London’s Local Luminaries Share Their New Year’s Wishes

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Photo Courtesy of Charlie Hedges

The New Year isn’t just about dieting and detoxing, as we discovered when we asked the great and the good of London to share their hopes for 2013…

Charlie Hedges, Kiss FM Radio Presenter and DJ

The youngest female breakfast radio DJ in the UK, Hedges broadcasts to over four million Kiss FM listeners every week, and DJs at some of London’s hottest clubs.

“On a personal level, it’s to spend more time with my family and friends who I don’t get to see as often as I’d love to due to work commitments, and on a work level it’s to continue DJing all over the world and to bring out some of my own house tracks.”

William Borrell, Founder of Vestal Vodka

Borrell runs Vestal with his potato-rearing father and has established a celebrity following for his unique and artisanal spirit since launching at Harvey Nichols in 2011. His younger brother, Johnny of Razorlight, and the comedian Noel Fielding, are brand ambassadors.

William Borrell

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“The most interesting people do not stop drinking in January, but I feel we need to move away from Prohibition-style parties and drinking gin from teacups and saucers and return to the Gordon Gekko Wall Street philosophy of the 1980s. Next year, therefore, I will introduce a new audience to the joys of a quality vodka, to be consumed in a lavish setting, and am resolved to make 2013 bigger, better, harder, faster and leaner.”

Timothy Everest, MBE, Tailor and Designer

Having trained under Tommy Nutter in Savile Row, Everest went on to establish an A-list following. He also became a founder of the revolutionary new bespoke movement, promoting the continuance of traditional Savile Row tailoring techniques with more contemporary fabrics and styles.

Tim Everest

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“New Year’s resolutions are there to be broken and my track record seems to follow suit! But… as with 2012, I am going to continue to say ‘yes.’ Like most people, I lead a busy life and have become increasingly aware that I say ‘no’ because I am ‘busy’ and don’t like to be seen to be taking advantage —maybe that’s a British thing? But having said ‘yes’ and with a bit of planning, I have had the most extraordinary year and have started a bucket list which I hope never ends. As for a wish — I wish for the continuation of sustainable British businesses that embrace and celebrate our unique qualities as an island race.”

Marcella Puppini, Musician/Composer

Puppini founded the internationally renowned close-harmony trio The Puppini Sisters — an homage to girl groups of the ‘30s and ‘40s. She then went on to launch Marcella and The Forget Me Nots, an altogether darker endeavour, using all her own lyrics and music, and showcasing her exciting abilities as a performer and musician.

Marcella Puppini

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“My personal New Year’s resolution is to never stop studying and learning new things. I started studying music again this year, and I can honestly say there are very few things that make me as happy. So for me 2013 is the year of the geek!”

David Carter, Interior Designer, Stylist and Hotelier

Carter successfully juggles his career as an interior designer whilst playing mine host at his spectacular boutique hotel 40 Winks. Since opening its doors in 2009, the property has been inundated with location requests for film and photographic shoots, whilst providing a home from home to Hollywood movie stars.

David Carter

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“I am committed to making the world a better and happier place, and 2013 will mark the beginning of an important new chapter in my mission to give more people the opportunity to experience ‘winkiness’ — a state of blissful enlightenment involving an intoxicating mix of dream, fantasy and expensive nightwear. Per ardua ad astra.”

Antonia Burrell, Celebrity Facialist, Skincare Guru and Beauty Brand Owner

Drawing on her 18 years in the beauty industry, Burrell launched her own self-titled holistic skincare range in 2010 — a series of innovative 100 percent natural products renowned for their youth-enhancing qualities.

Antonia Burrell

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“It’s ironic that although I’m always preaching holistic beauty, I need to make time for myself in between the stresses of launching new products on schedule. Next year, I intend to make time for travelling and would love to visit somewhere I’ve never been before — perhaps South America, Brazil or Asia.”

Paul Joyce, Artist and Photographer

The great grand-nephew of James Joyce, Paul Joyce’s work has been exhibited extensively in the US and the UK for over three decades. It is held at various institutions of art including the V&A and Tate Gallery, and was recently purchased for Her Majesty’s Royal Collection. He has also collaborated on two books with Britain’s favourite artist David Hockney.

Paul Joyce

Photo Courtesy of Paul Joyce

1.  That The Russian Federation and British immigration authorities start  behaving as if John Le Carré had never written a word, and allow people who love each other to travel back and forth freely.

2. That the Palestinians and Israelis would stop killing each other and try and behave like adults in an adult world.

3. That Nigel Farage be given a proper role and platform beyond UKIP.

4. That someone out there recognises that my Venice exhibition is the best work I have done!

5. That New Year’s resolutions be banished forever.

Elizabeth Llewellyn, Soprano

Since her 2010 English National Opera debut as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, Llewellyn has continued to wow the opera world with her exceptional vocal prowess.

Liz Llewellyn

Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

“As I hope that 2013 will mark the beginning of exciting things in my career, my aim is to get fit again. The world of opera can be very physically demanding and, more than ever, it is important that I look after myself to be ready for the challenges ahead.”

Gustav Temple, Founder and Editor of The Chap Magazine

Launched by Temple in 1999, the eccentric and esoteric bi-monthly publication, inspired by the writings of P.G Wodehouse, aims to promote the hobbies, manners and well-tailored style of the quintessential ‘chap.’

Gustav Temple

Photo: Russ Bell

“This year we made our voices, and those of the nation, heard outside the proposed premises of Abercrombie & Fitch on Savile Row. This gave us a sense of purpose — representing the opinion of a large portion of the British population, who believe that Savile Row should remain the home of bespoke tailoring. Next year, I hope to continue to see more and more people of all ages dressing in vintage clothes, wearing moustaches and smoking pipes.”

Marc Demarquette, Master Chocolatier and Founder of Demarquette Fine Chocolates

Demarquette, passionate about creating the finest quality chocolates with a modern twist, launched his eponymous chocolate brand in 2006 and quickly became the most awarded chocolatier in the UK.

Marc Demarquette

Photo Courtesy of Marc Demarquette

“Let’s see, my hope, my mantra for next year is to make people smile more often — therefore I have to keep making chocolates! People sometimes come into the store grumpy from work, maybe from a bad meeting, and after tasting some good chocolate, leave with a spring in their step. That’s what I love about what I do.”


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