Kim Hersov - Editor-at-Large at Harper's Bazaar UK - is an expert when it comes to her neighborhood of Notting Hill. Already a renowned curator of taste and style in the publishing industry, Hersov teamed up with South African interior designer Hubert Zandberg in decorating her Notting Hill home. The two utilized a great passion for flea markets, which is why we tapped Hersov for the premiere of our column To Market. Hersov takes us on a journey through Portobello Road -
The Portobello Road purchase you'll never forget
My house is full of fabulous market purchases, but I suppose my clothes and jewelry pieces are my favourites/most memorable - Vintage fringed shawls, Irish lace jackets and an embroidered cape are wardrobe standouts. Then there's the ocelot coat and the WWII riding boots..and the red coral brooch and the ivory tusk pendant.. The list goes on and on...
The stretch of the street that's your favorite
I love all of Portobello for different resources. North of the Westway you have The Cloth Shop and the amazing vintage boot shop, as well as Warris Vianni and Koko To Zai on Golborne Road. There are great antique arcades, vintage jewelry and clothes in the sections near Westbourne Grove (one of my favourite shops is Katrina Phillips) and even a great textiles stand around Blenheim Crescent. No editing for me - I love the whole street!
What are your favorite stands? What do you get there?
Some of my favourite stands...Owen Hargreaves for African textiles, artifacts and jewelry; Marion Price for Antique and Georgian jewelry; Hilary Proctor for vintage bags and fur.
Are you a collector? If so, do you add things to your collection from Portobello road?
Yes, I collect vintage textiles and African objets from the market. Again, Owen Hargreaves is one resource. I also love old shells and stones, and buy form Koko To Zai. I also collect silver, crystal and flatware from the market. I recently bought beautiful old tea tins from Katrina Phillips.
Where do you go for lunch there?
Your favorite haunt for a glass of wine after a day of perusing the market
Items displayed in your house from Portobello Road
Where to start? African baskets in family room. Tea tins and fish traps in the family room. Shells on stands in the drawing room. African textile throws and rugs in the children's rooms. Vintage globes and old leather travel cases in the children's rooms. Embroidered pillows and crochet butterfly throw in my bedroom. Vases, mirrored deco boxes and more shells in my bedroom and master bathroom. I have things everywhere in the house.
Where do you go for dinner around there?
What are the best times to go shop?
Saturday morning is best, though I never get to the market before 11AM.
What makes this market different than other markets?
I think that it is the mix of antique markets/arcades and street stalls that gives Portobello market its interest and character. There is such an eclectic mix of items available.
What are some spots that the locals frequent?
The place for afternoon tea while walking around...
I love Gail's Bakery on Portobello or Tom's on Westbourne Grove. Or Ottolenghi on Ledbury Road for delicious coffee/tea and desserts.
The place for a great breakfast before starting the day there
We love the Electric or Ottolenghi (more for a quick breakfast of baked goods and yogurt/fruit/muesli) or Daylesford, Pizza East or Granger & Co (though they don't take reservations and are always crowded). I also love Raoul's on Talbot Road. It is our local hang out for coffee/brunch on weekends.
An ideal day at Portobello Road includes...
A full day of shopping with my friend, interior designer Hubert Zandberg, combined with a long lunch with Barry and the children at Pizza East. Stops at Ceramica Blue (on Blenheim Crescent), Koko To Zai, Katrina Phillips and the Cloth Shop are all essential. And the day has to start with a visit and chat with Owen Hargreaves. He and his partner Jasmcine are lovely!
ADDITIONAL PORTOBELLO ROAD HAUNTS:
- Flower stand: On the corner of Colville Terrace and Portobello Road
- Street Stand with Vintage Globes and Leather Suitcases: I love this as a resource for gifts and bought a lot of things here for my eldest son's bedroom. Owned by Andrea Domrenici (Mobile: 07809550336)
- Tribal Tent: Great gift and personal resource for ethnic jewelry. Owned by Pacha.
Tel: 07905 910594. Admiral Vernon Unit 13 141-149 Portobello Rd W11
- London International Silver Co.
- Textile stand: I have bought great throws and shawls from this dealer, and also a great rug for my son's bedroom. Contact is Hitesh Savla.
Tel: 07946344540. Unit 18 Harris Arcade 161-163 Portobello Rd W11
- Jim Proctor & Son: Great resource for vintage handbags and fur.
Stall 23 Portobello Rd Market. Tel: 07919991424
- Mary Evans: Great vintage resource (for lace jackets and shirts, old shawls and old Irish lace throws)
*Photos courtesy of Kim Hersov