Esquire's Best Dressed Men of the Middle East

Esquire's Best Dressed Men of the Middle East

Here's a sneak peek into the wardrobes and minds of the most stylish men in the region
MR MATTHEWS WEARS:
Paul & Joe jacket, Dsquared2
shirt, Velvsoir bowtie, Viktor
& Rolf trousers and Charles
Philip Shanghai shoes
MR MATTHEWS WEARS: Paul & Joe jacket, Dsquared2 shirt, Velvsoir bowtie, Viktor & Rolf trousers and Charles Philip Shanghai shoes
MR POCOCK WEARS:
Pierre Cardin coat, Maison Martin Margiela for H&M waistcoat, Lanvin shirt, Alexander McQueen scarf, Maison Martin Margiela
trousers, Marc Jacobs shoes, Persol sunglasses and Rolex watch
MR POCOCK WEARS: Pierre Cardin coat, Maison Martin Margiela for H&M waistcoat, Lanvin shirt, Alexander McQueen scarf, Maison Martin Margiela trousers, Marc Jacobs shoes, Persol sunglasses and Rolex watch
MR REDMAN WEARS:
Manish Bansal coat and
shirt (available at The
cARTel), Tod’s loafers
and NOMO jeans
MR REDMAN WEARS: Manish Bansal coat and shirt (available at The cARTel), Tod’s loafers and NOMO jeans
MR ROBINSON
WEARS: Rag Union shirt,
Zara t-shirt, Levi’s jeans, Nike trainers, Cartier jewellery and RayBan glasses
MR ROBINSON WEARS: Rag Union shirt, Zara t-shirt, Levi’s jeans, Nike trainers, Cartier jewellery and RayBan glasses
MR WATRELOT
WEARS: Yves Saint
Laurent suit, Zara shirt,
Hermès tie, Prada shoes and
Jaquet Droz watch
MR WATRELOT WEARS: Yves Saint Laurent suit, Zara shirt, Hermès tie, Prada shoes and Jaquet Droz watch
MR EL SAWAF WEARS:
Ermenegildo Zegna suit, Dior
Homme tie, Gucci belt and
Rolex watch
MR EL SAWAF WEARS: Ermenegildo Zegna suit, Dior Homme tie, Gucci belt and Rolex watch
ME RENNO JR.
WEARS: Zara suit, Massimo Dutti shirt, shoes by Top Shop and Ferrari watch
ME RENNO JR. WEARS: Zara suit, Massimo Dutti shirt, shoes by Top Shop and Ferrari watch
MR EL MENDELEK WEARS:
Custom-made shirt and blazer, designed by himself, True Religion jeans and Adidas trainers
MR EL MENDELEK WEARS: Custom-made shirt and blazer, designed by himself, True Religion jeans and Adidas trainers
MR LOCK WEARS: A made-to-measure Giorgio
Armani tuxedo
MR LOCK WEARS: A made-to-measure Giorgio Armani tuxedo
MR ALHEJAILAN WEARS:
Tailored-made dishasha and
Ray Ban sunglasses
MR ALHEJAILAN WEARS: Tailored-made dishasha and Ray Ban sunglasses
MR MATTHEWS WEARS:
Paul & Joe jacket, Dsquared2
shirt, Velvsoir bowtie, Viktor
& Rolf trousers and Charles
Philip Shanghai shoes
MR POCOCK WEARS:
Pierre Cardin coat, Maison Martin Margiela for H&M waistcoat, Lanvin shirt, Alexander McQueen scarf, Maison Martin Margiela
trousers, Marc Jacobs shoes, Persol sunglasses and Rolex watch
MR REDMAN WEARS:
Manish Bansal coat and
shirt (available at The
cARTel), Tod’s loafers
and NOMO jeans
MR ROBINSON
WEARS: Rag Union shirt,
Zara t-shirt, Levi’s jeans, Nike trainers, Cartier jewellery and RayBan glasses
MR WATRELOT
WEARS: Yves Saint
Laurent suit, Zara shirt,
Hermès tie, Prada shoes and
Jaquet Droz watch
MR EL SAWAF WEARS:
Ermenegildo Zegna suit, Dior
Homme tie, Gucci belt and
Rolex watch
ME RENNO JR.
WEARS: Zara suit, Massimo Dutti shirt, shoes by Top Shop and Ferrari watch
MR EL MENDELEK WEARS:
Custom-made shirt and blazer, designed by himself, True Religion jeans and Adidas trainers
MR LOCK WEARS: A made-to-measure Giorgio
Armani tuxedo
MR ALHEJAILAN WEARS:
Tailored-made dishasha and
Ray Ban sunglasses

Leith Matthews
Age:
32
Nationality: Australian
Occupation: Founder of Make and Restronaut.me

Any man who collects bow ties inevitably has a great sense of humour when it comes to playing with the so-called rules of fashion. Australian expat and founder of the renowned MAKE business hub Leith Matthews, is never one to take himself too seriously. “I like cool and casual, mixing up urban styles that play with dressing up and dressing down,” explains the quirky dresser. “I usually stick to a combination of street and chic.”

