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Mr Nicky Haslam

Fast Facts

  • Beautiful woman: Cyd Charisse
  • Style icon: Barry Dierks
  • Watch: Bvlgari
  • Brand: Hermes
  • Jeans: Acne Studios , narrow
  • Shoes: R.Soles
  • Bag: Leather satchel

Biography

An interior designer and socialite, Mr Haslam founded his London-based architectural and design firm, NH Design in the late 1980s. The firm is known for high-end design and bespoke furnishings and works on projects across the globe. Mr Haslam is the author of two books; a panorama of his work titled Sheer Opulence and Redeeming Features, a memoir. Since December 2010, he has been blogging for British newspaper The Telegraph. www.nh-design.co.uk

Mr Haslam's Recommendations

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FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

Le Voltaire in Paris. It’s somewhere one always looks forward to going to. It has the most terrific atmosphere. It’s not trying to be anything it’s not. I love the brains and all that deliciously cooked French offal.”

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BEST BAR

“Mine at home. I love a thing called an Old Fashioned – so delicious that Cole Porter wrote a song about it. I make it with a sugar lump soaked in brandy with orange juice and maraschino cherry juice, a dash of Canadian whisky and soda water.”

TOP CITY

“Istanbul. It’s so beautiful and the locals are wonderful people. It’s this mix of European and Asiatic. Every time I go my hair stands on the back of my head.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

Grand Hotel de la Minerve in Rome. It’s exactly that, grand and in Rome.”

TYPE OF BAG

“I carry an old leather satchel I got in Basingstoke mall for £27 years ago. People covet it now.”

FAVOURED BRAND

“I love Hermès for shirts and scents. Terre is my favourite of the latter.”

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ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“A well-cut black jacket, usually single breasted. Whether with jeans or black trousers, it’s an essential.”

MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Cyd Charisse. I met her in the 1960s when I lived in Hollywood. There was nobody like her. Lots of people there think of her as the most beautiful woman who’s ever lived.”

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STYLE ICON

“Barry Dierks, the renowned architect. He kept things simple with pale grey flannel suits. He looked sweet and sexy.”

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STYLE TIP

“Simple clothes and complicated interiors, rather than complicated clothes and simple interiors.”

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BEST SHIRT BRAND

“Always Hermès, it does the best collars. I like them long, coming to thin points.”

FAVOURITE SUIT

Anderson & Sheppard. They make them very quickly and very beautifully. It’s not the long drawn out process it once was, bespoke tailoring.”

JEANS BRAND

Acne Studios , they are wonderful. I like them narrow but not sprayed on.”

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SHOE MAKER

“R.Soles on the King's Road and Topman. What a dream combination; R.Soles and Topman. (Gross, right?!)”

DREAM CAR

“I’ve got it. It’s an Audi S3, it’s small, fast and sprayed an exclusive colour for me – a deep prune shade. It’s got my customised number plate and I love it.”

WATCH BRAND

“A Bvlgari with a white face and gold rim.”

BEST BOOK

A Legacy by Sybille Bedford. It’s a novel about history that also manages to be emotional and beautiful.”

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FAVOURITE ALBUM

“Anything by Lee Wiley, a 1930s jazz singer. The most beautiful voice that I've ever heard.”