Q: Which new designers do you follow and why?
I admire the work of Neil Barrett — he has a classic cut, always with a twist and an immaculate attention to detail.
Q: Please describe your style in three words.
Neat, simple, crisp.
Q: What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?
Wearing something you are not comfortable with, and does not reflect your character and personality.
Q: Do you believe in role models?
Taking the best of people you respect and admire.
Q: What are your favourite fabrics?
Depending on the season, cashmere is a big yes in winter…
Q: Are there any style combinations that you object to?
I object to juxtapositions of different geometric patterns against each other, though having said that someone like Etro can pull it off with great fanfare and panache.
Q: Which city has the best-dressed men?
No question, Tokyo has the best dressed men whether dressed for work or casual. The attention to detail is spectacular.
Q: Would you say that you are conservative or bold?
I would say I am conservative though I will still wear jeans covered in silver paint. Dress code is always dictated by the occasion and your mood.
Q: What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?
Always have an element of pop or colour whether it is the colour of the socks, a pochette, a stacked leather bracelet, a fun shirt or something that will make me happy and break an otherwise conventional dress code.
Q: Celebrities and style…
Is not something you should follow.
Q: One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?
Cufflinks and bracelets of course!
Q: A man should always look like…
Himself and not try to be someone else.
Q: Who taught you what you know about style?
The Romans. I grew up in Rome and it goes without saying Italians have an acute dress code.
Q: How do you select your clothing every morning?
The weather, my mood, whom I am seeing and where I am going. A lot of factors…
Q: Your biggest regret is…
Q: The three essential things a man should know about style are…
Express your individuality, dress for the occasion, and do not be afraid to be adventurous.
Q: Do you have any shopping rituals?
Visiting the Neil Barrett showroom in Milan at the start of every season.
Q: We will never see you wearing…
A bowtie during the day to go to work.
Q: The most stylish person you have ever met…
Yasuto Kamoshita of United Arrows in Tokyo.
Q: What is the first thing you notice on a man?
What cufflinks they are wearing if dressed in a French cuff shirt, next thing is their shoes.
Q: The one image that defined your approach to style…
My style is not defined by an image.
Q: The only article of clothing that a man needs to pay close attention to is…
One article is difficult. Probably shoes.
Q: What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?
An Ermenegildo Zegna pony jacket.
Q: Is comfort an enemy of style?
Style does take a bit of sacrifice on comfort occasionally.
Q: Which designer never fails to impress you?
Q: The best word of advice you have ever heard?
Never save money on food.