My personal style signifier is a black Sunspel T-shirt and pair of 501s. Being in a uniform means I have one less decision to make every day. And I’ve worn Reebok Classics since I was a teenager in Glasgow in the 1990s – I like that the design hasn’t changed. £75; www.levi.com. £59.95; www.reebok.co.uk. From £60; www.sunspel.com.
The last thing I bought and loved was a 1972 wire Abitacolo sofa by the Italian designer Bruno Munari, from Béton Brut, a really cool furniture dealer in Hackney. It looks like a cross between a sofa and a shopping trolley, and is surprisingly comfortable. Unit 2, 30 Felstead Street, London E9 (020-7018 1890; www.betonbrut.co.uk).
And the thing I’m eyeing next is a single standing pink bookshelf by Ettore Sottsass. There is a sense of optimism to his style of design and a twist of humour. I like that mix of serious and simple. Similar at 1stdibs.com.
An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Mexico City. There is an amazing energy there. It is a little bedraggled and not too precious; the cafés have a youthful, gritty feel. I stayed at the Hotel Condesa DF, a 1928 building with interiors by India Mahdavi. +5255-5241 2600; www.condesadf.com.
The grooming staple I’m never without is Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste. Aesop creates simple products with a well-designed aesthetic. This makes my face feel scrubbed and clean. £35 for 75ml; www.aesop.com.
The last music I downloaded was an old PJ Harvey album, Rid of Me. It’s full of angst but empowering. She has such a powerful attitude and a strange, twisted glamour. www.pjharvey.net.
The best book I’ve read in the past year is Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color, which was first published in 1963. It’s a really interesting book about colour, the emotional reaction to it and how colours interact. It speaks directly to what I do, what I love and what drives me.
An indulgence I would never forgo is my personal trainer, at the Equinox gym near where I live. I stopped going for six weeks because of work, but now I realise the importance and benefits of training regularly – not just for my body, but for my mind too. www.equinox.com.
The last meal that truly impressed me was at Sushi Azabu, an incredible restaurant in Tribeca. It’s in a basement, with just six or seven tables, no frills, no music; and the sushi is absolutely the freshest I have ever had. 428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013 (+1212-274 0428; www.sushi-azabu.com).
If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose Broadway Market in Hackney, London. I get my fix of books at Donlon, and Rocket Gallery sells work by artists such as Martin Parr and Peter Hedegaard, as well as vintage furniture. The butcher, Hill & Szrok, is great, and you can have dinner in its Cookshop at night. There’s a good fishmonger opposite, Fin and Flounder. Strut Archives is a great place for vintage Comme des Garçons or Yohji. Donlon Books, 75 Broadway Market, E8 (020-7684 5698; www.donlonbooks.com). Fin and Flounder, 71 Broadway Market, E8 (020-7998 4929; www.finandflounder.co.uk). Hill & Szrok, 60 Broadway Market, E8 (020-7254 8805; www.hillandszrok.co.uk). Rocket Gallery, 4-6 Sheep Lane, E8 (020-7254 8391; www.rocketgallery.com). Strut Archives, 2B Ada Street, E8 (020-7254 8121).
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Allen Jones. His work is provocative and shocking. He uses colour to tell a story, but he also communicates sexuality, femininity and a strong social message. I’d love to own one of his painted mannequins.
My favourite websites are Vice.com – the language is direct and unfussy; and the fashion blog Stylebubble.co.uk, because Susie Lau is so positive and eloquent.