Tom - Germany
Posted: Apr 19 2016
When Tom laid eyes on the suit we used in our recent lookbook he knew he had to have it. People of such impeccable taste are worth knowing, so we sat down for a chat with him.
Where are you from?
I am from beautiful Germany, specifically Dusseldorf. It’s a great city, there’s about 600,000 people, making it big enough to have everything you need but small enough that you can’t get too lost. It’s not like Bangkok, where you feel like you could never explore the whole city.
How long have you been in Bangkok & what do you do?
I’ve been here for two years, working with the Thai Ministry of Energy on renewable energy projects. Thailand is doing quite well - thanks to our consulting of course! No but seriously, renewable energy share here are lower compared to some countries in northern Europe, however, in South East Asia Thailand is a front runner. We facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology, assisting and connecting private companies. We advise government and companies, in order to create a thriving, mutually beneficial market.
What’s your favorite thing about Bangkok?
It’s never cold. It never sleeps. It’s vibrant. It’s bustling. This is a great region, in which Bangkok is an excellent hub.
What about Bangkok would most surprise a first-time visitor?
Hmm, what surprised me when I came? It sounds stupid, but it was that there is no honking. In other big cities like Delhi, it’s so loud. Traffic here is horrible but there is no honking.
Also, Thai people eat all the time. You see them prep, cook and eat everywhere, all the time. That suits me very well - as I play a lot of football, I need to eat lots to get energy.
Another football-playing client… Perhaps it’s time to start a TOT football team, featuring Tom and Rustom?
Do you have any travel destinations to recommend?
The Himalayas. It’s incredibly beautiful and the landscape is so varied. A 400 km road trip feels like crossing 10 countries. You get the lush green of Scotland, to the silver rocks of Serbia. Then Egyptian desert, and next somewhere that feels like the moon, with hostile lifeless formations, then suddenly you’re in France, expecting to see a castle.
When I did the trip, we flew into Srinagar in northern India and drove through the Ladakh region to Leh. It is absolutely stunning.
What’s the most stylish city you’ve visited?
It would have to be… Berlin. It’s not posh, but has subtle style.
So about your suit, why did you decide on a bright pink lining?
So my affection with pink has a bit of a backstory and has become quite a ‘thing’. I was at MBK buying a new mobile phone cover. The surprisingly educated English-speaking lady walked up, ready to help with my selection. There were only four colors and she told me I should take the black. I wasn’t sure, so she suggested blue. Then I said, ‘what about pink?’ She looked at me in total surprise and said ‘I didn’t realize you were gay’. Then it was my turn to be struck by disbelief, and my sense of rebellion and desire to play with prejudice kicked in and I had to buy the pink one. Ever since, it became a thing with my friends and colleagues… So the pink lining was a given!
You’re wearing this suit to attend a wedding - don’t you feel bad looking better than the groom?
We have since heard from reliable sources that the bride herself said Tom had the best suit of the day. No wonder, the groom should’ve done the right thing and got his wedding suit from Tailor On Ten - like so many before him…
Tom’s suit is made from Vitale Barberis Canonico Super 110s fabric featuring an eye-catching royal blue check on navy base, which has been a favorite ever since we got it in. The mill has over 350 years heritage, so it’s no wonder they cook up some great designs. Read more about their fascinating history here and check out the suit in our lookbook. Tom went for one of our favorite ways of styling this suit, with a classic sky blue shirt and our colorful Plum Firenze tie (which is handmade in Italy, to match the pedigree of the fabric).