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My Favorite Things

For over three decades, Drake’s was best known for its handcrafted neckwear—that is, until Michael Hill took the reins in 2010. Under the Savile Row-trained designer’s creative direction, the British menswear brand has expanded its offerings to include relaxed tailoring and built-for-life footwear (not to mention the occasional must-have collaboration, the most recent of which celebrates the renowned London restaurant St. John). Below, Hill reveals his own sartorial signatures—and more of his everyday essentials



Yuketen ‘Yukus’ Type 1 Suede Chukka Boot

“You need a pair of these in your wardrobe. One of the great shoes and immaculately made in America, as they have been for decades. ”

No. 3


London Dry Gin

“My favorite gin for a martini. I’ve got a glass that my grandmother gave me, a heavy duty sort of thing. Add some Noilly Prat or Dolin vermouth and some No. 3 Gin from our friends at Berry Bros. Keep that in the freezer. Then I like a twist, but I also like an olive, frankly. With a seat outside as the sun sets. Perfection.”



Rugged Twill Small Duffle Bag

“I love the shade of green on this duffel by Filson. It’s the sort of bag that looks ready for anything and is a useful size for travel. I think it will age nicely.”



Navy Heavy Cotton Twill Games Blazer

“The latest addition to our signature range of relaxed tailoring, this suit is made from a beautiful Italian fabric. Unstructured and easy to wear… and wear, and wear.”

Jeremy Lee


Cooking: Simply and Well, for One or Many

“My most recent book purchase. Jeremy Lee is a brilliant chef and the proprietor behind Quo Vadis, a Soho institution, which he’s just done up with a new bar. My friend Fergus Henderson claims it’s ‘already a classic,’ and I’m inclined to agree.”



Vintage Tank Louis Cartier Watch

“My dad used to wear a Cartier Tank. It’s a classic. I also like that it’s quartz, that it just goes. There’s quite a lot to be said for that. I’d be very happy to wear it. Dress it up, dress it down. A nice little antidote to all of those big watches.”



Dark Brown Suede Hancock Goodyear Welted Chelsea Boot

“These boots are made in a historic factory in Northampton—the heart of British shoemaking—with a Goodyear welted sole. The calf leather suede is sourced from Charles F Stead, a storied Yorkshire tannery that is the best of the best.”



Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

“Ridge Estate is an excellent winemaker from the Montebello vineyard. I love their labels: clean, simple, confident. One of my favorites, especially if I’m visiting America. ”



Nap-Time Kids Watch

“Parchie is a great independent brand from our friend Cara Barrett. A ‘kid’s’ watch that can be worn by anyone. Colorful, practical, fun and, most importantly, made with care and intention.”

Budd London


Exclusive Plain Linen Dressing Gown in Iris

“This dressing gown from Budd is gorgeous. If someone was to make me it, I would say, ‘Thank you very, very much.’ It’s a beautiful linen. Sunday morning? Perfect.”

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