Jim Watt is a Partner at Smith, a multi-faceted creative collective that owns and operates multiple hospitality concepts including Porta, Brickwall Tavern and Pascal & Sabine as well as Fishbird, a transformative program that helps people and businesses shift breakthrough ideas from intention to reality. Watt is an architect by trade and currently oversees design and construction, as well as future business ventures and real estate developments.
Q: What was the best gift you ever received?
A: A commissioned piece of artwork by Paolo Ventura as a wedding gift.
Q: What’s the last hobby you picked up?
A: Painting. I’m really into plein air watercolors right now.
Q: Who is someone in your field you really admire and why?
A: Jody Williams. Buvette and Via Carota are simply impeccable every time we visit.
Q: Where do you find your creative inspiration?
Q: If you were able to send a one-sentence note to your 13-year-old self, what would you say?
A: If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
Q: What historical figure would you love to have a cocktail with?
Q: Is there a brand you’d consider on top of what’s next?
Q: What is your personal necessity?
A: My sketchbook.
Q: What is your personal indulgence?
A: My boat.
Q: What are you reading right now?
A: In Praise of Shadows, by Junichiro Tanizaki
Q: Is there anything else you want us to know about you?
A: I think everyone should own a Dutch oven.