“There’s something incredible about how a beautifully made suit and pair of shoes make you feel. They become an extension of you and can create the illusion of grace, elegance, stature and confidence. As a writer, I specialise in classic men’s style and also lifestyle. I thoroughly enjoy exploring what makes the work of talented craftsmen so precious and rare – that of tailors, shoemakers and haberdashers, for instance.
If I’m being honest, I’ve always been an ambitious chap. For years I wanted to go to Oxbridge, to follow in my father’s footsteps and to be part of an incredible establishment. I went on to study medieval literature at Oxford. Evidently, I like old things and I’m a sucker for bastions of tradition. I’m a thoroughly nostalgic person and I suppose that’s why I’m so attracted to the glamour of old-school menswear.
My penchant for menswear was most informed by my love of jazz. Quite apart from the energy, vibrancy and glamour of the genre, I was drawn to the style of jazz’s greats. Everyone from The Rat Pack to Miles Davis, this developed into a love of tailoring and of Jazz Age style in particular. Which to this day is an aesthetic I still try to refer to in my dress – my tailor Edward Sexton is a marvellous help with this.