My Style: James Long

Portrait of British fashion designer James Long

Photo: Courtesy of James Long

Please describe your style in three words.

Rugged, classy, and scrubs up well.

Which city has the best-dressed men?

New York and London.

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

Not to put any clothes on, not to get dressed!

Do you believe in role models?

Yes.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Leather and knits.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Lazy style.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Depends what day of the week it is.

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

No rules.

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

Silk shirts.

A man should always look like...

Himself.

Who taught you what you know about style?

Momma.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

There is no selection. I just decide when I wake up.

What is your biggest regret?

Not buying that sheepskin Alexander McQueen coat when I was at college.

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

Good shoes, good hair, good nails, and good smell.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I love a trip to Harvey Nicks London.

We will never see you wearing...

A vest.

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

Karen Elson and Jack White.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

His hands.

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

Patty Smith’s album cover by Robert Nicholson.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

Louise Gray, she lives it.

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

A really good jumper.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

Divine spray-painted top.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

No.

Which designer/fashion house never fails to impress you?

Comme des Garçons.

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

Luke Day.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

If you can’t fix it, you’ve got to ride it.

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