BB Man: Is there a moment or a time in your life when you first felt like a grown-up?
Ahluwalia: Still waiting for it. It's bound to happen any day now.
BB Man: What's your motivation when you get dressed every morning? How would you describe your style?
Ahluwalia: I approach my personal style the same way I do my work: I find the best craftsmen and learn about them and their work. I choose the materials of my suits and shirts. I also choose the material of my shoes: pink suede every time, so that one is easy. There is uniform-like simplicity to my style.
BB Man: What article of clothing should every man own?
Ahluwalia: A good black suit and jeans that fit well can take you a long way.
BB Man: What article of clothing should a man never wear?
Ahluwalia: That's up to each man to decide. If you wear it with confidence, that's all that matters.
BB Man: What do you hope to convey through your line? And what are your inspirations?
Ahluwalia: First and foremost, I'm a storyteller. That's all I'm doing. Telling stories. Sometimes in gold, sometimes in film, and now in cashmere. Storyteller and explorer—that's what I am. My inspiration has always been love and history. But we must be clear, I never claim to understand either of those two. This is my search for a better understanding.
BB Man: What’s the most important thing to consider when buying a piece of jewelry for yourself? How about for someone else?
Ahluwalia: Educate yourself. Knowing who you buy from is as relevant as who you buy for. It's all tied together. It's consumerism that's just a little more considered. It's a little more thoughtful. I know I can't fight mass consumption and creation—but I can support an alternative way that can sit alongside those goods.
BB Man: What's one specific style practice or staple that you'd like to see make a come back?
BB Man: Who was your hero (or style icon) when you were a kid?
David Niven in Around the World in 80 Days. It's a fantastic film on its own. As a bonus, David Niven's character, Phileas Fogg, is impeccably dressed in every scene. Always crisp regardless of any scuffles and bumps in the road. If one looks like a gentleman perhaps one will behave like one. Kris Kristofferson in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore represents another version of a gentleman. More rugged, but no less iconic.
BB Man: What's one skill every grown man should have?
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