In the latest instalment of our Friends of Sunspel series, we met with Teo van den Broeke to talk about the luxury of time well spent and the enduring appeal of simplicity.
Teo is an award-winning journalist. Appointed in 2015 as the Style Director at British Esquire, and with a self-professed love of navy blue, elegant cuts, and quality fabrics, it’s fair to say that Teo knows a thing or two about classic style and how to get it.
I left university after studying a degree in Fine Art at Leeds university. I realised very quickly that I didn’t have the patience (or arrogance) to pursue a career as an artist, so I opted instead for writing. I started out as staff writer at Wallpaper* magazine. I then met the then editor of Esquire, Jeremy Langmead, at an industry event and after a few interviews he made me contributing editor on the website. The rest, as they say, is history!
I love the travelling, and constantly learning about new things. No two days are ever the same. It can be stressful trying to stay on the pulse but it’s always fun. If I’m not travelling, an average working day for me involves some time spent at my desk writing features and answering emails. The rest of the time is spent out on appointments with PR’s, at breakfasts, lunches and dinners with brands learning about new products.
I find it easiest to stick to a kind of uniform. I wear a lot of navy blue and I love simple cuts and minimal adornment. I love clothes that feel and look expensive without being showy. I love the simplicity and the elegance of Sunspel. The fabrics are immaculate as are the cuts.
My essentials are a good white Cellular Vest or T-Shirt from Sunspel. A blue overshirt from Burberry Prorsum or Sunspel. Slim blue chinos from Gucci, brown chelsea boots from Dior, white high top Converse all stars and a single breasted cashmere jacket in navy from Brunello Cucinelli.
For me, luxury is all about time – time spent sourcing the best materials, time spent manufacturing something, time spent giving good service. In terms of clothing, it’s all about how it makes you feel – high quality, beautifully cut, tactile clothes which make you look good are the ultimate luxury.