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Taking Britain for a ride

After meeting at university and becoming best mates, Seb Inglis-Jones and William Stirrup swore that one day they’d run a business together. In 2018, they made good on their promise and became the proud names behind one of the finest examples of British manufacturing: Maeving motorcycles.

I meet Inglis-Jonesas he drops Maeving’s very first bike – the RM1 – on my doorstep for a week’s test ride. Tall, good-looking and exuding cool, he could not be a better poster boy for Maeving’s products. His accent reveals a classic English education, finished at Durham University. It was there, at a philosophy debate, that he met Stirrup, and they soon realised they shared a passion for music, the environment, surfing … and arguing. “We were also very good at coming to a conclusion, which we thought would be a positive in business,” Inglis-Jones laughs.

Since neither of them had an engineering or business background, they agreed to go out into the world and work for five years to get the experience they’d need to get a start-up going. Stirrup specialised in finance and Inglis-Jones in…

Chitra Stern, co-founder, Martinhal Group

Chitra Stern possesses that calm charisma often seen in experienced business leaders. Proud but modest, she plays down the enormity of what she and her husband, Roman, have achieved since they undertook their first real-estate project and hotel in Ireland. “The hotel belonged to my husband’s family,” she explains. “It was a beautiful property that […]

Leading leaders

Andrea Scherz comes from a long line of hoteliers. His grandfather took over Gstaad Palace, which, under Andrea’s leadership, is thriving. His talent and ability were first recognised by the industry when he was elected to the board of Swiss Deluxe Hotels. And in January 2022 he was appointed Chairman of the Executive Committee of […]

Bugatti explores the principles at the heart of luxury

Bugatti’s first Luxury Summit, held at Château Saint Jean in Molsheim (once home to Ettore Bugatti himself) on the 14th of June, was designed to explore trends in luxury – present and future. Guest speakers included experts and CEOs of leading luxury brands, and the compere and host were Rebecca Robins, author of Meta-luxury: Brands […]

The Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Awards turn 50

Founded in 1972, the Bold Woman Awards are named after Madame Clicquot, the pioneering businesswoman who, when widowed at the age of 27, took over her husband’s champagne business in 1805 and transformed it into a global brand. This annual event celebrates women who have made significant contributions to their communities, industries, and the world […]

A conversation with Mark Bingley MW

Glass of preferred libation in hand, Master of Wine Mark Bingley, director and founding member of MMD (Maisons Marques et Domaines, established 1986), sat back in his chair and with a small sigh reminisced that, “The world of wine has changed in both form and global reach.” Wine as a collectable has proven to be […]

Excel under Pressure

There is no question that Michael Johnson is one of the greatest athletes of all time. Four times an Olympic champion and eight times a world champion, over his career he won 12 Olympic and World Championship gold medals and established several Olympic and world records. Our Editor, Julia Pasarón, interviewed him while he was […]

Edouard Meylan, CEO H. Moser & Cie.

Towards the end of 2022, Edouard Meylan was awarded the Esprit d’entreprise Prix Gaïa; a prize presented annually – when candidate(s) of sufficient standing are deemed to be available – by the Musée international d’horlogerie. When presenting the award, which is recognised as one of the industry’s highest honours, Jean Claude Biver, horology’s venerated entrepreneur, […]

Conquering the watch industry

Traditionally, the watch business has been dominated by men. From the atelier to the board, the sector was controlled by testosterone. The earliest example of a female on a significant position in a watch company is probably Jasmine Audemars, who in 1992, took over from her father as Chair of the Board of Directors of […]

The female artisans at the heart of Rolls-Royce

As part of the celebration of International Women’s Day, I-M Magazine’s Shelley Campbell was invited to visit Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for an intimate and insightful tour of its jaw-dropping manufacturing headquarters at Goodwood and a chat with a few of the female artisans contributing to the excellence of every car that comes out of its […]

In the name of love

For more than five decades, Elizabeth Gage MBE has been designing bold and colourful pieces of jewellery that have attracted customers from Hollywood to Hong Kong. She exudes charisma and personality. Her presence fills the room and her inviting smile warms you like a gentle summer breeze. I interviewed Elizabeth at her showroom in Belgravia, […]

CEO, Ineos Automotive

It’s an indisputable fact that women are making serious headway in high-level roles at the top of traditionally male-dominated industries – and Lynn Calder is certainly one woman doing just that. At the close of last year, the 45-year-old Scot was appointed CEO of Ineos Automotive, the fledgling car-building arm of the giant Ineos Group founded […]

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