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    Minotti London 20th Anniversary Celebrations

    Italian luxury furniture brand Minotti celebrates its 70th anniversary, and this year also marks the 20th anniversary of Minotti London. I first met its CEO Anke Summerhill at London On Water 2018. The reason she had a tent at this annual boat festival was because she has also started supplying furniture for yachts. I then invited her to the Venus Awards Launch, hosted by its founder Tara Howard, a friend of mine. When Anke invited me to the Minotti London 20th anniversary party, I just knew it would be a fabulous evening. And it was! I wore a retro-style paisley shirt with vintage denims, brown boots and belt, and those…

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    London On Water 2018 at St Katherine Docks

    This annual boat festival happens in the only marina in central London and attracts various brands and companies that are involved in sailing, boating and yachting. Armed with business cards, I attended the festival on all 3 days and managed to meet and network with almost every brand, going from stall to stall. I was pitching them an idea I had and most of them expressed interest in it. I dressed smart casual for this event, and decided to wear my powder-blue Retro jacket, which is like a statement piece. Several people comment on it; “I LOVE your jacket!”, “where did you get it?” etc. The sunglasses were given to…

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    Venus Awards 2018 Launch Party at Lush Studio, Soho

    Main image: Emmanuel Ray with chef Sarah Ali Choudhury at Venus Awards 2018 launch, Lush Studio, London Soho When Tara Howard invited me to the London launch of the awards ceremony she founded, I was excited! Mainly because the last time I saw her was way back in 2013 when she was running the historic Langtry Manor Hotel in Bournemouth. Tara is very entertaining, engaging and charming. I wanted to visit Bournemouth again, but it never happened. So I was looking forward to meeting her after 5 years. The event happened at Lush Studio, London Soho. And as I had expected, Tara’s speech was very entertaining. She founded Venus Awards…