Mark wears our Clerkenwell stripe
Mark’s elegant London flat could not be in a more analogous location. Situated above one of his successful businesses, Drake's, the pad on Haberdasher Street sits astride the City’s financial institutions and London’s East End with its historical links to textiles and tailoring. Mark, with his international upbringing and previous work at both HSBC and Jill Stuart feels effortlessly at home in both arenas. Not that he’s at home much, the energetic entrepreneur jets around the world as easily as taking the circle line, and within hours of our chatting over pizza and showing me around the impressive tie making setup of Drake's he was off again to New York, checking up on the outpost of his Hong Kong based menswear store The Armoury.
Mark is a man with passion and business sense the two vital ingredients need for success in the notoriously difficult world of luxury menswear. A cosmopolitan education at St. Paul’s school then Brown University combined with his Chinese family and beautiful Japanese wife has really opened up the world as his oyster, with the pearl worn as an elegant tie pin.
A suit in Dashing Tweeds' District Line cloth
Mark’s love of clothing is immediately obvious, with immaculate attention to detail Mark delights in the provenance and craftsmanship of every aspect of his wardrobe. He understands so much about the construction of his suits that we could have talked for hours about the differing merits of his jackets tailored in Florence, London or Tokyo, let alone the handwork of his shoes or watches. It really is a pleasure talking to someone with such a passion for the finest, with no snobbery just admiration for the work of master makers.
In his quest for the best it then comes as no surprise that Mark is a Dashing fan, in fact he is perhaps one of our earliest customers buying cloth from our initial range of urban tweeds. He delights in the modern designs and our concept of continuing the evolution of classic quality woven cloths. And of course there is the most important aspect of wearing Dashing that Mark embodies whole-heartedly, he really, really enjoys clothes.