Ascendant menswear entrepreneur Christian Kimber — purveyor of superb footwear, pocket squares and assorted gentlemen’s accoutrements — brings a contemporary designer aesthetic to the classic goods sold under his name (not least the handsomely crafted sneakers for which he’s gaining increasing renown).
But when it comes to his everyday etiquette and sartorial philosophy, this British-born, Melbourne-based go-getter is every bit the old-school gent, a firm believer that manners, as much as clothes, maketh the man.
These are the tenets of dress, grooming and behaviour that Kimber adheres to.
10. “Be comfortable with what your wear and be yourself. It can give you confidence, but know that appearance isn’t everything.”
9. “Find a good barber and stick with him/her, and learn about skincare.”
8. “Don’t let your partner dress you — you’re a grown-up man. People who work in fashion love to talk about it, so just ask a friend for advice if needed.”
7. “My father taught me to always hang up your suit and coat properly when you come in, and put shoe trees in your shoes. I used to do it for him when he came home in the evening.”
6. “Learn to do a proper tie knot. Seriously important when being serious.”
Christian Kimber: Two feet, high and rising.
5. “Always wear good shoes, no matter what you do — and look after them.”
4. “Invest in your casual kit. For instance, should your sneakers and denim should be the same calibre as your formal gear? Yes.”
3. “Be kind and polite to everyone.”
2. “Colour is important, but if one garment is bright and bold, everything else should be plain.”
1. “Have respect to where you invest. When making a purchase, think where it was created and consider the environment it was made in. Just be thoughtful.”