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The art of shoe shining by Steven D.R Skippen

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It had been a while since I didn’t have a breakthrough momentum in London. Not that the place is not energetic anymore, but things tend to sometimes look a bit the same…
And there came Steven D.R Skippen, Founder and Shoe Artisan at Shoeshine UK that I met at Monsieur London.  I had never experienced such a sensation on my feet, through my shoes; I had only used automatic machines in some hotels here and there. Then I understood what bespoke and talent mean. With his own hands, Steven knows how to transform your shoes into YOUR shoes.
We can make a bet: if I were a brand collection director, I would directly hire Steven to create a capsule collection.
Hi Steven: when did you star shining shoes?
I started shining shoes over 14 years ago I literally fell into it as a stop gap but to this day am still shining shoes. For 13 years my big red chair has been installed in the lobby of The London Hilton on Park Lane, my hands have had the opportunity to dwell on the shoes of the Sultan of Brunei, The Dalai Lama, Mike Tyson, the King of Jordan, Jean Claude Van Damme and the great football star, George Best.
I started Shoeshine UK in October 2000“originally at The London Hilton Metropole but quickly transferred to The London Hilton on Park Lane. I brought a style of shoe care that the UK had never seen before and have cared for many icon’s shoes”.
Using just our bare hands and the best products available regardless of cost we are revolutionising the industry and need people to understand the difference in what we do to others.
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It requires very strong skills as you have a pretty unique approach: you use your own hands. How did you learn?
I only received one weeks training as to do what I now can achieve takes years of trial and error. I have perfected The Art of Shine and patina (colouring of leather with dyes) in effect never accepting that I can never improve and always striving for perfection.
I do all my work with my bare hands a skill not seen in Europe and achieve far superior results because of this.
Shoeshining is an amazing bespoke service: can we “book” you for special events?
Yes I do many private events my past CV includes Tommy Hilfiger, Esquire magazine, Browns fashion and Monsieur London. As you can imagine we are a very sought after service due to how unique we are.
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What are your favourite products for shoeshining?
I only use the finest ingredients Saphir and Angelus products renowned as unbeatable in our profession. It begins by feeding the leather with three different creams a combination of Beeswax, mink oil from Saphir, Lord Sheraton leather balsam and Ultra Creme, then a leather massage, followed by applying a multitude of colours at each location of the shoe; this can darken and lighten at will to emphasize the slenderness of the foot.

Brushes to me have no effect. If you applied cream to your face would you use a brush? I like to penetrate the leather with my bare hands giving care and a deep shine at the same time”. Believe what you see not what you read, redefining a dying artform.

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I know you have dozens of projects: when will we see your own range of products? :)
You are right my projects are endless. Establishing my patina service is paramount and trying to make people understand that not all shoeshiners are the same.
Regarding a product range this is just around the corner and has taken a long time due to getting it perfect.
What can we wish you?
Why use a service that gives you a result that you could get yourself at home when you could use a service that would change your perception of shoeshine forever?  The public are not aware of the differences and this is why shoeshine is sadly at the lowest point it has ever been. Its time people saw what shoeshine really could be like”.

 

Steven D.R. Skippen in brief:

 

Years in profession -14 years

 

Favourite shoe company – Berluti, Santoni, Gaziano Girling, Giacopelli, Pierre Corthay, Stefanobi, Septieme Largeur, Edward Green, JM Weston, Cleverley, Marc Guyot, Carlos Santos, Aubercy, Emling and Loding
First job in profession – London City Airport in 2000
Favourite products-Saphir, Angelus, La Cordonnerie Anglaise and Lord Sheraton
Greatest inspirations – Dandy Shoecare, Landry Lacour and JM Le Gazel for patina and Stephen Reynolds for shoeshine.
Experience – London City Airport, Bloomberg, Lehman Brothers, KPMG, Harbour Exchange Tower, London Hilton Metropole, The London Hilton on Park Lane, Dunhill, Marks club, George club, The Office group, Whites Club and Goodwood festival.

 

 

Steven D.R Skippen
Founder and Shoe Artisan
Shoeshine UK
The Shoe Whisperer
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The Feet Project: what feet mean to people

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1 year ago, we started to work with Flavie Trichet Lespagnol and Marion May on a crazy project with the agency. We were having a chit-chat and Chris looked at his feet. And he said: this is our topic.

