Power dressing: Paul James

Paul James, 46, is global brand leader of St Regis Hotels and Resorts, and the Luxury Collection of hotels. He is responsible for development and guest experience in Starwood’s 150 high-end hotels.

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.


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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.


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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

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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.


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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.


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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.


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Watch: Dunhill

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


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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.


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Glasses: Pro-design

They’re Danish and from Disrespectacles in New York.


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