Suit by Hermès
At Loews, we have a business-casual dress code but, as I spend a lot of time meeting outside bankers and partners, I tend to wear conservative, custom-made suits by Hermès in navy or grey, with the occasional pinstripe. As someone who cares about being fit, I like that these slim-cut suits hide what they need to and accentuate the rest.
Shirt by Charvet
I get all my shirts from Charvet in Paris because I like the trim cut, traditional collar, and proper French cuffs. I have a wide range of colours – from light pinks and purples to basic blue and white.
Cufflinks by Hemmerle
I am a fan of cufflinks and wear them every day. Many have been given to me by my wife, Lizzie, who finds me difficult to buy for, and my favourites include the ones I am wearing – a white gold pair by German designer Hemmerle. I also have several pairs by Parisian jeweller Lorenz Bäumer. The most special set I own is from Tiffany and they were designed to commemorate our football team, the New York Giants, winning the Super Bowl in 2012. These silver cufflinks are in the shape of the winning trophy and serve as a reminder of that special victory.
Tie by Hermès
I tend to play to my audience with all of my clothing choices, including my ties. I work in the hospitality business and meet staff internally much of the time but I also work with bankers, lawyers and others in a more formal capacity, so I need to look professional and not loud in any way. As a result, I don’t take a lot of risks with my tie choices and typically choose solid colours. Every once in a while I will get more creative and wear something with stripes but that’s the extent of the patterns. A few times a year, however, I will wear a Hermès tie with a whimsical elephant print. I wear this one when I attend board meetings at my alma mater, Tufts University, as the elephant is the school mascot. Otherwise, it’s plain, subdued ties all the way.
Watch by MAD
I am currently wearing a unique watch by MAD that I bought at Colette in Paris. This company takes a Rolex and basically redoes the finish in unexpected ways. This one is a subtle grey stainless steel model with a matt finish and it strikes the perfect balance between casual and formal. I love the ruggedness of a Rolex that has been combined with a sleek polish, and I get many compliments on this unusual timepiece.
Belt by Armani
Belts, and socks, are a bit of an afterthought for me. I wear the simplest ones available – in either black or very dark brown – with a discreet silver buckle. These are not statement pieces for me but rather functional things that I prefer no one notices.
Shoes by JM Weston
I get all my dress shoes from JM Weston, the French shoemaker that specialises in comfortable, very well-made footwear. Again, I always go for conservative black or dark brown leather as it works with all of my suiting, and I prefer lace-ups for a more formal look. I also wear their loafers with more casual trousers. If I am feeling really informal, I will wear sneakers by Hogan. I spend a lot of time on my feet, so I prefer shoes that are comfortable but that can also stand up to the elements.