With brands such as The Kooples and Zadig & Voltaire amongst his favourites, Matthews’ fashion sense is heavily influenced by Western Europe. He says, “I love the small independent boutiques in the Marais district of Paris.”

And just to cement his contemporary style status, who do you think he rates as an icon? The always-cool Ryan Gosling, of course. “He is rocking the style stakes at the moment.”

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John Pocock
Age:
35
Nationality: British
Occupation: Photographer and stylist

Describing his personal style, the clothes he loves and the fact that his grandfather is his style icon, you don’t have to hear his accent to realise photographer John Pocock hails from the UK. A man who blends classicism with

2013 contemporary when it comes to his wardrobe (this man seriously looks like he’s just stepped out of street style blog The Sartorialist), Pocock is a lover of Sunspel — a quintessentially British brand that has supplied James Bond with his sartorial elegance throughout the years.

However, when John’s out in the field with his camera and equipment he often has to scale down his wears. “If I’m up to my ears in sand dunes then I’ll probably opt for desert boots, jeans and a utility-style short.” Recoiling at the thought of his grunge days

(“I grew my hair shoulder-length, wore long leather coats and was inevitably nicknamed ‘Jesus John’”), Pocock has thankfully moved on from his fashion foibles to become a truly dapper modern-day gentleman.

INFO: Want to know more of the region's most stylish men? Get your copy of Esquire's Best Dressed Men of the Middle East, free with the April 2013 issue of Esquire Middle East available at all good magazine outlets.



Layne Redman
Age: 36

Nationality: British
Occupation: TV Presenter

Having recently started his own T-shirt brand, TV presenter Layne likes to keep up with the latest trends, but also has to see some longevity in his wardrobe choices.

“It’s important to see what’s going on, but not allow fashion to dictate what I design or wear myself. I think the substantial clothing items you own should be a work of art and also be able to stand the test of time.”

A fan of fellow Brit, Ozwald Boateng (“No other suits are quite like his style, shape or fabric; he was my introduction to brighter colours”), Redman also loves the other end of the wardrobe spectrum. “I have every trainer imaginable — different colours, brands, high tops. You name it, I've got it.”

His choice of style icons also highlights diversity in how he dresses. “I love Tom Ford and I think Pharrell Williams always looks groovy. These guys are always well turned out and carry their own unique style through their life and the clothes they wear. I admire that.”

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Benn Robinson
Age:
22
Nationality: British
Occupation: Stylist

As one of Esquire Middle East’s favourite stylists, the best advice Benn Robinson has ever been given should prick the ears of any gentleman who likes a simple life. “Organise your wardrobe into outfits rather than shirts, trousers and jackets. It sounds tedious but it allows you to mix and match new pieces you may have bought and gives you more of an idea of what you think you may need to buy.” Sound advice indeed.

His profession is very much part of who he is, and as he says, “My work dictates everything I do. Being well dressed is an important first impression for my clients’ confidence.”

So how does a man who dresses other people, style himself? “I have never really stapled my style but I guess it would have to be urban and edgy while remaining classy too.”

Steering clear of branded tops is also a life lesson. “You should be the brand, do not let allow the brand to wear you.” Robinson also admits to heading to familiar hunting grounds when looking for new clothes. “Being from London and being interested in quirky pieces, Brick Lane in East London has always been my main spot to shop.”

INFO: Want to know more of the region's most stylish men? Get your copy of Esquire's Best Dressed Men of the Middle East, free with the April 2013 issue of Esquire Middle East available at all good magazine outlets.

Frederic Watrelot
Age:
41
Nationality: French
Occupation: Watches and jewellery specialist at Christie's Middle East

If there is one country in the world known for stylish elegance, then look no further than France. Frederic Watrelot, the watches and jewellery specialist at Christie’s in the Middle East, is very much a bastion of this Gallic grace.
“I work in an elegant environment, which suits the ‘traditional’ side of my personality. Working for one of the oldest luxury firms in the world, I always do my best to look the part.”

