my lux­ury life

The Kuwait-born Robert Ta­teossian launched his lux­ury ac­ces­sories brand, Ta­teossian, in 1990 af­ter a seven-year stint on Wall Street. Dubbed the ‘King of Cufflinks’, the Lon­don-based de­signer has ex­tended his brand to in­clude watches, money clips, rings a

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We meet the cufflinks and ac­ces­sories de­signer Robert Ta­teossian

WOULD IF YOU COULD YOU BE? WAKE Cape Town. UP ANY­WHERE Or, more specif­i­cally, TO­MOR­ROW Cli on 3. I WHERE try and get

there at least twice a year over Christ­mas and Easter. The sun and the light are

spec­tac­u­lar – you have Ta­ble Moun­tain be­hind you, and in front of you is a beau­ti­ful view

over­look­ing the wa­ter. I am al­ways hap­pi­est there. WHERE’S THE BEST SER­VICE THAT

YOU’VE EVER EN­COUN­TERED? The bou­tique ho­tel Up­per House in Hong Kong. The Asian

sen­si­bil­ity to ser­vice is some­thing Euro­peans don’t re­ally grasp. From the minute you walk in, ev­ery per­son

in the ho­tel knows your name. They know what you like to drink and what you will have for break­fast. Noth­ing can

WITH beat that. AND YOU’RE WHAT ARE SIT­TING YOU DOWN EAT­ING? TO In THE Si­cily, PER­FECT on a beau­ti­ful DIN­NER. ter­race over­look­ing WHERE ARE the wa­ter YOU, with WHO my clos­est ARE YOU friends

from around the world. Grow­ing up all over, it is o en hard to get ev­ery­one to­gether in one place. We would start with a se­lec­tion of

an­tipasti, move on to a pasta dish such as spaghetti von­gole, fol­lowed by the finest of steaks. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LUX­URY

PUR­CHASE? When liv­ing in Paris with my par­ents, I used all of my grad­u­a­tion money to buy a set of limited-edi­tion, con­tem­po­rary Li­mo­ges

porce­lain plates by an artist called Pisa. Around the same time I went to Ham­burg and in­vested in a Jil Sander jacket. It was my first big pur­chase

and I had it for­ever; in fact I only gave it to char­ity a few months ago. WHERE WOULD YOU BUILD YOUR DREAM HOUSE AND WHAT

WOULD IT LOOK LIKE? My dream is to live in an el­e­vated square house made out of glass some­where in Italy by the wa­ter, but I’ll have to

sell a few more cufflinks first. I re­ally hate mess, so it would be com­pletely min­i­mal­ist. It would be made in stark clean lines, with the

ad­di­tion of white mar­ble and maybe wood. WHAT MADE YOU DE­CIDE TO EN­TER THE WORLD OF DE­SIGN? It

be­came clear to me at 27 that I didn’t want to spend my life reporting to some­one else. I wanted to com­bine the two things I

loved the most: travel and de­sign, and I wanted to be my own boss. I started in the cloth­ing in­dus­try, im­port­ing very

ex­pen­sive, hand­wo­ven silks that were used by the Thai royal fam­ily and mak­ing beau­ti­ful waist­coats and jack­ets

from them. WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DE­SIGN­ERS? I al­ways had great ad­mi­ra­tion for the late

Alexan­der McQueen – what he was pro­duc­ing was ge­nius. Within the jew­ellery world, I think Caro­line

Scheufele, the artis­tic di­rec­tor at Chopard, is do­ing some­thing par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing.

WHAT DO YOU COL­LECT? I have an ec­cen­tric collection of Nat­sume lac­quer­ware –

what the Ja­panese use in their tea cer­e­monies. I now have nearly 50 pieces all painted

with maki-e gold. I buy one ev­ery time I go to Ja­pan. It is purely for plea­sure.

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