CONVERSATIONS with Hairstylist David Gillson


IMG_9764My thick, frizzy and tangled hair has always been the bane of my existence. Sure, it doesn’t help that I rarely run a comb through it, but since having my colour and treatments with hair guru/stylist David Gillson, my hair has improved dramatically. Not only does he get my colour perfect every time (anyone who has gone blonde can attest to what a feat this is) but every time I leave his salon I feel like a million bucks. Thanks to lockdown, I’m missing David. Hair aside, (I’m making peace with my roots…!) our appointments are also a great chance for a catch-up. So I thought I would see how he is doing and what makes him tick via a good old-fashioned email:

What’s your earliest childhood memory?
Being in the Yorkshire moors.

What does a normal day for you involve?
Not so normal at the moment! I wake up to meditate for longer with more
powerful sessions during the lockdown, but usually, it is drinking a coffee
before dropping my daughter off at school and am at work by 7:00. I work
between Rosebank Melrose Arch and Hyde Park, but my routine is the same
every day. I do Reiki one a week and like to get home early enough to cook, a
great passion of mine!

What do you do to relax?
Meditation, Reiki, walking and watching TV series.

Hair stylist David Gillson
David Gillson

A life mantra?
A positive mind brings a positive life.

Which living person do you most admire?
Deepak Chopra.

Your favourite fashion item…
Cashmere jerseys (especially my Valentino’s).

The most memorable gift you have ever received?
A trip to Monte Carlo!

Hair stylist David Gillson
One piece of advice you’d give the next generation:
Do what you love; life is too short to be in a career or job that you are not
passionate about.

Your favourite travel destination?
I’m obsessed with London so feel blessed to have a salon there and get to
spend so much time between here and London.

What’s on your bucket list?
A fabulous trip to Japan.

David Gillson Hair stylist
David is co-owner of Issy Belgravia London Hair salon on the Insta-famous Elizabeth Street


You can find David at Carlton Hair in Hyde Park & Melrose Arch in Gauteng and Constantia in Cape Town and at Issy’s Belgravia London Hair Salon


kirsten goss jewellery designer

Not only is Kirsten Goss a fabulous jewellery designer winning awards both Internationally and locally, but stylishly chic, witty and inspirational. Her flagship store in the new Silo District at the V&A Waterfront affiliated with the Zeitz MOCCA Museum, is tres sophisticated with a futuristic edge and well worth a visit! Kirsten shares her favourite city, her personal style and latest Vay-Kay collection; spoiler alert she’s met the Queen, danced with a Prince and as it’s the Royal Wedding tomorrow, my guess is she’ll be glued to the telly, as will I! Read more on this remarkable lady:

Tell us a bit about your latest collection VAY-KAY and where the inspiration came from

VayKay – its all about the voyage – think sexy, charming, opulent hotels on the Côte d’Azur where glamour and relaxation connect. Old-school villas, dripping in the sensual and decadent on balmy nights – perfect for holding their own – wearing nothing else….as in the room-service earrings. Order in…..let the earrings do the rest. The eXXXtension series was in deference to continuing the holiday abandon. in an XXX kinda way.

kirsten goss vay-kay collection

What makes a great design and who do you design for?

When design and wearability meet in such harmony you could wear it every day but never get bored.

Your personal style?

I like irreverence; it appeals to my sense of humour, so taking classics and offsetting them with something unexpected, like vibrancy, originality, comfort and enjoyment are the names of the game. Dressing is a celebration of what speaks to me, from an outrageous shoe to a supremely comfortable handmade cashmere scarf, it’s all in the consideration where I don’t take any of it too seriously.

kirsten goss vay-kay collection

A highlight of your career so far

Meeting the Queen twice at Buckingham Palace, it was epic!

kirsten goss jewellery VAY-CAY collection

What are your travel essentials

Plenty of good moisturiser; I usually wear a mask whilst flying.

  • cool slimline trainers – I’m usually walking all the time

  • missibaba banana fanny-pack – a strap-on at its zenith ….

  • travel size shampoos and conditioner – cannot be hauling huge bottles

  • Alabaste cashmere scarf – blanket on the plane, great smartener-upper in winter, or my Age of Reason scarves – they add so much lush colour and vibe to a dull casual outfit without adding too much warmth

  • Muji carry-on nippy zippy case – so sexy you can drag it into dinner

  • diamond studs for my hole up top of ear. i wear 2 rings and that only when i travel – neat, cheeky, edge to the outfit – but lightweight

  • iPhone

kirsten goss jewellery VAY-CAY collection

Favourite city?


Dream lunchtime or dinner date?

Balthazar in New York for old school dining with the most crazy clientele to ogle with my deadly funny boyfriend, who would dissect the room so cleverly I would be choking on my food!

kirsten goss jewellery VAY-CAY collection

An inspiring quote or life rule?

“Never take a no from someone not authorised to say yes in the first place” (my grandmother).

“For believe me! – the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is: to live dangerously!” – Frederick Nietzsche

kirsten goss jewellery VAY-CAY collection

What superpower would you choose?

To fly. I always seem to be doing that in my dreams, mainly to escape it seems – go figure!

Something extraordinary that no-one knows about you?

I played the oboe for a year

I did flamenco dancing for many years

I qualified to be a fund manager in the UK

kirsten goss jewellery VAY-CAY collection