This might seem of nugatory interest to most people, but the wave of mergers on the wealth management scene actually has a lot to tell us about the way the world works today, not least who has the money – and what they’re doing with it. I wrote several pieces on this theme: What is prompting the … More Wealth management mergers
It’s tough being rich, sometimes, believe it or not. Okay, so most of you will say ‘not’, but at Spear’s I took a wry look at the actual problem of why rich people have poor credit ratings. This piece (PDF) starts by asking why Alexander Hoare, scion of the private bank C Hoare & Co, couldn’t get a mobile … More Why do the rich have such poor credit scores?
In January 2015, I went to Singapore to witness the ghastly simulacrum that passes for an art world there. In case you can’t already tell, I was not impressed: after 25 years and a billion dollars, its artists are still censored and oppressed, its institutions weak, its commercial galleries largely risible. To see how the state … More Singapore’s awful art scene
At Spear’s, I got to meet fascinating people from every field, but especially in philanthropy, which is a thriving and innovative world tackling dearth and despair. One of the most exciting I met was Charlotte Eagar, who had brought together a troupe of female Syrian refugees in Jordan to perform Euripides’ tragedy of the horrendous … More Charlotte Eagar and the Syria Trojan Women Project
Having blagged my way into the opening party of the Maison Assouline on Piccadilly some months ago, where the glamorous French/US publishing house has set up (very grand) shop, I decided to try and interview Prosper and Martine Assouline, the brains and éclat (together, not respectively) behind the business. Earlier this year, when the Assoulines … More Interview with the Assoulines
In October 2015, I wrote a long piece for Spear’s after a visit to the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris about how the fashion world had staged a showy takeover of the art world, with artworks, prizes and even museums all patronised by fashion’s biggest names and brands. This movement is, I think, changing the … More Art, fashion and money
First published on spearswms.com, I’m quite proud of this story: it’s been picked up by national and international media, from the FT and the Daily Mail to ITV and CNBC. It’s an unexpected situation, which has evoked, I suspect, a good dose of Schadenfreude. When you hear a house has been repossessed, London’s most expensive luxury … More See inside the £5.25m One Hyde Park flat which has been repossessed