But Watrelot also has another side to his character. “Although I love my Dior Homme grey suit, I feel happiest when I’m wearing jeans and a t-shirt; I’m a hippie at heart.”

As you’d expect from a man who specialises in procuring and selling watches the world over, he has his own small but perfectly formed collection.

“My taste stretches my budget, but I do have a list of watches I would like to acquire. My favourite piece in my collection is a vintage IWC Doppelchronograph.”

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Fawaz El Sawaf
Age:
39
Nationality: Lebanese
Occupation: Founder Seven Invest

Fawaz El Sawaf is a man who knows what he likes. “I own lots of black polo shirts; it’s an old time classic. The profession of international business falls under the serious business category so my style reflects this belief.” It should comes as no surprise that he therefore avoids the overtly dressed-down look. “I’d never wear Converse as that would be way too casual.”

Sawaf is a man of impeccable taste when it comes to shopping. “I love the Saks store on Fifth Avenue in New York, Harvey Nichols in London and I love to shop in Milano.” He’s also an avid lover of footwear. “I just love changing shoes all the time. My favourite brand is Fratelli Rossetti.”

But this is all understandable when he reveals his style icon. Any man who mentions George Clooney knows as thing or two about looking sharp.

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Ibrahim Renno Jr
Age:
31
Nationality: Jordanian
Occupation: Actor, Director and Writer

Dubai-based actor and film writer Ibrahim Renno Jr. is on the cusp of moving to LA to work on his latest film project, so it’s a good job he’s recently discovered a new Zen way of living. “The benefits of yoga, meditation and positive thinking can really help de-stress the body and help fight anxiety,” he explains. “So often the body is uptight and stressed from life’s difficulties but when I practice these disciplines I find I have more control of my life.”

With a fridge always stocked with fresh pineapple, spinach and blueberries and plans to adopt a Labrador in the near future, it would appear this rising Jordanian star, who feels happiest in Diesel boots and a leather jacket, has a life of harmonious ideals. Which should already put him one step ahead in the stressed-out Hollywood.

INFO: Want to know more of the region's most stylish men? Get your copy of Esquire's Best Dressed Men of the Middle East, free with the April 2013 issue of Esquire Middle East available at all good magazine outlets.

Simon Lock
Age:
51
Nationality: Australian
Occupation: CEO, The Lock Group

Describing his style as “skinny chic”, the CEO and founder of international fashion events company The Lock Group, certainly knows his fashion.

“Raf Simons at Dior and his predecessor Hedi Slimane are geniuses. I’m a classic Dior model fit, which is size 48 on the top and bottom — great motivation to stay in shape. I just love the smart, sharp tailoring of Dior Homme,” he tells us.

Having built up both his company and his reputation, Lock is in the enviable position of being able to dress exactly how he chooses. “For many years, I dressed as my clients expected me to dress — in a smart suit and tie. Nowadays I don’t feel I have to prove anything to anybody or conform. Being in the fashion industry I have the freedom to push the boundaries and dress with my own personal flair.”

Currently obsessed with the “man ankle” look (“I just feel so old fashioned when my pants fall over my shoes”), he’s astute enough not to let trends affect his style. “Just because a trend doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it on others or at least get a laugh on occasion!”

INFO: Want to know more of the region's most stylish men? Get your copy of Esquire's Best Dressed Men of the Middle East, free with the April 2013 issue of Esquire Middle East available at all good magazine outlets.

Bader Alhejailan
Age:
32
Nationality: Kuwaiti
Occupation: Editor-in-chief

As the founder and editor-in- chief of online fashion magazine THOUQ.com, Bader Alhejailan is always looking to expand the boundaries of fashion while maintaining a sense of classic perspective. “I always look at the design quality and the fabric when buying clothes,” he says.

“I love buying cool new pieces. My work means I am obliged to be aware of new, up-and-coming trends.” As a lover of the hotter months, Alhejailan says of his summer wardrobe; “While most people hate it, I love the hotter time of year. I’m at my happiest when I’m relaxing on a sandy beach wearing my swimming shorts. I have hundreds of them in all colours, sizes, and shape.”

Asked to sum up what style means to men today, Alhejailan summarises by saying; “Style to men is about being in shape, not only in fashion.”

INFO: Want to know more of the region's most stylish men? Get your copy of Esquire's Best Dressed Men of the Middle East, free with the April 2013 issue of Esquire Middle East available at all good magazine outlets.

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