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Alexander Gilkes

Alexander Gilkes

pocket square

green jacket

Just encountered the inspiring style of Paddle8 founder Alexander Gilkes in the above images from the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List for 2013, for me a standout among the men profiled (although I didn’t see the full print list). What I like is his use of color, an obvious easiness to his elegance–even dressed up, and lots of personal vintage touches. Each answer in his profile makes a reference to vintage:  Gilkes’ favorite item of clothing is a 1960s British military safari jacket; his favorite shop sells refashioned jackets in rare tweeds; his favorite accessory is a rose-gold 1966 Girard-Perregaux chronograph, with blue alligator strap, from his wife. Even his style icon is the long gone Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor. Among the designer names captioning his outfits, the green jacket (bottom photo) is attributed only to the Portobello Road antique market in London. And to go with the violet blue, double breasted suit (top photo), the vintage attache case with the missing strap makes me re-think any silly rules for acceptable wear and for mixing modern with vintage pieces. With an eye like his, it’s no wonder Gilkes runs a leading online art auction house.

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