Tamara Cincik, Stylist, Writer & Creative Director
Tamara Cincik had us rapt the minute she whirled into the WIMH shoot, dispensing historical nuggets and style dictats ten-a-second (we’re with Anne Boleyn all the way and yes, we will go blonder Tamara). A stylist with some serious smarts Tamara also writes for weightier-than-the-average-publications (Purple, Jimon and Corduroy), consults for an eclectic assortment of brands (from Topshop to Christian Lacroix) and tracks down beautiful vintage duds for a choice coterie of celebrity names (Feist, Daisy Lowe and Natasha Khan, for three). We asked Tamara to namecheck a few of her favourite locations (and PS, thanks to the wonderful Lizzie Greene of North London’s vintage emporium Mishka, where this shoot and interview took place)…
Maison Bertaux My Soho office – I’ve been going there for years, since the beginning of my career really. I call it my litmus test for meetings – if the person I’m meeting likes it I know we’ll work well together! I’m the only customer they let drink a Diet Coke from the can – they feel it lowers the tone, but I am allowed special drinking rights, I love that. It’s reassuring in its timelessness, a slice of old Soho with a bohemian and Hugenot past.
The School Of Life An interesting place to feel a burst of Bloomsbury inspiration. I went to UCL nearby so have always enjoyed bookish moments retracing the steps of The Bloomsbury Set. One of my imagined favourite buildings is on the corner of The British Museum, its iron railings are sublime: as an undergraduate I imagined this as my ‘room of one’s own’.
Lamb’s Conduit Street There’s something glorious about a street that becomes somewhere you visit for things you wouldn’t normally see – when you buy something you know you’re paying for all sorts of start-ups and one-offs to continue in business. Lamb’s Conduit Street is great for browsing – there’s a huge range of cool but understated menswear shops – Albam, Oliver Spencer, Folk and more. I also like Darkroom, The People’s Supermarket and Persephone Books, which specialise in reprinting former classics which have lost their current voice.
Firle, Sussex It’s unbelievable that this amazing village is so close to London, it’s almost the place that time forgot. It’s filled with such creative, warm-hearted people – I have friends who live there and it always feels magical when I drive the car down the track to their farmhouse. Middle Farm is a brilliant farm shop with activities for children right in the middle of the village and Charleston House, a Bloomsbury landmark, is nearby – take a bicycle and ride through the local villages and you really sense the magic of the Sussex Downs.
Hampton Court Somewhere I would recommend everyone enjoy a lovely sunny day. My childhood obsession with Tudor history remains unabated – I get a thrill each time I walk through the courtyard into the rooms designed by Cardinal Wolsey. Denham Village is a ridiculously pretty Tudor village, somewhere I used to love going to as a child and conveniently close to a brilliant Saturday morning car boot sale.
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EMMA HARDIE Moringa Cleansing Balm
CHANEL LE VERNIS Nail Colour
GIVENCHY Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil
BARRY M Coloured Mascara
CHANEL ROUGE COCO Hydrating Creme Lip Color
CHANTECAILLE Total Concealer
ACQUA DI PARMA Iris Nobile Eau de Parfum
Stylist, Writer & Creative Director
Creative director and brand consultant Tamara Cincik writes and styles for an impressively wide range of clients, from i-D magazine to Twentieth Century Fox, Zoe Kravitz to Charlotte Church. A degree in English Literature from UCL and a passion for the past (the Tudors being her particular historical crush) means she has a way with words as well as wardrobes, and has mentored and lectured at The V&A, London College Of Fashion and The Ethical Fashion Forum. She lives in London with her husband and son.