Double-breasted charcoal grey and dark blue suits from Ermenegildo Zegna or Louis Vuitton, cufflinks from Cartier or Van Cleef & Arpels, a cashmere coat and gloves from Hermès in winter, shoes from Berluti or John Locke, ties from Hermès, Ray Ban sunglasses, silver Motorola phone, chronograph Tambour watch from Louis Vuitton and Habit Rouge cologne from Guerlain.
Business trip must-haves
I must have two suits, one for the evening and one for business meetings. Of course, you need cufflinks; I often wear a round pair—blue jade inlaid in gold. When you’re travelling, the change of temperature means dry skin, so moisturisers are a must. I use a Calvin Klein one and a Molten Brown lip balm. Most importantly, don’t forget the phone charger.
Power dressing tip
Opt for a double-breasted suit with a tie to always present a very serious, professional appearance. Everyone else is in single-breasted suits, so you’re going to stand out. Also, have smartly polished shoes and no stains on anything.
I mix and match. I like casual trousers, cardigans and light jackets in leather. I love younger brands like Reese or stiff upper lip British brands like Hackett.
Tailored vs readymade
Always tailored. My suits are normally made in Milan or Paris.
Best-dressedI particularly admire Shiv Khemka, vice-chairman of the Sun group, Atul Punj of Punj Lloyd and Gautam Thapar of Ballarpur Industries.
I never wear an English bow and tie for a black-tie event. I always wear Indian clothes, mostly a Nehru jacket. It’s exquisite and very elegant.
On my desk
My desk is huge and can hold a lot of stuff. Besides my Mac, it’s covered with reading material, business magazines, fashion magazines, books, calendars and photographs of mannequins wearing interesting outfits my friends have designed. It’s not immaculate. I reorganize things once a week.
Melissa A. Bell