Everybody has a story with feet; and feet tell a lot of stories about people. Very surprisingly, when it comes to shoes and brands, not so many products are really dedicated to feet. Is it because marketers think they have ugly feet?

We discovered many crazy insights: when you are pregnant, your feet grow. Women walk more than men every day in the world. We are a vast majority to buy shoes that are not at the right size for us.

Flavie and Marion went to Spain, France, travelled the UK; and interviewed a lot of interesting people. Asking questions about our feet was actually a way to talk about deeper topics: love, anxiety, self-esteem. Style as a bone of contention of our humanity; skins as the features of our journeys.

Discover the documentary right now:

Oh and if you’re brave enough, you can submit photos of your feet.

Viva The Feet Project!

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London Fashion Week AW14 – Under the Spotlight

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It’s the fashion event that you must pencil into your calendar – of course it’s London Fashion Week. From Somerset House to Kensington Gardens, the streets were filled with fashion bloggers, journalists, socialites and the press who were all fortunate enough to get the first peek at the latest collections – I happened to be one of those lucky few!

On Monday, I set off to the beautiful Somerset House and saw the latest line by M&S who are aiming to bring out the ‘Best of British’. The scene was a simple, minimalist background with a ladder, chair and desk – an unusual set, but it did bring out the best of its 60’s-esque bold coloured swing coats and shift dresses.

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I later went to a dim lit, carpeted car park behind Selfridges to see the latest line by Erdem, which was my favourite of the day. Erdem illustrated a mix of contrasting textures such as patent leather on crochet with subdued splashes of gold, grey and scarlet. To put it simply like The Fash Pack have quoted, it was ‘the type of collection that dreams are made of.’  With a revamped version of Heart of Glass by Blondie, the scene was buzzing with an edgy femininity. Simply amazing.

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With the spotlights shining on their scraped-back hair, David Koma was the final show of the day. His collection highlighted bold purples and dark greys, with the clothes structured in sharp cuts and finishes. Again, it was a very minimalist, bright lighted scene to emphasise what Koma had to display.

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There is nothing quite like being a part of the camera flashes and loud voices. David Koma and M&S both displayed lovely collections, but the aura was exactly how I imagined a fashion show to be, therefore I wasn’t taken aback. However, Erdem was the stand-out as its unpretentious setting was revamped into an electrifying setting – it was just a shame that it was over so quickly.

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Me & You, a private experience with Jehangir Mehta: the intersection of art and dining

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Restaurants and eating moments are experiencing a loud revolution. It seems like people want to go back to basics and understand WHY this fundamental human activity should be sacred, shared, preserved in an always faster world. Me and You, a private experience by Jehangir Mehta, is one of the last initiatives coming from NYC. An exciting project, a sort of creative hub between senses, sharing, discovery and exclusivity. We had a chance to interview Kate Gunning, one of the initiators of the  project. When  yummy meets exclusivity… MeAndYou_LogoTagline

 

You’ve decided to launch a very interesting restaurant…can you tell us more about that?

