This is the first in a series of articles in partnership with Andrew Mashanov of Style Illustrated. With his unique approach to illustration, Andrew has identified an iconic visual style in a very short space of time, and will be working alongside our writers to highlight a series of outfits for every occasion.
In a world where globalisation is a predominant factor in the growth and development of businesses in a wide variety of industries, the need to travel abroad has become a necessity not only for the seasonal sun seeker. Nowadays, your 12 o’clock meeting is not necessarily across the other side Canary Wharf. You could be expected to be in Paris, Amsterdam or Berlin. First impressions are vital, especially in a business environment. Much like your business card, the clothes you are wearing portray who you are and what you are representing. In my opinion, the outfit which I have assembled in this article hopefully depicts what I perceive to be a handful of style-driven core staples for the modern businessman. These items are by no means the only ones in their class, but offer a good reference for those requiring a clear starting point.
There is a reason why Raf Simons has recently been appointed the artistic director for Dior and it’s not because he makes a great Martini. It’s because he is an extraordinarily talented designer who produces timeless pieces. With this in mind, these tortoiseshell sunglasses are an essential accessory suitable for any occasion. Whether you are dressing up or down, these are a must.
The Burberry trench is one of my favourite items to ever grace this earth as it oozes class from every pocket and epaulet. Whatever your age or style, this trench is perfect for any situation. Whether it is a day at the office or that important business lunch, this is a must have staple. As well as this it is a great jacket for the modern traveller. Light enough to carry through the airport but long enough to keep you protected from the elements whilst hailing down a cab.
Hentsch Man is about providing classic wardrobe items in a simple, sophisticated and wearable manner. The emphasis is on fit and not the fanciful details. This shirt certainly does not sacrifice style for comfort (and vice versa). In fact it does quite the opposite. With its rounded collar and light blue cotton, this shirt will give you style effortlessly.
J crew is rapidly becoming a well-recognised lifestyle brand on a global scale. Not only producing its own ranges but collaborating with some of the biggest names in fashion, including Red Wing, Vans and Timex. This subtly textured knit tie made from Italian silk with a 2 inch slim silhouette is a great addition to any wardrobe.
Hugo Boss has an unmatched ability of turning the simplest of items in to an elegant necessity. This trouser from Hugo by Hugo Boss boasts a contemporary slim fit made of blended cotton finished with classic perks such as pressed creases and slit pockets. Rich blue in colour, these trousers are perfectly suited for work or special occasions.
This family-run business based in Parma has been producing some of the finest woven belts since 1966. Using only the most carefully sourced materials to make their products you are sure to get an item that is made to last. This particular belt woven in tan leather is then polished by hand using hard natural wax to give the belt its unique hand crafted finish.
Sometimes it’s just great to have a change from the lace-up for your smart footwear option and this loafer, in my opinion, is a commendable alternative. The tassel loafer is smart without trying too hard and that I think is its charm. The Paul Smith Marcello is part of their Mainline dip-dyed collection which I have personally worn and I can tell you that it is one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever had the pleasure of wearing. These shoes are made from buffalo leather and are then dip-dyed to keep its luxurious soft feel.
The Salsa is a cabin-friendly bag from the notorious Rimowa. With over 100 years of experience in the industry, Rimowa are able to flaunt a wide selection of the finest luggage and this bag is no exception. It combines some of the lightest materials with unrivalled construction including virtually indestructible polycarbonate resulting in the ultimate traveller’s bag.
A travel wallet should be high up on the list of necessities for every traveller. If you regularly spend your days traveling from airport to airport you will undoubtedly know there is nothing better than being organised, it makes the trip that little bit easier. Want Les Essentiels is a brand born with the sole purpose of making traveling fashionable and practical. Each of their bags in the collection is named after airports from around the world and this Liberty travel wallet is a must have if you don’t want to get caught short looking for that ever elusive boarding pass.
These soon to be released Bluetooth headphones from Parrot and French designer Philippe Starck are the second collaboration the two companies have done together. The headphones feature gesture control and NFC Connectivity for sharing music. The release date on these is yet to be announced but you better put your name down early as I expect them to be a sure fire hit when they are.
At the time of Hills’ death in 1970 his book “Think and Grow Rich” had sold over 20 million copies and has since been ranked in the top 10 best-selling business books. But this book isn’t only about making money; it’s a motivational, personal development and self-help book and was even credited with being a catalyst for Ken Norton’s boxing upset after he triumphed over the great Muhammad Ali. This is the perfect companion for passing the time in the departure lounge. As quoted by the author himself, “This book could be worth a million dollars to you.”
In the technologically advanced world in which we live and with a vast collection of laptops and tablets to choose from, how do you know which one best suits the jet-setting gent? Which laptop can claim to have fused together elements such as power, precision and practicality? These are the foundations upon which Apple have built the thin and light Macbook Air.
For the next Style Illustrated article, featuring more fantastic illustrations from Andrew Mashanov, I’m giving you, the reader, and the chance to select one of the following scenarios for me to create an outfit for.
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