Esquire Townhouse is a simple concept. Bring together a group of like-minded [mainly] men to indulge in and share their passions such as luxury watches, wine, cigars, sports and the arts.
For its first four years, Esquire readers gathered in a prestigious central London townhouse to hear from the likes of Breitling, Mr Porter and Watches of Switzerland sharing their joy of timepieces.
This year, Esquire Townhouse, in partnership with Breitling, is coming to “your house” as a digital festival of interviews, conversations and performances taking place over three days from 15-17 October.
• Film director and artist Steve McQueen will be discussing the black experience in Britain through his own anthology of BBC films, Small Axe, which air this autumn, and whether the events of 2020 could actually trigger long-lasting social change.
• Explorer and ecologist David de Rothschild will be speaking with TV presenter Ben Fogle about how, as a traveller and adventurer, he’s coped with the limitations of 2020 and where the environmental conversation now stands in the age of Covid-19.
• Arsène Wenger is one of the most influential and forward-thinking coaches ever to grace the Premier League and he’ll be looking back at the highs, lows and lessons learned from his time at the top.
• One of our brightest and most versatile acting talents of the moment, Josh O’Connor will be in conversation with fashion designer JW Anderson on the role creativity plays in their own lives and work, at a time when many of us have reignited creative projects of our own.
• Chef and writer Yotam Ottolenghi has become a hugely influential voice on what we eat and how we cook. He’ll be discussing the role food has played in keeping us sane this year and how to take our own cooking to the next level.
• Dance music mainstay Roísín Murphy will give an acoustic performance of three tracks from her new album, Roísín Machine, as well as discussing what’s kept a performer like her going during lockdown and how she keeps moving forward.
• Actor and musician Riz Ahmed will be discussing an issue more relevant than ever – identity – and how his own background as a British Muslim has shaped his life and career.
• Music producer Fraser T Smith has shaped the sound of some of the UK’s most successful artists including Gorillaz and Stormzy. This year he released his debut album under his Future Utopia moniker, which features the likes of Kano, Dave and Idris Elba. He’ll be performing a track from the album and will discuss collaboration and risk-taking with grime artist Ghetts, at his Oxfordshire studio.
More names, and the full schedule, will be announced over the coming weeks. To stay abreast of everything happening at this year’s Esquire Townhouse, sign up to our weekly email now. You can also keep tabs on all the announcements, interviews and bonus content by following us on social media, and the hashtags #EsquireTownhouse and #SquadOnAMission.