What type of garment is key to your personal style?

A pair of black BLUNDSTONE Super 550 boots.

How many examples of these boots do you have in your wardrobe?

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.

What is it specifically about BLUNDSTONE’s boots that you love?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Can you describe the state of your closet?

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.

Is there a garment that you used to dislike but ended up loving and wearing?

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.

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

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.

Do you have a dress code for work?

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.

What do you wear to look sexy?

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.

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

I’m an editor at heart. It applies to wardrobes too.