The store is also looking really good lately – they seem to be finding and good balance between classics and modern fashion. I guess it helps that so many of the classics Brooks Brothers has introduced through the years are so fashionable right now. I sat down with one of the main men behind the Brooks Brothers revival Simon Kneen ,VP & Creative Design Director, to find out a little more about his personal style.
Best Sartorial advice from your Dad?
I only buy ____slim pants_____ in Europe.
I only buy ____button down shirts______ in America.
You build your daily look around your?
Color palette ? coordinated and never matched
The first thing I look at in another Sartorialist?s outfit.
I skimp when buying.
My rule is to always buy the best you can afford
I splurge when buying.
Socks – as I only recently discovered cashmere ones
I always break this fashion rule.
There are no rules in fashion and if I felt there were I would certainly break them.
Now good taste is another question?..
Must have item for Fall 2006
Something in natural camelhair ? sweater or sportcoat
New York ? Brooks Brothers Madison
London ? Purdey
Paris ? Old England (sadly closing)
Milan ? Biffi Uomo
Hong Kong ? Dries Van Noten
Anyone in Milan
Worst fashion mistake
Too many to mention
Most cherished item
Denims that have aged with me.
Favorite item of clothing
Brooks Brothers Made to Measure suits and My button down oxford shirts.
Favorite ?fashiony? movie
I never feel guilty about any pleasure.
Personal Style quirk
At the moment no socks with shoes and pocket squares
Most overrated item in menswear
I?m not a tie person
Most underrated item in menswear
Having things tailored to your body.
Most stylish city?
Milan by far ?though London is catching up .
Never caught wearing?
Flip ?flops and headwear indoors.
When I was high school I wore?
School uniform of grey flannel and the most horrendous shade of Royal Blue for blazers and sweaters.
Shine your own shoes?
Sometimes yes. It is good therapy in making me appreciate the good things I can afford.
Tennis when I visit my family in England
Favorite fashion magazine?
Favorite other magazine?
Creed Eurofla ? been wearing it forever and I always moisturize with anything available after shaving