Search

Q&A: My West Hampstead

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 January 2018

Archant

Dinny Hall has designed women’s jewellery for more than 30 years. Described as a ‘little British Tiffany’, she lives in West Hampstead.

What brought you to West Hampstead?

West Hampstead is near the Heath and lots of my closest friends. Hampstead is a proper neighbourhood, you feel part of a community there, which is important to me and to the way I run the business.

What makes West Hampstead unique?

It’s a smelting pot of communities and generations, which retains its kooky profile. It’s steeped in history and heritage, which the community are fiercely protective of. It’s a very beautiful place; mansion blocks, big gardens, Edwardian architecture and - great bagels!

You have a day off to spend in West Hampstead. What do you do?

I’ll have breakfast at home, then take my dog Bo to West Hampstead cemetery, which is brimming with amazing stonemason design and heritage. We’ll wander and get lost with our thoughts for an hour or so. Then I’d head to Siam, a wonderful spot on West End Lane, where I might treat myself to a massage and truly switch off. After that, I’d walk up to Hampstead High Street, do a little window shopping, then on to Melrose & Morgan for lunch.

If you were editor of the Ham&High, what would you focus on?

I would focus on the elderly community. There is a lot of great work already being done, including through two local churches, but it’s a community so often overlooked.

Who is the most inspiring person you’ve met?

David Bowie. I hadn’t long graduated and I was sharing a studio with Tom Binns in Beak Street. Tom was making masks for him and he just arrived one day. My mind went blank and I went weak at the knees; all I could think was that I had polish all over my face in front of David Bowie! He said “Hello little lady, what are you making?” I was obsessed with him as a teenager and there he was in the flesh.

What are your goals for the year ahead?

With Marylebone Lane now open, I’ve taken on the challenge of six stores. Expansion is energising but not without challenges. My ambition is to continue to grow the brand, while continuing to design.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Stories

45 minutes ago

The victims of Tuesday night’s stabbings have been named as 17-year-old Abdikarim Hassan, and 20-year-old Sadiq Adan Mohamed.

59 minutes ago

Archant’s Neil Metcalfe cast an eye over Scott Parker’s Spurs youngsters at Stevenage FC’s Lamex Stadium earlier today

UEFA Youth League last-16: Tottenham Hotspur 1 AS Monaco 1 (Tottenham Hotspur won 3-1 on penalties)

14:30

Free football kit and equipment is being made available to primary schools across England and Wales, as the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme opens for applications on Monday, February 19.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been talking ahead of the Europa League home tie with Ostersund at the Emirates on Thursday evening. Read a transcript of his press conference at London Colney.

The Brazilian won a huge amount of trophies during his time at Paris Saint-Germain and he believes he can win more silverware with Tottenham Hotspur

15:27

A mother of three with cancer forced to sell the family home to pay for treatment abroad has called for the life-saving therapy to be made available on the NHS.

15:20

Dog lovers have been invited to put on their walking shoes for a cancer charity’s first “Woof” fundraising day.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Melange, with locations in Barnet and Crouch End, has opened a third in Belsize Park. Here co-owner Justina Markauskaite talks about removing the borders between cuisines and why they put family at the centre of everything they do

Less is More, a group exhibition at the Daniel Raphael Gallery will feature emerging artists from England, Italy, France and the Czech Republic, from January 24 to February 16.

For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now