Creative Director Edward von Dadelszen on his secret talent, style predictions and the best advice he’s ever received

As the founder and creative director of luxury brand Dadelszen (alongside his wife, Constance), Edward von Dadelszen certainly knows more than most about living a stylish life. Widely travelled and with exceptional taste, von Dadelszen takes a moment to share what’s inspiring him right now.

My personal style can be defined as: Slightly dishevelled, tailored classicism.

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The last thing I bought and loved was: I bought my wife Constance a 1972 Mercedes sl350, it is absolutely exquisite. Luckily for me, she sometimes lets me drive it.

An unforgettable place I visited was: The Damien Hirst show, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable at the Venice Biennale in 2017.

Damien Hirst’s ‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’ at the Venice Biennale.

The next place I’d like to go to is: The official opening of our new business venture… watch this space.

A classic wardrobe piece I never tire of is: The Dadelszen Athletic sweater, it really is a very good sweater.

An object I would never part with is: Probably one of our iconic vintage chairs, but I don’t want to cause the other chairs offence by singling one of them out.

On my wish list is: Level 1.

When I was younger, I wanted to be: An architect.

I am inspired by: Bravery.

The new piece I’m currently most inspired by is: Our Helena jacket; designed by Constance and our tailors in Parma in lockdown last year, it’s become a new favourite for so many of our favourite womenswear clients and is probably our best blazer ever.

Left: Dadelszen Athletic sweater. Right: Dadelszen Helena jacket.

My favourite app is: Nanit, every new parent should have this.

My guilty pleasure is: Maison Vauron.

My secret talent is: I’m a pretty adequate cook.

My favourite cultural/style icon is: Alain Delon.

The best book I’ve read in the last year is: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami.

In my fridge you’ll always find: Kaitaia Fire hot sauce.

I recently discovered: LBC by Craggy Range, what a beautiful bottle of wine.

This spring, I predict that everyone is going to be wearing: Shades of military green.

My favourite website is: Probably 1stdibs.

If price were not an issue, the one artist whose work I would collect is: Mark Rothko or Robert Motherwell.

Kingi flounder.

The last meal out I had that truly impressed me was: Whole flounder at Kingi, with kaffir lime leaves. It was absolutely outstanding.

The podcasts I listen to are: Sam Harris for his staggering intelligence and the Airmail weekly podcast to put a smile on my face.

The best gift I ever received was: A signed, first edition of Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis, one of my favourite novels.

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is: In business, it’s great pursuing personal achievement, but nothing will fill you with pride more than growing a great team. My dear friend Dane told me this, and I’m currently in the midst of understanding how right he is.


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