My West London Life

Natasha Banham

Natasha Banham

June
16

Jewellery designer Natasha Banham on Sunday lunch and salsa

What brought you to Notting Hill?

I was born in Kensington and went to school in Kensington. We travelled internationally when I was a kid but always had a home here. My parents used to take me to the carnival when I was a child and when it was just a small street party.

And what makes you stay?

The colourful eclectic mix of creatives. I love the bars and restaurants, the market, the shopping and the great parks. The whole Notting Hill ambience is unique.

Where do you get your inspiration for jewellery design?

My diverse cultural background, organic forms and my love of sculpture. The gems themselves are an inspirational starting point for any piece; they possess beauty and mysterious power.

Describe Saskia Jewellery in three words…

Classic, sometimes edgy, always elegant… If I may add a few more adjectives, I would say that SASKIA B. pieces are quality, versatile, one-offs with lots of personality and playfulness. Sorry, three words just doesn’t do SASKIA B. justice!

Which place in London would you suggest to a tourist to visit?

Golborne Road on a Saturday still has character and interest. I also love the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

What is your favourite restaurant and why?

A local Japanese restaurant which opened recently called Yashin Sushi is currently my favourite.

What advice would you give to upcoming designers?

You must work with passion, confidence, determination and a clear vision.

If you weren’t a Notting Hill-based designer where and what would you be doing?

Perhaps a dancer. I love music and feel truly free when I dance. Perhaps it’s all the years as a child that I spent in the Caribbean listening to local music that has influenced me.

What’s on your iPod?

Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Rihanna, Kate Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Adele, Oasis, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Tupac,  a bit of salsa and some Beethoven… There is so much great music out there.

What makes you happy?

My kids, my husband and the thought of being alive. Life is precious and a gift.

How would you spend an ideal Sunday?

Family Sunday lunch at home followed by chilling out to music, dancing and cigars.

What was the last exhibition you saw?

Diego Portuondo’s exhibition of paintings at the Richard Young Gallery in Holland Street.

What are you working on right now?

My SASKIA B. website and some pieces for the autumn collection with smoky quartz and green amethyst. We are also working with rutilated quartz which is both beautiful and intriguing… We aim to surprise!

www.saskiab.com; Available at Wolf and Badger, 46 Ledbury Road, London, W11

Jennifer McNabb, Founder of M&J Ethical Luxury

September
18

West London Living interviews Jennifer McNabb, west London aficionado and founder of M&J Ethical Luxury

Do you live in West London?

My home has been in Little Venice, Maida Vale for nearly twenty years, until last year, when needing a bit more space, I relocated my young family and studio to the shores of Strangford Lough in the Northern Irish countryside, where my family roots are. While I was initially splitting… Read more →

Sam Smith, Founder of Pot Gang

August
17

Sam Smith is intent on building "the biggest group of reformed plant killers in the world"

Do you live in west London?

Yeah, born and bred! I grew up around the Askew Road/Ravenscourt Park area and went to school in Hammersmith. All my family are still in W12 too.

What’s your favourite thing about the area?

The mix of people. In terms of class, race, culture, there’s lots of diversity.… Read more →