Power dressing: Blake Mycoskie

‘I feel from a business productivity standpoint that ties make no sense’: one modern entrepreneur on what makes a successful work wardrobe

Blake Mycoskie established the shoe company Toms in 2006, after he met children living in Argentina who couldn’t afford shoes. Now, the company matches every shoe purchased with another pair for a child in need and is stocked more than 30 countries.

Shirt by La Martina

I have a lot of La Martina shirts and they fit very well. It’s an Argentinean polo brand which started in Buenos Aires and its crest is two polo players touching mallets at the top in celebration of a goal. I love playing polo and being on horses. They make beautiful clothing, great leather goods and they’ve started to expand in Europe as well. I started Toms in Argentina so I go there all the time.

www.lamartina.com

Trousers by Rugby by Ralph Lauren

I take after my grandmother who was a crazy dresser; her clothes were a great conversation-starter. I have a collection of about 30 pairs of these kind of pants now. This is actually me on a dressed-up day. I feel from a business productivity standpoint that ties make no sense. Why, when you’re trying to get people to be creative, would you restrict them in the clothing they wear?

www.rugby.com

Belt from Brookhollow golf club

This is from a friend of mine’s golf club in Dallas, Texas, called Brookhollow. The reason I have this is because I was in a golf tournament once where you had to have your shirt tucked in. I needed a belt and got one from the clubhouse.

www.brookhollowgc.org

Shoes by Toms

I wear these all the time; they are my “go-to shoe”. They are red with the original espadrille bottom. I have multiple pairs in the same style.

www.toms.com

Sunglasses by Toms

These are part of our one-for-one programme in which every time we sell a pair of sunglasses, we provide eye care for someone who can’t afford it, whether that’s providing glasses, sight-saving surgery or medical eye treatments.

www.toms.com

Bracelet

Often when I go on a “shoe drop”, the community will want to give me a present. On the first drop five-and-a-half years ago, a child gave me a red friendship bracelet. I tied it on my wrist, and it has never come off.

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