YES! Chef Mehta has dreamed of having a private kitchen so personal and intimate he can tailor menus to each who dine. Me and You is that dream coming to life. When you dine at Me and You, you dine in Chef Mehta’s private kitchen, and the whole evening is really about the experience as well as the food. Chef will present each course, telling stories about the ingredients, and on occasion, their connection to a memory from his childhood in India.
Chef’s kitchen is in a secret location in the East Village, because we want it to be special, and only seen by those who dine with him, almost like you’re entering the kitchen in his home. The space is really intimate, with 1 big communal table, and an open kitchen so you can really be with the Chef for the whole evening. The vibe is quite warm, dimly lit candle light, exposed brick, records playing, with the scent of fresh flowers from the season and the amazing flavors cooking up in the kitchen. It’s all about shared experiences in Chef’s kitchen, as he believes eating is for sharing and creating memories.
We have a few options for dining in Chef’s kitchen. First, you can book the space for a private experience for up to 14 people. When you do, you’ll be sent a survey to fill in for your group, with about 10 questions regarding your preferences for flavors, texture, wine, etc. Chef uses the survey responses to create a tailored menu just for your event.
Second, Chef will open his kitchen for dinners in which he creates the menu, and opens the table up to the first 14 guests who make a booking. For this menu, he’ll feature flavors of the season, the latest wines on his preferred list. It’s a nice chance for Chef to get creative, and open his kitchen to anyone who wants to join.
Finally, Chef is passionate about the intersection of art and dining and will host collaboration dinners every month featuring other chefs, artists, writers, designers, the like. This will be a fun forum for Chef to collaborate with another like minded talent, as well as to offer an opportunity for our guests to dine with the chef and artist of the night – to get to know them, view their art, or discuss their book, whatever it may be.
On this note, at launch we are featuring art from one of Warhol’s Academy of Art students, Gaetanne Lavoie. She’s amazingly talented, and we are glad to be able to feature her art on our walls, and share her story with our guests.
A lot of city boys and girls are looking for alternative experiences: do you see any difference between London & NYC?
It’s funny you mention, as one of the inspirations for this concept is actually the supper clubs that are so prevalent in Paris right now. We love the principle of the supper clubs in Paris that invite you into apartments for great food, an intimate vibe, new people and conversation, and that is much of what we want to create for Chef’s dinners which he opens to the public for booking.
The private dinner experiences we had in London were amazing, as well, the thing is, they were pop ups. What we love about this is that it’s an opportunity to really create a staple in the East Village for the long term, and to allow people to hopefully really connect with the Chef and the space.
How did you meet your chef?
We’ve known Chef for over 4 years. My husband Tim and I met him through a mutual friend in NYC before our move to London. We went to his other restaurant, Graffiti, and literally ordered one of everything on the menu. We were so impressed by the creativity of his food, and then, with his authenticity and passion for sharing his food and his culture and getting to know his guests. We visited Graffiti frequently before we moved to London, and while living in London, and kept in touch that way. A few months ago we joined Chef as guests at an underground dinner club, and then over wine one Sunday following discussed the idea. The rest is history!
What would be the perfect memory you want to create among your new customers?
An experience that taps into all your senses, that’s unique to anything else because it’s not just about the food, its about who you’re with, the space, the Chef, his stories, the music, the thought behind each carefully crafted course, because the menu has been created just for the night. An experience that lasts for hours, sometimes includes entertainment, and maybe even includes Chef baking scones for your breakfast the next day…. passing them to you on your way out into the night……
Where can we follow the project?
Jehangir  on Facebook
Website coming soon! (middle of December) www.dineatmeandyou.com
Kate Gunning will also be blogging: kategunning.tumblr.com or instagramming @kategunning or tweeting @kategunning
Book a table now at: concierge@dineatmeandyou.com

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On childhood and fashion with Marie Soudré Richard, CEO from Little Fashion Gallery

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Little Fashion Gallery (LFG) has just released a capsule collection with colette. LFG is the very first online concept store for kids; media and analysts talk a lot about the “new fathers”, female power, very deep changes in the way parents and children connect and live. We wanted to interview LFG CEO and get her views on fashion and childhood.

We recently wrote a post mentioning that kids aren’t fashion accessories.Where’s the right balance between teaching fashion and protecting children?

Funny enough, this question comes very often…and it’s very personal. We should ask it to every parent, individually!

I think that now, it’s all about a “family style” – frontiers between the world of children and of the parents are collapsing: you just have to look at apartments or houses; playrooms are in the kitchen, beautiful toys are sorted in the living room – kids’ rooms are no longer a taboo, disconnected space but deeply integrated to the style of other rooms. We do brunch all together, we go to museums, we share with our daughters and sons a sense of aesthetics and we teach them taste: cooking, fashion, design, literature…We even tell them about politics!

Parents tend to dress their kids a bit like they do – it might seem futile for some people, it’s very important for others and it’s a good news if it generates a certain delight. There’s one limit to my mind: we shouldn’t disguise kids as mini-adults with clothes that are not comfy or even worse, which shape blurry lines with sexuality. A kid remains a kid and must feel good in his clothes, and like them. It’s probably the best way to improve his self-confidence.

You talk about an “attitude” around 3 pillars: cool, fashion and freedom. What’s the perfect style for Little Fashion Gallery?

For boys: a sweatshirt, jeans and sneakers. For girls: a duffel dress or a sweatshirt with a tulle skirt like a princess, with big tights and sneakers to run as fast as boys! I’m a fan of minimalism: simple but with a big effect.

