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Mr Mike Walsh

Fast Facts

Biography

Advising some of the world's largest brands and companies on future trends, Mr Walsh is CEO of the consumer innovation research lab Tomorrow. Travelling the world to deliver lectures, his aim is for audiences to not only understand, but also to influence the future direction of their industry. He is the author of the best-selling book Futuretainment. www.mike-walsh.com facebook.com/mikejlwalsh twitter.com/mikewalsh

Recent Work

  • Recent Work
  • Futuretainment Futuretainment
  • The Divergence The Divergence

Mr Walsh's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

Hutong in Hong Kong. Enjoy the Beggar's Chicken in a recreated ancient Chinese temple atop a futuristic skyscraper, with Bladerunner-style skyline views of the city.”

The less Vermouth, the dryer the Martini
The less Vermouth, the dryer the Martini

BEST BAR

“My two louche favourites are the almond margaritas at Tretter's Bar in Prague, and a dry vodka martini at Isabel in Buenos Aires.”

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VACATION CHOICE

“My favourite place to forget the whole ludicrous idea of work is still the Greek Islands. On my last trip, the barman was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words 'What Crisis?'. I think that really sums up the uninterrupted hedonism of perfect sunsets, eating in restaurants with sand underfoot and lazy sun-soaked days.”

TOP CITY

“Tokyo, for all its wonderful contradictions, is a surreal supercity where the extreme future and the idiosyncratic past intermingle riotously. There are futuristic skyscrapers and robot shops in Akihabara, while piano-black 1950s taxis with lace coverings glide past luxury grocers selling individually-wrapped pieces of fruit.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

“I love Condesa DF in Mexico City. When I'm staying there I feel like I'm living in a chic, comfortably-worn apartment building with an eclectic collection of the olive-skinned jet set.”

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TYPE OF BAG

“My two essential bags are a dark brown woven lambskin briefcase by Bottega Veneta and an industrial-strength titanium Rimowa carry-on.”

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FAVOURED BRAND

“Whether it be slim-tailored jackets or sleekly-elegant shoes, I can always rely on finding something that fits me perfectly at Dolce & Gabbana.”

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ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“My Ralph Lauren Purple Label belt in dark brown crocodile. I literally wear it everyday.”

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MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“My mother.”

STYLE ICON

“Serge Gainsbourg for his rumpled elegance, piercing musical genius and insouciant air of overindulged sexiness. The only thing he wore better than his clothes were his women.”

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STYLE TIP

“Contrast expensive, tailored items with casual, broken-in favourites.”

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TAILOR

“Tailors, wherever I can – usually on the run.”

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BEST SHIRT BRAND

“I used to borrow my father's bespoke Turnbull & Asser , three-button, barrel-cuff sea island shirts when I was a teenager applying for my first job. Quite frankly, I don't think I have ever found better.”

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FAVOURITE SUIT

“A wonderful secret tailor in Hong Kong, and I'm not sharing.”

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CUT OF TROUSERS

“White linen trousers by Ralph Lauren Purple Label .”

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JEANS BRAND

“Slim cut, dark denim by Nudie Jeans Co.”

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UNDERWEAR CHOICE

“Dolce & Gabbana boxers.”

PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“A very slim-cut blazer in french navy or black by Dolce & Gabbana, or a suit jacket from the Japanese-made, Paul Smith main-line collection.”

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SHOE MAKER

“Tom Ford loafers. Luxurious, well made and yet, still wonderfully impertinent.”

FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“Dermologica Multivamin Power Recovery Masque. An essential face-saving ritual after a long-haul flight.”

DREAM CAR

“A silver 1957 Mercedes 300SL Roadster. I have a beautiful midnight blue 230SL at my beach house in Australia, but I still dream about that Fifties roadster.”

WATCH BRAND

“A white gold IWC Perpetual Calendar.”

ESSENTIAL GADGET

“My old-school Leica M6 camera.”

BEST BOOK

The Great Gatsby. Still the most evocative fable on the ambiguity of chasing your dreams.”

FAVOURITE ALBUM

“The opera Tristan und Isolde by Wagner, conducted by Carlos Kleiber. Dark, mesmerising, powerful. I listen to it constantly and hear something new every time.”