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The Rake - April_2016

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LE MOC’ WESTON 2016 Summer supple loafer Men’s and women’s models FRENCH SHOEMAKER SINCE 1891 47

URBANE OUTFITTER Christopher Modoo, the senior creative at Savile Row tailor Chester Barrie, guides the rake through his favourite looks and cherished personal possessions. by aleksandar cvetkovic photography luke carby 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1. Modoo’s collar pin is a gold-plated clip-on creation unique to Chester Barrie. “I’ve worn a pin-collar since the 1980s,” he explains. “I like the way it lifts a tie knot. The fullness of the look complements the chest of a Chester Barrie suit.” 2. Chris’s semi-bespoke Peter brogues from G.J. Cleverley are firm favourites. According to Modoo, “they fit superbly in the waist and have the perfect toeshape”. 3. “I am reliably informed that a gentleman does not wear lined gloves,” says Modoo, hence these are cut in unlined lambskin. 4. This vintage Eterna wristwatch was a gift bestowed upon Chris’s grandfather to mark 25 years of loyal service at Enfield Rolling Mills. Passed down through the family, it was given to Modoo by his father as a 40th birthday present. 5. Chris’s money clip was a gift from his wife, when they started dating. “Ironically, since we have been married, I can rarely afford to fill it,” he says. 6. An antique Dunhill lighter is perfect for the “occasional cigar”. Chris bought it because “the style reminded me of something Oliver Tobias might carry in The Stud”. 7. Chris’s Casentino coat is a Chester Barrie creation, naturally: “Although it’s a typical Florentine cloth, I styled it as a British greatcoat. The Italians are good at taking English cloths and cutting them in their local manner, so I’ve returned the compliment.” 8. Chris has a substantial collection of vintage Seiko watches: “They’re all 1960s pieces — good, clean designs. I find retro pieces less cluttered than contemporary models, and the smaller size also appeals.” When not dining at the finest establishments in London — including his favourite haunt, 45 Jermyn Street — Christopher Modoo, the senior creative at remarkable ready-to-wear Savile Row tailor Chester Barrie, spends his time creating some of the most inspired English tailoring known to man. Having built up the house’s reputation as a superior contemporary outfitters, known for its glamorous designs, clever concepts and erudite taste in fabrics, he is a passionate advocate of high-end readyto-wear suiting for the modern man. “Good ready-to-wear allows you to try different looks and have something curated for you,” he says. “Bespoke can be either quite safe or you can end up looking like a customised car-kit, saying ‘yes’ to every option.” No danger of that at Chester Barrie. Fortunately, Modoo’s designs are as immaculate as his tastes. 46

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