Nicholas Wainwright talks personal taste

Nicholas Wainwright is co-chair and creative director of the sixth-generation British jeweller Boodles, whose designs are in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum

My personal style signifier is pink socks and pink ties. About 10 years ago, my younger sister said she thought men in pink were irresistible, and what started as an experiment became an addiction. I always wear a pink Hermès tie, even on the golf course. My socks come from Richard James. Hermès, 155 New Bond Street, London W1 (020-74998856; www.hermes.com). Richard James, 29 Savile Row, London, W1 (020 7434 0605; richardjames.co.uk).

Wainwright’s Tanner Kroll briefcase
Wainwright’s Tanner Kroll briefcase | Image: Jude Edginton

The last thing I bought and loved was my Tanner Krolle brown leather briefcase (from £1,200), which is my mobile office. I’m never parted from it, even on holiday, on the beach. I polish it myself every Sunday evening. It has everything I need in there, including the pink cards and envelopes that I use all the time. 11 Shepherd Market, London W1 (020-7529 5822; www.tannerkrolle.com).

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And the thing I’m eyeing next is a case of Château d’Yquem pudding wine, 1988, from Jackson Fine Wines in Jersey, a wine investment company. At our annual directors’ meeting, we always treat ourselves to a bottle of Château d’Yquem after dinner. La Sergentre, La Grand Route de Rozel St Martins, Jersey JE3 6AX.

 Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.
Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.

The person I rely on for personal grooming and style is my hairdresser, though you wouldn’t necessarily think so. I love visiting Andrew Collinge in his salon in Liverpool. I think it’s the smartest one I’ve seen, and it’s always an event to go there. 45 Castle Street, Liverpool L2 9TB (0151-227 2366; www.andrewcollinge.com).

Rococo Dark Chocolate Organic Wafers, £13.50
Rococo Dark Chocolate Organic Wafers, £13.50

A recent “find” is a country house hotel, Tyddyn Llan, near Corwen, North Wales – we were there for a pheasant-shooting party. It has a wonderful ambience and serves the best food I’ve ever eaten. I also like the bonhomie and the tradition. Llandrillo, near Corwen, Denbighshire, North Wales LL21 0ST (01490 440264; www.tyddynllan.co.uk).

Château d’Yquem, from £245
Château d’Yquem, from £245

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the last year is Newport, Rhode Island. We go there every year to play golf, making Newport our base but playing at different clubs in the area, like the Newport Country Club. It was special last year because on our day off we hired a 1970s America’s Cup racing yacht and spent the day sailing in the bay. 280 Harrison Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island, 02840 (+1401-846 3701).

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An object I would never part with is the 18ct gold figure-eight cuff links that belonged to my grandfather, Herbert. He was born in 1888, and they were given to him for his christening, and then given to me by my father on my 21st birthday. I wear them every single day.

My favourite room is the drawing room in our house, a 1926 house in Cheshire. I recently had it redecorated by Eva Jiricna, who designed the Boodles shops. She mixed the old beams with modern minimalist features, using marble and clever lighting. Unfortunately, there wasn’t room for one of her signature spiral staircases. Eva Jiricna, 38 Warren Street, London W1 (020-7554 2400; www.ejal.com).

The last item I added to my wardrobe was a plain blue handmade suit from Kilgour in Savile Row. I told my tailor I wanted to look like Michael Heseltine, who I think is the epitome of gentlemanly style. 8 Savile Row, London W1 (020-3283 8941; www.kilgour.eu).

The book on my bedside table isThe Rolex World’s Top 1000 Golf Courses. I’ve played 73 of them so far. I’m keen on golf and my favourite will always be links golf; the two best courses in my opinion are the Old Course at St Andrews and the Royal Liverpool. I also read the remains of the papers each night before falling asleep. The Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Meols Drive, Hoylake CH47 4AL (0151-632 3101; www.royal-liverpool-golf.com). The Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland KY16 9SF (01334-466 666 www.standrews.org.uk).

In my fridge you’ll always find chocolate, lots of it – some Belgian, some Cadbury’s Creme Eggs, and I love Rococo chocolate, the best in the world. Also strong cheese, a nice bottle of Meursault – everything that’s bad for me, but also a large yellow bottle of aloe vera juice to keep me alive, so that I can walk my daughter Daisy, who’s four years old, down the aisle when the time comes. www.rococochocolates.com.

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