My Style: Kai Margrander

Portrait of Kai Margrander of Harper's Bazaar Germany

Portrait: Asger Mortensen — Courtesy of Kai Margrander

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

Not caring about your underwear. You never know where and how the day will end…

Please describe your style in three words.

Unagitated but eclectic.

Do you believe in role models?

I do, strongly.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Double-face cashmere.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Not at all!

Which city has the best-dressed men?

It's a globalised world we live in today; that has been good for some cities but no so much for others.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Very conservative in many senses.

What are the rules in the way you dress?

I don't really have any rules. My way of dressing is more random than anything else.

Celebrities and style…

Is good business for professional stylists.

Name one garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Charvet's flexible silk wire woven belts. I have them in all colours and wish they would make them in more tones.

A man should always look like…

Himself!

Who taught you what you know about style?

My grandmother.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

As said, it's a very random process and I’m not really a morning person. My brain starts functioning only after midday. Most of the time, I end up suffering later in the day from what I have put on in the morning.

What is your biggest regret?

That I did not study dentistry.

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

There's only one actually: it's all about the shoes!

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I'm a bargain hunter and love online sales, ouch!

We will never see you wearing...

G-strings!

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

Verde Visconti.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

His haircut.

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

Images from the film ‘The evil under the sun’. I was seven years old when I first saw the movie, and the costumes still impress me today.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

Joseph Altuzarra. His SS15 collection was divine! His ideal picture of a woman is very much like my own, and nobody cuts skirts like he does.

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

His shoes! And his underwear…

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

Everything vintage from Helmut Lang from the 90's.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Not at all. It’s the opposite.

Which fashion house never fails to impress you?

Prada.

Who would you like to recommend for My Style?

Alexander Werz of Karla Otto, and Konstantin Spachis, the fashion director of QVEST magazine.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

“First we say 'yes, yes' and then we do what we want!” — Fabrizio Sclavi

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