Since moving to New York City from Annapolis, Maryland, at age 17, David Hart has been working his way to the menswear pinnacle. After years honing his skills at Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, Hart launched a line of luxury neckwear in 2009; within a few years, he’s amassed a devoted following of major retailers, editors, and celebrities. (Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Cumming and Andy Cohen are fans.) Hart launched his first ready-to-wear collection in Fall/Winter 2013 to great reviews. While preparing his third collection for New York Fashion Week, he answered our Style Questionnaire.

Describe your style in three words.
New modern futurism.

Who had the biggest influence on your style?
My grandfather. He has an amazing archive of photographs that document our family’s history. He’s impeccably dressed in every photograph; even in front of the grill cooking BBQ in the backyard.

If you could wear one piece of clothing from your childhood, what would it be?
My first bow tie. Sadly, I lost it somewhere along the way.

Name a celebrity whose style you admire.
Rod Serling.

What are three pieces that every man should have in his closet?
One great tuxedo, a tab-collar dress shirt, and a fine-gauge merino wool polo shirt.

What stores and websites do you frequent?
I’m not a big shopper; but when I do shop I go to Church Street Surplus or eBay.

What’s one thing that is always worth splurging on?
Socks. You’ll be amazed at how many compliments you receive on them.

What trend would you like to see disappear?
The tie tucked into the waistband. Is that really necessary?

What is one thing guys can do to improve their style?
Don’t think about it too much. Let things come naturally.

When you want to make a good impression, what should you wear?
A suit, tie, and pocket square. If this fails, try a smile; it’s the best accessory.