Tell us if you've heard this one before: "the suit is dead." And what with the rise of streetwear and athleisure, it's hard to argue that the suit hasn't seen better times. Patrick Johnson, though, is no conformist. Forgoing quantity and focusing on quality, he has built up the reputable P. Johnson label into a suiting and tailored wear stalwart from Australia to America. These aren't your dad's stodgy, super 120's suits. These suits are ... relevant. They're easy-going, they're light, they're like a couple of drinks after work with your buddies.
It was his trips to London as a child, Savile Row in particular, that inspired his sartorial career path. With a workshop in the heart of Tuscany and a headquarters in Sydney, P. Johnson is globally influenced and locally made. The recent growth in popularity with his version of relaxed tailoring has Patrick traveling the world, visiting stores, working out deals and figuring out next season's collection. So, how does a tailoring expert manage to run a global enterprise while still looking like he's "here for the yacht show"? We have to imagine his morning routine might have something to do with it.
Those moments between turning off the alarm and getting into our work routine can be the most defining 60 minutes of our day. Benjamin Franklin set a day's worth of plans by 5 am and Steve Jobs asked a simple question: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" Our rituals are a reflection of us. So we've ventured out to discover how some of our most influential and fruitful peers get started.
I'm up fairly early.
Usually around 5:30 am, after a full eight hours of sleep.
I wake up and meditate for 20 minutes.
Then, before I officially start my day, I run down to the beach for a quick dip. It's one of the greatest benefits of living on the coast in Australia. There's no better way to start the day.
Just having a bit of time to myself is critically important.
The calm before the rest of the family wakes up ... it allows me to get my mind right before the craziness of the day fully kicks in.
I prefer drinking tea in the mornings.
Occasionally, though, I'll have a coffee in the afternoon for a little pick-me-up.
I have porridge every day.
It's my reliable breakfast of choice. Much to my wife's frustration, I'm a creature of habit.
Cardio isn't my preferred mode of exercise.
If I'm doing it, it's as short as possible. Otherwise, it's yoga for me. That being said, I walk all day long and never really sit down. Honestly, I don't even have a desk in our office.
I'm pretty simple when it comes to my daily grooming.
There's not a lot of extra products hanging out in my medicine cabinet, but there are a few go-to items I love right now. I run a little of Evo's shaping cream through my hair. I use coconut oil for my teeth and also dab a little on my skin to keep it hydrated and healthy. Before I leave the house, I spritz on some fragrance. Right now, I'm wearing a spicy, citrusy scent from Essenzialmente Laura, a small fragrance shop in Rome founded by one of the perfume industry's top "noses."
Clockwise, from left to right
Crop Strutters, $30 by Evo
Raw extra virgin coconut oil, $6.99 by Garden of Life
Linen shirt jacket, $595 by P.Johnson
Japanese ceramic mugs, $38 for two at TRNK
Pepé, $55.59 by Essenzialmente Laura
My outfits change day-to-day depending on my schedule and the weather, but I keep it pretty simple. I tend to like to dress up a little more in New York and London than I do in Sydney or Melbourne. And I'm often road testing new samples to make sure they're solid before releasing.