A founding partner of Naartjie Clothing, Mike Elliott joined Luxottica in 2009 as MD for Sunglass Hut in SA. The brand has 140 branches around the country.

Mike Elliot
Image: Christof van der Walt @ One League Mike Elliot

The one indulgence you would never forgo? Coffee – can’t get my day under way without at least two good flat whites or cappucinos.

The grooming staples you are never without? I hate to admit this one but I have become totally dependent on a good styling wax.

Your all-time favourite gadget? My Garmin Forerunner GPS and training 
watch.

The single object you would never part with? That has to be my sunglasses – my Persols and Ray-Bans are the favourites. Once you get used to wearing good sunglasses, you feel naked and lost without them.

Your favourite drink? A good blended Scotch whisky.

The restaurant you frequent most often? The sushi bar at the Codfather in Camps Bay.

Your personal style signifier? Denim pants with a blazer.

The last thing you bought and loved? My Oakley Airbrake ski goggles with Prizm lenses – they don’t fog up and life just looks better in all conditions.

Your favourite timepiece and why? I have two favourites – my TAG Heuer for smarter wear and my Oakley 12 Gauge for casual wear. I love how solid and chunky it is.

An unforgettable place you’ve travelled to in the past year? A surf trip to the Maldives with family and friends and spending hours in the water with my son.

The book on your bedside table? I am trying to learn Italian so I have Italian 
books next to my bed, in my office and in my briefcase. Always close.

The last meal that truly impressed you? The Taste Kitchen in Woodstock – I keep a rolling reservation. 

The last music you downloaded? Jamie  Cullum, Interlude.

The thing you are eyeing next? A new bicycle – always a Giant guy. 

The one thing you will always find in your fridge? My wife calls it “green juice” – our juicer runs daily.

The best gift you’ve given recently? I gave my wife a watch for a special birthday.

And the best one you’ve received? A Weber gas braai – after years of being anti the convenient gas solution, I am now the biggest promoter.

The place that inspires you and why? The ocean. I find the solitude of paddling a surf-ski in the ocean or surfing in uncrowded conditions a grounding and humbling way to experience nature and exercise at the same time.

A recent special “find/discovery”? I have never drunk gin before and got exposed to craft gin recently. Loving the Hope on Hopkins gin I purchased recently, which is being distilled in Woodstock.

The last item you added to your wardrobe? A couple of shirts from Massimo Dutti.

Favourite city and why? Cape Town – I simply never tire of returning home and never stop appreciating the beauty and lifestyle it offers. After years of travel, no place has tempted me to change where I stay.

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