Elena Bowes

New York-London travel writer of a certain vintage looking for meaning and wholeness in life

Mayfair Bejewels and Bedazzles

November 7th, 2014
Lovings: Art, Design & FashionWanderings: Europe

Mayfair just keeps getting more marvellous. I stopped in for a cappuccino at the brand new Maison Assouline on Piccadilly, a shop as luxurious and comforting as freshly pressed linen sheets. Founded by the uber-glamourous French couple Prosper and Martine Assouline, their first international flagship sells the good life, the very good life. Beautiful books, modernist furniture, covetable prints, ¬†Christmas presents for that someone special, it’s all here.


With dashing staff seemingly straight out of the film Grand Budapest Hotel.


From there I ambled over to Conduit Street to catch a glimpse of Greek artist Sophia Vari’s upcoming retrospective ‘Scale of Beauty’ at the Louisa Guinness Gallery. The show includes 50 pieces – some new, some not – spanning from the 1980’s to today. Spoiled for choice I was, I am.


Root emerald, ebony, lacquered wood, white and black marble, coral, yellow gold- Vari fluently blends a variety of materials in her bold, sumptuous designs.

Next I strolled over to a private space to see an altogether different but just as wonderful jewelry designer – the incredibly creative and whimsical Cora Sheibani, seen here modelling a necklace from her ‘Valence’ series. All her jewelry is light and easy to wear. Trust me.



Sheibani’s popular cake mould and donut inspired rings below. Snack-time!


Sheibani is available by appointment only.

November, 2014