Spotlight: Rachel Cecil Gurney of de Gournay

Invited into the spotlight today is Rachel Cecil Gurney, a woman for whom a passion for unique artefacts, antiques and luxurious artisan textiles was inspired by a childhood surrounded by beauty, art and intrigue. The daughter of an entrepreneur, Claud Cecil Gurney, who founded their family business, de Gournay, over 30 years ago, Rachel now co-directs the luxury textile […]

Life in Death: Rebecca Louise Law

Best known for her international installation artwork created with natural materials – flowers – Rebecca Louise Law’s most intricate large-scale artwork to date, Life in Death, is currently showing at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She talks about her art, her influences – and her time spent at McQueens.  Rebecca, you grew up surrounded by […]

Spotlight: Master Sugar Flower Artist, Robert Haynes

As florists, we like to think we’re rather adept at spotting the real thing when it comes to flowers, and of course, in most scenarios, that would be correct. The sugar-based creations of Robert Haynes, on the other hand, are so extraordinarily lifelike you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn’t beguiled by their delicate […]

Spotlight: Sarah Rotheram, CEO of Miller Harris

In light of our upcoming collaboration with Miller Harris, we’re delighted to welcome Sarah Rotheram into the Spotlight. Sarah took up roles at Penhaligons and L’Artisan Perfumeur before moving on to become CEO at luxury British brand Aspinal. In April 2017, she joined Miller Harris. Sarah, you’re six months into the job, how is it going? […]

Spotlight: Textile Designer, Tori Murphy

It goes without saying that here at McQueens we adore all things hand-made and inspired by nature, and textile designer, Tori Murphy’s, latest collection is no exception. Celebrating five years of British textile design and manufacturing, Tori’s latest collection, Seedling and Bloom takes inspiration from motherhood, an achievement that the designer describes as, ‘her greatest […]

Spotlight: Artist, Rebecca Louise Law

Rebecca Louise Law is a renowned international artist who is widely known for her innovative installations incorporating flowers. Her sculptural style is instantly recognisable, often inhabiting large spaces for extended periods of time. Her work is deeply moving and captures the imagination exploring themes of beauty, decay, life and death. Her site-specific work is meticulously […]

Spotlight: Fox & Squirrel

Avid readers of McQueens the Blog may recall our feature on a sun-drenched wedding held in the romantic Castello Di Tornano (the Castle of Love) in Tuscany. Little known to some, however, is that our beautiful bride, Penelope Sacrafou, is also the entrepreneurial founder behind Fox & Squirrel, an award-winning guided tour group taking the culturally adventurous […]

Spotlight: Katie Spicer

Today’s spotlight interview is with lifestyle photographer Katie Spicer. Specialising in creative brands, events and artisans, Katie has built a reputation for a style that is heavily inspired by nature. Her images are light, bright and beautifully composed and a look through her portfolio reveals a love and a passion for flowers that regularly feature […]

Spotlight: Clare Therese

Today we turn the spotlight onto British Surface Pattern designer, Clare Therese, best known for her delicate, hand-drawn and painted florals inspired by the natural environment of her rural Hampshire surroundings. Clare lives and works on a farm with her young family, taking on commissions alongside creating surface pattern designs and illustrations for printed textiles and […]

Spotlight: Ayumi Takahashi

New York-based artist, Ayumi Takahashi, has a remarkable talent for creating bold images that positively brim with colour, character and depth. Born in China, raised in Japan and educated in the US and London, Ayumi is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a keen traveller with a passion for history, language, culture and people. Her distinctive portraits of women subtly […]