Brand Ambassadors

Get insider tips from The Redland London Brand Ambassadors, the inspiring and well travelled group of men and women handpicked to give us their local lowdown.

Ana Zaja Petrak is a graphic designer and illustrator, working and living in Zagreb, Croatia.

A School of Design graduate, she spent years in the graphic design field. She has returned to her true passion of drawing, illustrating projects around food for clients all over the world.

She uses simple, colourful and witty style to reflect feel-good living in her work. Ana’s clients include Carluccio’s, Jamie’s Magazine, Whole Foods Market, Fairtrade Foundation UK, IKEA, Conde Nast, Penguin Random House, BBC, Pams, Papyrus, amongst many others.

Where do you find inspiration:
I am drawn to nature, music and colours. Everything that makes me laugh or curious inspires me.

Top retreat:   
Spending hot summer days in a charming house in a peaceful hidden istrian village.

Favourite hangout:    
Anywhere – if good friends, good food, and good wine are included.

Best book:      
The Little Prince by ‎Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Indispensable fashion tip: 
Keep it simple.

Life motto:
Have courage to do what you love.

I’m a brummie and for my sins I’ve been a lifelong supporter of Birmingham City. Somewhere between twenty and forty years ago I came to London to study and stayed.  It’s a great city, world class theatre, galleries, restaurants, music venues, architecture, cafes. Also, decent football teams.

I juggle two careers, working part-time as a TV producer and part-time as a pscyhotherapist.  Totally different, but complementary.  In TV I work exclusively in comedy on shows I co-created, namely Mock The Week and Whose Line Is It Anyway? My therapy work, on the other hand, is obviously serious and thoughtful.

Where do you find inspiration:
Travelling


Top retreat:

Napoleon’s army at Austerlitz


Favourite Hangout:

Cafe in the Gardens, Russell Square


Best book:

Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess


Indispensable fashion tip:

Never wear socks with sandals


Life motto:

Never wear socks with sandals!

London-born Ben works as the Head of Acquisitions for an independent film distribution company. Tasked with finding the next critical darling or box office success, Ben’s job entails travelling to all the major film festivals and markets around the world.

Outside of work, Ben moonlights as a musician in an acclaimed band that has received airplay on BBC radio and has also seen him perform at several festivals including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party.

Together with cinema and music, Ben takes his travelling and sport very seriously.

Where do you find inspiration:
Top of the Alps, attached to a snowboard

Top retreat:.
Barefoot at Havelock, Andaman Islands

Favourite hangout:
Soho House, West Hollywood (for its spectacular city views)

Best book:
Papillon

Indispensable fashion tip:
You can never go wrong with a pocket square

Life motto: 
Never say never

Ali Miller is a London based artist who takes ‘the home’ as her inspiration, restoring new life into forgotten and discarded household objects. Miller creates extraordinary ranges of work including ceramics, screen-printed cotton bags and cushions, greetings cards and original artworks, produced from her home, to enhance others.

Where do you find inspiration:
From being in London – the outside space around Hampstead Heath; stories from when I was younger; the surreal world; things I have in my home which I grew up with.


Top retreat:

Coweth Park, Berkshire


Favourite Hangout:

Sketch, London

Best book:

The curious story of the dog in the night


Indispensable fashion tip:

A good pair of earings


Life motto:

Try try try until you succeed

Richard is the director of a number of companies in the Adventure Travel sector, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Zoological Society of London.

Richard has traveled extensively – usually on sailing or mountaineering trips.  He has undertaken a number of fundraising expeditions for cancer charities, including skippering a yacht in the 2003 Fastnet Race, competing in the 2005 Transatlantic Rowing Race, cycling the route of Tour de France in 2009 and sailing solo across the Atlantic along the Tropic of Cancer in a 21ft yacht in 2013.

Richard lives in Hampshire with his wife and two children.


Where do you find inspiration:

In remote and wild places


Top retreat:

A treehouse suite at the Chewton Glen Hotel, UK


Favourite hangout:

Rebecca’s in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia


Best book: 

The English Patient


Indispensable fashion tip:

‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.’


Life motto:

Go big or go home…!

Daniel Cohen. Award winning Commercials Director with Aardman Animations.


Where do you find inspiration:

Childrens books, Comics, Asian films, music, children


Top retreat:

The toilet (I’m being honest)


Best book:

Many from the thousands in my collection, although I often refer to the work of Hayao Miyazaki


Indispensable fashion tip:

Keep it simple


Life motto:

Keep it simple

Newcastle-born, London-dwelling DJ, Earth travelling DJ, Actor & Artist KITT PROUDFOOT spends most of his time nowadays making music with his Balearic Pop group DAMERCY or shouting/smiling whilst saying the lines.

Kitt is a crowd-pleasing DJ playing timeless house, deep disco & Balearic love songs. Having played as far afield as China, travelled all around Europe for private bookings & rocked clubs as illustrious as Space, Ibiza this one chap that knows what he is doing.

Where do you find inspiration:
Ripping pages out of free magazines, the book shop at Whitechapel gallery (& the gallery itself) & from whatever portal Exmouth cafe’s coffee opens up.

Top retreat:
The two room Badger Vs Baboon bed & breakfast near D’Alt Villa in Ibiza’s Old Town &/or my Mums.

Favourite hangout:
Home!

Best book:
Brideshead Revisited. Not just my favourite book but my favourite thing of all time. I was into it I couldn’t move. I was on a beach & got bad heatstroke. I was so badly burnt that at one point I had to Google whether or not I was going to die.

Indispensable fashion tip:
Throw it all out & start again.

Life motto:
Good taste is the ENEMY of creativity.

Hopeful Hotelier, current Restauranteur. I love discovering hidden places and introducing great friends to new food experiences. Born and bred New Yorker, insatiable appetite for food, travel and adventure. I love to get my hands dirty. I am fascinated with how things are made, and the people that make them. Id rather own a few perfectly made objects than many poor ones. Horribly impatient. Love to cook for people.

Where do you find inspiration:
Once a month I go to a new country for 48-72 hours. It started as an accident but now I do it on purpose. It forces me to approach travel and time economically. Make it count. Forces me to methodically get lost and inspires brilliant disasters yielding amazing friendships and hilarious stories. People inspire me. Surround yourself with great story tellers, and people that obsess over things others ignore.

Top retreat:
Whistler Vancouver. I love the Cold.

Favourite hangout:

Public Transportation, Hotel Lobbies, Rooftop bars.


Best book:

The count of monte cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Indispensable fashion tip:
Buy cheap buy twice.

Life motto:
Ignore currency acquire experience.