Lady Charlotte Lynham - International Editor-in-Chief
Charlotte (@LadyCofBespoke) was born into a world of luxury; brought up in the treasure troves of the National Gallery, her passion for fine art led her to work for Christies. A self-confessed Francophile, her signature tipple being champagne, she is rarely seen without a glass (or bottle). As an international Lady of mystery she jets from continent to continent sipping cocktails and, Pavoni's in tow, refuses to travel anything but First Class. Charlotte is CEO of LadyCPR & UK Host for BubblyTalkRadio.
Rachel Blackmore - International Managing Editor
As a child, Rachel Blackmore (@BespokenWords) began a lifelong love affair with words; she has been known to eat several whole ones after wine-fuelled debate. She has an MA in Critical and Creative Writing and is slowly producing a collection of short fiction. With Dutch, Irish and Indonesian heritage, she finds it difficult to stay put and loves travelling to new destinations. She will try anything once and loves unusual food.
Emily Healey-Lynham - International Managing Editor
Emily (@BespokenBeyond) has been involved in the media industry for over 10 years working on film sets to journalism and PR. A strategic, energetic Managing Editor who has been with Bespoke since the start heading up the Culture department. Being a fan of all art forms from the theatre to films, literature to exhibitions Emily is usually found in the stalls of a theatre telling you where the cast have been seen before without looking in the programme or fact finding in an art gallery!
Aizak Buyondo Aizak (@Aizakbuyondo1) is a fashion and lifestyle blogger who was born into a fashion crazed family, following his birth right he joined the industry and was appointed brand ambassador at Nico Didonna. A great lover of the arts and known for his bright red hair and glasses he is to be found at the best events in town holding court with some of the most fabulous in the entertainment crowds.
Alex Larman Alexander (@alexlarman) has few virtues, many vices, a little literary talent and some low cunning. After reading English at Oxford, he left a career in the literary world in favour of the life of a modern-day hack. When not propping up the bar he can often be found at the National Theatre or in various bookshops.
Alwynne Gwilt Alwynne (@Gwiltypleasures) is Canadian by birth but fell in love with Europe as a child resulting in her moving to London in her 20's. As a journalist, she is a lover of words and whisky who pens about all things malt on her site, Miss Whisky, where she shows women can love a fine Scotch as easily as the next man. She would love to be transported back to the 1920s and spend her time parleying with Hemingway and Woolf over a dram while wearing Chanel and pearls.
Amanda Reboul Amanda (@thetrufflelady) is a champagne and gourmet food lover who has lived extensively in France and Japan. After gaining French citizenship and an extensive knowledge of Champagne Amanda moved back to Australia and started a gourmet food and wine business 'The Truffle Man'.
Anders White When not sipping a negroni at Trattoria Quattro Leoni in Firenze, Anders (@MrAndersWhite) can be found whizzing around Bottega Veneta on Sloane Street London, where he works as a stylist. In the six minutes he has left per week he runs his own menswear personal styling business, Anders White.
Cara Alwill Leyba Cara (@ChampagneDiet) is an author and certified lifestyle and wellness coach from New York City. Her blog 'The Champagne Diet' encourages women to live effervescently and always leave room for champagne. Her first book, Sparkle, became an Amazon best seller. Cara believes that all women can live a "champagne life" by indulging in the things that make them happy and always making time for themselves.
Charlotte Harbottle Charlotte (@girlbutcher) is a butcher who trained in Holland Park and Knightsbridge, she is also a Theology and Religious Studies graduate. Deciding to trade the cloth for the cleaver Charlotte can now be found in her shop - Charlotte's Butchery - in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. A meat specialist, she is deeply passionate about good food, quality ingredients and sharing the wealth of knowledge. She is also partial to the odd gin house or two.
David Vaughan David spends his days writing about, and looking around, some of the most expensive homes in London and around the world. Sadly for him this made his own recent house hunting experience one filled with envy and frustration at the lack of billions sitting in his bank account. Fortunately for you it means that he is well placed to bring you news and reviews of the most exclusive properties that money can buy.
