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Fashion wisdom from Hassan Ghoneim
Fashion wisdom from Hassan Ghoneim

Fashion wisdom from Hassan Ghoneim

Get The Look | Men's style | July 12, 2018

Dentist by day, international style icon by night, Saudi Arabia’s Hassan Ghoneim leads a dream life of luxury and travel. 

A day in the life of Hassan Ghoneim starts in the gym. Before the stylish Saudi Arabian arrives at his VIP dental clinic in Riyadh, he’s hitting the weights to work on his six-pack.

But even in the gym, as in every other area of his life, Ghoneim insists on being well-dressed. “I go to the gym first thing in the morning so I wear something comfortable obviously, but I still want to look good and stylish at the same time,” he explains. Hassan works out seven days a week to keep himself in the best shape possible. “I do an ab workout every day, plus one other different muscle alongside that – that’s how I get my six-pack”.

Despite putting some serious hours into his abdominals, Ghoneim keeps them hidden under menswear of the highest calibre, labels such as Tom Ford for instance.

“I only wear Tom Ford suits and blazers, shirts and formal trousers,” says Ghoneim enthusiastically. “It’s a brand that is everything a gentleman would ever want to wear. It’s classy, stylish and to the point. You can never go wrong with Tom Ford.”

As well as menswear from Ford, Hassan has a fondness for v-neck t-shirts from Dolce & Gabbana and denim shirts from Saint Laurent. He also has little-known Japanese brands in his wardrobe plus a wide range of coloured sneakers from Gucci and Dior.

Ghoneim has a fondness for V-neck T-shirts from Dolce & Gabbana and denim shirts from Saint Laurent

Although he’s up to date on all the latest menswear news and styles, you won’t find Ghoneim chasing the latest talked-about trend. “I don’t follow fashion or the latest looks,” he insists. “I only ever wear things that look good. If it doesn’t look good on me I don’t wear it. If it looks good I wear it – simple as that.”

Finding accessories that will complement such sought after menswear brands is a tall order, but Ghoneim has some pretty powerful assets he can rely on.

On his wrist are watches from the likes of Patek Philippe and Jaeger-LeCoultre, which must be a welcome, albeit shiny distraction for his patients in the dentist chair.

“The Patek Nautilus Rose Gold is my favourite watch,” smiles Hassan, clearly a connoisseur of horology, who attended the recent edition of Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, in Geneva. “My favourite piece from Jaeger-LeCoultre is the Master Grande Tradition Grande Complication. I like watches with complex movements and technical details, but I’m also a huge fan of the way they look.”

Like many watch fans, it’s Patek’s heritage that lures Ghoneim to the brand that started back in 1839. “The history of Patek Philippe is so great. As they say, you don’t own a Patek, you simply transfer it from one generation to another. And I like how the price of a Patek increases with time too."

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For Ghoneim, his clothes and watches are status symbols that showcase his success. “When I go out to restaurants or parties I like to dress smart causal as it reflects my career and personality,” he explains. “But I try to give it my own style because I like my look to be a bit different.”

The number and variety of men’s stores at The Galleria on Al Maryah Island makes it a dream shopping destination for Hassan when he’s in the capital. “It’s one of my favourite places to shop,” he says. “I love how so many amazing restaurants like Coya, Zuma, La Petite Maison, Roberto’s and Nusr-Et are all in one place next to my favourite brands.”

Speaking of the menu at Zuma and Coya in particular, he adds, “The food there in either restaurant is just perfect. You can never make a bad choice, it’s amazing food.”

With summer fast approaching, Ghoneim’s thoughts are turning to travel. The concentration required to do his work means summer vacations are an important tool to help him unwind.

Boro Bora is Ghoneim’s dream destination for 2018, but before he can tick that off his travel bucket list, he has a trip planned to Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast. “Portofino, Capri, Amalfi and Positano,” smiles Ghoneim as he lists the hotspots on his itinerary. “I’ll go and see Sardinia and Rome too. I’m going to take a yacht from Amalfi to Capri, I’m excited.”

Any guy on a yacht in the summertime needs the right sunglasses and Ghoneim puts his trust in Dior, “because they are very light and comfortable.”

Ghoneim is coy about disclosing his age and laughs, “I’m in my early 30s, let’s keep it that way!” This year marks his 10th anniversary as a dentist, a job that he finds immensely rewarding. “I love dentistry, it’s my passion,” he smiles. “I’ve always wanted to be a dentist since I was a young boy. My uncle, Dr Mazen, was the best dentist in Riyadh and he loved his work – he was my idol.”

Now forging a successful career of his own, and with an enviable style portfolio to match, Ghoneim is fast becoming an idol in his own right.