16 Mar 2012
avatar Author: Nicky Haslam

My friend the writer Victoria Mather, who besides being the travel editor of ‘Vanity Fair’, is among the most brilliant observers of la comedie humaine. Her several books, Social Stereotypes, document the recognisable bores, eccentrics, climbers, clingers and  sheer dottiness of, and to, our national character, all culled from Victoria’s selfsame page, which until recently considerably brightened up the Saturday Telegraph Magazine.

But the other day she emailed me with a charmingly eccentric brief encounter of her own, and on the number 19 bus in Chelsea to boot.

Victoria, pink-lippied,  fashionably swathed in a tangerine cashmere top by Hermes and holding her orange (“ the jobs I’ve slept with to buy that”) Birkin, was reading my memoir Redeeming features as the bus sailed along the Kings’s Road. And, she reports, “a nice woman—-the 19 is a gentle bus—- leaned over and tapped a pale manicured nail on the cover, saying ‘how very chic to be reading a book to match your handbag’…….

4 Responses to “The Redeeming Features of Hermes”

  1. avatar Tish says:

    Delicious. Now if we only knew whether the observer was being facetious.

  2. avatar Karena says:

    Love love it, Nicki. Of course I would love all three, the Cashmere top by Hermes, the Birkin bag; however most importantly, your book Redeeming Features!

    Art by Karena

  3. What a delightful story! thank you for sharing. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  4. avatar PGT says:

    A Happy Accident, or subversive Hermes plot. Thank you for alerting Me to the book! I am getting it- considering the sweater and dusting off my orange Hermes Birkin, though did not have the pleasure of sleeping my way to ownership. The book -Yours- is the BEST Memoir to come along in many years. pgt

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