Mr Imran Amed

Fast Facts

  • Jacket: Double-breasted blazer
  • Shirt: Icho
  • Trousers: E. Tautz , roomy
  • Jeans: A.P.C. Cure
  • Shoes: John Lobb Oxfords
  • Bag: Calgary tote

Biography

Founder and Editor of The Business of Fashion - a hub of informed, analytical and opinionated points of view on the fashion business. Mr Amed is one of the fashion industry’s leading thinkers on digital media. He is an Associate Lecturer at Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design and leads a bespoke mentoring program for promising young designers at Fashion East. In 2011, British GQ included him on its annual list of the 100 most influential men in Britain. www.businessoffashion.com twitter.com/_bof_

Recent Work

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  • Bill Amberg Calgary Bag Bill Amberg Calgary Bag
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Mr Amed's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

Chisou on Prince’s Street in London, just off Hanover Square. Regardless of what I have for my main course, I always start with the Horenso Salad.”

VACATION CHOICE

“I love Africa. When my parents moved back to Kenya 15 years ago, it gave me a chance to visit often and reconnect with my heritage and culture, which is rooted in the South Asian community in East Africa. My favourite places to visit on the continent are the ‘spice island' of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, for rest and relaxation; the Masai Mara for breathtaking wildlife and vistas of the Serengeti; and Cape Town, one of the most beautiful (and fun!) cities in the world.”

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TOP CITY

“In Montreal, anything goes. I went to university there, so the city holds many great memories for me. But apart from collegiate nostalgia, there is the excellent food, friendly and stylish locals, diverse culture and nightlife, and a worldly, ‘open’ city feel. Best of all, there is a palpable and wonderful friction between the Protestant English and Catholic French cultures that gives the city a character all its own. My favourite time of year is spring, when all of that pent-up energy from the long, deep, freezing cold winter erupts as Montrealers pack the terrasses for the traditional cinq à sept happy hour on the first sunny day of the year.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

“The Hôtel Lancaster is my hotel of choice in Paris, because they bend over backwards to please. I go back so often, it feels like my home away from home. Last year, they accommodated me and 30 friends at the last minute for my birthday party when our original hotel plans did not pan out as expected. And, instead of telling us to shut down the after-party, they invited us to move it into their lounge downstairs, enabling us to carry on until the wee hours.”

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TYPE OF BAG

“Over the course of 2010, Bill Amberg and I have been working on developing a bag that would be at once stylish and functional, able to carry my technology and all of the other things I need over the course of a long, busy day. The result is a tote called the Calgary bag, after the Canadian city where I was born, and it comes in nine different materials, all in the same silhouette. The bag comes out in early 2011.”

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FAVOURED BRAND

“It’s hard to find clothes that fit me perfectly off the rack, but Band of Outsiders fits me like a glove.”

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ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“A durable boiled-cashmere blazer by the Japanese bespoke tailors Icho is high quality (woven on 100-year-old looms in Kyoto), versatile (can be worn during any season, for any occasion) and perfectly suited to my taste and style. I could wear it everyday.”

MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Sade.”

STYLE ICON

“There’s not one particular person that I look to, but I love the rakish Italian style of Jude Law and Matt Damon’s characters in Anthony Minghella’s 1999 thriller The Talented Mr Ripley. Everything in the film – the clothes, the cars, the Italian cities and the sea – is so visually beautiful and effortlessly stylish it has permanently etched itself on to my brain.”

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STYLE TIP

“Be your own icon. As opposed to looking to others for ‘fashion’ cues, cultivate your own personal style by putting things together in a way that expresses your own personality and taste, while fitting with your lifestyle and body shape.”

TAILOR

“My current tailors of choice are Thom Sweeney. They are not only personable and cool, but offer a great service in a beautiful store combined with impeccable tailoring skills. They are the kind of guys you'd want to hang out with on the weekend.”

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BEST SHIRT BRAND

“My tailors of choice are Icho of Tokyo for suits and shirts. They intuitively understand my personal aesthetic and make quality clothes that will never go out of style.”

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FAVOURITE SUIT

“Icho.”

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CUT OF TROUSERS

“Since I spend a lot of time in skinny jeans, I particularly enjoyed the contrast of wearing a pair of roomy light-grey wool mohair pleated trousers from E. Tautz . They are the best pair of trousers I have bought recently.”

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JEANS BRAND

“J Brand Mick, A.P.C. Cure, and Nudie Slim Jim.”

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UNDERWEAR CHOICE

Calvin Klein Underwear or Uniqlo.”

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PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“I’m a sucker for blazers. Usually this means single-breasted, two buttons with a double vent, but lately I am really into DBs. I recently found some amazing, super skinny double-breasted Neopolitan tailoring from the 1970s, unworn with labels still on, in Portobello Market.”

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SHOE MAKER

John Lobb Oxfords. Timeless.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“Dermalogica. Simple and effective skincare products.”

DREAM CAR

“I haven’t owned a car since 1992 so, unsurprisingly, cars don’t really play a big part in my dreams. But if I were to rent a car, I would track down the red 1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider featured in The Talented Mr Ripley.”

WATCH BRAND

“A friend who is a watch aficionado helped me find a vintage 1960s Heuer Carrera watch in mint condition. It pre-dates Tag Heuer, the merged brand that we all know today, and has a small and discreet black dial face. I have to wind it myself every day.”

ESSENTIAL GADGET

“My iPhone connects me to everything I need, whenever I need it. Plus, it has a growing library of photos of my beautiful new niece.”

BEST BOOK

“To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee taught me about empathy. I’ll always remember the part when Atticus Finch said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.””

FAVOURITE ALBUM

“The first album I ever bought was Michael Jackson’s Thriller and to this day it remains one of my favourite albums ever. Each song is excellent, but together they make up a masterpiece. For the same reasons, I also love the The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Purple Rain by Prince.”

Brands Favoured by Mr Amed