Five key purchases for the power-dressing man
Whether you’ve got an office in the C-suite or not, chances are you want to look like the power player you are while at work. Though an impeccably tailored suit (like the ones crafted by these top-notch bespoke houses) is the obvious first place to start when building a sharp professional wardrobe, accessories like face-framing eyewear and a sumptuous leather briefcase are equally important when it comes to looking like you mean business. Keep reading to discover the five essential pieces every tycoon should have in his wardrobe.
Nothing says you mean business quite like an ultra-luxe briefcase. Parisian brand Berluti’s styles — especially the instantly recognisable Un Jour — have always been a firm favourite, and the minimalist Profil 1 briefcase (US$4,450 ($A5500)) shown here is the ultimate addition to your work wardrobe. Its internal pockets will keep all of your pitches and documents organised, and the rich cognac leather will only look better as it develops a rich patina on your way up the corporate ladder.
For days that you can forgo a buttoned-up suit, slip on a plush cashmere blazer to keep things comfortable without sacrificing style. This subtly unstructured blazer (US$850 ($A1050)) from 73-year-old Savile Row tailor Hardy Amies (Gregory Peck, David Hockney, and the royal family are all fans of the house’s perfectly cut suits and separates) pairs easily with everything from crisp button-down shirts to thin turtlenecks and knit polos, making it a piece that will quickly become a workday workhorse.
Though slightly less formal than a pair of sleek lace-ups, the double-monk-strap shoe is a must-have in every working man’s wardrobe. Heritage English brand John Lobb makes some of the best on the market, and this navy Willam II style (US$1,510 ($A1870)) is no exception. The chunky lug sole will add a touch of visual interest to more conservative suits and is sure to keep you feeling comfortable — no matter how many back-to-back meetings you need to run between.
Known for its crisp cotton and expertly tailored cuts, Ascot Chang shirts have long been an office essential. The Hong Kong–based brand has outposts in New York City and Beverly Hills, where clients can order bespoke pieces and find ready-to-wear shirts — like the subtle blue-and-white graph-check style (US$275 ($A340)) shown here — that will pair easily with every suit in your collection.
Cutler and Gross
Polish off a sharp suit with a pair of sleek eyeglasses from the optical experts at Cutler and Gross. The British brand offers a huge range of handmade sunglasses and optical frames, though we are particularly partial to the classic 1290/2-01 (US$440 ($550)) for its nearly universally flattering shape and rich tortoiseshell acetate that will slot seamlessly into your wardrobe.