July 18, 2014 5:45 pm

Abdullah Al-Turki, contemporary art collector

‘I think Saint Laurent started the relationship between art and fashion when he adopted art for his main collections’

Saudi-born Abdullah Al-Turki, 34, is a London-based contemporary art collector and co-founder of Saudi arts initiative 21,39 Jeddah Arts. He also sits on Tate’s Middle East north African acquisition committee.

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Jeans by Acne

I only buy my jeans from Acne. You can never go wrong with jeans. You can wear them during the day and the night, so if I’m going to a meeting or an art fair they work – then you can dress them up at night. I usually go for black or denim jeans. I used to dress a lot more colourfully when I was younger, in green and yellow or red and blue, which I don’t like wearing any more.

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Shirt by Acne

Acne shirts look personalised because they have the “A” initial on them, which just so happens to be my initial. This is a plain white button-down shirt. It’s cotton, very light and perfect for summer. I tend to buy the same style of shirt from them each season. Sometimes I get shirts made but they are never perfect, so I would always prefer to go to my favourite brands – it’s easier, especially if you can get your initials on it as well.

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Abdullah Al-Turki

Jacket by Bottega Veneta

This jacket is from the current collection. It goes well with white and navy, which are the colours I tend to wear. I definitely invest in high-quality jackets and overcoats. I used to shop in London at the weekend and try so many different things in the stores but now Mr Porter has changed my life. I can try clothes on at home and if they don’t fit, I can send someone to exchange them.

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Watch by Patek Philippe

My watch is understated and very simple; I don’t like big watches or anything with diamonds. There are a lot of scuffs and scratches on it, which are a result of hiking in the Grand Canyon and then on to a crater in Flagstaff, Arizona. That trip is one of the most memorable things I’ve done in my life.

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Shoes from Yves Saint Laurent

At the beginning of the week it’s more about trousers, a suit or jacket and smart shoes. These boots are from the Yves Saint Laurent days when Stefano Pilati was the creative director. I think Saint Laurent started the relationship between art and fashion when he adopted art for his main collections.

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Photograph: Charlie Bibby

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