What single garment is key to your personal style?

The blue blazer, either single or double-breasted.

How many blue blazers do you have in your wardrobe?

I'd say around 20 in total, both winter and summer versions.

What is it about blazers, blue ones specifically, that you love?

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.

Do you know where your attachment to them comes from? Is it something from your youth, or something you picked up from a specific person? When, who?

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.

How do you feel when you see other men wearing the same thing? Are you happy for the whole world to wear blue blazers or do you prefer to stand out?

The garment does not feel exclusively personal to me. I would surely recommend it if asked for advice.

Who or what do you look at for style inspiration? Do you look at fashion?

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.

Can you describe the state of your closet? Is it tidy, messy, super organised, folded, boxed, grouped by colour or season, etcetera?

My wardrobe is very tidy. I keep it grouped by colour and divided into two seasons: Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.

Have you ever considered settling on a strict uniform and what would it be? Would you consider it a relief, or a loss of options?

It would love to have a uniform, something blue and Maoist. I think it would be a relief.

Is there a garment that you used to dislike but ended up loving and wearing? When or why did your aversion to it turn to fondness? What changed your mind?

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.

Have you ever made a radical change in your ‘look’?

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.

Do you have a pick up look?

I don’t have a pick up look but I have noticed that the more academic I look, the better the effect.

Do you choose what you’ll wear in advance? Like, the night before?

I try to, but invariably change my mind in the morning.

Who do you talk to when you want to talk about clothes?

My partner; he is a good listener and I like his point of view.

What amazing tip for wardrobe management or maintenance can you share?

I air my clothes a lot and brush them from time to time. That's it.