an afternoon with harris

Recently spent time with Harris Elliott, London-based celebrity stylist and designer. A London native, Harris has become known for his sharp sense of style and diverse clientele including commercial, celebrity and editorial. He’s worked with the likes of singers Kelly Clarkson, Nelly Furtado, John Legend, Fat Boy Slim, actress/Bond Girl Eva Green and dozens more. He studied architecture and design; began his career styling window displays across the UK. In 2009, he debuted his first signature line, H by Harris, a collection of practical, slick acessories that sold out all over the UK, Japan and elsewhere. Although the collection is stocked across London at shops including Harvey Nichols and The Dover Street Market, it was my quest for the collections SH4 Weekend Tote led me to the designer himself in London.

Harris Elliott photographed by Jonny Wright.

Over lunch at Cafe Albion in London’s Shoreditch, the designer filled me in on his favorites across the city he calls home.

Favorite breakfast in London:

Definitely Cocomaya, the choclatier and artisan baker on Connaught Street. The pastries and cakes are just to die for; jasmine flower tea with some Russian type pastry ticking all my boxes in the a.m. Then wander next door into the chocolate side….Willy Wonka mixed with Hans Christian Anderson, hand made chocolate while sitting in a fairy tale.

Favorite area in London:

By the river, whether by the embankment at night with the London skyline fully lit, or down by Greenwich during the day overlooking Canary Wharf.  It offers a real sense of scale, letting you know that you are just a minuscule part of  a larger, prettier picture.

Favorite place(s) to shop:

Shopping is all about the environment as well as the product, the two definitely go hand in hand. So I have an old and a new: Old school has to be Liberty of London. You feel like a gentleman walking into a period novel, with the wood panelling throughout and the ceramic bricks in the champagne bar. Very discreet and no over bearing sales nuisances. The future has to be LN-CC; wow those dudes have flipped retail into a Tron meets Stanley Kubrick way. You would buy something in here because the attention to detail on style and culture (books ‘n’ records) is very much on point.

Favorite place(s) to hang out in London:

I guess it has to be going to exhibitions, so not one place in particular. Sharing inspiring experiences with good friends. So that doesn’t have to be somewhere specific, as it is the synergy of people and places that does it.

What you love most about London:

Funkadelic song about it, one nation under a groove. Everyone is here!  Like no other city in the world; and you are never too far from a park which is important when you live and work in the metropolis.

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