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Power Dressing: Julien Farel

French hairstylist Julien Farel, 45, is chairman of the Julien Farel Group, which includes salons in Miami, Cabo San Lucas and New York. As well as Kate Moss and Inès de La Fressange, his clients include the tennis greats Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Custom Suit by Bellucci Napoli

I am always in a suit – preferably one in navy or black, but occasionally in grey – with a statement-making tie. These slim-cut bespoke suits work well for my body type and for my day-to-day work. I represent what I sell and as our clients pay a lot of money for salon services, I like to pay respect to them by dressing in a traditional way.

Custom Shirt by Bellucci Napoli

I wear white custom-made shirts with my dark suits, and very light blue versions when I am wearing a grey suit. These shirts have a spread, two-button, high collar and I often choose colourful thread – orange, which is our signature salon hue, or red, yellow, or lavender – for the cuffs and collar trim, as well as for my subtle JF monogram. These thread colours add a younger touch: while I want to look traditional, I don’t want to look like a banker.

Tie by Etro

I like Etro ties because they are wider than most and are also quite colourful. They add a playful element to my otherwise conservative attire. Etro’s versions are much shorter than other ties and I am lucky because I don’t have a stomach to hide at this point.

Shoes by JP Tod’s Sartorial

I wear Tod’s shoes – in a variety of styles, from loafers to lace-ups – exclusively because they are a bit edgier than other brands but are classic at the same time. I prefer the Monk Strap Sartorial in brown suede but have leather versions for rainy days as well. I own brown, navy and black dress shoes, but what they all have in common is comfort. I spend all day on my feet in the salon, so comfort is key. At the weekends I choose Tod’s more casual Hogan line because they look great and are unbelievably comfortable.

Socks by Bruce Field

I get ultra-thin, lightweight cotton socks from Bruce Field in Paris. I always wear navy or black. They are comfortable and very well made.

Watch by Cartier

I wear a Cartier Pasha Chronograph because I like the look of a big timepiece. This one has a navy leather band and a white face that looks good with my suiting. My watch is an aesthetic choice rather than a practical one, as I never check it when working with a client. It is important for my customers to feel attended to and not rushed in any way so I check the time – and my schedule – in more subtle ways.

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