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January 11, 2013 8:00 pm
Robert Walton, MBE, 56, is president of the Restaurant Association of Great Britain and founder of the Nth Degree Club, a member’s fine dining club that hosts dinners for executives across London.
Suit by Basilica Duo
I have a tailor I’ve used for years based in Berkshire. I have all my suits made by them including this grey three-piece flannel suit. The beauty is I can choose all my linings and their cut suits me perfectly. I’ve worn suits from all sorts of designers but I somehow always go back to this one. I bought my first suit in 1985 and the reaction from everyone else was, “Wow, that’s smart.” I suddenly moved from being one of the boys to a smart young man; that’s when I realised how important clothes were.
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Pocket square by Ralph Lauren
Whenever I’m out, I always buy handkerchiefs. I probably have over fifty now. I love a smart, slick look, and a pocket square gives that 1960s style that’s very fashionable at the moment. I wouldn’t wear a loose handkerchief, it has to be classic business attire. Everywhere I have worked everyone has always been immaculately dressed. Dressing well not only gives you confidence, but it gives people confidence in you.
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Shirt by Pal Zileri
This is a white cotton shirt with French cuffs. I bought this at Harvey Nichols, they have a wonderful Pal Zileri area. I have a cashmere jacket from Pal Zileri that I’ve had for five years and the thing I love about their clothes is the quality. Even if you throw it on the floor, which I don’t do, it still looks good.
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Tie by Hermès
This is my very favourite tie. The materials Hermès use always ties so beautifully and the length is just perfect. I have about 15 and they just always seem to suit whatever I’m wearing. This is royal blue with silvery grey pretzel-shaped links.
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Cufflinks by Tiffany
These cufflinks are simple round studs with a ball on one end and a slightly larger ball on the other end. They just go with anything. I have three pairs of them. The devil really is in the detail, I think about all aspects of my look, right down to cufflinks. Everything has to co-ordinate, everything has to match.
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Watch by Carl F Bucherer
This is my absolute favourite watch. I bought it in the Cayman Islands. It’s a stainless steel, bracelet link watch. What I like about this is there are so very few in this country. I like to be slightly different and it’s quite a modern, chunky watch while not being too over the top, too loud.
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Shoes by Dolce & Gabbana
These black lace-up dress shoes have a bit of a point and the tips are in a different sort of leather. I have to admit I actually like cleaning my shoes; it’s like cleaning a fabulous car.
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Socks by Ted Baker
They are from Fenwick’s in Bond Street and are the perfect grey – plus they have blue, pink and yellow stars on them.
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