Originally from London, Darren moved to the North East 20 years ago as MD of the surf and lifestyle brand, O’Neill. After leaving O’Neill he invested in the luxury Footwear brand Terry de Havilland and last year purchased the entire worldwide rights to the brand name.

Fans of the distinctive shoes include Michelle Keegan, Jo Whiley and Fearne Cotton. Based in Newcastle, the company has distributors and showrooms in London, Milan and New York.


My family and partner Yvonne.


For a weekend > We spend a lot of our summer weekends in Mallorca. Palma old city is one of Europe’s most fantastic places to visit. I’m just about to go to New York to visit our showroom and have a small break.

A long holiday > Nothing beats winter sun. The Maldives in January is amazing. No grey cold skies in sight.

Luxe relax >>

Favourite restaurant > Our current favourite is Forn in Palma. But, if you are in Palma, I would also recommend a trip to the fish market for an amazing atmosphere and great food.

Best wine > Camel Valley. A British sparkling white or rose.

Perfect weekend > Any that includes a lazy Sunday.

Downtime means > Playing real tennis! Jesmond has one of only about 40 real tennis courts in the whole world and anyone interested in sport or British heritage should see it and have a go.

Best telly > Box sets!

Best book > Always the most recent one. Reading ‘The sins of my father’ about Pablo Escobar! Blame the ‘Narcos’ Netflix box set for that.

Best sounds > Yvonne got me a turntable for Christmas so anything from my limited but growing vinyl collection.

Luxe shop >>

Best shopping city > London or New York.

Favourite shop > Colette in Paris.

Best buy > Currently it’s my brown suede jacket from ASOS, I also have a soft spot for watches.

Luxe party >>

A memorable night out > My surprise 50th last year.

Perfect party > The best ones are always the ones you do not expect or plan

Dinner date > Yvonne.

Your Luxe things in life >>



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