Tom Davies

What is your current favourite restaurant?
M Restaurant, Threadneedle Street, London. You need to have the Wagyu Experience menu!

Where have you received the best customer service?
The British tailors Arbiter Bespoke.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Naxos, Greece, because every time I go to the beach there, it inspires me to create a new sunglasses collection.

What was the title of the last book you read?
In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum.

What or whom is your biggest inspiration?
People. Always. Everything I do for my work is motivated by the people I meet.

What do you do to unwind?
I have a sauna. I built one in my home and that was the end of me going to the gym. I’ve never felt better!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I was offered a job as a product designer but I didn’t know what the job was. When I found out it was an eyewear designer I said I didn’t want the position, but it was my future boss who said I should take it because eyewear is the most important area of design in the world. It defines people as it’s so visible. I think about that conversation all the time.

Is beauty or function more important?
They are not mutually exclusive but I’m going to say function. My glasses wouldn’t be much good if they didn’t work.

Which one luxury item would you take to a desert island?
My bespoke sunglasses, of course.

What changes do you anticipate seeing within the luxury industry over the next five years?
I see the polarisation of the market. I also anticipate luxury becoming more luxurious and a new wave of cheaper, more individual creative products sweeping in but targeting the high-end luxury customer. This is something I’m already seeing in the eyewear sector.

If you could describe the Tom Davies brand in three words, what would they be?
Comfort, creative and quality.