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Posted 12 Oct 2012

A Day In The Life: Polly Betton

Courvoisier UK joined CVTF500 member, and host of September’s The Future Series networking session, Polly Betton, to experience first hand a typical day in her life.

My first appointment of the day is at Kemistry Gallery – a graphic design gallery on Charlotte Rd, Shoreditch – to check out their current show by Malika Favre and talk about hiring the space for a private dinner party. It’s the perfect size for a small dinner, and the exhibition gives the space a strong identity that’s exactly to my client’s taste.

A quick trip round the corner to Shoreditch House’s Aubin cinema, a luxury cinema seating only 48, to catch up on plans for the next Edible Cinema event. Edible Cinema is an ongoing project with the Soho House Group, where experimental chef Andrew Stellitano and I create an eating experience matched to specific moments in a film: our next showing is Beetlejuice at the end of October. We’re working on it with David Bradley of the Curious Confectioner, who actually made props for horror movies for several years, so we’re very excited to see what we come up with!

Next up, a pitstop at the Albion for a cup of tea and a conference call with a client.

Bethnal Green Rd is the next port of call, specifically Desi weddings, which sells Indian wedding decorations. They’re beautiful, affordable alternatives to all the bunting and paper streamers that are everywhere right now, so I’m picking up a few examples to show to a bride whose wedding I’m organising next summer.

Pongees, a specialist silk wholesaler on Hoxton Square, is my last appointment on the way back to Old St tube. I’m sourcing fabric to be made into custom napkins and cushion covers for a private dinner in early October, so I spend a while looking through the swatch books for the perfect weight, texture, colour and pattern combination. But I never escape Pongees without some unscheduled purchases so I also end up taking a couple of meters of the softest mohair I’ve ever touched that I think might work for another project.

Then it’s straight onto the tube, so that I can be at the Future Gallery in plenty of time to set up and practise my talk.


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