Dress Code: James Brown, hairdresser


What are you wearing right now?

I'm in an Yves Saint Laurent pinstripe suit, with an old Hermès shirt and some comfortable Hermès shoes. That's pretty much my day to day uniform – I like looking smart.



Who's your style icon?

I always think Prince Charles looks rather dapper.



What can't you live without?

My signet ring, which has a fox's head on it. I wear it every day without fail.



Describe the best outfit you have ever worn.

It was to Kate's [Moss] 30th birthday party. The theme was the Beautiful and Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I wore a vintage pin stripe blazer and bow-tie. It was very 1930s.



What's in your wardrobe?

I only wear Hermès shirts. I like to cut off the collars as soon as I buy them, so it doesn't look too office-y, but more rock and roll with a twist. I also love Yves Saint Laurent suits.

What is in your washbag?

Embryolisse Moisturiser



If you could live in any decade, style-wise which would it be?

The 1920s without a doubt – so elegant, sophisticated and chic. Not to mention decadent.

How often do you look in the mirror?

Never – I don't have any mirrors in my house apart for a very little one that I use in the mornings when I shave. I'm not that bothered about what I look like during the day. I tend to just get on with things.

Any fashion confessions you want to share with us?

I love riding horses and I'm very, very particular about my riding boots. So I'm still waiting on a very expensive pair of bespoke riding boots that have taken two years to make and, unfortunately, still aren't right.

What's your secret style tip?

Keep things simple with a rock and roll edge. I like to describe my look as "Prince Charles at Glastonbury."



James Brown's new salon is at 82 Wigmore Street, London W1, 0207 486 6087

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