In an Orchard with Blooming Poppies, an Anniversary in the Cotswolds

Melissa Morris, the founder of the bag and accessories line Métier, threw an intimate dinner at the home of her friend Silka Rittson-Thomas.

Guests dine in the garden of Walcot House in the English Cotswolds to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Métier.Credit…Philip James Greengrass Hewitt

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By Flo Wales Bonner

It was a perfectly crafted bag that brought together Melissa Morris, the American founder of the London-based leather house Métier, and Silka Rittson-Thomas, an art adviser and creative consultant. About four and a half years ago, Rittson-Thomas (who is also a contributing editor to T) purchased a Métier Private Eye bag — a chic, roomy style constructed from lightweight leather, with ergonomic spaces for a laptop and other essentials. She instantly adored it and, soon after, went to meet Morris in person at the brand’s store in Mayfair. They’ve been friends ever since. So, when Morris mentioned to Rittson-Thomas that the brand’s fifth anniversary was coming up, and that she wanted to throw some kind of summer celebration to mark it, Rittson-Thomas suggested she hold the event in the gardens of Walcot House, her home in the Cotswolds that she shares with her husband, the photographer Hugo Rittson-Thomas.

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