Former Vogue stylist and Tatler Jewellery Editor, Pip Durell has been a busy lady – she recently launched both a jewellery concierge and a womens’ shirt company. Stylish, witty and fun, we chatted to Durell about her favourite jeweller, top Brixton dining spots and her pet rat, Socks.
Where do you live in London and why?
I live in Brixton. It’s got good pubs, good food and all my friends live nearby. What more do you need?
Where do you go locally to dine out/get a coffee/go shopping?
I pretty much spend my whole pay cheque in Caya on oat milk coffee or other equally embarrassing beverage choices. For food I love The Joint in Brixton market – chicken wings and ribs, nothing better!
You have set up two companies in the last two years – TheBoxLdn and With Nothing Underneath. How did they both come about?
It sounds a bit mad doesn’t it…! I was formally the jewellery editor at Tatler magazine so when I left I think it was a natural progression to launch The Box, a jewellery consultancy for brands and individuals. By far my favourite part is helping people create engagement rings or special pieces for loved ones, I’m a massive romantic!
With Nothing Underneath on the other hand was slightly longer in the pipeline. I came up with the idea when I was at Vogue and couldn’t find any cool, well cut, women’s shirts made with natural materials and at an affordable price point so looked into making some!
With Nothing Underneath – at the moment it does only shirts, are you going to expand into other areas?
No plans to expand out of shirts for the foreseeable future. I want WNU to be the best we can be at what we do and to do that I think we need to keep the focus on women’s shirting and all the options we can bring out of that.
Who are the top 3 Instagram accounts that you follow?
@simplicitycity is a favourite for WNU inspo, @eagletta for generally being cool and having the best taste across art, interiors and fashion. Then @brian_bilston, because he’s a genius. Oh and also @whatwesee, it’s brilliant, have a look.
Which three items of clothing can you not do without on a summer trip and where are they from?
My With Nothing Underneath linen x poplin shirt, of course! I genuinely have barely had a day not in one since I received the prototype. Then vintage denim cut off shorts and a bikini. That’s quite literally all I need. (oh and suncream – I’m not a tanner)
What is your favourite piece of jewellery that you own?
A vintage swallow charm necklace from my boyfriend – he surprised me with it before going away for a while with work. Swallows signify returning home after a long journey, I never take it off.
Jewellery for me is a physical representation of a sentiment. Every time I look at my necklace or feel it on me it makes me feel happy. Isn’t that the whole point?
It’s one of the things I love the most about The Box; helping other people to create stories and memories.
Which new or upcoming jewellers to you like most?
I work with so many amazing upcoming jewellers all unique and all at really exciting times in their careers – I couldn’t possibly pick one! I can tell you that my all-time favourite jeweller is Jessica McCormack… I’m obsessed.
Have you got any new projects coming up for the rest of this year or 2020?
Too many! WNU is at such an exciting time, having just launched the linens to add to the original cottons we’re looking towards the winter season already and another addition, think soft and cosy…. We also have a really amazing charity partnership that we’re hoping to launch in Autumn which I can’t wait to share. Watch this space!
Tell us something about you that people don’t know.
I had a pet rat as a child, he was called Socks and was the sweetest thing!