Australian-born Nick Troedson has made his home in Hong Kong where he’s been able to parlay a passion for fashion into his dream career.
Today, he’s the Asia-Pacific public relations head of global online fashion retailers Mr Porter and Net-a-Porter. With a keen eye for spotting the latest fashion trends, Troedson shares with us more about what inspires his own wardrobe and his expert tips on staying stylish.
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Describe your personal style.
The older I get, the more relaxed my style becomes. It’s all about comfort these days. I am very monotone in my style—black, blue, grey, white with the occasional pop of colour.
Tailoring is key as I like a slim cut and also lightweight, breathable fabrics in summer such as linen, silks and cotton as well as cashmere and wool for winter. I love coats and leather jackets.
Any fashion faux-pas you'd rather forget?
Too many to mention, but I think it is all part of becoming comfortable with yourself. I went through a period of loud prints and logo mania but that was definitely not me. I now stick to my “uniform” of monotone and dark colours.
This summer you're mainly wearing...
Lightweight shirts and pants. I’ve bought quite a lot of the Gucci oversized silk shirts for a bit of colour and for some more timeless pieces and basics I go to Tom Ford, Prada and J.Crew. I live in plain cotton black and white t-shirts.
What are your sartorial pet hates?
Too many colours put together in one ensemble, wide leg pants and oversized shirting.
Your favourite tailors?
Who are your style heroes?
Mostly my friends and creative peers that I am surrounded by are truly what inspire me. In terms of well-known style icons, I would say David Beckham, Pharrell, Drake, Luke Evans, the list goes on… Some are more adventurous than others but they all keep things sharp and tailored.
What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought, clothing-wise?
Hmm, that question is a little scary as I admit I have made many extravagant purchases in my time. Aside from accessories, my most expensive clothing would probably be my Hermes coat or my Burberry Prorsum leather jacket.
Favourite item of clothing?
My suede Saint Laurent leather jacket.
What fragrance do you wear?
And do you accessorise?
I love watches, so I always wear a watch. Otherwise, I wear one ring that I haven’t taken off in 10 years, which is for sentimental reasons and occasionally a Cartier bracelet, but I am not big on accessories. I own lots of beautiful pieces but, again, as my style has evolved, I wear them less and less.
Where do you shop?
I shop almost strictly online when I am in Hong Kong. MR PORTER is my main go-to but I love to shop when I am travelling; Paris, London and New York is where I do the most damage. I love to buy books, despite their weight I am always buying books abroad. I concede that in general, I do like to shop too much.
Which is the best-dressed nation?
Italy and/or France.
What are your bathroom cabinet essentials?
I am a bit of a skincare junkie… Aesop shaving serum, La Mer Crème de la Mer, Lab Series Eye Cream, Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair masks and Serum, Aesop Body and Hand cream, Tom Ford Skin revitalising serum. I could go on but will only embarrass myself… My electric toothbrush from Foreo, mouthwash and a hair dryer are also bathroom necessities!
Lastly, any tips on how to stay stylish?
Being comfortable in your own skin is absolutely key no matter your style, as this confidence will show and will ensure that you always wear the clothes, rather than the clothes wearing you. Lastly, I think that taking care of your skin is essential—clear and hydrated skin makes any man look better.