How has your style evolved in the past 5 years?
I feel that my own interpretation of style is still very much in evolution, nowadays i am more confident in taking risks... Lately I have been enjoying bringing back styles that I wore years ago and other times I am desperately looking for something totally new.
Does posting your outfits online have an impact on the way you dress?
Not really... Most of my posts are done during or after certain occasions, so the outfits happen to be what I usually wear in real life. I have learned to take criticism - and I often do online - but I don't feel it ever changed or restricted the way I see / feel about my outfits. It's my journey on becoming a Gentleman...
Matthew with designer Elizabeth Lau as seen on NY Times Fashion
What was it like to be named Esquire UK's best dressed? Was this title difficult to follow in the years after?
I saw it as a credit from the industry, an acknowledgement if you like. It gave me one more reason to keep pushing boundaries. To keep challenging menswear fashion and present to my followers some new contemporary twists. It wasn't difficult to keep up as it's always been a passion of mine and it comes from within... I am thirsty for new discoveries.
Image courtesy of Esquire
When did you first discover MCM?
I discovered MCM through my dear friend Kit Lee. I just couldn't stop staring at one of her handbags a few years back at one of the shows during London Fashion Week! Turns out I wasn't the only one!
What is your favourite MCM bag and why?
Matthew at LFW wearing a suit by Xander Zhou and carrying his MCM Cognac portfolio clutch
LFW essentials - what did you carry in your Cognac Visetos Portfolio during Fashion Week?
My camera (it actually fits!), my phone, LFW invitations, some peppermint mints and my business cards.
What advice could you give to men who would like to start carrying bags but don't really know how?
Start by swapping your backpack for a leather document case for the evening. It's much more convenient and stylish. Progressively move to men's handbags...
Your number one style rule?
'When in doubt, overdress'