Power dressing: Paul James

The global brand leader of St Regis Hotels thinks a seersucker jacket is today’s take on the tradition of dressing up

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Jacket: Harvie and Hudson

I like the cut of Savile Row’s Gieves & Hawkes, where I had my first bespoke suit made, but I got this seersucker jacket from Harvie and Hudson on Jermyn Street last May for the St Regis polo cup. I think seersucker is today’s take on the tradition of dressing up.

www.harvieandhudson.com

Pocket square: House of Waris

This is burgundy and blue silk with a little fleur-de-lys crest. It helps transform a traditional jacket into something more contemporary.

www.houseofwaris.com

Shirt: Stock House Il Giglio

I was in Florence when we were opening the St Regis there and I ran out of shirts. The concierge rang this place on a street behind the Piazza d’Ognissanti. They sell shirts that are beautifully made, fit like they were tailored for me and only cost between €50 and €70.

Stock House Il Giglio, Via Borgo Ognissanti 86

Cufflinks: Button and Bean

My wife had these made. They’re silver double-edged disks with the first drawing my son did of an alien, and they go with me everywhere.

www.notonthehighstreet.com

Trousers: Barba

The Italians taught me to dress like an Englishman. When I got to Italy I learnt about fabrics, tailoring and English shoes. This store in Venice is run by one guy with an excellent eye. When I go back to Venice for the reopening of our Gritti Palace hotel, I will buy more. They are smart enough for work but not the dreaded chino.

www.shirtsandties.it

Socks: Harvie and Hudson

The luxury hotel world in Europe is formal but I hate black socks. These are simple red cotton, and bring everything together.

www.harvieandhudson.com

Watch: Dunhill

This Dunhill Facet is 15 years old, bought with my first big bonus.

www.dunhill.com

Shoes: Tricker’s

These brown brogues must be over a decade old, and have been resoled a few times. The first thing my old boss told me was to buy a really good pair of shoes you can’t afford. I went to Jones Bootmaker in Windsor and bought a pair of classic English brogues and it got me into the habit. Thanks, Mr Wolf.

www.trickers.com

Glasses: Pro-design

They’re Danish and from Disrespectacles in New York.

www.prodesigndenmark.com

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