Best Dressed 2017 - Mohammed Bin Zaal
The late Hardy Amies said it best when he declared: “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.” Beyond this guiding principle, the formula for a stylish man is harder to pinpoint. So for 2017's selection of Esquire's Best Dressed Men in the Gulf, we’ve looked at men who wear their clothes with a sense of individuality, confidence and consideration:
Mohammed Bin Zaal
35, Emirati, Entrepreneur
Mohammed Bin Zaal is an entrepreneur who, as the developer and former CEO of the Al Barari development, has helped shape the property landscape in Dubai. His most recent development, KOA, located near The Farm restaurant in Al Barari, aims to bring a new definition of urban living and working to the UAE. Named in the Construction Power 100 and 100 Most Powerful Arabs under 40, he has already earned a generous number of accolades.
A man who wears traditional dress with tailored style and attention to detail, Bin Zaal is at his happiest when dressed in a kandora, normally in the ash grey, stylish tone he is known for. Describing his style as “effortless, classic and well-tailored, Bin Zaal uses his clothing as a form of self-expression. “You also can’t go wrong in a well-cut suit; it is a classic,” says the developer, stating that Tom Ford is his go-to brand.
An admirer of well-made items, he values craftsmanship and pays attention to the materials and the construction of what he wears. “The favourite item in my wardrobe is probably a pair of custom-made John Lobb alligator shoes. I don’t wear them, though, as they are a piece of art.”
Alongside his stylish attire, there is always a watch on his wrist. “I used to be a real watch collector, but now I only wear one limited edition G-Shock watch; I love it, it is timeless,” he enthuses.