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Life Curated by MF

A passion for beautiful things 

A passion for fashion, food, family, friends, travels, objects, art, animals, a passion for life.

Interview with Frank Ancona

Interview with Frank Ancona

In the early 80s, I discovered Gump’s, a small luxurious department store in the heart of San Francisco. It sold the most amazing products from jewellery made from jade, precious stones and freshwater pearls to Oriental Art, exotic collectibles from the Far East, rugs, Buddhas and everything for entertaining and gifting…all beautifully curated under one roof. This is where I met Frank in 1983. I was on my way to Hong Kong, a city he knew too well. As the buyer for Gumps, he would travel to the Orient, and bring back all these treasures. But his passion then and now is pearls. As an artist who studied in Italy, how did you find yourself designing fine jewellery in San Francisco? As a student... Read More

Interview with Vivian

Vivian, what does MingCha mean? And when did it all start?  明 pronounces as "MING" is the key essence in our brand. We would like people to have an open heart to approach tea, so to understand tea to its fullest and be enlightened. Ming also refers to Ming Dynasty (1369-1644), the golden age of tea production and the period when tea was consumed widely and daily in every household. Cha refers to “Tea”.  MingCha is dedicated to revitalize fine teas for everyday life. We continue to develop, design and present teas in many ways to Let our teas speak to you. The more you understand tea, the more you will respect, appreciate, enjoy and benefit from it. And when did it all start? 
Interview with Vivian
Interview with Kim Robinson

Interview with Kim Robinson

Am I speaking to the painter or the hairdresser today? Tell me more about this new passion. You are talking to both, I am a hair stylist... who is in the creative industry. I am also an artist.. which is also in the creative industry. I think there’s not much difference between painting and creating hair or designing fashion, it’s all related.  It’s about whether you have the eye or the vision, it's about telling a story. Read More

Interview with Corina - Stéfère

Stefere is a jewelery brand known for its innovative designs, combining feminine elegance with the avant-garde. Since its establishment in 2006, the Parisian brand has offered vibrant, contemporary designs, and has a distinct rock-and-roll glam aesthetic featuring floral, snake, star, and skull motifs.
Interview with Corina - Stéfère
Interview with Katie de Tilly

Interview with Katie de Tilly

I met Katie some 20 years ago in Hong Kong, a Polish American girl who was working for Médecins Sans Frontières. Katie had always been passionate about Art, opened an Art gallery in 2001 and her very first artist was the sculptor Wang Keping. Almost 20 years since Wang Keping and your art gallery, 10 Chancery Lane started to collaborate. Tell us about the man who loves women breasts ! It was so lucky that I opened my gallery almost 20 years ago with Wang Keping. An artist I truly admire and love. Wang Keping loves women and finds them to be a universal subject of beauty in his works. Perhaps they are the forbidden fruit from China’s sexual repression of his youth... Read More

Interview with Tyler - Tyler Ellis

I met Tyler through a mutual friend a few years ago in Paris. Mindy said “you must meet Tyler - she is the daughter of Perry Ellis! and has an amazing line of handbags." I knew of the fashion designer Perry Ellis very well. I had my offices next to his on Seventh Avenue in the early 80’s, I often went to his sample sales. He was young, gorgeous and famous and it was terribly sad when he passed away so unexpectedly. I was curious so I went and met Tyler, a beautiful young woman who designs beautiful pieces. Did you wake up one morning with the idea that you wanted to make luxurious handbags? I’ve always been an accessories... Read More
Interview with Tyler - Tyler Ellis
Castello Monte Vibiano

Castello Monte Vibiano

First we love the man, Claudio Castiglioni who introduced us to this delicious olive oil and it’s wonderful owner Lorenzo Fasola Bologna. “The best olives harvested after sunset,“ it’s not only great story but it is a great olive oil.  I use it on everything!  Discover Castello Monte Vibiano     Read More

Words from Rolf - Lotus Arts de Vivre

It was 2003, schools were shut-down over the fear of the spread of a new virus, SARS. We escaped to Phuket for a few weeks with our friends from Hong Kong. My girlfriend phoned Sri in Bangkok, Rolf’s son, and asked if he could courier some pieces to our home in Amanpuri to distract us from the last months spent in fear. Sri came himself, it was a joyous afternoon of tea, pastries and the discovery of the most amazing intricate pieces of jewellery and home décor. I immediately fell in love with all things Lotus Arts de Vivre. Today we are neighbours at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. At Christmas, when I visit my store I walk next door and... Read More
Words from Rolf - Lotus Arts de Vivre
Interview with Luis - Luis Morais

Interview with Luis - Luis Morais

I met Luis through Elad L’Objet years ago, and we always manage to grab a quick coffee in Paris during Fashion weeks and catch up. I would fall in love with all his understated chic pieces that he would put on both arms and neck, and I would give him my wish list! What I love about his pieces is that you can travel the world with many bracelets stacked on your wrist, black diamonds and white diamonds, it’s the only way to wear and no one will approach you to steal- grab them from you! Nowadays I only wear less conspicuous jewellery in many parts of the world. I never miss the opportunity to see Luis in Miami now... Read More