Autumn Interviews vol. VII : Trevor Pickett
Trevor Pickett is the founder and owner of Pickett, purveyors of fine English leather goods, with a shop in the Burlington Arcade.
My inspiration for what I do is life. Walking the streets, being in a restaurant, visiting museums and galleries you absorb, see and feel trends, and are part of the evolution of products. Pickett, as a company, evolves and develops it’s range; introducing new ranges to customers not imposing them, so the customer grows with you, not against you.
The thing I love most about what I do is my freedom and ability to, within reason, do as I please. That sounds glib, which is not really the case. Whilst to the outside world I am a flaneur and dilettanti that floats around town, I am thinking about Pickett twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
If I didn’t live in London the city I would live in is Paris: an apartment on the Rue de Rivoli over looking over the Tuileries Gardens, on the 7th floor.
The music I bought most recently is the Owen Wingrave opera by Benjamin Britten, which opened the Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Malting this Summer. I reengaged with the work that night and wanted to hear it again and again. I want to drown in all Britten’s music and be absorbed by it.
If I weren’t doing what I do I would definitely be an antique dealer or and an interior designer.
My signature style piece is my watch. Previously a 1960’s Jaeger LeCoultre, I was forced to replace it as it was old and there was a danger the face would drop out due to wear. I could not be unfaithful to my beloved timepiece of 20 years, it’s like replacing a loyal dog that died. Eventually, after time and much thought a Cartier Tank American was my choice. They are equally loved. They both smile at you when you look at their face.
The luxury I can’t live without is …Do I say “Apple” or do I have to choose one from the list of iPhone, iPad, MacBook? The trio please.
The last thing I bought and loved is a Prince of Wales check suit in Principe di Firenze, Florence. It was a spur of the moment purchase and the last one at the end of the sale in my size. I feel so good in it; it has a real old fashion luxury feel when you wear it, with a twist you only get in continental tailoring.
The book on my bedside table is (appropriately for this Q&A) The Hare with the Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal, though I have to admit it’s on my iPad by the bed. It’s been there for too long semi unread – being dyslexic I can’t read well and struggle to concentrate.
The best cocktail I recently drank is Gin Martini at Rogano in Glasgow. I enjoyed it in the most exquisite surroundings.
An unforgettable place I have travelled to is Athens. I think it is the city that has made the biggest impression on me; I am always drawn to go back. I wonder if, with my colouring and ability to tan without going in the sun, I am a distant Athenian?
The best restaurant I discovered recently is Brasserie Zedel. Once I find a restaurant I am totally loyal, so with ease I eat there up to 5 times a week. The menu offers such a wide variety of choices; one never gets bored of it. Plus it is set in a grand room where the ambience is magical.
The artist whose work I would collect is …It’s not an artist – my taste is too eclectic – but a period: British modern 1930-60. I know my like for it developed during the period I worked with Georgina Von Eztdorf, but more recently I have been involved with researching and sourcing work of the period with a friend. I have become seriously absorbed by it and like all the mediums of that period.
The Augustus Hare product I would most like to find in my stocking is …After selecting either the Peace or English Partridge tie, I came across the Guilloche enamel cufflinks so I would defiantly go for a pair of those. The Hammered Sky was a nose ahead of the other ones. If it had to be a tie my final choice is Lucien blue.
Trevor wears the Lucien tie, hand screen printed in Macclesfield on wool challis. The Augustus Hare range of printed ties will be arriving later this month online.