Power dressing: Christian Kesberg

As Austrian trade commissioner for the US, Christian Kesberg provides diplomatic efforts focused on Austrian businesses. He helps set up overseas subsidiaries and deals with Austrian investments in the US.

Suit by Ermenegildo Zegna

This is a pinstripe summer suit. I buy clothes in the same store as my father, Glasner in Klagenfurt, a small town in Austria. This suit is simple, elegant, timeless but not boring – the image I want to portray.


Shirt by Lim’s

This shirt has French cuffs and a little thing under the knot of your tie that holds the shirt together. When I was trade commissioner for South Korea I found Lim’s at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul. They have my measurements and I order 20 at a time.


Tie by Zegna

Austria has the image of being expensive, wealthy and traditional, so I want to resemble that image. At work I wear a tie, except on casual Fridays.

Shoes by Ludwig Reiter

My shoes come from a small company that makes Goodyear welted shoes. The upper part is sewn to the sole, which not many companies do. My wisdom on shoes came from my father, who started as a messenger boy and worked his way up to running an insurance company. He always said he was too poor to buy cheap shoes.


Watch by Breguet

This is an elegant and complicated watch. I could never have afforded it but I got it at an auction.


Eyeglasses by Wolf Vision

These are by a small manufacturer called Andy Wolf. They do the work by hand. They are the Zegna of glasses. This is perhaps my 50th pair of glasses.


Cufflinks from a small Italian store

These are platinum with four little diamonds, from a tiny store in Verona – I forget the name.

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