My style icon is Humphrey Bogart. I identify with him and recognise myself in the characters he is known for playing; he has a roughness and he grumbles, but he hides a big heart and a philosophical spirit. Like him, I love classic, well-cut clothes with a hint of casualness.
The best gift I’ve received recently was a bottle of Chartreuse VEP from my sons. The VEP is a very special aged version of the herb liqueur. I discovered it via my father who was a gastronome. He was always dining in two- or three-Michelin-star restaurants and always had chartreuse after his meal as a digestif. www.absinthes.com.
The last meal that truly impressed me was dinner at Chez Terra, a classic Japanese restaurant in Lyon. The food was very pure and authentic and the thing I liked best was that it had all the elements you find in the top restaurants in Tokyo. The sushi, sashimi and tempura were excellent. 81 Rue Duguesclin, 69006 Lyon (+334-7889 0504).
The last albums I downloaded were If You Wait by London Grammar and Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens. I like to listen to London Grammar on my own after I’ve been shopping; it’s emotional but also relaxing. Christine and the Queens is a little like Lana del Rey; the singer, Héloïse Letissier, has a distinctive high pitch to her voice.
An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Le Pont de Brent, a tiny hotel and restaurant near Lake Geneva. It is family run, with good food and a running track right along the water’s edge. It’s very Swiss, very private. When you spend a lot of time in Paris or London, it’s nice to be Swiss for a few days. Route de Blonay 4, 1817 Brent (+4121-964 5230; www.lepontdebrent.ch).
And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is green tea from Tokyo. I always buy some when I go to Japan, from anywhere I can find it. I started drinking it after I stopped smoking; it’s a real pleasure. I also brought back some great Suntory whisky from my last trip, which I gave to my sons.
The person I rely on for personal grooming is hairdresser Patrick Ahmed at Medley Rive Gauche in Paris. He is a true professional in a very competitive industry and I have been seeing him for around 15 years now. I have tested three or four of his hairdressers at both his salons and they have also all been consistently very good. 134 Bouelvard Raspail, 75006 Paris (+331-4326 1759; www.medley.fr).
My favourite room in my house is actually my terrace. It overlooks the Ecole Nationale des Finances Publiques and the hills of Lyon. I am downtown and at weekends no one is around; it’s totally silent. To sit there in the sun, with a cooling breeze, a book and a Campari is perfect.
If I didn’t live in Lyon, the city I would live in is Paris. I love the area around Place Denfert-Rochereau, particularly Rue Daguerre street market that sells food. I like the galleries in the Marais, including Galerie Perrotin, Galerie Kreo, En Attendant les Barbares and Galerie Jousse, which show work by many of the designers I work with. I’ll eat at the very charming Le Duc, with its wood-lined interior – the quality of the fish is consistently near perfect and the service is good. I also like Le Cette, which has a small, reasonably priced menu offering dishes made with quality ingredients and a very kind and curious patron. En Attendant les Barbares, 35 Rue de Grenelle (+331-4222 6525; www.barbares.com). Galerie Jousse, 18 Rue de Seine (+331-4382 1360; www.jousse-entreprise.com). Galerie Kreo, 31 Rue Dauphine (+331-5310 2300; www.galeriekreo.com). Galerie Perrotin, 76 Rue de Turenne (+331-4216 7979; www.perrotin.com). Le Cette, 7 Rue Campagne Première (+331-4321 0547; www.lecette.fr). Le Duc, 243 Boulevard Raspail (+331-4320 9630; www.restaurantleduc.com).
The grooming staple I’m never without is Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage. It was the first fragrance I wore when I was young. In a way, it was my first love. I am not sure if I still wear it for the love I felt for it back then or the fragrance itself. It’s nostalgic. £50 for 100ml EDT; www.dior.com.
In my fridge you’ll always find vodka, tonic and Parmesan cheese. I like Parmesan because it’s salty and goes well with an aperitif or red wine. It’s also good for someone like me because it keeps for ages – my wife lives in Paris so I live like a bachelor in Lyon much of the time.
If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose Sèvres-Babylone in Paris. I’d go to Le Bon Marché for bags, Prada for shoes and scarves and Nicolas for wines from the area south of Lyon – Côtes du Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Le Bon Marché, 24 Rue de Sèvres (+331-4439 8000; www.lebonmarche.com). Nicolas, 26 Rue de la Chaise (+331-4548 5367; www.nicolas.com). Prada, 7 Rue de Grenelle (+331-4548 5314; www.prada.com).
If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be a psychoanalyst. I studied it in the late 1960s, which was a time of great change in the field when they were redefining what it was to be an analyst and looking at new approaches to treatment.