A pair of black BLUNDSTONE Super 550 boots.
Just one. I wear them until they are beyond repair and then replace them. My previous pair lasted about two years before finally perishing in the New Hampshire snow in January.
To me they are the perfect boot. Most of BLUNDSTONE’s boots are hideous, but a simple pair of black 500s or 550s look great and don’t take much looking after. They also serve me well in the city and the countryside, which at the moment is key as I’m travelling between the two a lot. You can pull them on and kick them off with ease, which appeals to my lazy side and is ideal for airport security.
I was at a film festival in Germany a few years ago and met a girl who was wearing the most amazing pair of boots. I told her how much I loved them, and asked her what make they were. I eventually tracked them down at the Natural Shoe Store, a wonderfully uncool establishment in London’s Covent Garden.
Since I ‘borrowed’ them from someone else, it doesn’t bother me at all. I just feel a little surge of admiration for them and their excellent taste in footwear.
I like to look at films for style inspiration. My biggest style influence to date is probably WINONA RYDER, especially in ‘Reality Bites’, for her blue denim, pocket T–shirts and tortoiseshell sunglasses which I wore pretty consistently throughout my ’20s. ‘Gamins de Paris’, a porn film by JEAN-DANIEL CADINOT set in 1945, also had a direct influence on my wardrobe. The boys in it wear a combination of cotton shorts, black boots and white thick wool socks that became a recent summer staple.
My wardrobe has been getting progressively smaller, especially since the move from London to Yorkshire and Amsterdam. I’ve basically narrowed it down to one pair of trousers, one pair of jeans, a handful of T–shirts, one shirt, two sweaters, and two jackets. It’s mostly black, with a hint of electric blue, racing-green, or white, here and there. It barely takes up half a rail, and so is very easy to manage.
I never buy things that I dislike, but sometimes I buy things that are simply too weird or difficult to wear. For example, I have a pair of what I can only describe as ‘hairy’ shorts by SEBASTIAAN PIETER GROENEN’s brilliant label PIETER that I bought at one of his sample sales. They are a marvellous one–off, complete with what looks like a silver cock ring hanging from a loop at the waist. Funnily enough I have yet to find the right moment to wear them, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for spring 2017.
I usually wear things until I get bored of them, but I think my current ‘look’, or non–look as it should probably be called, is faring rather better than previous looks, maybe because it’s so basic. I have stripped away so much that it does feel a little like starting from scratch, actually.
I’m self employed and much of my work is done at a desk, so I have no division between daywear and workwear. At the moment it’s basically all black, all the time. This has to change.
In summer it’s shorts, without a doubt. I was so shy about my legs as a teenager that I’d wear jeans to the beach, but now I’ll get them out at any opportunity. I think winter is the sexiest season, though. I love stripping down to longjohns and a pair of thick wool socks in front of the fire at home in Yorkshire.
I’m an editor at heart. It applies to wardrobes too.