My first job was at Suzuya, I began on the floor then worked as a buyer. Â It was one of the most successful Japanese retail chains during the 70s. Â This all led to my current position as co-owner of United Arrows.
Has this influenced the way you experiment with clothing?
I always play when getting dressed, which really depends on my inspiration; one day I may be an 80â€™s musician in London, another day Iâ€™m a preppy Italian guy. When I followed the glam rock style I wore a bleached out denim jacket with fake snakeskin on the sleeve.
Have you worn anything surprisingly bold lately?
Iâ€™ve recently started wearing Doc Martens boots.
What do you find yourself collecting?
I have more than 5000 analog LPs. It all stemmed from the Beatles, who I thought were not only amazing musicians, but also great fashion icons.
How has your approach to getting dressed evolved over the past 10 years?Â
I’ve become a bit more simple and classic, but with a little more of a twist; I admire the style of Fred Astaire and the movie Modesty Blaise.
Do you have a signature drink?
Sometimes I drink Single Malt Whisky, which I make myself.
I wear a grey Cashmere Muffler that I cherish because it was given to me by my father.
Which shops do you visit when you’re in New York?
Newspapers. I read three papers a day.
What do you wear when traveling?
Most underrated item in menswear?
TheÂ Alden Cordovan Plain Toe # 990,I can’t help buying shoes.Â Shirts and Shoes are very important for me.
Best sartorial rule to break?
Mixing seasonal fabrics, such as a linen jacket with a shetland pullover.
At a party in the islands one time, I advised an editor friend to wrap a sarong beneath his dinner jacket as his bottoms.
Best sartorial rule to follow?
Always be clean.