My Style: Alexey Oleshov


Photo: Ko Inho — Courtesy of Alexey Oleshov

Is comfort an enemy of style?

There should be a very fine sense of style to prevent comfort from becoming its enemy.

Please describe your style in three words.

Freedom. Independence. Eclecticism.

What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

To spend more than thirty minutes thinking about it.

Do you believe in role models?

I believe in personal style.

What are your favourite fabrics?

For me the fabric is not that important. Texture is important. But in general, I like natural fabrics.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Not really. It depends on my mood. But I like to wear different socks at one time.

Which city has the best-dressed men?


Would you say that you are conservative or bold?


What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

To wear black only when I’m over-black.

Celebrities and style...

Is not a common/widespread combination.

One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?


A man should always look like...

A man.

Who taught you what you know about style?


How do you select your clothing every morning?

Usually I start from pants and find matches for them, and then it’s a spontaneous action.

Your biggest regret in fashion is...

That people follow trends.

The three essential things a man should know about style are...

There should be no restrictions in how one dresses himself, and it is only a natural sense of style that should drive you.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I don’t like the process of shopping. When I’m in the store, I prefer to buy what I like at that very moment.

We will never see you wearing...

High heels... I wear them only when I’m alone and nobody can see me. :-)

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

I wouldn’t say I have any fashion heroes or icons.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

Shoes and haircut.

The one image that defined your approach to style...

Just nature.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

Gregory Van Rijck, who is now in charge for Jean-Paul Knott’s new menswear line.

The only article of clothing that a man needs to pay close attention to is...

His brain.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My grandfather’s vintage belt.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Junko Shimada.

Who would you like to see next in My Style€?

Tim Van Steenbergen.

The best word of advice you have ever heard?


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