The Aesthete: Pavlo Schtakleff talks more personal taste

The co-founder of the glamorous design brand Sé concludes his list of likes with an Italian film stars, the Haut Marais and hip-hop

Pavlo Schtakleff at home in London
Pavlo Schtakleff at home in London | Image: Leo Goddard

My personal style icon is the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. No one sums up cool 1960s elegance quite like him.

Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni | Image: Getty Images

The grooming staple I’m never without is Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage, which I’ve worn since I was 15. I have a very strong sense of smell and this has a lovely, light lemony scent. £65 for 100ml EDT; dior.com.

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The best book I’ve read in the past year is Older Than the Stars by Karen C Fox, which I’m reading to my four-year-old son. He’s obsessed with the planets and the stars, and this tells the story of the cosmic connections that tie humans to the beginnings of the universe. £7.95; charlesbridge.com.

Gallery S Bensimon in Paris
Gallery S Bensimon in Paris

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose the Haut Marais in the third arrondissement. Paris is really all about food and people-watching – and my favourite places combine the two. Café Charlot serves great coffee; Le Traiteur Marocain in the bustling Marché des Enfants Rouges sells irresistible sweets and pastries; and the seafood bar L’Ilot is the perfect place to spy beautiful Parisians scoffing oysters. Gallery S Bensimon is always filled with interesting objects in unexpected materials, and I love the concept store Merci – it’s a great launchpad for young designers. Café Charlot, 38 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 (+331-4454 0330; cafecharlotparis.com). Gallery S Bensimon, 111 Rue de Turenne, 75003 (+331-4274 5077; bensimon.com). Le Traiteur Marocain, 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 (+331-4011 2040). L’Ilot, 4 Rue de la Corderie, 75003 (+336-9512 8661; lilot-restaurant.com). Merci, 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 (+331-4277 0033; merci-merci.com).

Re:Lacks Instrumentals (Vol 1) by Lacks aka Ta’Raach
Re:Lacks Instrumentals (Vol 1) by Lacks aka Ta’Raach

The best gift I’ve received recently is a long weekend in Lake Como, which my wife Amalia booked as a surprise for my 40th birthday. It was as beautiful as I’d imagined. Lunch at Al Veluu was a particular highlight; the fruit and vegetables come from its own garden and it has the most magical view. Via Rogaro 11, 22019 Tremezzo (+39034-440 510; alveluu.com).

Christian Dior Eau Sauvage, £65 for 100ml EDT
Christian Dior Eau Sauvage, £65 for 100ml EDT

The person I rely on for personal grooming is Anthony Laban – the only person I trust to cut my unruly hair. 3 Bennet Court, 1 Bellevue Road, London SW1 (020-3475 6644; anthonylabanhome.com).

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In my fridge you’ll always find piles of organic vegetables, a bottle of Bosa Prosecco and many tubs of za’atar. We have a family friend in Beirut who makes the perfect blend – sharp with extra sumac – but the Middle Eastern supermarket Green Valley does a good one, too. I like to eat it with olive oil and pitta bread as a late-night snack. £9.75 for 1kg; 36-37 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1 (020-7402 7385; green-valley.co).

My favourite room in my house is actually my garden. We live in London, so it’s a typical urban courtyard, but we’ve turned it into a private oasis filled with olive trees and potted plants. Amalia says I always look calmer when I’ve been in the garden – watering and watching things grow gives me a rare chance to switch off.

The last music I downloaded was the hip-hop track Beu2ful (Instrumental) by Lacks aka Ta’Raach. I was introduced to it by a new designer we’re working with, and it will always remind me of that particular creative process.

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be a psychoanalyst. I’m intrigued by how people work, emotionally and mentally.

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