VOGUE HOMMES How would you define your style?
BEN COBB Elegant, masculine, classic and with a little flesh on show.
VOGUE HOMMES What are the key pieces in your wardrobe?
BEN COBB I love beautiful tailoring. Jackets with strong shoulders and wide lapels. Fitted trousers with a flare. And I always like a bit of a heel.
What are your favourite vintage items? BEN COBB At the moment, my favourite is a 1970s’ brown YSL blazer with gold buttons: it’s long like a riding jacket, has super wide lapels and is very tight on the waist — a great shape. My biggest vintage obsession is probably cowboy shirts.
VOGUE HOMMES Tailoring?
BEN COBB The ultimate has to be Edward Sexton. Edward worked at Tommy Nutter, revolutionising Savile Row in the 60s and pioneering a new style in men’s tailoring: sweeping lapels, very tight waists and wide trousers. Just incredibly elegant. He made suits for John Lennon, Elton John and Mick Jagger. He made me a bespoke three–piece suit a few years ago, recreating a vintage one for Ringo Starr — the fit is perfection. Edward is a master. —›
Bell–bottoms, shirt unbuttoned to reveal a perfectly sculpted chest, a dazzling smile in the shadow of an impeccably trimmed moustache… Ben Cobb’s 1970s’ silhouette is compellingly flawless. In addition to his personal style, straight out of The Deuce, and revered by photographers of street looks, the editor—in—chief of Another Man has the good taste to be as well turned out as he is charming. What more could you ask to make this Londoner born and bred, a fan of Italian horror movies and sleazy disco, one of the fashion world’s most inspiring “urbane men” of the moment.
In his lounge, wearing a V–neck jumper and shirt by Dries Van Noten, and a pair of Gucci jeans. To the right, a drinks trolley designed by Aldo Tura. “Helmut Berger, Yves Saint Laurent and Pasolini are the holy trinity of style for me.”
VOGUE HOMMES Shirts?
BEN COBB I wear shirts everyday. I have a lot of safari, western and silk shirts. But I like to wear them unbuttoned, exposing chest and jewellery. I think shirts can add a very sensual element to dressing.
VOGUE HOMMES Who are your favourite designers?
BEN COBB I buy a lot of Gucci tailoring; I love the strong silhouette of Alessandro Michele’s jackets and trousers. You can’t beat the fit of a Tom Ford shirt. I’m a big fan of Dries Van Noten and his sense of relaxed opulence. And Saint Laurent is my go–to for leather jackets and boots.
VOGUE HOMMES What’s the most eccentric piece you’ve ever worn?
BEN COBB I don’t think I wear anything eccentric. One man’s eccentric is another man’s daily uniform. VOGUE HOMMES Is there a “pièce de résistance” you buy season after season? BEN COBB I don’t change my style. I just keep expanding on it, adding variations on the same theme. But, for me, a winter coat is always a big statement; recent additions are a beautiful Bottega Veneta teddy bear coat and a Kent & Curwen full–length tweed overcoat.
Standing in front of a Shuji Terayama print, wearing a Tom Ford suede cowboy shirt and a pair of Gucci corduroy trousers.
VOGUE HOMMES Your first memory of a well–dressed man?
BEN COBB Growing up, my father was always very stylish — he still is — so he played an important role in my understanding of style. But I remember a specific moment as a child seeing the actor David Niven being interviewed on Michael Parkinson’s TV chat show. Niven was wearing a grey suit with a matching light blue shirt and tie. He was so at ease and impeccably turned–out, such a glamorous man, he seemed from another time and world altogether. But what also struck me was his manner: like his clothes, he was graceful and elegant — the consummate gentleman. And he always had the best stories.
VOGUE HOMMES Style icons?
BEN COBB Helmut Berger, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Yves Saint Laurent … They’re the holy trinity of style for me.
VOGUE HOMMES What is your definition of “chic”?
BEN COBB An effortless style. But it’s not just about what you’re wearing, it’s how you hold yourself and how you behave; it’s about style in everything you do. Discretion, manners, how you move: they’re as chic as a beautifully cut pair of trousers. Chic is a way of being. VOGUE HOMMES Do you have any fashion no–nos? BEN COBB It’s a long list but number one has to be no socks with shoes. Totally unacceptable. VOGUE HOMMES What are you most likely to wear on a date?
VOGUE HOMMES What do you wear for the evening?
BEN COBB I’m obsessed with the seductive allure of the evening, I love the feeling that anything is possible after dark. Eveningwear should be sexy and glamorous. For formal occasions, I might wear my velvet Dries Van Noten tuxedo — the high–waisted trousers are so wide and luxurious — teamed with a pearl silk shirt. And I always enjoy wearing my Cavalli jewel–encrusted chocolate brown evening jacket: it’s so baroque. —›