Mark Twain certainly got it right when he said clothes make the man. Indeed, naked people have little influence on society, if they have any at all. On the other hand, there’s something undeniably impressive, compelling even, about a well-dressed man. We bring to you five men from the UK business scenes who have conceded with Twain and have mastered the art that is dressing well and looking dapper, at all times.
Five businessmen who definitely dress to impress
Sharp, well-dressed, and fashionable, these men lead the look-book with their dapper personal style.
Long-term music manager of singer Tinie Tempah, Dumi Oburota is a man of many accomplishments. He’s the manager who helped Tempah rise to stardom. He’s the co-founder of the entertainment and lifestyle label Disturbing London. And, he’s the high-fashion brand leader who likes to lead by example when it comes to. With his sharp personal sense of style, Oburota talks the talk and walks the walk.
In an interview to Fashion We Like, Oburota named his dad as one of the key influencers in his personal fashion. The 20-something manager’s favourite fashion house is Burberry, and his most treasured wardrobe item is his denim jacket. His self-described mantra of style – clean, traditional, and street.
Speaking of Dumi Oburota’s favourite fashion house, we have the CEO of Burberry Christopher Bailey as one of the top-five well-dressed businessmen in our list. Having joined the C-suite in 20004 as the Creative Director of the high-fashion label, Bailey quickly progressed to the roles of Chief Creative Officer (2009) and then the Chief Executive Officer in 2014. Indeed, one does not leap the executive chains of a fashion house like Burberry without being a dapper fashionist themselves. Whether standing next to the runway in a form fitted three piece suit, or partying it up with the illuminati in the good old jeans-with-jacket, Bailey never fails to impress.
The newly appointed Managing Director of Fenwick of Bond Street, David Walker-Smith has been the city’s darling for decades now. In his roles as the Buying Director of Selfridge or a board member of the British Fashion Council, Walker-Smith has built himself a reputation of looking spot-on, every single time.
The men’s fashion icon describes his personal sense of style as individualistic and lists Prada, Margiela, and Alexander McQueen as his favourite designers. Walker-Smith is singlehandedly turning Fenwick into a fashion powerhouse, influenced at least in part, by his own image. We have no complaints.
Frédéric de Narp
Few CEOs look as sharp as Frédéric de Narp, the Chief Executive Officer of Bally. For this style icon, who stresses on the importance of the right shoes and not just the right shirt or suit, when it comes to dressing for business, George Clooney and Ben Affleck are the sources of fashion inspiration.
His advice for UK’s professionals – focus on look and fit when it comes to both suits and shoes. Dress up every bit in your formal, business attire even if you’re about to meet a client on a conference call. That’s how you show respect for your clients.
Max Pogliani is one of those few CEOs who look as sharp as de Narp. Pogliani, who is known for his penchant of turning seemingly ordinary things into the extraordinary – whether the coffee brand Nespresso or the clothes he wears. And while removed Pogliani from fashion (Vertu being a mobile company), it could not remove fashion from one of London’s most well-dressed businessmen. As the CEO of Vertu, he has sponsored the British Fashion Council/ GQ Designer Menswear Fund, which awards £200,000 to a promising British clothes label every year.
However, they’re all rich, successful businessmen. They have the all the means to dress good and look great, right? Wrong. Sure, these men have the resources to purchase any amount of up-scale clothing. However, expensive clothes do not translate into skilful fashion. Sharp personal style does. So does the right tailoring. What is your personal style mantra?