At Work: Charles Finch’s Ode to Classics and a Stylish Outdoor Life

LONDON — Charles Finch may wear many hats — Hollywood producer, worldwide chairman of Dean & DeLuca, entrepreneur and brand-builder — but he sticks, more or less, to a single uniform whether he’s in Los Angeles, Bangkok, New York or London.
The executive producer of the new Whitney Houston documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” and an upcoming one on Cecil Beaton, Finch is also a founding shareholder of Chucs Dive & Mountain Shop in London, and head of the brand consultancy Finch & Partners.
He’s spending much of his time these days building up Dean & DeLuca, and has recently partnered with Pharrell Williams and The Williams Family Kitchen on a product line. He also throws regular pre-BAFTA and pre-Oscar dinners with a roster of guests including Cate Blanchett, Tom Stoppard, Danny Huston, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts and Mick Jagger.
Those parties, Finch said, are an homage to one of his idols, Irving Paul “Swifty” Lazar, the legendary talent agent, Hollywood host and socialite. “He had an office which was very small, with two assistants, and yet he made deals until he was almost 90, so I think he was pretty inspiring,” said Finch.
Son of the British actor Peter Finch and the actress

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