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November 23, 2012 6:54 pm
Georg Josef Riedel, 62, is the chief executive of Riedel, the Austrian wine glass company that created the first grape-varietal-specific glassware. He joined the family business in 1973, becoming chief executive in 1994. The company has recently expanded its markets to China.
Suit by Heinrich Koula
My suit is made by my personal tailor in Munich. I started going to him after my previous tailor left, which is always painful. You build up a relationship with a tailor; then you have to start from scratch. As an ambassador of fine wine and glassware, it is paramount that I look smart, even while on a plane – although it doesn’t get you through the line faster.
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Shirt by Camiceria San Marco
I get all my shirts from a tailor in Venice. All my clothing comes from a particular place, which makes shopping rather difficult if I am in different parts of the world.
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Tie by Bulgari
Ties are becoming less fashionable and men are becoming more casual – 10 years ago there were no men without a tie; in 10 years’ time there will be no men with a tie! I believe dressing smart is a choice, and gets passed down the generations. My son, Max, is 35 and very smartly dressed. He always wears a tie.
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Pocket square by Hermès
This is from Hermès, chosen as I liked the colour. I think it’s fun to pick and choose interesting accessories, so I’m not loyal to one brand.
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Shoes by Scheer
I only ever use two shoemakers, both in Vienna. The other is Materna. My family has been using them for generations. If the soles wear out, you can return them to the shoemaker and they come back good as new, so they are a real investment.
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Watch by Rolex
I have many vintage watches. This one is a recent purchase: a specially made Rolex. I never wear cufflinks; they bother me immensely while I’m at work, they knock into everything. Even my dress shirts have buttoned cuffs.
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