Gentlemen, take notes.
The designer on his personal style, which items all men should own, and why trying too hard is the worst thing you can do.
would describe my style as simple and not thought out. The most uninteresting thing for me is when somebody thinks too much about how they put themselves together.
The clothes I wear myself are basically all shades of gray; it’s a uniform I wear every day. I’ve been dressing the same way all my life, except now it’s ‘mine.’
Sometimes I feel like I’m not really interested in fashion, but in doing what I do, and making really well-made clothes.
To be really good at something, you don’t need to have studied it, just so long as you work with somebody really good.
If a designer just wants to start a ‘trend,’ they won’t have a very long life. But if you make something really well, there’s always going to be someone interested. That translates into the collection with Mr. Porter; it’s for guys who understand interesting design and appreciate quality.
I get my haircut every week, same thing every time. I love order, uniform, and routine.
Every man should own a navy cashmere jacket with gold buttons, a gray suit, black shoes shoes for the city, brown shoes for elsewhere. Everything else should be simple and really well made.
I wear running shoes every day, but I have to be honest, I hate them. I don’t understand the need for all the colors. I would love someone to design some red, white, and blue running shoes.
Buying something timeless is more important than buying something on-trend, especially if it doesn’t look so good. People might think that I advocate wearing short trousers and jackets, but I don’t, because that doesn’t work for everyone.
Men shouldn’t try too hard, or think about what they wear too much. I like when there’s something about a look that throws it off a little—perfection is really imperfect.
My style icon would be my father. He was well dressed, but it wasn’t too fancy or considered, just very classic, American-made suits (basically Brooks Brothers). He looked good all the time.
My one rule for a stylish life? Just stay true to yourself.
A version of this article was originally published by Esquire UK