…
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Richard Biedul

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Words & Portraits Kirk Truman “…I didn’t consider myself to have any distinctive features. I was a normal bloke.” Its early on a May morning when Richard Biedul and I meet at Fitzrovia’s Mandrake, one of London’s newest and most distinctive boutique hotels. We’re looking through a selection of his favourite personal wardrobe pieces, including a two-piece suit from Jack Davison Bespoke and a military-green matching shirt and trousers from Savile Row tailored essentials label Basic…
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Sophie Cookson

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Interview & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “You just have to throw yourself into it wholeheartedly and fearlessly and not be self-conscious about what you create…” Sophie Cookson caught the world’s attention with her film debut in the 2014 spy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. The young British actress, who is clearly going places, has since appeared in the Kingsman sequel and worked with Dame Judi Dench in next year’s film Red Joan. Journal caught up with her…
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Ann Wixley

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Interview Kirk Truman Portraits Si Melber “…It seems a leap, but the habits that I learnt as a dancer still apply.” A distinctive looking and impeccably dressed redhead with a wicked smile, Ann Wixley can usually be seen making her way through Fitzrovia, the neighbourhood she now calls home. But long before she was the Executive Creative Director at media agency Wavemaker UK, Ann was a ballet dancer, born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Taking…
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David Newton

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Interview & Portraits Etienne Gilfillan “With the rise of social media, Instagram has become my agent.” David Newton is a hugely successful still life photographer based in Central London. His clients include Dior, YSL, and Maybelline, with editorial commissions from the New York Times, Harrods and Wallpaper. He’s a long-term resident of Marylebone, where he lives with his gorgeous Basset Hound Rupert and also finds time to edit and publish his supersized glossy fashion/interview magazine Wylde.…
Editorial

30 Cleveland Street

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Words Kirk Truman Illustrations Ross Becker “…when you come across real talent, it is sometimes worth allowing them to create the structure in which they choose to labour.” The late Felix Dennis was a legend in the publishing world. The same could be said of the publishing house he founded, which has outlived its creator and continues as an industry leader to this day. The story of Felix Dennis and Dennis Publishing is one that takes…
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La Fromagerie

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Words Kirk Truman Photography Si Melber “I wanted people to walk in and feel excited to find out more about the produce, and especially to walk into the Cheese Room…” Lamb’s Conduit Street is steeped in history; diverse, charming and engaging, it is considered by many to be one of the best in all of Bloomsbury and indeed London. Then, almost a year ago, it got even better. Sarah Bilney, a director at La Fromagerie,…
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The Lighterman

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Words & Photography Kirk Truman “Cooking was a part of my upbringing, and part of my family. So really, going into a kitchen felt quite natural to me…” If you visit Granary Square, just over the Regent’s Canal from King’s Cross station, you will come across The Lighterman, a very modern venue for eating and drinking. The name was inspired by the neighbourhood’s industrial past, when Victoria Lightermen worked on flat-bottomed barges known as “Lighters”, on…
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Charles Fort

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Words David Sutton Illustrations Ross Becker “…he was determined to unlock whatever weird secrets the British Museum hid behind its imposing neo-classical façade.” As editor of Fortean Times magazine there are two questions I tend to get asked. The first, unsurprisingly, is: why is it called the ‘Fortean’ Times? I explain that the magazine is named after the American writer Charles Fort. The second question: Who was Charles Fort? Despite being something of a cult figure,…