Nick Sheffield has been here for a year and a half. Half German, half British, he is an Ibanker. I asked him a few questions about life and style in Beijing.
NF: What Chinese items or style elements do you think are easiest to incorporate into a modern man’s (or women’s) wardrobe?
NS: The collar: Immediately recognisable, acceptably formal, irresistibly functional and incorrigibly ‘uncategorisable’. Its increasing prevalence in all social settings in the West is testament to that.
NF: What items from Beijing do you give to family and friends back home?
NS: I stick to the traditional: designing names for them and engraving them onto chops. As clichéd as it may be, it shows you have thought about them individually.
NF: Who do you think is the most beautiful Chinese woman in the public eye?
NS: Zhao Wei (赵薇): the roles she plays and the image she projects. She so perfectly embodies what it means to be a modern yet still traditional Chinese woman, without this being in any way contradictory. She is unashamedly beautiful.
NF: Do you like the styles you see on Chinese women? Are they improving? What would you like to see them wear more of?
NS: I love the 1930s Shanghai Divas style – elegant, graceful and chic. The qipao is so versatile, it would be great to see it come back with a modern twist.
NF: What do you wish you could find here?
NS: True love! Haha. I try not to think of what I can get from China, but what me being here can achieve for both sides. Though as long as I am happy and healthy, and everyone around me too, who cares?
NF: Do you have any style advise for other investment bankers or businesspeople?
NS: I was in the City (London) before China. Investment bankers there are very traditional when it comes to style. The beauty of China is that business style is fluid – go with what suits you regardless of societal preconceptions. Wear brown shoes!
If you would like to reach Nick, please email him at: NickSheffield(at)hotmail(dot)com.
NS: 赵薇：她演的角色，她给人的感觉。. 她又很现代又很传统-但让大家感觉也没什么矛盾的。她也不怕长的漂亮。.
NF: 你喜欢中国女孩穿的风格？在进步吗? 你希望中国女孩会穿更多什么样的衣服？