Seldom off the cuff

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 December, 2011, 12:00am


Philip Greenwood's style is that of the classic banker type. It's corporate, conservative and rooted in suiting. His wardrobe is dictated by his career. The co-founder of cufflink label One Bond St is also an executive at a shipping company, and wears suits on a daily basis. It's a uniform of sorts that looks put-together and lends the wearer an air of formality, even if it's a tad predictable.

'I like to be safe when it comes to clothing choices. Suits are safe and they are always on the smart side,' he says.'I am not sure there is a correct number of suits to own, but I like to keep three recently tailored ones - two dark and one a bit lighter - and a navy blazer. I use Poon Kee on Wellington Street, whose order book has a page detailing every suit I've bought since my first double-breasted pinstripe 20 years ago,' Greenwood adds.

'Today my preferred cut is the classic British single-breasted, three-button with double vents and ticket pocket, together with slim-cut flat fronted trousers.'

His closet is modest but has all the sartorial elements a professional man needs. There are variety of dress shirts from whites to pastels to stripes, which he orders from local tailors Zen and Best Shirt Maker. There are classic lace-ups from Ermenegildo Zegna, Church's and Loewe in the shoe compartment.

His favourite pair, he says, is the Taunton model from Church's. These are leather lace-up brogues with a distinctly English feel.

There are several ties and four watches on a watch winder case. 'Which watch to wear is always the last decision I make before I leave home. While I don't have a favourite, I tend to use my Cartier Roadster most often. It is is versatile and can be worn with absolutely anything,' he says.

Also in his closet is an impressive vintage trunk that looks like it has travelled around the world many times. It comes with the monogram 'HRH'. Is it a royal hand-me-down? 'That is actually my grandfather's,' admits Greenwood with a laugh. 'And it so happens that those are his initials.'

Greenwood is proud of his cufflink collection. That's not a surprise, as most of them are his own One Bond St designs.

Are cufflinks still relevant in an increasingly casual jeans-and-jacket world? For Greenwood, and many other businessmen in cities such as Hong Kong, London and New York, it appears they are.

'More and more people are wearing them,' he says confidently, opening a lacquered blue cufflink box, which he also designed for his company.

Greenwood has about 80 pairs of cufflinks. 'It's nice to have the ability to co-ordinate my cufflinks with the shirt I am wearing,' he says. 'I like to pay particular attention to my appearance.'