It's been a hectic couple of weeks; I was recently in Amsterdam for the opening of a new Hackett shop, our first in The Netherlands. We have opened in a charming district, more of a residential area, a little bit like being in down town New York.
On the evening of the grand opening party, I was whisked to the event in an Aston Martin and greeted by a large crowd and flashing cameras. I could get used to this. I made a short speech which I'm sure was all Double Dutch to the listening guests. To declare the shop open, a mock game of croquet had been arranged where I had to hit the ball through a hoop and into the shop. After my third attempt, the shop was declared open and the party got into full swing.
The following week, I was in Zurich for yet another Hackett store opening in Parade Platz - a very chic shopping location. Again, the Aston was laid on and our beautiful shop was jam packed with the great and good of Zurich in attendance. The champagne flowed, mostly my way.
I did a couple of interviews and a television spot but before heading back to England, I spent some time on Lake Lucerne to recuperate.
On Wednesday, I was invited by Suzy Menkes to talk about Hackett at The International Herald Tribune conference, an intimate conversation with Suzy and 500 hundred guests listening in.
On Thursday, The Kennel Club asked me to do some radio interviews so I did ten back to back interviews on my favourite subject, Charley and Browney - my Sussex spaniels. All in a bid to highlight vulnerable breeds of which mine are included with only a small number being bred each year, and to promote Discover Dogs which is taking place this weekend at Earls Court.
I was asked by one interviewer if owners took on the characteristics of their dogs, to which I replied: “Absolutely I'm just like my dogs, noble, handsome and a little bit naughty".