Mr David Mills

Fast Facts

  • City: Paris or Rome
  • Style icon: David Hockney
  • Brand: Engineered Garments
  • Suit: Timothy Everest
  • Jacket: Three-button, single breasted
  • Shirt: New & Lingwood
  • Shoes:

Biography

Managing editor of arts and leisure at the Sunday Times newspaper, Mr Mills also contributes to the menswear pages of his paper’s Style magazine, as well as keeping a beady eye on its weekly advice column. Never knowingly under-dressed, Mr Mills is more likely to be seen in a three-piece suit than jeans.

Mr Mills's Recommendations

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT AND DISH

St. John Bread & Wine. Menu changes too much for recommendations, but Eccles cake and Lancashire cheese is usually on and if you’ve never tried it, you’ll be startled by how good the combination is.”

BEST BAR

“The downstairs bar at the The Groucho Club – the benchmark for martinis.”

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VACATION CHOICE

“In the summer, France, Spain or Italy are my choice because you can lie around reading, dip into proper cultural experiences, eat well and feel yourself decelerate. Either side of the summer, I like to sail – off the English and French coasts, though the West coast of Sweden is terrific, too. In the winter, bleak English east coast is best.”

TOP CITY

“I love Paris or Rome because both have of the right attitude to life regarding long lunches and art.”

FAVOURITE HOTEL

Residenza Arco dei Tolomei, Rome. It’s not really a hotel, it’s six rooms of the owner Marco Paolo’s house. It is very individual and quirky, but you’ll never want to stay anywhere else. Marco is a fantastic host, with spot-on recommendations for places to see and restaurants to book.”

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TYPE OF BAG

“You really shouldn’t carry anything except for an umbrella.”

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FAVOURED BRAND

“Engineered Garments for being just that bit different.”

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ESSENTIAL WARDROBE ITEM

“Toss up between very heavy Crockett and Jones brogues and a dark brown velveteen waistcoat from Engineered Garments.”

MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

“Monica Vitti or Anna Karina.”

STYLE ICON

“David Hockney: style subordinated to the end of art (his Savile Row suits have special pockets for his sketching materials, and now for his iPad).”

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STYLE TIP

“Make sure you feel as easy in a suit as in a T-shirt and jeans.”

TAILOR

“My first ever bespoke suit from Timothy Everest is now more than 20 years old. It still looks fantastic. I've tried other places, but now I'm going back to Tim.”

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BEST SHIRT BRAND

“New & Lingwood offer a perfect collar shape.”

FAVOURITE SUIT

Timothy Everest.”

CUT OF TROUSERS

“Flat-front heavy cords from Pakeman Catto and Carter. High-waisted, double inward pleats for suits.”

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JEANS BRAND

“No one over the age of 25 should possess a pair of jeans.”

UNDERWEAR CHOICE

“Marks & Spencer has some really thick knitted cotton "classic" trunks that are entirely shapeless, not easy to find - and terrifically comfortable. I love them, though my wife thinks they are hilarious.”

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PREFERRED JACKET STYLE

“Single breasted, three button, waisted.”

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SHOE MAKER

“Crocket and Jones brown brogues; New & Lingwood black Oxfords and loafers; Church's correspondent shoes.”

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FAVOURITE GROOMING PRODUCT

“I have discovered the joy of shaving oils, a terrific boon for anyone with a tough beard and sensitive skin. Somersets is good.”

DREAM CAR

“A 1930 4.5 litre Bentley.”

ESSENTIAL GADGET

“Victorinox Swiss army knife.”

BEST BOOK

“Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. It is wise, humane, unsentimental, funny.”

FAVOURITE ALBUM

“Bach - Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, played by Arthur Grumiaux. It never stales.”

Brands Favoured by Mr Mills