Dhruv Baker Dhruv (@DhruvBaker1) was born in Mexico and has spent most of his life life living abroad which explains his passion for travel and food from all over the world. He decided on a change in career in 2010 after winning MasterChef and has since made the transition to professional chef and writer.
Emily Healey-Lynham Emily (@BespokenBeyond) has been involved in the media industry for over 10 years working on film sets to journalism and PR. A strategic, energetic Managing Editor who has been with Bespoke since the start heading up the Culture department. Being a fan of all art forms from the theatre to films, literature to exhibitions Emily is usually found in the stalls of a theatre telling you where the cast have been seen before without looking in the programme or fact finding in an art gallery!
Gwendoline Perret Gwendoline (@ASensationnElle) is French. Truly, beautifully, desperatly French. The adjective epicurian has been first used to describe her way of enjoying life at an early age when she discovered the great pleasures of arts,culture and gastronomy. Later, she discovered the pleasures of oenology and she is now rarely seen without a glass, a book and her smartphone. If not sitting at a great table, you will find her travelling the world, running SensationnElle, a bespoke travel, event and PR agency.
Jack Stein Jack (@JackStein) comes from a family that has devoted 40 years to the restaurant and hotel industry. Since he can remember the Seafood Restaurant in Padstow was like an extension of the family home. Having worked from the age of 14 under his father Rick's watchful eye, he left briefly to complete his degree, returning to the stove and devoting nearly a decade to cooking for the family firm. He currently works as development chef in Padstow, which affords him the time to enjoy the finer things in life.
Jacqueline Roe Jax Roe (@bebejax) is a gun-toting, horse-racing Renaissance girl. Equally at home in a gallery, on a moor, or at the racecourse, she spends her evenings in Michelin starred restaurants. Having squandered her youth having fun, Jacqueline went back to school and took an MA in Renaissance studies, she now curates a number of Renaissance and fine-dining blogs.
Jessica Patterson Ballsy, Blonde, Ambitious. Penchant for crunchy peanut butter, baby animals, and mathematics. Classically-trained ballet dancer, master food-orderer, adventure-seeker. Whether it is because Jessica speaks her mind or pack things like vibrating foot-massagers in her travel luggage that resemble plastic bombs to the border police, she always seem to get into trouble.
Joanna Kinsman Despite growing up in a quaint New England town, Joanna (@JoannaKinsman) lives and breathes fashion in her beautiful everyday life in California. With a harbor view in Marina del Rey and knee deep in bikinis, the founder of luxury swimwear line Miss Kinsman can't stand miss out on a good time with friends. Joanna has a knack for discovering the best local shopping spots in LA and the city's top emerging designers for collaborations and purchasing.
Lady Charlotte Lynham Charlotte (@LadyCofBespoke) was born into a world of luxury; brought up in the treasure troves of the National Gallery, her passion for fine art led her to work for Christies. A self-confessed Francophile, her signature tipple being champagne, she is rarely seen without a glass (or bottle). As an international Lady of mystery she jets from continent to continent sipping cocktails and, Pavoni's in tow, refuses to travel anything but First Class. Charlotte is CEO of LadyCPR & UK Host for BubblyTalkRadio.
Lara Lockwood As a young child, Lara (@Lara_Lockwood) endlessly harangued her dear mother for "wearing too much make-up", yet now makes a living out of doing just that. Having gained an MA in Byzantine Art & Architecture there appeared to be no more obvious life path than colourful jobs in the spheres of make-up artistry. Lara also recently trained in food styling at Leith's School of Food and Wine.
Lateef Okunnu A sarcastic and dry-witted gallivant, Lateef (@LateefOkunnu) was an active sport enthusiast until the realization that in order to keep fit one needed to do more exercise than calorie intake. At the age of 19 he treated his friends to a meal at Claridges and the Chateaubriand washed down with a 1972 Chateau Lafite changed his outlook on food forever. Now the way to his heart is entirely through his mouth.
