How to wear it: Nick Sullivan

As creative director of Esquire and editor of fashion bible Big Black Book, Nick Sullivan frequently finds himself having to look good in all manner of exotic locations. We follow him to Switzerland to get a bead on how he puts together a winter wardrobe

Which is your favourite place to ski in Europe? 

It has to be St Moritz, for its combination of good skiing and social life, both on and off the mountain. I used to go for all-out skiing, have a beer and crash out, so would once have opted for somewhere more epic, like Chamonix. But now, I like the après-ski just as much. There are more challenging resorts piste-wise, but St Moritz’s combination of Swiss food (with an Italian accent) and Italian clubbing makes it hard to beat for all-round fun.

What’s your après-ski of choice and where do you drink it? 

A negroni (one only) in the bar of the Kulm Hotel or a lunchtime Peroni (again, one only) at Paradiso, the on-piste hotspot with a menu and outdoor terrace that beats all on-mountain restaurants (it costs an arm and a leg, naturally).

What’s the one thing you can’t be without on a ski holiday? 

My old bright blue Stone Island parka that I’ve had for years. I wear it as an outer shell. It did once come with a down-filled liner, but I’ve replaced that with a Snow Peak pullover down hoodie.

What are your travel essentials? 

I use Montblanc n, because it’s tough and good looking (and on the carousel it doesn’t look like that other brand everyone else uses). Somehow, I have honed my packing regimen to suit the two smaller sizes: I can manage a week (just) with the medium size and a three-day trip with the smallest. I also never get on a plane without a Begg x Co cashmere beanie. I have them in various colours and they create a great cocoon feeling, along with Bose noise-cancelling headphones, an eye mask and Tom Ford Fausto sunglasses. I also carry a leather bag I made myself. It’s been on every plane trip with me since 2015 and is now beginning to fall apart. I’m currently making a new and improved 2023 replacement. 

You can follow Nick on Instagram: @nicksullivanesq

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