1. What’s your first fashion memory?
I remember getting a pair of ‘soul jeans’ when I was younger with a red stripe and matching red belt. It was probably the first instance where I knew that dressing well can make you feel great and definitely piqued my interest in the fashion industry.
2. What is the most stylish item you own?
An action-back tweed jacket with bellows pockets and a half belt. Now that we’re nearing the shooting season, I look forward to putting this back into circulation!
3. What is your most valuable item?
My ‘millionaire’s’ cashmere sports jacket in a gun club check from Kilgour.
4. What is the one look you wish you could pull off?
A double-breasted suit in the style of the Prince of Wales. It’s a wonderfully classic look.
5. What is one item that nobody should wear?
Aubergine-coloured shoes with a square toe… there was a trend for these some years ago, and I don’t think they have any place in a gentleman’s wardrobe.
6. What is your view on accessories?
What Cary Grant said: ‘simplicity, to me, has always been the essence of good taste’. In other words, a few, good accessories can add to a look rather than take charge of it.
7. Who would you say is the most stylish man ever to have lived?
Incidentally, Cary Grant. He knew how to wear a suit and make it look effortlessly good.
8. What is the one item you can’t live without?
A plain navy tie. It goes with everything.
9. What do you like best about your job?
The people I encounter and work with. Working in fashion is all about developing relationships with clients.
10. How do you feel about the industry today?
We’re at a challenging moment in the fashion industry. Especially with online retail, its changed a lot since I began years ago. The foundations of what we do remain the same: you can never replace working with a bespoke client in person. However, we also have to embrace multiple retail platforms in order to move forward.
11. If you weren’t in the fashion industry, what would you be doing?
I’d love to run a hi-fi business. It’s a great passion of mine.