"DAILY DOUBLE" BOARD"This was glaring at me through a shop window when trotting around the antiques stores of downtown Manhattan. I purchased it at The Upper Rust in the East Village"KRUG VISIONAIRE POP-UP BOOK"This was an exciting collaboration I worked on during my time at Krug. We came up with a way to pay tribute to the spirit of the brand"MILITARY UNIFORM"I believe this is a Welsh Guard's uniform. The regiment is perhaps best known for the Changing the Guard ritual at Buckingham Palace"INSPIRATION BOARD"This has remnants of the mood board we created to develop the aesthetic and feel of Paddle8"HATS"My mother has a huge collection of hats and whenever I'd be back in the UK, we'd be drunk in the garden trying on hats. This is my homage"BUTTERFLY ART"This was a present I bought for my fiancée Misha during a visit to Paris' Left Bank. She noticed it and I bought it for her as a surprise"GLOBE"Not the prettiest of globes, but it's always fun for a moment of escapism. I found it on eBay"BALLS"I found these years ago in London's Portobello Market. They have travelled with me ever since"
After years spent developing a discerning eye for both established and emerging artistic talent for former employers Krug Champagne and international art auctioneers Phillips de Pury, 32-year-old Londoner Mr Alexander Gilkes co-founded online art platform Paddle8. Here, the New York-based entrepreneur invites us into his home office to talk about his former days as a naive art collector, his business manifesto and why one of his best purchases to date has four legs and goes by the name of Thatcher.
"This is an old admiral's writing box that has a place for letters and ink, and would rest on their lap as they wrote. I found this in Cape Cod at an antiques store"
"She's the beloved new addition to our lives. She was bought spontaneously after a few too many Bloody Marys on a Saturday afternoon"
"These are from a friend's house in the Hamptons. They were on the lawn and everyone walked by them, but I thought they were incredibly elegant and battered"
"These are keys from Misha's mother, which signify our combined love of eclectic items. I believe they were for some big gates somewhere"
Artwork by Mr Phillips de Pury
I found this work at Phillips de Pury during my first two weeks working there. They were selling some of their old relics. A lot of people have said it's one of Washington's soldiers, but I'm not too sure.