What garment is key to your personal style?

A hat!

How hats do you have in your wardrobe?

In my personal wardrobe, I probably have about 100 hats.

What is it specifically about them that you love?

It’s completely transformative.

What are the defining specifications that make the perfect hat?

If I’m in England and working from home then it can be quite varied, but if I’m travelling, which I do for maybe half the year, it needs to be packable in my LOUIS VUITTON hat box.

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?

I am happy for the world to wear the same hat as me. For example, when I see my friends CHRIS SULLIVAN or CHRISTOS and we’re all wearing berets, we always laugh and say, ‘Oh! The beret boys!’

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

I don’t know, it depends on the season really. In autumn or winter, I think of TERRY THOMAS in his hilarious tweeds and bowler hats. In spring, I think of Count ROBERT DE MONTESQUIOU. His portrait by GIOVANNI BOLDINI has always been an extraordinary inspiration. For a summer party it always has to be DONALD SUTHERLAND in ‘Casanova’, pink ruffles! Do I look at fashion? Well, yes, of course I do. As RUPAUL said, ‘We’re all born naked and the rest is drag!’

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

My closet is actually quite small, but it is tidy because it has to be. I have boxes for special shoes, but normal shoes just get thrown around. My hats are organised by delicacy. For example, my handmade straw boater is in its own hat box, my THOM BROWNE bowler is in another hat box filled with caps, and my berets from Japan are actually in a FORTNUM & MASON’s hamper.

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?

Yes, I very much disliked polo shirts because they absolutely did not suit me, but now my long-sleeved FRED PERRY polo shirts are a staple of my wardrobe. I’ve got one in every colour that they manufacture, and I wish they would produce more colours so I could buy more! What changed my mind? I lost 38 kilos.

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?

Funnily enough, I do wear a bit of a uniform. I like wearing a suit because, in a way, it can do the work for you. You don’t always have to sit with perfect posture, with shoulders back and a straight leg, because that’s what a suit looks like. So a semi-constructed suit is a fantastic uniform and it means you can accessorise in many different ways.

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

When I am selling couture hats, I do need to be dressed appropriately.

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

I don’t have a ‘pick up’ look. When I have picked up I have often been wearing shorts, by chance.

What ultimately signifies your style of dressing?

I mean the easy answer is a hat, and that’s what people expect from me. For me, I’ve always been interested in looking older than I am, and never younger than I am, because I think it gives me an authority I otherwise might not have.