The blue blazer, either single or double-breasted.
I'd say around 20 in total, both winter and summer versions.
I think a tailored blazer gives presence and posture, but is also quite easy to wear. A blazer gives an immediate impression of appropriateness. Blue is the quintessential masculine colour: deep but not stark, academic yet easy going.
I had a blue blazer for my First Holy Communion and loved it. Another one followed later. I think I was drawn early on by the presence of the blue blazer; it is gently commanding.
The garment does not feel exclusively personal to me. I would surely recommend it if asked for advice.
I don’t look at fashion. Instead I like to look at portraits of artists – they ooze the charm of a man who makes things and gets his hands dirty. I love the style of DAVID HOCKNEY in the ’60s, and I find FRANCESCO CLEMENTE wonderful. Curiously enough, neither of them are known for wearing blue blazers.
My wardrobe is very tidy. I keep it grouped by colour and divided into two seasons: Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.
It would love to have a uniform, something blue and Maoist. I think it would be a relief.
In my street-kid phase I was wearing lots of T-shirts and thought the idea of a blazer in the summer was torture. Now I’ve discovered that, if you choose the right super-light wool, a blazer can feel great even under the glaring sun.
I have periodical changes in appearance that happen all of a sudden after an undetectable period of incubation. I went from a very street-style look to hyper-formal dandy, for instance. I am now working on toning down the formality.
I don’t have a pick up look but I have noticed that the more academic I look, the better the effect.
I try to, but invariably change my mind in the morning.
My partner; he is a good listener and I like his point of view.
I air my clothes a lot and brush them from time to time. That's it.