As part of our An interview with... series, we will be speaking with captains of industry, business leaders and self-made entrepreneurs, all with compelling stories and unique insights. Each month, we'll look to individuals who are pulling the strings behind the scenes of some of the world's most prestigious and innovative luxury brands, member's bars, financial institutions, fashion houses, publishers, broadcasters and start-ups.
First off, we sat down with Maurice Mullen, who offered us style advise and insights on his life, in between business trips to some of the world’s most celebrated capitals.
Head of fashion & luxury at the London Evening Standard and ES Magazine,
and a prominent figure in fashion publishing for nearly thirty years.
Maurice Mullen. Photo by Andy Barnham © 2018.
"You get what you pay for so
be prepared to invest"
Q. Three words to define your style?
Disciplined. Detailed. Distinctive!
Q. How do choose a suit and What do you look for in tailoring?
For me a suit needs to enhance the wearer (you should be wearing it…not the other way round). Good construction and fine fabrics are key but remember, as with so much else in life, you get what you pay for so be prepared to invest.
Q. Styling tips for this winter season ahead.
Don’t be afraid of colour and if you’re dressing formally, buy a proper overcoat. Too much beautiful menswear is ruined by an inappropriately casual top layer.
"Don’t be afraid of colour and if you’re dressing formally, buy a proper overcoat"
Q. What’s the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
My late father’s wristwatch and signet ring, and a vintage silk waistcoat which belonged to the bandleader, Victor Silvester.
Q. What do you wear to work?
I’m suited, booted and wearing a shirt and tie every day. Old habits die hard...
Q. What are your top 3 tips for dressing for the office?
I’m going to avoid the old cliché about not dressing for the job you have, but dressing for the job you want, and instead recommend looking professional and taking care of the details.
Q. What's your best working memory?
In the 80’s there was corporate spending on a scale unimaginable in these days of austerity. Long lunches, private flights, extravagant press gifts and lavish hotel accommodation were all part of the package, but would now be considered shameless bribery! New launches are always good fun as you have the chance to write your own rule book and I’m quite proud that (with one exception) the ones I’ve worked on have all survived.
"...lavish hotel accommodation were all part of the package, but would now be considered shameless bribery!"
Q. What's the hardest decision you've had to take in business?
Abandoning a legal career for which I’d trained for years to relocate to London in the mid-80’s and embrace a new life in media. It turned out to be a smart move but more from good luck than good judgement, and I’m not sure I’d have the courage to do it now.
Q. do you have any restaurant, pub or bar recommendations?
You can’t beat a Martini at Duke’s Hotel followed by something simple but perfectly executed by Corbin & King in any of their fine establishments.
"You can’t beat a Martini at Duke’s Hotel"
Q. What's the one thing life has taught you?
The saddest phrase in the English language is “if only…” so embrace change and take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves and, if you’re going to do it, do it well.
"The saddest phrase in the English language is - "if only"
…take advantage of opportunities"
Maurice Mullen was shot in his office by Andy Barnham.
All images © Andy Barnham 2018.