I'm another lurk who's jumping into the fire. I studied film production and I work as an editor, as well as motion graphics and compression (the Indians, Chinese and Pakistanis took over graphic and web design, which is where I would have stayed otherwise). I'm 27, an Anglophile, ex-IDF and living in southern California. I like reading, playing music, building, bouldering, traveling, style, girls, etc. I can speak English*, Hebrew, Spanish and French (*native). I understand Western music theory and the physics of music to a comfortable level. I also know a few programming languages and I'm a *nix enthusiast.
Recently, I've been to Turkey, the Netherlands, China and Japan. Asia is fantastic. The people in the larger cities, like Shanghai (Paris of the East) were wonderfully dressed and mannered. They do it much better than we, especially we who live in the US. Everyone's clothing fit properly and their taste was simple, functional (it was freezing) and stylish. They are also very healthy people, without resorting to all sorts of new-age diets that are all the rage here. We like to think that the Chinese aren't worthy of producing anything but Happy Meal toys, but they do excellent work. Sometimes their diligence matches the Germans. Previously English-made loudspeakers, Celestion, are now produced in their quality-controlled factory in China and tone connoisseurs have found nothing to complain about. There are mainly two types of business: those that are now producing in China, and those that are not going to be doing business much longer. I saw a girl on the plane reading a book entitled, If China Ruled the World. It won't be long now.
My favorite article of clothing is a Schott Perfecto 118, which I've broken in myself. I think every man should have gone through this trial at some point in their life, like military service; you know, rites of passage. I like fancy dress too. I'm very minimal and I think that's what works best. I like simple, elegant cap-toe shoes (I have the Loake Rothschild), English collars, slim black suits with matching slim black ties (Tarantino's suit of armor for all of his greatest characters) and mean sunglasses; I have long ago graduated from Wayfarer sunglasses to all-black Aviators in 55mm, which are the perfect size for me (I think most people wear ones that are much too large and with hideous gold frames that cheapen the entire look). I also like slim/straight (not skinny), rigid dark jeans, buffalo plaid and Dr. Martens 8-eyes, which I've been collecting English-made 8-eyes since I was about 16.
To say the least, I don't admire new BMWs and most of the time I despise the drivers (balding, passive-aggressive, low-class). I prefer classics. A Porsche, a Merc, Jag, or a Rolls Royce like David Hemmings drove in that fantastic film by Michaelangelo Antonioni, Blow Up (see it - he's a true style icon). I can also give the film, Withnail and I, my highest recommendation. Tell me what you think.
This is exciting.