April 11, 2014 6:10 pm

Power Dressing: Gerry McGovern

Land Rover’s design director experiments with shirt colours, textured weaves and contrast cuffs
©Charlie Bibby

Gerry McGovern, 57, is design director and chief creative officer for the British car manufacturer Land Rover.

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Suit by Henry Poole & Co

I’ve gone through all the designer labels but I came to the conclusion about 10 years ago that, after a certain age, to be taken seriously, you want to be in bespoke. This mohair suit has a horseshoe collar waistcoat, the classic wearer of which was Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair. Although I’m in the design business, I’m a board member and am expected to be booted and suited – but I think I’m also expected to be a little different because I’m a creative.

henrypoole.com

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Shirt by Sean O’Flynn

Sean is a brilliant shirt maker – and he makes shirts for Bryan Ferry, one of my heroes. When I wear blue suits, I keep them fairly conservative. But I experiment with shirt colours, textured weaves and contrast cuffs.

seanoflynnshirtmaker.co.uk

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Tie by Drake’s

Drake’s does very nice quality ties and gets the size right. Like suit lapels, getting your tie width right is important. It’s all about optimising volume and proportion.

drakes-london.com

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Shoes by Moreschi

I don’t wear lace-ups; the only kind I wear are trainers. I always wear a Chelsea boot or a style in that vein. I like how my trousers sit on a boot. Moreschi has a mould of my foot and I just order the leathers and colours I like.

moreschi.it

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Pocket square by Charvet

I like to experiment with my pocket squares. This one is French silk from Charvet but I also wear ones I designed for Range Rover as part of our brand merchandise. I feel naked wearing a suit without a pocket square; I even have a pocket square in my overcoat.

charvet.com

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