The capsule collection with colette provides clothes to adults that are initially designed for kids. But we don’t feel a regressive movement thus. Positive elements of childhood in fashion: how do they look like in fashion?

We wanted (with Sarah) to make our clothes grow because we wanted them for us! During one of our meetings at Water Bar, a young guy, very colette (then über cool), asked us if products were already available because he really wanted to get them. Et voilà!

People love our cloud, our symbol; adults specially like it when it’s printed all over. I’m not surprised: it’s been based on Murakami; I came back from Japan with one of his drawings done with a marker pen; it was the basis for the logo; we always try to mix adult influences and childish ones. I asked it to my son: he’s pretty happy to wear some clothes with a logo that tells a story, and which has been influenced by one of the most famous contemporary artists!

I think that using codes of childhood is a good thing these days. That’s what I need to day. :)

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The end of gender in fashion? JW Anderson, Levi’s, TOPMAN…

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This is no longer a weak trend: men and women’s wardrobes tend to merge. It’s no longer about being boyish or androgynous: it’s about reinventing the whole approach to style.

 

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Once upon a time, our male revenge against boyfriend jeans

In 2011, Levi’s launched a collection called “Ex Girlfriend Jeans“. What seemed to be a funny fashion trick seems to become a sort of norm. Super skinny jeans are no longer made for hipsters or punk. Yesterday, we’ve talked about TOPMAN and their very own “Spray On Denim“; they communicate on the fact that you can wear the range of denims at the office…not in Brick Lane.

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Imagining a shared wardrobe, not just copying women

But the real next step can be summarized thanks to LVMH new protege, Jonathan Anderson (J.W Anderson) as his main motto is to suggest this shared wardrobe

‘’I like idea of a shared wardrobe when garments don’t really have a sex. It’s about what a garment means to a person”Jonathan Anderson

The designer opens a brand new world, which aims to rethink the way we consider bodies. A perfect match with structural elements:

- urban apartments tend to be smaller and smaller, at least for young people: promiscuity of inhabitants lead to a fusion between what is male and female

- we’re tired of sexy as it used to be in the 80s (we won’t talk again about Miley Cyrus or Carine Roitfeld…but you get the point!); as porn culture is now mainstream, we want to reinvent femininity and masculinity. Hiding genders in unisex or shared clothes is a way to focus on attitudes and ideas instead of flesh.

An exciting time for the new human beings…

 

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Collaboration with Bershka and FAGUO shoes: back to school with ethics and education my friends!

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Fashion is changing. London Fashion Week and #NYFW demonstrated – again – the rising importance of highstreet and e-commerce brands.
A sort of back to basics: what should I wear? What’s the impact of my consumption? How to mix ideas and clothes?
Highstreet brands (we consider ASOS as a virtual highstreet brand at the end…) influence big names: we see a sort of democratization of fashion, which meets a sort of fuss for ethics.

The new “Made in Italy” collection by Bershka is pretty surprising: shapes are tailor-made. Quality is here. The brand teaches us why we should love certain types of designs. In the meantime, we’ve met FAGUO. And we caught their insights on this new fashion…

Faguo has just released a new capsule collection with agnès b. and in the meantime you’ve been selected by Unibail-Rodamco for their Grand Prix: does ethical fashion become the new normal?
I think that before talking about ethics, big brands like agnès b. or Unibail are looking for dynamics. These vibes come when they partner with young brands, which generate some buzz. It’s a way for brands like us to uplift thanks to their maturity and their experience. Ethics probably influences them, but it’s more a standard that we apply to our ourselves.
How can we teach consumers to buy “better”?
Through a certain soft power. We’re not Green ayatollahs. We’re just trying to rise awareness for our consumer. When he buys some FAGUO shoes, he plants a tree (he can get more information on our digital map), and he knows our carbon footprint.
This emergency for a more responsible world, is it something that is really shared worldwide?
Responsibility is a key word for our generation. It’s global, even if we don’t use the same triggers. We’ve written this goal in our brand DNA. Every morning we ask ourselves: how to change and how to make the world a better place?

 

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Jacket Bershka

Shoes Faguo

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Photos by Thien Nguyen.

