I was surprised when Lise asked me to choose my 5 favourite items, because while I'm interested in clothes, I'm hardly a style leader. I do have a personal style, however. I think most people do: a certain number of items that are always in your wardrobe, and that you replace as soon as they wear out. For me the essentials are pretty clear: a decent pair of jeans, some sturdy yet elegant shoes, a reliable raincoat, a good hat – the right hat adds flair to any outfit – and the perfect bag for globetrotting.
I hate bags with wheels, which always look like you've stolen the mini bar. And whether I'm travelling for three days or three weeks, I only ever take one carry-on bag, so I don't have to check it in. This Longchamp bag – which I shamelessly stole from my wife Géraldine – is the perfect size. You can pack it full of stuff and it appears to be indestructible. An extra touch is the monogrammed label I bought from the Louis Vuitton pop-up store "L'Aventure" last year.
Every Englishman is aware of the importance of a great raincoat. I spotted this one in Kitsuné a couple of years ago and was delighted to find out that it was a collaboration with Mackintosh, the inventors of the original "Mack".
I tend to buy a new straw hat every summer, but I've never found a better one than this dapper Stetson. It makes me feel like a cross between a jazz musician and Jay Gatsby.
Jean Levi's 501
A tweed jacket and jeans is pretty much my uniform. I love the vintage look of these 1947 edition Levi's 501s (the date refers to the cut, not when they were made). Perfect for getting messy in the park with my little boy. The older and more wrinkled they get, the more I love them. Let's hope my wife feels the same about me.
Chaussures Edward Green
Edward Green have been making shoes in Northampton, England, since 1890. They are handcrafted works of art – apparently only 250 pairs are made each week. Not exactly cheap, but this pair are already ten years old and I fully expect them to look good in another 20. Mark Tungate is the author of six books, including Le Monde de la Mode (Fashion Brands) and Le Monde de la Beauté (Branded Beauty). His book about the travel industry will be released next year.