Lewis-Duncan Weedon Lewis-Duncan (@LDWeedon) is about all things fashion. A celebrity Make-up artist trained at Carolina Herrera, stylist, designer and model he enjoys nothing more than checking out the new collections on the front row of many a fashion week. Celebrity Ambassador for The Princes Trust Lewis-Duncan works with the youth of today to build a better tomorrow. Lewis-Duncan is also nominated for this years prestigious Style Icon 2013 award!
Lis-Marie Liden Lis-Marie (@StyleLis) is a licensed Image Consultant with a keen eye on trends and up and coming brands. She will tell you how it is within fashion, styling, trends and how tos, it might not always be sugarcoated, but then whats the fun in that. When Lis-Marie isn't busy taking photos of whatever catches her eye she does her best to stay in shape by punching it out in the gym, but you'll never see her drop her fashion guard.
Mella Noir Mella's (@ChampagneChat) great love of the English language began her adventure in journalism, with a side passion for sales and marketing. Her fascination for both people and Champagne propelled her flute first into event and party planning. Many soires, fetes, and galas later, she's still popping corks, clinking and chatting her way through life. She's an original "Champagne Sister" and producer of Bubbly Talk Radio. With her social media management expertise, Mella's always ready to connect you at www.ClinkAndChat.com
Michael Bleasdale In town, playing sport, on a night out, at work or just at home, Michael (@TheChapblog) always wants to look his best! Theres a lot of competition out there, so looking well groomed and having your own style is always a good way to be noticed, and being one step ahead is always a bonus! Realising this Michael began his search to find the best male grooming products around.
Mike Alwill Michael (@cocktailspin) is a Brooklyn, New York, native and data analyst who has spent the last few years immersing himself in the history, business and creation of cocktails. These days, he tends towards the "brown, bitter and stirred" variety of tipple.
Neil Davey Neil (@DineHard) is a former private banker turned freelance journalist. He's also a trained singer, a former cheesemonger, once got paid to argue with old women about the security arrangements at Cliff Richard concerts and almost worked with a cross-dressing wine importer. He now basically eats for a living but, judging by the state of his shirts, isn't very good at it.
Nick Bain Born in Dublin, Nick (@bainser) studied in Fashion Design before working on the UK High Street. He specialised in menswear with an eye on tailoring, he knows exactly how to find the right 'balance' and shoulder line. Outside of fashion Nick casts his exacting pattern cutting eye over social media, travel, art and music.
Noah Schwartz A frequenter of some of the worlds more interesting tables, Noah (@laissezfare) is on a constant quest to discover the most exciting dishes and inspiring chefs. Working in wine, he also closely follows the world of fermented grape juice. Having spent a number of years in London, he's now based in the New York area, where he enjoys the multitude of pleasures that the Big Apple has to offer.
Peter Sackett Manhattan-born, Washington-reared Peter is a writer, editor, communications consultant and actor. His work appears in the United States, Germany and Australia, covering a broad spectrum of topics including architecture, history, travel and the arts. He appears regularly onstage in operatic productions, most recently Beethoven's Fidelio with Melbourne Opera. With numerous international corporate and private clients, he lives in Melbourne, Australia where he directs his consulting service, Peter Sackett Pen.
Qin Xie Qin (@qinxiesays) glides seamless between words which fill the stomach and food that feeds the mind. If the softly spoken gastronome didnt need to constantly satiate her foodie abyss then perhaps she would have more time to pursue musings of intellectual enquiry. Occasionally, when not engaged in surfing, she can be found at the end of a camera photographing still life.
Rachel Blackmore As a child, Rachel Blackmore (@BespokenWords) began a lifelong love affair with words; she has been known to eat several whole ones after wine-fuelled debate. She has an MA in Critical and Creative Writing and is slowly producing a collection of short fiction. With Dutch, Irish and Indonesian heritage, she finds it difficult to stay put and loves travelling to new destinations. She will try anything once and loves unusual food.
Rashanda Davies Ro, International Business and Foreign Language expert, has bubbles in her blood and an unabashed appetite for all things savory, spicy and sinful. She is one Angelina that knows how to find the best Los Angeles has to offer. An avid world traveler, with flute in tow, she seeks out the best cuisine in each destination. Ro really does travel with a personal flute, which is why her motto is "have flute, will travel"!
