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Mr James Sleaford

Fast Facts

Biography

In 2007, after 12 years as a freelance menswear fashion editor in London, Mr Sleaford jumped at the opportunity to become the first GQ France fashion editor-in-chief and to help launch the magazine. Since then, he has had the opportunity to “both integrate myself into the French culture and challenge the French man on how to dress!” www.gqmagazine.fr

Mr Sleaford's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

Ralph’s De Ralph Lauren, Paris. Favourite dish: Ralph’s Burger – Jalapeno style!”

BEST BAR

Hotel Particulier Montmatre. The ambience is very Mad Men – an intimate lounge with velour sofas and backgammon boards.”

VACATION CHOICE

“Anywhere in Spain – beaches, sea, tapas and friends. It has everything.”

TOP CITY

“New York. I love the energy and the can-do attitude! It’s fast, colourful and cultural. I love Central Park, going to MOMA or sitting in a café in SoHo watching people go by”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

The Standard in New York. Its design and construction over the skyline is so unique and unusual. I love its location between the Meat Packing district and the Hudson river – the views are fantastic!”

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TYPE OF BAG

“I alternate between two bags: for business, a softer Louis Vuitton monogrammed briefcase and for more casual affairs I have a black leather shopper bag by Dior Homme.”

Christopher joined Burberry in May 2001
Christopher joined Burberry in May 2001

FAVOURED BRAND

Burberry Prorsum – under the leadership of Christopher Bailey this label has gone from strength to strength and each season there is always some unique interpretation of a design classic, whether it’s the trench or the peacoat (which I crave).”

ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“My J Brand Denim Jeans – slim- to straight-cut in a dark worn-in denim. I wear them with everything from a J.Crew classic grey cotton T-shirt to a navy fitted wool-blend blazer by Dries Van Noten.”

MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Kate Winslet, Eva Green, Cate Blanchett…”

STYLE ICON

Steve McQueen – he was so effortlessly cool. A pair of chinos,T-shirt, V-neck jumper and Barbour jacket – basically amazing.”

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STYLE TIP

“Never wear a blazer or a jacket with sleeves that are too long! You should always be able to see 1 to 2cm of shirt cuff underneath.”

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BEST SHIRT BRAND

“My Gucci granddad-collar striped fine cotton shirt. Easy to wear with trousers and jeans and due to its shortened tailored length can easily be worn both inside and outside the trousers.”

FAVOURITE SUIT

“les dandys offer the French customer a younger, slimmer, modern silhouette with lots of room for personalisation.”

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CUT OF TROUSERS

“My Acne Studios wool-blend slim-fit black trousers. Beautifully tailored and very modern.”

JEANS BRAND

“ J Brand Denim Tyler, slim- to straight-cut.”

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UNDERWEAR CHOICE

“Grey jersey shorts by Calvin Klein Underwear .”

PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

Paul Smith button double-breast jacket, a super modern take on a classic style.”

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SHOE MAKER

“Desert boot in sand, which can be worn with all my denims! My favourite brand is Paul Smith – someone who both modernises and twists the classics.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash. Travels everywhere with me.”

DREAM CAR

“Aston Martin DB8.”

WATCH BRAND

“Rolex Explorer 39mm.”

ESSENTIAL GADGET

“iBook.”

BEST BOOK

“Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. It's crazy, dark and the fundamental Catch-22 is so true.”

FAVOURITE ALBUM

“The Fleet Foxes – it's folky but modern. It takes me somewhere different.”

Brands Favoured by Mr Sleaford