Where did Bottega Veneta come from? How do you build a crystal chandelier? What is the secret ingredient in the elixir of long life?
Join Harrods Editor in Chief Tiffanie Darke as she mines the world’s greatest luxury emporium for its most precious and fascinating finds. Joined by Fashion and Beauty Editorial Directors Stacey Duguid and Katie Service, each week the girls try to outdo each other with their bid for Harrods’ most desirable objects. With guests ranging from Indian jewellers to renowned aesthetic surgeons, they bring to life the extraordinary stories behind the things that really make us want to go shopping.
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It’s the season finale and Tiffanie, Stacey and Katie have saved the best for last. Their finds from around the store include deliciously decadent patisserie that just so happens to be vegan; a keep-forever accessory that promises to compliment every outfit in your wardrobe and a beauty product that both relieves stress and revitalises hair.
In the second part of the episode, Tiffanie catches up with Irish designer Simone Rocha, who makes her Harrods debut this season. She speaks to us about growing up as the daughter of designer John Rocha and her own journey to becoming one of the leading lights of the London design scene. “My father has had a huge influence on my silhouettes and love of textiles,” she says. “But I’ve translated that into my idea of femininity, which is where we differ. For me, femininity is about being strong, about being thoughtful and being interesting. It doesn’t have an age or size range.” She tells us about why her Irish heritage means so much to her, how she maintains her status as an independent designer and she talks through her latest collection – which was based on the Irish Renaissance play Riders to the Sea – and why her love of pearls was inspired by the politician Mary Robinson.
In today’s episode, Tiffanie, Stacey and Katie reveal the rare and recherché finds they’ve unearthed from inside Harrods. Prepare to be inspired by esoteric fragrances; intrigued by a piece of jewellery with talismanic properties and compelled by three superlative pairs of sunglasses which are not just aesthetically pleasing but altruistic too.
In the second part of the podcast, Tiffanie speaks to the celebrated Spanish chef José Pizarro – credited with bringing authentic tapas to London – about his unlikely road to becoming a restaurateur. “I studied dentistry,” he says, “and while I was waiting for a job I took a cookery course. A month in, I knew this was it.” He tells us why Jamón Ibérico should always be eaten with your hands, why his customers are family and he also lets us in on the secret ingredient in his recipe for success (hint: it’s all about provenance).
Tiffanie, Stacey and Katie talk through the treasures they’ve truffled out from Harrods this week, ranging from delicious – and rare – cheeses to dream bags and the very latest in futuristic foundations (if you thought 40 shades was impressively inclusive, try 72,000).
Their guest this week is Sameer Lilani, EMEA director for jewellery powerhouse Amrapali. Founded in the 1970s, by cousins who shared a passion for traditionally-made jewellery, Amrapali has risen to become one of India’s most renowned design houses and Amrapali’s jewels (known for their exquisite craftsmanship and eye-catching deigns, are loved by stars of both Hollywood and Bollywood: both Angelina Jolie and Sonam Kapoor are fans). He fills us in on the evolution of men’s jewellery (thankfully the days of bling are far behind us) to the talismanic powers of precious gemstones. “It’s about connecting with your emotions,” he says, “I really do believe in the power and the energy of stones.”
He also talks about the Amrapali Gem Bar, available exclusively at Harrods, which allows clients to select rare, precious and semi-precious loose stones sourced from around the world and experiment with creating their own bespoke piece of jewellery. “We have everything from an amethyst at £1,500 to a pink diamond that’s almost a million pounds,” he says. “And it’s a real collaboration, you can actually design your own piece of jewellery.”
Dr Maryam Zamani
In today’s episode Tiffanie, Stacey and Katie talk us through a game-changing – and sustainable – new skincare line so advanced that it’s based on research by a Nobel Laureate; a chandelier bar, where a storied crystal brand helps clients create a custom-made chandelier made from a possible 15,000 combinations, and an Oxford brogue created by a bespoke shoe-maker to the stars.
The guest this week is leading oculoplastic surgeon, facial aesthetics doctor and MZ skincare founder Maryam Zamani. She speaks to Tiffanie about why she prefers ‘tweakments’ over treatments (“the idea is that you’re doing something that doesn’t necessarily change you,” she says, “it just improves what you already have”) and why good skin starts at home. She likens having treatments to having a personal trainer: “If you have a trainer once a week, that’s great, but then you have to maintain it. It's not like you can gain muscles or definition with just one treatment.”
The award-winning skincare founder talks about the process of adding a dose of luxury to her doctor-led line, MZ skin, and why lockdown might actually have been a good thing for our complexions.
Tiffanie, Stacey and Katie delve deep into Harrods to unearth crystal-studded Koi, an elixir of rare fungi known as Himalayan Gold – and an ingenious, fuss-free and sustainable, solution for wardrobe maintenance, which will make sure you never need a drycleaner ever again.
Later they’re joined by Harrods master roaster, Bartosz Ciepaj who spills the beans on how Harrods create the perfect cup. As judge in the global cup of excellence; a global competition to find the world’s best coffees, Ciepaj is well-versed in the art of selecting the crème de la crème of blends. He takes editor Tiffanie Darke through the process: from the roasting (Harrods roasts over 1,000 kilos a week) to how to brew it to best bring out the delicate nuances in the blends.
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I miss Mariella Frostrup!
I used to enjoy this podcast so much. I would look forward to it every Friday, but it’s just not the same now that Mariella isn’t hosting.
I just love this podcast, and Mariella Frostrup as a host is amazing, couldn’t be any better. So excited to see that the new season is coming, can’t wait!
It is another world
This podcast is magical because you open the door to another world one you dream about. I see Harris’s has place you go to for super treat. I have only walked through the doors five times in my life . On each occasion to buy something special. It never let me down . Yes it was costly but I would never step in this store without knowing I could pay for it.
It is after all a magical world we’re you dream and for rare moment in time you feel rich even though your not, and that what makes special treat , one you simply don’t forget