Style Muse: Hussain van Roos

We caught up with Hussain van Roos, creative director, brand consultant and Ben Sherman ambassador, to discover his favourite things and style influences…

 How would you describe your signature style? It varies, but whatever I pull off has a suave aesthetic to it.

What are your top three places to shop? Ben Sherman (naturally), G Star from Al Capone for my not-so-formal days and New Balance for my sneakers, via their experience stores or Superbalist.

Who’s on your fashion radar at the moment? Prince (@Princethabz on Instagram): a friend from Durban who’s a preppy, classic dresser. For urban streetwear, Lazi Mathebula and Logan Hing – they’re fresh and eclectic dressers.

What’s your favourite fashion era? It has to be the ’50s (I’m an old soul). Style was an everyday thing then and not reserved for special occasions. Dressing well was a lifestyle.

Do you have a favourite outfit? A well-fitted suit is always a winner. However, a suave, well-fitting and timeless outfit is key on days off.

Who are your fashion icons? My dad. Alessandro Squarzi – an Italian designer and owner of Fortela Clothing – and Allen Coleman, a photographer, investment banker and owner of City Slicker.

What piece of clothing can you not live without? Shirts… lots of shirts!

What is your rarest or most valuable collector’s item? A 1950s 18-carat-gold Longines wristwatch, with Burgundy elephant-skin straps, and my burgundy bracelet, bought from Kenya. It’s eye-catching!ed for special occasions. Dressing well was a lifestyle.