“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.

My love of elegant clothing and style is, of course, reflected in the timepieces I choose to wear. A watch should always complement one’s clothing, not fight against it. I love slim and understated wristwatches and I personally struggle with the idea that a watch should be anything other than discreet. I recently purchased a manual winding Must de Cartier Tank – it’s phenomenally elegant and a classic and Must Tanks also seem to be rapidly appreciating in value. I want one with a Lapis or Tridor dial next; I’m kind of hooked on Cartier right now.

I also have a TAG Heuer 2000 Chronograph from the early-1980s that is perfect for more casual wardrobe days. It was my father’s and he gave it to me on my 16th birthday so I’m hugely attached to it. My ex-girlfriend’s father generously gifted me a fabulous antique silver half-hunter pocket watch together with a chain and fob for my 21st – it’s my pride and joy. I wear a lot of three-piece suits and no waistcoat is complete without a chain and watch. I love how robust it is – and it’s heavy enough to knock a man out, should I so choose.”

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