This is currently Xavier’s favourite outfit. An embroidered velvet hat which I picked up when on holiday in Turkey. A dark blue satin chinese top and trousers, a present from his grandfather he’s only just grown into, and the cotton patchwork jacket bought in China by my sister. The finishing touch – a pair of sunglasses which he peers through in our autumnal gloom. We can’t let practical considerations, like being able to see, get in the way of being stylish.