Tim Brice: Dapper Chap
Q: How long have you worked at Cordings?
A: I’ve been the general manager at Cordings for one and a half years now; I’m also currently studying a Masters in Maths.
Q: What is your most memorable Cordings moment since working here?
A: Apart from not recognising Sir Daniel Day Lewis in the shop last week, it has to be from last year. I had only just started working at Cordings; I’d been here a few weeks at most. The shop hadn’t opened yet when one of the staff mentioned someone was rapping at the window. As the shop wasn’t open for another 15 minutes, I asked the member of staff to let the offending ‘rapper’ know that we were not open yet. The staff member turned around to me and said, “Tim, it’s a man in drag and he is asking for you by name!” I turned around to see that it was none other than my old school friend, Eddie Izzard. He still pops into the shop every now and again.
Q: What’s your favourite Cordings item?
A: Tweed Plus two’s. I own 5 pairs including the house check, sporting check and my favourite, the dashing tweed. They are my cycling essentials! I think most people would prefer to see me in tweed rather than Lycra.
Q: What is your favourite shop, that isn’t Cordings?
A: Geo F Trumper, I usually go to the one near Cordings on Duke of York Street, but they have another one in Mayfair. I go there to have my haircut, sometimes one of their traditional wet shaves, but mainly for my moustache! I buy all my wax and combs from them as well as my fragrances. It’s definitely where James Bond would go if he had a moustache!
Q: Where else have you worked?
A: I used to run and consult restaurants before I turned my hand to managing the Cordings shop. I was involved in Kensington Place, Avenue, Launceston Place, River Café and The Baltic to name but a few. It is a completely different pace of life, now I work at Cordings I work half the hours I did back then. It is a lot more enjoyable at Cordings, plus the customers are sober, usually.
Q: What is your social event of the year?
A: Well, apart from my birthday, it has to be without a doubt, the Tweed Run. As an all-round bike, tweed and moustache enthusiast it is one of the best days out in London for me. This year I ran my own pop up stand, Tim’s tip top moustache pit stop. For one day a year I feel normal.
Q: Where were you born?
A: I was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. My father set up Procter and Gamble out there; we lived in Jeddah for 3 years after I was born.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Whatever is put in front of me?! No, in all seriousness, it has to be a curry from The Prince of Wales in Southall. Fantastic place.
Q: What is your favourite hideout in London?
A: The American bar at Zedel’s. They do a mean gin martini straight up with a twist. It is one of the best value lunches in town and you almost feel like you’re in Paris.
Q: What is your favourite tube station?
A: Southwark or Westminster.
Q: What is most played on your iPod?
A: I listen to a lot of Mozart piano concertos and a fair amount of Led Zeppelin
Q: Do you have any fashion advice?
A: WAX (your moustache)!