WHAT I’VE LEARNED
Tom Ford – 46, London, Los Angeles, and Santa Fe
“My eyebrows? Brushed a bit, but not manipulated or tweezed.”
…EVEN AS A CHILD, I was totally into style. I think you are either born caring about the way your shoes look or you’re not.
…DRESSING WELL is a kind of good manners, if you ask me. When you’re standing in a room, your effect is the same as a chair’s effect, or a sculpture’s. You’re part of someone’s view, you’re part of that world, and so you should dress well. I find it’s a show of respect to try to put on your best face and look as good as you can.
…ALWAYS KEEP your jacket buttoned. If I have one rule for men, it’s that. It instantly makes your silhouette. It’ll take pounds off you, just in terms of shape.
…WHEN IT COMES to men’s clothing I am an Anglophile, and if I did not design my own men’s tailoring collection, I would have my wardrobe made on Savile Row.
…IT’S A MYTH that great style requires constant reinvention. Personal style, unlike fashion, derives its power from consistency. Think of the clothes that you’ve returned to throughout your life. Most likely, certain themes keep reapperaing. Maybe it’s a preference for monochrome, or it’s a confident use of color. Or maybe it could simply be the fact that you’ve always felt more comfortable in double-breasted suits opposed to single.
…THE BLAZER has been the single most important piece in my wardrobe since I was about 12. If I am traveling, no matter where I go, I always carry a blazer.
…LUXURY for me is getting someone on the phone instead of an answering machine. It’s being able to get help when I walk into a store. And it’s when someone calls me if something comes in that I might like, or sends it to my home. That is a huge part of what luxury is for me right now – to be taken care of.
This is an Exerpt from Esquire’s Big Black Book 2008