What single garment is key to your personal style?

A lightweight jacket.

How many examples of lightweight jackets do you have in your wardrobe?

Over ten, possibly 20 if you include shirt jackets and the odd kimono.

What is it specifically about jackets that you love?

I tend to layer my clothes. I’m also one of those people that leaves the house with too much on but feel I need to be prepared for any weather condition, even if it’s a light wind on a warm day.

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 just think you can never have enough light jackets. As I said, I like to layer!

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

I like to see myself wearing my clothes more than other people wearing them. I’m a bit of a collector, or hoarder (depends how you see it). I started young and it comes with my job: working with clothes for film and TV. I do like my classics – bombers, macs, work coats – and especially so if they have been made with a twist. I’ve always loved finding unusually constructed items from a charity shop or a weird shop out in the middle of nowhere. Clothes are always the first impression that you will get of person (or a character). I like my clothes to say who I am, or perhaps who I am on a particular day.

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

I like a mix of old and new. I look at films, old photos and friends. I do look at fashion, but not directly at current fashion trends. I have a very broad mood board.

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 tend to wear something until I get bored with it, and just before I go to throw it out, it’s suddenly the most important item in my wardrobe. This cycle is vicious.

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?

I once thought I could dress like PICASSO. In his later years he wore the same thing constantly: chinos, or chino shorts and a BRETON shirt. My attempt lasted a week.

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

Not really. It all depends on what I’m doing that day; am I out and about, am I trying to look professional, is it hot, do I want people to see my feet, etcetera.

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

Depends on the situation and the venue.

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

I talk clothes all day, at work and home. I can’t escape it!

What underwear do you wear?

With jeans or trousers, I’ve reverted to wearing boxers. J.CREW boxers are my favourite. When I wear shorts (which I often do even through winter), I wear briefs, because you don’t want your mates to pop out unexpectedly. I’m talking from experience.

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

If you buy something that is second hand and made of natural fibre, make sure you bag it and put it in the freezer for a week. This kills any insect friends and helps reduce that dusty old man smell.