“I love this shoe. It took me a while to get to wearing monk straps, because it looked too affected in a way. But once you start wearing them, you realize they’re not nearly as over-torqued as you thought, and it’s got a military boot vibe to it. They dress up a pair of jeans greatly, and they add a little punch to a standard suit without overwhelming the whole outfit.”—Sid Mashburn on double monk straps (via howtotalktogirlsatparties)
“[Men these days are] so well educated with all the blogs going on, so it’s kind of a challenge to keep these guys on their toes. Instead of buying into the obvious stuff, they’re going to start looking for more intricate and subtle details.”—Christopher Bastin (via howtotalktogirlsatparties)
Men are the new women – we are finally allowed to shop, talk about fashion and get excited. You are also finally seeing men express their individuality. Shows like Mad Men have contributed towards this and are influencing the way men are dressing – it’s all about aspirational dressing.
Favourite spring/summer trend?
I love that colour is back and luckily a little goes a long way for men. The best thing about men’s wear is that our vocabulary is limited in terms of colour so all you need is a bold accent colour to make the look pop.
What are the new suit shapes for spring?
We’ve done the double breasted before but it still looks so chic. Thanks to our friend Thom Browne things are looking slimmer, trimmer and shorter, but men’s wear moves so glacially so we are taking small steps. But we are seeing shorter collars, trimmer lapels, etc. I really like the trim double breasted jacket that you can wear open and unbuttoned. It’s a cool look.
What wardrobe essentials should every man own?
If you asked me 10 years ago I would have said a navy blazer. While it’s still important, I would now choose a grey suit. Grey is the new neutral for men. A good shirting wardrobe, preferably in white cotton poplin is also essential. Finally, a great pair of blue jeans and a black cashmere sweater. With these items you can go anywhere in the world and look fantastic.
Must-have item this season?
Men used to order matching ties and shirts in the late 1960s and 70s. I love this look – it’s like a twinset for men. Also a navy suit, double breasted with white buttons.
Shoe pick for this season?
The Chukka boot is having comeback. It’s that perfect hybrid of casual and formal. You can wear it with a casual linen suit or with a pair of shorts. Go for a suede style in a light colour.
Tom Ford recently said a man shouldn’t wear shorts in the city. What’s your verdict?
I love shorts in the city, but I do agree it has to be the right style. They need to be impeccably tailored. Pair it with a pressed linen white collar shirt and a pair of Chukka boots. It’s a sophisticated casual look and you won’t look inappropriate, trust me!