Mr David Macklovitch

Fast Facts

  • Style tip: It's about the fit
  • Watch: A 1970s Omega Constellation
  • Suit: Maison Martin Margiela
  • Jacket: Balmain
  • Shirt: A.P.C.
  • Jeans: Dior 17cm
  • Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent Zabriskie boots
  • Bag: J.Crew leather messenger bag

Biography

Born and raised in Montreal, Mr Macklovitch was among the first editors of Vice magazine. He then moved to New York to attend Columbia University’s PhD programme in French and romance philology. He has taught French and French literature at Columbia University and Barnard College, and, somewhere along the line, started the electro-funk band Chromeo with his best friend from high school. www.chromeo.net facebook.com//chromeo twitter.com//@chromeo

Recent Work

  • 'When The Night Falls' - Chromeo 'When The Night Falls' - Chromeo

Mr Macklovitch's Recommendations

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FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

“In New York, I would say Marlow & Sons. When I'm in town, I go about once a week. I usually get one of the ever-changing daily specials. In Paris, my buddy Romain-Gavras just put me on to this new spot called Septime. Absolutely delectable. Again, get the chef's tasting menu and wine pairings – anything else would be uncivilised.”

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BEST BAR

“I don’t go to bars much, honestly, and couldn’t tell you the difference between a Rusty Nail and a Shirley Temple, but I like Kenmare and this lovely little spot in the East Village called Elsa.”

VACATION CHOICE

“Paris. I have a bunch of friends there. I like to do the museum rounds, pop by my favourite restos, bookshops and, hey, the shopping isn’t too shabby either. All in all, it’s the most stimulating of cities and I always come home inspired.”

TOP CITY

“It's between Paris, New York and Montreal. Paris, for reasons outlined above. New York, simply put, because it’s where the movie Wild Style takes place. And when I saw that movie, as a hip-hop hungry teenager in my hometown of Montreal, I said to myself: one day, I’m going to live there. The fascination remains. When I finally moved there in 2002 to begin my PhD, I remember gazing at the skyline from the Morningside Park vantage point and feeling like Rastignac at the end of Le Père Goriot: 'À nous deux, maintenant'.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

“I've spent about 200 nights on the road this year so it’s all a blur. In London, The Boundary is really nice. In Paris, Hotel Amour, if you get a duplex. In Montreal, casa Macklovitch offers expedited laundry service. Yes that was a dad joke.”

TYPE OF BAG

“For school, I have a leather J.Crew messenger bag that ages so beautifully you could swear it’s vintage. On tour I bring a black Maison Martin Margiela duffel bag in which I can seemingly fit absolutely everything I own.”

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FAVOURED BRAND

“Hedi Slimane for Dior Homme. There is no other possible answer.”

ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“An impeccably structured, black Maison Martin Margiela shawl collar blazer. It goes with everything, can be dressed down or up, fits perfectly, and after a year’s worth of abuse on the road it shows nary a sign of wear and tear.”

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MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“My mother.”

STYLE ICON

“Dylan, Springsteen, Gainsbarre. No explanation necessary.”

STYLE TIP

“It's not about the brand, it's about the fit. Find what fits you the best and stick to it. Other style tips in random order: every man should own a good blazer, a good leather jacket, an impeccably fitting pair of jeans and a good pair of boots. Sneakers every day are unacceptable over the age of 30. Don’t be afraid to accessorise. Two things you shouldn’t wash too often: your hair and your jeans. Step up your suit game, you look like a car salesman.”

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TAILOR

“I should really look into one of those fancy tailors that everyone talks about, but out of convenience I always end up at The Orchard Tailor Services for alterations and they do the job just fine. (They're also lightning quick and dirt cheap.)”

BEST SHIRT BRAND

“I have Dior shirts, but because I have broad shoulders, I can never close the top button to wear a tie. If I go one size over, they become too boxy, so I’m off to The Orchard Tailor Services again. I have a couple of A.P.C. shirts that are both slim and tie-compatible, and a new Yves Saint Laurent one that looks promising as well. The search continues. Perhaps I should try Charvet ?”

FAVOURITE SUIT

Maison Martin Margiela

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CUT OF TROUSERS

“Who wears trousers?”

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JEANS BRAND

“Dior. Have to be 17cm.”

UNDERWEAR CHOICE

“Muji trunks.”

PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

Balmain makes the perfect pea coat; Yves Saint Laurent makes the perfect aviator leather bomber; Slimane, era Dior, makes the perfect leather jacket. Burberry Prorsum makes the perfect overcoat and there are some nice new Yves Saint Laurent models in that category as well.”

SHOE MAKER

“ Yves Saint Laurent Zabriskie boots. It’s nearly impossible to find the perfect pair of Chelsea boots. Either you go vintage and they’re too crunchy looking, or you get something new and it doesn’t look classic. Or they’re too pointy. Or too round. Or the heel isn’t high enough. Then I found it: the Yves Saint Laurent Zabriskies, which, incidentally are just as perfect with jeans as with a (well-tailored) suit. And trousers, for whoever wears those.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“Kiehl’s Creative Cream Wax. Alas, it’s the only product that has managed to make some sense out of the hair I’ve been endowed with.”

DREAM CAR

“A 1970s Citroën DS, preferably the model with Venetian blinds in the rear window (I believe it’s 1973 or 1974). I actually don’t know how to drive and always told myself that I would only learn once I owned one.”

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WATCH BRAND

“A 1970s gold-plated Omega Constellation.”

ESSENTIAL GADGET

“My BlackBerry. It's a tragic thing.”

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BEST BOOK

“Marcel Proust's In Search Of Lost Time, because it’s the greatest piece of literature ever written.”

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FAVOURITE ALBUM

“Michael Jackson's Thriller, because it’s the greatest piece of music ever recorded.”

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