In this interview, we chat to Troy McKenzie, our Queensland Representative Specialist. Troy has a background in jewels, and shares some of his personal favourite designers as well as giving us a glimpse of life in sunny Brisbane.
1. FAVOURITE MAKER / ARTIST
It is hard to choose only one – I am a lover of David Webb and his combinations of colours and extraordinary designs. Suzanne Belperron is also a favoured jeweller of mine, and vintage Cartier designs are some of my all-time favourites.
2. FAVOURITE WORK OF ART / OBJECT
After visiting the Cartier exhibition in Canberra a few years ago, I fell in love with Barbara Hutton’s jadeite necklace. I am captivated by the translucency and the brilliant green colour with the calibre-cut ruby clasp. I’m also partial to my talented daughter’s sketches that have pride of place in my home.
3. FAVOURITE COFFEE / WINE / COCKTAIL
After a morning walk with my dog, I enjoy sitting on the grassy knoll overlooking the Brisbane River with a piccolo from Kin & Co, and the dogs really enjoy the famous Kin & Co dog treats too. A refreshing gin and tonic on a hot summer’s day is always very welcome and much
4. FAVOURITE BOOK
Reading is a real holiday treat for me, and an indulgence I cherish. I love sitting on the beach under an umbrella getting lost in a book for several hours. I’ve enjoyed so many books, it’s really hard to pick a favourite, but “I am Pilgrim” by Terry Hayes was a mystery suspense story that I just couldn’t put down.
5. YOUR IDEAL DAY IN BRISBANE
My ideal day would begin with a morning run and swim to cool down, followed by a long lazy alfresco lunch with great friends and lots of laughs.