How does your holiday style differ?
Last summer I spent a lot of time in loose oversized shirts from Our Legacy or Cuban-collared shirts from brands like Cmmn Swdn. I buy my swim shorts, linen shirts and trousers from Orlebar Brown and Frescobol Carioca, and will spend most days in a pair of classic Havaiana flip flops.
What was the first luxury fashion purchase you made?
I only buy something expensive if I think it’s a good investment. A great pair of shoes can make your whole outfit look much more expensive. My first big spend was on a pair of black leather Saint Laurent Wyatt Chelsea boots, quickly followed by a pair of black Gucci loafers, both from Mr Porter. I used to browse the website when I was younger, making wish lists, not thinking I would ever be able to afford anything, so it felt cool when I made that first purchase. I travel a lot, so I buy most of my clothes online from either Matches or Mr Porter, but I won’t give up the opportunity to visit an Acne, Goodhood, AMI or Our Legacy store if I’m passing one.
So you think it’s worth spending a bit extra on designer stuff?
I find the big e-comm retailers like Harvey Nichols, Mr Porter and Selfridges do great sales. If you can wait for them to hit, that’s a great way to buy luxury items without the hefty price tag. I always wait for my moment and go a bit wild when the sales start. Outerwear is worth spending money on. A good coat should last forever. If you can stretch to it, luxury knitwear can age well if looked after properly. But sometimes you can’t go wrong with the high street: Uniqlo is great for basics and Sandro does some really cool leather and suede jackets that look much more expensive than they are.