What single garment is key to your personal style?

Ultra heavy 100 per cent cotton long-sleeved crew-neck black T-shirts from GILDAN.

How many long-sleeved black GILDAN T-shirts do you have in your wardrobe?


What is it specifically about these T-shirts that you love?

They are my default tops these days. They’re a garment for all occasions and climates. You can wear them under things, you can wear them over things. In the summer you can wear them on their own. They’re cheap and disposable. I operate on a one-in, one-out basis: usually when a shirt becomes too irreversibly dirty it's time to move on.

Who or what do you look at for style inspiration?

Definitely ‘Space 1999’, and other GERRY ANDERSON television programmes. Also mid-to-late-’90s ‘Star Trek’. I've always been obsessed with uniforms. My favourite book as a child was a magazine of USSR military uniforms and insignia. Around that time I wrote a letter to the German Polizei asking if they'd send me a uniform in child size; the olive drab blazer and khaki pants.

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

My clothes live on a Scandinavian drying rack; I don't put them away. They're either on me, in the wash or drying at any given time.

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?

I don’t usually wear colours, as I adhere to a strict black jeans and black T-shirt combination. But recently I’ve come into possession of a royal-blue Parisian street cleaning jacket, identical to the trademark garment of the late New York street fashion photographer BILL CUNNINGHAM. I actually received it from my mum who found four of the same jacket and attempted to enforce a family uniform, to which I consented.

Have you ever been tempted to get rid of all your clothes and start again from scratch?

No. I’ve had the same clothes since I was about 14. I mostly wear VANS and I have no formal clothes. Weddings and funerals are a panic.

Do you have a dress code for work? Does your work influence what you wear?

I work for a, legally unnamable, technology company and I am usually allowed to dress casually for work. On occasion I am required to wear a coloured T-shirt, but I always wear a black T-shirt underneath, against my skin.

What do you wear to look sexy? Do you have a pick up look?


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

As aforementioned, a drying rack as a storage system. It has the added benefit of limiting your wardrobe to essentially a suitcase worth of clothes. Useful in case of sudden getaways.

What underwear do you wear?

I have never bought underwear. I am given it for Christmas. Most of it is plain black and from PRIMARK or similar.

What ultimately signifies your style of dressing?

I look like a child who's just started dressing himself.