 

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You’re so French MEN! Lessons on how to become a stylish man

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Frédérique Veysset -fashion photographer- and Isabelle Thomas, personal stylist and fashion blogger, with the help of illustrator Clément Dezelus, are currently experiencing a massive success with their new book-guide-UFO called “You’re so French MEN“. Selected men with a certain style (from 23 to 75 years old) illustrate a very inspiring how to fashion guide, through portraits and morceaux choisis to feed their French Touch. From picking the right shirt,  to more lifestyle advice, this book is an open bible for the sort of fashion we love: open, inclusive, teaching without dogmatism. Frédérique and Isabelle accepted to give us some insights.

What are the biggest fears of men when it comes to their style?

Frédérique: When they do worry about their style, men are perfectionist, obsessed even with very tiny details. They learn pretty quickly and are curious. They want to learn the history of clothing and fashion rules. They like to respect them or to distort them with a certain elegance. When men don’t care about fashion, nothing beats them: for some men, wearing a black skirt with pointed shoes is state of the art style!

Isabelle:In our society, image is essential. Paradoxically, taking care of one’s image can sometimes appear suspicious. A lot of people are reluctant when they see someone trying to stand out with style: is he gay? is he a dandy? is he vain or superficial? Certain men can remain feeble with fashion…It’s less risky to be conform, to wear this classic suit with a grey tie! But when men are more confident or control their image, they experience a great pleasure to wear clothes and shoes…They’re definitely more maniac, rigorous, precise than women. Thanks to fashion blogs and forums dedicated to men’s style, we start to get rid of preconceptions.

As a neophyte, how should we start in order to get a proper wardrobe?

Pour un néophyte, par quoi devrait-on commencer pour se constituer un vestiaire?

Frédérique: a nice pair of shoes, actually two first, you can buy them at Crockett & Jones, Caulaincourt, Weston, Peter Sorensen…whatever your style is, just pick quality. And you then need to look after them to make them last!

Isabelle: you first need to reconsider your current wardrobe to get rid of outdated pieces, worn, or that does not fit you properly. A lot of men wear bigger clothes than they should; the jacket fall on shoulders, pants float…Men should see themselves as they really are! Then, men need to buy good basics (a nice white shirt in Egyptian cotton, a raw denim, a dark suite that fits you, jacket and derbies…). Men have then to enjoy, to play with colors, materials and forms.

You’re so French MEN is about this…French touch! What can we bring to the world? ;)

Frédérique: In fashion? A certain way of marrying bourgeoisie codes with a twist of fancy. Otherwise, French used to master courtesy, politeness, gallantry and were recognized for their spirit. It’d be great to bring these qualities back to fashion…starting from France!

Isabelle: French own a certain nonchalance, a way of wearing clothes without this Italian ostentation but with more agility than the British. French know how to surprize, while adapting to codes. He knows how to mix ancient and new, premium with high-street…The French man is more than a brand-lover: he wants to keep his personality. The French knows that even if he’s not the most handsome man on Earth, wearing something chic brings his charm and his sort of intellectual aspect to light. At least he hopes so!

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What were the main differences between men and women during the shooting of your two books?

Frédérique: Men were often more available, more flattered and happy to be picked. They did it very seriously, a bit like when you attend a competitive exam: they were scared not to be approved!

Isabelle: Our girlfriends who weren’t picked for the book dedicated to women did not say anything (at least, not loudly) whereas our boyfriends who weren’t selected were grumbling: “why didn’t you pick me?!”

Will there be a next episode to your project?

Frédérique: Maybe if a great ideas comes.

Isabelle: Some people ask us if after men and women, we’re going to take care of children…Actually they already know perfectly how to dress!

 

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Dates, Channel 4: Mia, David and the Londoners on modern dating

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When TV shows try to describe modern love, it most of the time fails in clichés. And when TV shows also mention internet dating, it’s even worse: a lack of sensitivity, of understanding of why people go on Meetic etc.

It’s the absolute opposite with the new Channel 4 TV series, “Dates“. Created by Bryan Elsley, the show explores the complicated relationships of grown-ups in London. The episodes are directed by diverse talents, so as the series is interesting both for her sociological understanding and for her anthropological essay about London.

