Love is in the hair

November’s just around the corner, which means that the charitable moustachioed types over at Movember are swinging into action again. If you’ve never encountered their…

Q&A: PSFK trendspotter-in-chief Piers Fawkes

PSFK logoFew companies keep their fingers on the cultural pulse of web technology, design and trend development quite as firmly as PSFK, the online consultancy that began as two friends sharing their observations on cultural and consumer trends and ballooned into an international innovation company with offices across the globe and an inspiring blog. We caught up with one half of the founding team, Piers Fawkes, and got the low-down on what he does, how he does it, and, of course, where Piers likes to go on his holidays…

First up, what does PSFK stand for? What inspired you to start the business?

It was originally the initials (mixed up) of the founding writers (myself and Simon King). In fact, PSFK was a previous business I ran with Simon. I wasn’t expecting the ‘trends site’ project to go anywhere so I used the URL I still had to save me money buying a new one. Simon has long since departed and runs the fabulous fashion label London Denim.

Smith reviews: magnificent Mayfair base Brown’s Hotel in London

Yes, that’s right – it’s new-review time again! Every time we publish an anonymously conducted hotel review by Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ll let you know here on the Smith Travel Blog, so you can keep pace with our global wanderings. We visit every property in our hand-picked hotel collection in person, just to check they’re still delivering on their promises and keeping us hungry for more.

The Smiths aren’t always gallivanting round the globe though, and are often to be found closer to home – sometimes even virtually next-door in London: wherever they lay their heads (as Paul Young might have sung), that’s their home…

Browns Hotel in London, UK

Here’s a snippet from the latest Mr & Mrs Smith stay at Brown’s Hotel, an elegant in-town escape in London: