The Connolly Guest Newsletter Series

With Rich Stapleton and Rosa Park

Entrepreneurs, publishers, creatives and founders of Cereal Magazine: Rich Stapleton and Rosa Park.

1. What's new?
We have just moved into our new office in Bath, which is exciting because it’s the first time we were able to do works to a space and make it properly ours and a true reflection of Cereal, the brand. We aren’t quite finished, but getting there!

We are now working on the next issue of the magazine, which we’re going to press with in August. We are also getting ready to re-launch our guidebook series with an American publishing partner this October. These guides are fully re-designed, and feature 60% new content as well as new paper stock that truly elevates their look and feel.

Last but not least, we are launching Francis Gallery, a sister business to Cereal! Francis will present emerging artists from around the world, alongside elements of Korean design that we love most. So it combines our two great passions – fine art and design. We are going to be hosting a pop-up gallery in London at the end of September, so currently very busy with that!

2. What's your favourite way to waste time?
Rosa: Falling into an internet hole. Not sure that I’d call this my ‘favourite’ way to waste time - because wasting time always comes with a semblance of guilt. I sometimes look up from my phone or laptop and realise I’ve been aimlessly browsing for a good two to three hours. Pretty sure I could launch an entirely new project if I combined all of that time!

Rich: Looking at cartoons in The New Yorker.

3. What do you tune in to on a car journey?
We always tune in to Jazz FM. We also love the podcast, On Being.

4. What's your favourite road movie?
Rosa: I never watch movies when I fly. That’s when I get to power through all the magazines and books I want to read, so I board with a ridiculous stack of paperbacks and the latest issues of magazines.

Rich: My favourite road movie is dictated by the in-flight offering. I have a tendency to watch big blockbusters that I would never watch when at home. Great way of passing time on those long haul flights.

5. Who is your ideal travelling companion?
Would it be trite to say each other? ;)

We love travelling together, and believe one of the reasons we work so well with one another is due to how much we enjoy being on the road together. We’re on the same page nine out of ten times, in terms of what we want to do and when we want to do it. Our shared interests are what initially brought us together, and are what makes our trips extra special - the fact that we get excited about the same things and are able to experience it together is a blessing.

6. What is your favourite view?
Rosa: Great expanses of the ocean. I love being by the sea, and a view of the wide, open water is second to none.

Rich: I have two favourites: The desert and the mountainous terrain. In summer, I prefer the desert, in winter, the mountains.

7. What is the fastest speed at which you have travelled on land?
The Shanghai Maglev train!

8. If you could invent a motoring accessory, what would it be?
Rosa: A stylish sun-shield that detaches from the vehicle so that you can wear it as a hat. I’m envisioning something that’s a cool reinvention of a traditional visor with more bells and whistles in functionality!

Rich: Driving slippers. Something to change into each time you drive. For extra comfort, and to keep the interior clean. For the weekend car, rather than the daily runner.

9. When in London....
We grab pasta and a Campari Spritz at Luca, our current go-to spot. We also make sure to visit the latest exhibits at our favourite galleries and museums. On our next trip into London, we’re going to check out Japan House London’s opening show with architect Sou Fujimoto.

10. Do you have a Connolly favourite?
Rosa: Double breasted long wool blazer.

Rich: Cashmere jacket in grey.