Johnny Coca talks personal taste

Spanish-born Johnny Coca has been creative director of British brand Mulberry since 2015, having previously designed accessories at Céline and Louis Vuitton

Johnny Coca at home in Paris
Johnny Coca at home in Paris | Image: Leá Crespi

My personal style signifier is my collection of kilts. I started to wear them when I was 20 years old and I think I have 25 at home – I have checks, black, colours, tartan and I buy them from Comme des Garçons or Alexander McQueen. I love anything with a punk rock attitude so I wear them with leather biker jackets, which are cool and quite masculine. shop.doverstreet

Commes des Garçons trousers
Commes des Garçons trousers | Image: Leá Crespi

The last thing I bought and loved was a book of photography, Frame [pictured] by Mark Cohen, that I found in the bookshop at Tate Modern. All his pictures are so in the moment, there is nothing fake and there are so many interesting details. £55;


And the thing I’m eyeing next is a painting [examples pictured] by Cuban artist Carmen Herrera who is 101 years old. I love artists who use colour and she plays with it in totally unexpected ways. The compositions and contrasts are so beautiful.

Frame by Mark Cohen, £55
Frame by Mark Cohen, £55 | Image: Leá Crespi

The last meal that truly impressed me was at Dinings – a Japanese tapas restaurant in Marylebone. It’s really small and intimate and there’s a bar by the entrance where you can sit with friends and they cook in front of you. It’s very simple but the carpaccio and fish dishes are excellent. 22 Harcourt Street, London W1 (020-7723 0666;

Paintings by Carmen Herrera
Paintings by Carmen Herrera | Image: © Adam Reich, Courtesy Lisson Gallery

The last items of clothing I bought were some oversized black trousers [pictured] from Comme des Garçons and a long‑sleeved white Rick Owens T-shirt. I always buy clothes from stores as I prefer being able to try things on £92;

Chanel Egoïste, £48 for 50ml EDT
Chanel Egoïste, £48 for 50ml EDT

The objects I would never part with are an original metal Platner chair and a Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe. I started collecting furniture as a student in Paris, when I didn’t even have enough space for it in my tiny apartment. When I look at the structure and proportions of furniture, it gives me a lot of inspiration for shoes, bags and accessories.

The gardens of the Alcázar palace in Seville
The gardens of the Alcázar palace in Seville | Image: Getty Images

The grooming staple I’m never without is Egoïste [pictured] by Chanel. It’s a very specific scent, with cinnamon, but it’s more delicate than many fragrances, yet masculine too. I’ve worn it for at least 20 years. £48 for 50ml EDT;


If I didn’t live in London, I would live in Seville. That’s where I come from and I rarely have the time any more to really enjoy it. I love the gardens [pictured] at the Moorish palace, the Alcázar; in April you can smell the oranges. I especially like the Jardín de las Damas; it’s beautiful and very peaceful. And the city has wonderful terrace bars; the ones in Calle Betis are particularly cool and have good views, looking out over the river. At the Eme hotel there is a rooftop bar where you can sit and have a mojito and just chill out. The hotel also has great rooms, minimal and calming – perfect for a relaxing weekend. Alcázar of Seville, Patio de Banderas, 41004 (+34902-559 386; Eme Catedral Hotel, Calle Alemanes 27, 41004 (+34954-560 000;

A recent “find” is Hauser & Wirth in Somerset. There is such a diversity of art there, from local pieces to something like the Louise Bourgeois spider outside. The last time I went I saw the horse sculptures by Berlinde de Bruyckere. Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL (01749-814 060;

The best gift I have given is a gold christening bracelet for my nephew, who is 11 months old. It was hard to find the right style but in the end I found a simple 18ct yellow gold one in Arthus Bertrand, a classic jeweller in Paris. Réglisse bracelet, from €305;

My favourite website is a new one called Tagwalk. I’m not really one for social media but this is one of the few sites I use. It lets you see what is happening in fashion – a little bit like Pinterest but much more specific.

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