KX

The Community Store In the middle of sleek Coal Drops Yard, Sophie Harris discovers STORE studio, home to a plucky design collective inspiring more than just the creativity-starved grown-ups who attend their weekend workshops Given how cold and dark it is outside, it’s pretty remarkable how perky and pleased people are looking right now, at the end Read more about KX[…]

Honest Jon’s

Kiosk Magazine: To Boldly Go Honest Jon’s Alan Scholefield talks to Sophie Harris through some of the iconic London record label’s key releases. It is a London story like no other: In the 40-odd years since opening its doors as a record shop in Ladbroke Grove, Honest Jon’s has been, variously, a pillar of the Read more about Honest Jon’s[…]

BBC Travel: Russia’s strange bread-sniffing ritual

Investigating why Russian people sniff bread while drinking vodka offers a portal into the realities of Russian life at a time when sympathetic cultural insight is sorely lacking. “Somebody in Bristol started making a vodka called Novichok,” said our host, Natasha Ward, faux-scandalised at the reference to the toxic nerve agent. “And they were immediately told, Read more about BBC Travel: Russia’s strange bread-sniffing ritual[…]

KX Quarterly

A Brave New World: Meet the creatives making their new home in Lower Stable Street It’s never been done before. Meet the creative trailblazers opening their doors on Lower Stable Street — the only place where a magazine has curated an entire avenue of experimental stores. Sophie Harris goes underground to meet them… Full story Read more about KX Quarterly[…]

LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Sound of Silver’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know How tin-foil-covered walls, a Bulgarian psychiatrist, a certain sneaker giant and other factors helped shape James Murphy’s genre-defying 2007 opus Rolling Stone – see also features on Vampire Weekend, Smashing Pumpkins and Arcade Fire “There’s too much music” declared LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy in 2007. “Major labels are Read more about LCD Soundsystem[…]

Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival Programme As a music and culture expert, I was commissioned to write juicy content about each of the many musical performers at the month-long, internationally renowned Sydney Festival in 2016. You can see a selection of spreads here, featuring previews on headliners the Flaming Lips, plus performances from Joanna Newsom, Kate Tempest and Read more about Sydney Festival[…]

Belmond

Raising the Bar Belmond Hotels / Suitcase Media Walter Bolzonella, head barman at the fabled Belmond Cipriani Hotel shares tales from a truly unique career. YOU KNOW WHAT’S FUNNY? When Walter Bolzonella was invited to meet Belmond Hotel Cipriani’s revered head barman, to interview for the position of assistant barman back in 1979, he wasn’t Read more about Belmond[…]

Soho House

Soho House / House Four What does healthy eating look like? Sophie Harris discovers the true meaning of ‘wellness’, with help from Little Beach House Malibu What does ‘wellness’ mean to you? Does it mean a gaggle of toned young things in Lululemon yoga pants cooing over a smoothie? Is it yet another newspaper profile of an Read more about Soho House[…]