We threw a summer party for some of the country’s finest faces in celebration of our new publication, Great British Brands
Photography by John Nassari
On a sweltering July day, London saw its streets grind to a halt at the hands of another TfL strike. But, determined for the show to go on, flowers were arranged, cocktails poured and the Halcyon Gallery prepped for Country & Town House’s inaugural summer party to welcome new publisher, Julia Carrick OBE, and celebrate the launch of a brand new publication, Great British Brands. In true Great British style, guests overcame adversity and arrived in their hoards, with faces from some of Britain’s greatest brands, including Boodles, Vivienne Westwood, Dorchester Collection and Harrods in attendance. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends old and new, including treasured journalists Lucia van der Post, Simon de Burton and Fiona Duncan.
Managing director, Jeremy Isaac, introduced Julia Carrick as the magazine’s new publisher. She joins with a wealth of knowledge in the British luxury industry from the Financial Times, where she founded the multi award-winning supplement How to Spend It. The pair addressed the congregation to introduce Country & Town House‘s new publication, Great British Brands, which will be published in November, alongside the December issue of the magazine. Edited by Lucia van der Post, it will showcase the A to Z of Britain’s most treasured brands, across areas including art, beauty, country sports, fashion, finance, wine, jewellery, interiors, automobiles and travel. The informative double-page spreads detailing the rich history of each brand will be interspersed with writing from some of the country’s finest journalists. Those featured will include Alice B-B, Simon de Burton, Annabel Davidson, Fiona Duncan, Daisy Finer and Nick Foulkes.
The party was brought expertly to fruition by leading party planner Bruce Russell, who has over 15 years’ experience in high-end hospitality all over the world, including at the Plaza Hotel, New York. He runs the eponymous By Bruce Russell brand, which offers independent, specialist services for weddings and all manner of other private parties and special occasions.
He was helped by Wildabout Flowers who installed beautiful floral installations throughout the gallery, which paid homage to Wimbledon, Chelsea Flower Show and the English country garden. They provide flower arrangements and floral bouquets for any occasion, using the finest, freshest flowers, delivered straight to any London address.
Drinks Fusion are to thank for the night’s incredible cocktails, which included Quince & Elderflower Cobbler, Earl Grey & Rosehip Punch and a Somerset Old-fashioned. The talented, innovative mixologists are leaders in their field.
Velvet Living‘s unique furniture design transformed the dramatic gallery space into the perfect party setting. They provide sleek furniture for the finest events.
John Nassari, one of London’s most accomplished reportage photographers, was the evening’s official photographer (photographs featured above). His stunning documentary-style approach captured the evening brilliantly. He has photographed a number of high-profile weddings and parties, and has pioneered an innovative ‘360’ interactive wedding product.