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Tom Ford Knows Best

The 15 things every man needs to have, according to Mr. Ford.

In the now-legendary words of Jay Z, we don’t pop molly, we rock, well, you know (read: all of the high, minus the ‘hi, officer’). If you’ve been name-dropped as a pseudonym for “gentlemanly swag” more times than you can count, it’s safe to say you know a thing or 15 about how to be a functional human.

So when British Vogue asked Ford to list his essentials for the magazine’s 15th anniversary, we were all ears—seeing as one of our own rules here at the Cov is to always, always abide by the book of Ford. When in doubt, always ask yourself, "WWTFD?" And although he intended them to be male-specific, the Fordian formula can sway both ways—“A pair of classic black lace-up shoes” = a pair of classic black leather knee-high boots. “A well-cut dark suit” = a perfect non-sexy secretary, non-funeral black dress (admittedly, our translation is not quite as eloquent as the original). The designer-director's smart-is-sexy take on the personal mantra is perfect in its simplicity (and lack of Pinterest-y proclamations). Now clear out your “Inspiration” board, because we’ve got some new words to live by.

P.S. Tom, just checking—is it cool that the sport we love (and are good at) involves less ball-throwing and more Visa-swiping?

1. 'A sense of humour.' 

2. 'A daily read of the newspaper.' 

3. 'A sport that you love and are good at.' 

4. 'Tweezers.' 

5. 'A good cologne that becomes a signature.' 

6. 'A well cut dark suit.' 

7. 'A pair of classic black lace-up shoes.' 

8. 'A smart blazer.' 

9. 'The perfect pair of dark denim jeans.' 

10. 'Lots of crisp white cotton shirts.' 

11. 'Always new socks and underwear (throw away the old ones every six months).' 

12. 'A classic tuxedo.' 

13. 'A beautiful day watch with a metal band.' 

14. 'The perfect sunglasses.' 

15. 'Perfect teeth - if you don't have them, save up and have them fixed.'

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