LEFAIR Magazine Volume 11

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MR: Do you ever get lonely? JG: I don’t have anyone working here full time by design. I don’t require a lot of assistance in general. I’ve never wanted a cook. I’ve never wanted a driver. I’ve never wanted a full time housekeeper. People seem to be surprised that I do my own grocery shopping but that’s the way I am. I like to be independent and do things myself. MR: I would call you a fashion icon. Where did your fashion sense come from? Your father owned a department store in Milwaukee. Did he play a role in this fascination? JG: My father started putting me in suits, overcoats and hats when I was a young boy — probably at the age of six. I always had that involvement with clothes from the time I was very young. Maybe by the time I was 13 or so, I started developing my own ideas about fashion and following it more closely. I always tried to do be the first in my school to wear a new fashion concept. At the same time, I always wanted to separate myself from everyone else by being a little different. In my early 20s, I went to Paris for the first time and saw how fashionable the people were there. That was a turning point for me because then I started following international fashion. I started going to Paris to buy my clothes. I stepped up my interest. MR: How would you describe your style? JG: I don’t have a word to describe my fashion style. It’s a combination of always wanting to wear the latest collections while choosing clothes that are not only stylish and comfortable but are preferably slender fitting. I’m drawn to jackets with an unusual design and fabric — leather, python, or metal, like I’m currently wearing. My usual outfit is a short jacket and slender pants, and I like to add a colorful scarf and a wide brim hat. This look sets me apart. Over the years, I have become friendly with Tommy Perse, the owner of Maxfield in Los Angeles. He invited me to some fashion shows in Paris. Once I got a taste of fashion shows, I wanted to go to as many as I could. I have been going to fashion weeks all over the world for many years now and because of that, I’ve received international recognition, not just for being at the shows, but for the way I dressed at the shows. MR: Do you have any favorite designers? JG: My Favorite designer is Olivier Rousteing from Balmain. He is a personal friend and he frequently designs pieces for me. That’s what I’m buying. 90% of my clothes are Balmain.

HoopsHype, which gives me all the latest NBA inside scoop. After several hours of doing that, I frequently meet with my architect and construction people to discuss details of the ongoing projects as well as future projects. Then I often play tennis and by that time, I’m ready for some lunch and I’ll do some reading in the sun in the afternoon or I’ll go to the beach if it’s a particularly nice day. In afternoon it’s time to start watching NBA games on TV prior to driving to Staples Center to watch a game in person. After a game, I usually go out to dinner somewhere. MR: You do a lot of traveling. Where have you been recently? JG: I just came back from Moscow a week ago. I was there during Russian Fashion Week. It’s one of my favorite cities that I’ve been visiting yearly for 15 years now. I watched the amazing progression from it being a shabby city to something very beautiful. I was supposed to go to the nearby country, The Republic of Georgia this past summer but I didn’t do it. It’s still at the top of my list. MR: Where are some other places you’d like to go that you’ve never been to? JG: I’ve never been to Egypt. That’s certainly one of the places I want to go to. There are many parts of Africa that I haven’t been to. In general, I would like to visit every country because even if a place isn’t a major tourist attraction, knowing a little bit about the culture of every country is fascinating to me.

...knowing a little bit about the culture of every country is fascinating to me.” MR: What is going to happen to our planet? JG: I think we will eventually figure it out but Donald Trump is a real deterrent to the environment. The cause that is foremost in my mind right now is the damage to the democratic system in the US that is being threatened by Donald Trump along with our position in the entire world with the threats made by Trump to our alliances with other countries. He says the media is our biggest enemy. Freedom of the press is in jeopardy because of Donald Trump.

MR: What does a typical day look like for you? MR: Are you happy? JG: I travel six months of the year but when I’m in Los Angeles at home, my normal day is to start off by reading the New York Times and Los Angeles Times as well as my emails and something called


JG: Yes, I’m very happy. I feel like my life keeps getting better and better. ■