Kors Célèbre

Chief cre­ative of­fi­cer of his epony­mous, bil­lion-dol­lar brand, Michael Kors shares the style es­sen­tials and ca­reer in­spi­ra­tions he couldn’t live without

Men's Health (UK) - - M H P Romot I O N -

01 Shades Of Cool I have more than 100 pairs of avi­a­tors and I switch them out with my mood. The ob­ses­sion goes back to some of my favourite pho­to­graphs by Ron Galella. He took amaz­ing shots of Robert Red­ford, Steve Mcqueen and Ali Mac­graw in the ’60s and ’ 70s and they all wore avi­a­tors. They are the epit­ome of clas­sic cool and a god­send af­ter a red- eye flight. 02 Ring Bin­der I never take off my grand­fa­ther’s wed­ding ring. I grew up in a fam­ily that en­cour­aged dif­fer­ence, and my grand­par­ents were at the heart of that. My grand­fa­ther worked in tex­tiles and my grand­mother was a high school prin­ci­pal whose favourite thing to say was that she never wore the same thing twice. My fam­ily was fash­ionob­sessed and travel- ob­sessed. 05 Time­less Style Grow­ing up I would draw car­i­ca­tures at bat mitz­vahs for cash, and I even sold a few jean de­signs to a denim com­pany. With the money I saved I bought a Cartier Tank watch. It was the first re­ally ex­trav­a­gant pur­chase I ever made, and that rush is some­thing you never for­get. But the truth is, I’m a prag­matic shop­per and that watch has stood the test of time. I still wear it to­day, 40 years later.

06 Gold Stan­dard I dis­cov­ered Bain de Soleil Trans­pare tan­ning spray on hol­i­day a few years ago and it quickly be­came one of my travel es­sen­tials. I’m a sand-and-sun kind of guy, and I love places that com­bine beach, nat­u­ral beauty and good restau­rants. This has just the right amount of SPF, it sprays on eas­ily and smells divine. If I’m head­ing some­where hot, it’s al­ways in my travel bag. 07 Head Trips My pass­port is my ul­ti­mate ac­ces­sory. I love to travel; I find it an end­less source of in­spi­ra­tion. From the peo­ple you meet and the dif­fer­ent cul­tures you ex­pe­ri­ence, to the sights, foods, colours and tex­tiles – one trip can fuel a mil­lion ideas. I think ev­ery­one should ex­pand their hori­zons and go some­where new at least once a year. Right now I have my sights set on Ay­ers Rock in Aus­tralia.


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