THE CULTURAL TEN: MURRAY CRANE

The founder and creative director of Crane Brothers shares his agenda, nominating the best in art, film and design.

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“I have been following All the World’s Futures, the 56th Venice Biennale, closely as I am a patron and didn’t make it this year. I am always thrilled to see new contemporary artists excelling on such a big stage. Simon Denny is representing New Zealand (pictured).”

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“The last piece of furniture I bought was a chair by London-based multi-disciplinary designer Martino Gamper. He has a truly revolutionary approach to furniture design.”

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“Gram Parsons, Dusty Springfield and Neil Young are never put away for very long.”

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“I was in Sydney this week for a day, which I always love. Last flight longer than 3 hours was to Tokyo and I am off to Florence next month for Pitti Uomo. I want to go to India when I get the chance for the food and cultural experience.”

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“I live in suits and recently I have been thrashing a lightweight wool mohair two-piece. It’s been perfect over the warmer months and works with everything. When I am not working I have loved anything from Sunspel or Gubb  & Mackie; I’ve live in the latter’s Raleigh jacket.”

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“My current obsession would be a pair of Alden tan suede Long Wings or a new Rimowa suitcase. The shoes are the perfect solution to informal dressing and the suitcase is practical and I need a new one.”

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“I recently watched Dior and I, which I loved. It reminded me of being in Paris and inspired me to get embroidered white lab coats for my entire workroom staff.”

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“Hermessence Epice Marine is my daily scent. I love its unique smoky profile and subtlety.”

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Murray Crane. Portrait: Guy Coombes.

Murray Crane. Portrait: Guy Coombes.


“I am currently working on two big projects. First of all I have recently been made an ambassador for Jaguar, which is exciting and takes me to London on my next trip. Second is Italy, my pending trip to Florence and everything that will represent in terms of making new connections and contacts to grow the business.”