Robert Ettinger, the company director of Ettinger – a private show room of leather goods and accessories, has developed a quintessentially British product with a modern twist. The elegant and clean lines of his collection maybe classic in design but the use of texture and colour is outstanding. Ettinger is also a Royal Warrant Holder. It is interesting in that he still has a factory in Walsall, homing in on the skills that have been passed from generation to generation that are necessary to produce small luxury hand made leather products. He has no plans to move his production to the Far East, preferring to offer a specialised service that does not offer mass market products but comparatively small numbers, a bespoke and a post sales service. His challenge for the future will be from the ever increasing demand for his merchandise. Robert, himself, is an interesting person who loves to travel to remote areas, ski and bicycle leisurely through the Greek southern mainland and islands. He is a great lover of jazz and blues, a qualified ski instructor and an avid reader.
Where were you born ?
Middlesex Hospital, London.
How long in London:
I lived in London for about 15 years, but have moved out to the wilds of Kent. Although I still work in London and travel in every day.
CEO of Ettinger
At the moment it is the main restaurant at The Goring Hotel, Victoria
Sumosan, Albermarle Street, W1
Best Ethnic Food:
Nahm, Halkin Street
It is an Italian restaurant near my office in Putney called Due Fratelli.
Best place for late night dining:
As I get up really early to beat the rush hour in London, this is one which is not on my agenda.
Best place for a romantic date:
Best Sunday brunch:
All-around favorite spot in London:
To relax between meetings in London, I like to sit in the drawing room at the Carlton Club.
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
It depends so much on who they are and what they like, but I really like The Goring and also The Sanderson
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
I do not do spas in London – I wait until I am really relaxed on holiday.
Favorite Charity Event:
Help for Heroes
Best Aspect of London:
It is now such a cosmopolitan city in every aspect
Hawkesmoor, Covent Garden, London WC1
On one of the Greek islands called Naxos – I do not do pizzas in London.
Enoteca in Putney
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: