Mr Evgeny Lebedev

Fast Facts

  • Hotel: The Hassler
  • Book: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
  • City: London
  • Essential item: My dark tie collection
  • Grooming: Crème de la Mer face cream
  • Style icon: Oscar Wilde
  • Style tip: Trust your own taste

Biography

Mr Lebedev bought the Evening Standard in 2009 and Independent Print, publishers of the Indendent, the Indendent on Sunday and the i, in 2010. In 2006 he and President Mikhail Gorbachev co-founded the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation, named for Mr Gorbachev's late wife, which helps children with cancer in Russia and the UK. He is patron of the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, which has raised more than £10m to help disadvantaged London children and their families. Mr Lebedev is a patron of the London arts scene, particularly as a champion of contemporary art and theatre. He also co-owns the east London pub the Grapes with Sir Ian McKellen and Sean Mathias. evgenylebedev.net twitter.com/mrevgenylebedev

Mr Lebedev's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

“I love nothing more than simple, local food that's high quality and tastes delicious. I love the shepherd's pie at The Grapes.”

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BEST BAR

“The one in my house in Italy. Being surrounded by well-watered friends in my own bar following an excellent dinner is my idea of heaven.”

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VACATION CHOICE

“I spend most of my time abroad at my house - the Palazzo Terranova in Perugia. It's good to be near my wolf, Boris.”

TOP CITY

“London, of course! There are so many reasons why London is the greatest city in the world, and why so much of the world comes to see, hear, taste, touch and smell it.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

The Hassler in Rome. Exquisite views of the domes - it's what Roman life is all about.”

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TYPE OF BAG

“Well, obviously I don't carry bags myself.”

FAVOURED BRAND

“Probably Saint Laurent at the moment, because of Hedi Slimane, who is just so talented.”

ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“Probably my dark tie collection. I'm seldom found anywhere without one.”

STYLE ICON

“Oscar Wilde. He was an immaculate individual in so many senses.”

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STYLE TIP

“Trust your own taste. It's an unfortunate tip for those who don't have it!”

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TAILOR

“I have most of my clothes tailored by my wonderful housekeeper. But I rarely have things made - I just don't have the patience.”

BEST SHIRT BRAND

Dolce & Gabbana make great-quality white shirts.”

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FAVOURITE SUIT

“I haven't worn a suit for three years...”

CUT OF TROUSERS

“I'd have to say my black skinny jeans. I tend to wear Dolce & Gabbana .”

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PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“My rule tends to be tightly fitted, with narrow lapels.”

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SHOE MAKER

“I love my Bottega Veneta shoes. Elegant and comfortable.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“Crème de la Mer face cream. Amazing stuff.”

DREAM CAR

“Probably the ZiL limousine. The ZiL is a classic Russian make used by the Soviet government to this day, and the traditional square design is instantly recognisable and very, very cool.”

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WATCH BRAND

“I own a few, but my favourite would have to be my Roger Dubuis.”

BEST BOOK

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh, because it so perfectly describes journalists as they really are.”

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FAVOURITE ALBUM

“Elton John's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.”