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My Style with Ramsin Khachi

How would you describe your personal style? Classic yet contemporary, with a sense of elegance.

Who are your style icons?

Frank Lloyd Wright and my father.

What city in the world best exemplifies your personal style?

Chicago – it's a great mix of so many things that I love.

What is your favourite era – fashion and style-wise?

In fashion, I love the1920s to the 1940s. The Gatsby era was highly detailed, with rich, high-end fabrics (furs & feathers) and lots of accessories like eyewear, watches, headpieces, gloves & walking sticks, jewels and very detailed, stylized shoes. It was an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation. Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress. This era also had amazing cars!

What style elements from other eras do you wish would make a comeback?

I love the era we're in. There are no rules and it’s an era that embraces eclectic design. It’s all about expressing who you are.

What is the worst style trend ever?

Sunshine or “Florida” ceilings! This 1980s trend featured a series of suspended plexi-glass panels lit by fluorescent tubes to mimic natural sunlight, and was found in many “designer” kitchens of the time. Instead, the horrible light managed to make even the most elegant kitchen look like an office lunchroom, and turned the most beautiful meals an eerie shade of greenish-grey. I've pulled so many out.

What fabrics and colours are you drawn to?

I love chenilles… such texture and elegance. I also love men's suit fabrics and that beautiful tailored look they bring to any space.

What are your personal style essentials?

I love a great espresso machine in a well organized kitchen. I also can't live without a well-designed closet – I love it when everything has its own place. Technology has to exist in my home to keep me connected to my favourite things in life. A few statement watches, a variety of shoes with character and complementing belts, nice fitting jeans and no ties. Life essentials include my clean diet, Crossfit, motocross, and time with my kids, girlfriend and family.

What's on your style wish list?

I think I need to be dressing more daringly, to start. And I’d also like to explore the world and experience more culture and style.

*Owner of the Khachi Design Group, Ramsin Khachi is an established design/build contractor and popular industry expert, making regular appearances on The Marilyn Denis Show and CityLine. Visit Khachi.com