Perfumer Abdulla Ajmal feels ties stifle creativity, removed them from his company's dress code
Ajmal keeps his style smart-causal, pairing jackets over shirts.
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“I like to dress nicely — shoes, attire, watches — but I feel ties stifle your creativity. Have you noticed that when people wear a tie, they speak more formally? When I joined my company, the first thing I did was get rid of the ties. My style is smart casual – a jacket over a nice shirt or a sweater if I’m in Europe. I love to pair jackets with what I wear.”
“My first jacket was gifted by my uncle in 1987. He brought me a red jacket from Dubai. I wore it to a wedding because I thought it was cool at the time.”
“A bespoke suit is more valuable. You can pick your fabrics, choose your thread. I make sure the inner lining is of a different colour so when you take the jacket off, you got a little character inside. I’m picky about these things.”
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“A blue pinstripe three-piece suit paired with a pink bow-tie that I wore for my brother’s wedding. I had never worn a three-piece or bow-ties before.”
Winning suit game
“Dwayne Johnson and P Diddy have good taste in suits, but I prefer the eclectic style of Pitbull. In India, Amitabh Bachchan dresses very well. I also admire the style of Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) in 'Suits' and Denny Crane (William Shatner) in 'Boston Legal'.”
“I love cufflinks. My favourite is a pair of handmade silver cufflinks designed by a friend of mine — Azza Al Qubaisi [a UAE-based jewellery designer]. She took two pieces of oud from me and wrought the silver around it. The silver is almost rusted and it looks spectacular.”
Suits and sneakers
“Yes, but with the right kind of suit. It can’t be conventional.”