Rob Clymo Rob (@TheClymoBrief) began his career writing about very loud music and quickly ruined both his eardrums. Today he's a technology columnist and magazine editor, which gives him plenty of time to tinker around with the latest gadgets and gizmos. When he isn't doing that, Rob can be found behind the wheel of his beloved sports car or messing about in his boat.
Sarah Kemp Born in the Midlands, Sarah (@foodforthink) moved to London to study journalism and script writing in 2005, originally setting out to forge a career in music journalism. Her adoration of food blossomed so she started a career in food PR and even after six years Sarah still feels extremely lucky to live in London and being able to experience some of the best restaurants in the world.
Sophie McLean Hopeless romantic and haphazard adventurer, multi-lingual Sophie (@Sophie_McLean) has three main distractions in life wine, travel and writing. When shes not busy managing this particular love triangle you are likely to find her whizzing around in fast cars, soaking up culture and pondering life as she knows it, preferably over a glass of Champagnge.
Sophie Michell Sophie (@sophiemichell) has been obsessed by food for as long as anyone can remember, she blagged her way into her first professional Chef job age 14 and never looked back. After working and training in some of London's finest Michelin starred restaurants, she went on to cook for various well heeled, famous clients and still caters for glamorous events worldwide.
Stephanie Westcott A wild at heart socialite by night and a successful Marketing & Event specialist by day for a London 5* Hotel, Steph (@StephWestcott1) knows how to party! With a career history in Event Management Steph knows good food, wine and more importantly which tune to throw on the decks to get the party started. When not visiting the hippest clubs in town Steph can be found chilling in the country with a good book.
Steven Moore It has been said that when a child,Steven (@MrStevenMoore), mistook the pronunciation of the word 'necessity' for 'luxury.' This impediment has affected him greatly and set him off on his journey in life to seek out the finest of everything.In his brief existence, he has been an author, editor, model, museum curator, auctioneer and advisor to governments. He still does many of these things, in between filming engagements for the 'Antiques Roadshow'.
Susanne Hoffman Born in Nuremberg in the summer of '69, Susanne (@susannefraser) was a real wildchild in the 1980s. She studied social work before deciding to indulge her passion for music (especially Culture Club) and become a broadcaster. After more than two decades, she is a veteran surfer of the radiowaves, as well as a serial globetrotter and travel journalist.
Ted Wilson Ted Wilson helps people to improve their wealth, drawing as necessary from his previous lives as a lawyer, banker and journalist. These, together with numerous sailing and skiing adventures and a love of food and wine, mean there is very little that he cannot relate to!
The Lord & Lady The Lord & Lady (@ErusEra_Bespoke) are avid world travellers and in typical English style his Lordship is never seen without his umbrella and Panama and her Ladyship without her beloved pearls and a well thumbed copy of Jane Eyre. Residing in the English countryside they enjoy visits from their children, looking after their animals and speeding around in their Land Rovers.
Tom Whitaker Tom (@Mr_Fennel) comes from a marketing background that including Account Director at WPP. After finishing as runner-up in 2011's Masterchef, Tom left his marketing role behind and focused growing his corporate and private dining operation. Tom's focus is marrying seasonality and provenance with his British roots, to deliver fine-dining in non-restaurant environments.
Will Bentinck Will Bentinck (@isoworg) studied philosophy, has a beard and loves adventure. He's usually found swinging from trees, climbing mountains, exploring new cultures, starting social enterprises or enjoying the local cuisine. When not on some distant yomp, he'll be found teaching, learning, eating, or some combination. His favourite phrase is "a lot of alliteration, a little assonance and some consonance".
Zainab Majerikova Mumbai girl now living in London, Zainab (@ZainabM06) is a full-time Sommelier and part-time writer. Before moving to London, Zainab was the Editor of a leading wine, spirits and food publication. Having completed up to the Advanced Level at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), she will be moving on to the Diploma later this year. Two things she cant live without - wine and dark chocolate.