There is Mia, glamorous and somehow neurotic young woman. Her femme fatale attitude quickly fades with a need to fall in one’s arms; one of the girls who want to rule the world but without the right weapons. It asks the question of what’s real female power at the end? A creation, an illusion in men’s eyes or something that should be different?

There’s is a lorry driver and a doctor. There are people who already got married and who have children, and who after their second dates seem in a hurry to introduce all their past to their potential love. It also raises the issues of privacy in the era of Social Media: what’s your digital footprint when you meet someone new?

What I love is this epic mess, caught in a very deep and very touching way in Dates. Instead of promising love stories that don’t exist, the cast and directors achieve to keep this exact experience of what London nights can be: a very lonely city, which sometimes offer rays of hopes to wannabe couples.

Oh and of course the theme song, Chloé by Hannah Peel, is magics.

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June Cover Girl: Rina Atienza aka @eevil midget. Love, world domination and activism

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There are hybrid people in London; modern magicians, casting spells of hopes in a violent world. And that’s the case with Rina Atienza aka @eevilmidget , a crazy phenomenon full of fireballs and ecstatic energy. She’s back from NYC where she was a panelist for the Pilipino American Unity for Progress. She’s our Cover Girl. And Rina’s talking about a new sort of World Domination. Enjoy

You represent a sort of new activism: what’s happened in your life to feel so committed?

I never really thought I could be considered an activist, but you are right, in that there are cultural agendas that I want to push.  I
definitely believe in the importance of sub-cultures (i.e. StreetWars) and the multiple collaborative projects that people co-create (i.e. Spark & Mettle). Changing the world can be achieved by incremental shifts in social behavior, not just by the mechanics of politics and government institutions.

As for being committed to social causes, I think I’ve always been inclined this way, thanks to my beloved and wonderful family-clan in Manila. Nevertheless, a series of unfortunate (and fortunate) events shaped how I am. The biggest shift of course, was moving to London when I was fourteen, which was life-changing and the best thing that
has happened to me.

Do you consider yourself as a feminist?

It’s not a label I have previously attached to myself, but yes I do. It’s only a recent realisation, as I had this tomboy identity since
childhood which made me think I couldn’t be a woman’s woman. That’s all changed of course, especially as am happy being a contributing
blogger for 30ish.me because how to be a better woman is an ongoing endeavor. There’s so much to share, learn and improve on. I am lucky to have counsel and conversations with incredible and brave superwomen in my life – both my grandmothers are legends, and I am blessed with an amazing mother, sister, numerous aunts and special girlfriends.

You often promote “World Domination”: are you a local Beyoncé?

I’m all for independent women and girls ruling the world.
Also, it’s handy being named after Queen Elizabeth – with her historically famous “I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.”
There’s definitely a continued and amplified momentum for women’s issues this year, and not just because of Sheryl Sandberg’s call to ‘Lean In’. There’s this passage from ‘Evil Plans’ by Hugh McLeod:

“World domination is about everybody living in their own little world. The planet is just too damn big for one person to take it all in. So every human being seeks out their own little microcosm, and these are the worlds that we want to dominate.”

World domination plans may not be for everybody, but we are all accountable for each of our own worlds. We must own up to the responsibility for our spheres of influence.

What would you recommend to people who want to achieve their dreams?

I’d advise them to avoid dreambusters.
These are the negatrons that drain enthusiasm.
It’s key that dreamers surround themselves with crazy visionaries or like-minded people who will enhance or further challenge details about their dreams.
It’s good to match ideas of a future with past lessons and present realities – so you need awesome people to bounce or evolve ideas with.
Also, dreams change, and that’s alright.
Finally, I’d recommend keeping a notebook with scribbled thoughts, several drafts of a 5 year plan, and some doodles or drawings.

What can we wish you?

In terms of material goods, that someone might gift me this 3rd Rock Fire Pit http://uncrate.com/stuff/third-rock-fire-pit/ or a wonderful Bruce Nauman neon artwork.

As a social experiment on superdickery, drinks and conversation with Henry Cavill the actor.

For personal achievements, the opportunities to do more social good, either through talks, or maybe becoming mayor one day.

But really, continued health, happy reunions with family and friends, and love of course.

Dress: Chanel
Sweatshirt: Camden shop (it actually belongs to @lilzeon !)
Other accessories: London mood