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The frontman of New York-based musical outfit Chromeo, Dave 1, also known as David Macklovitch, is as well-known in style circles for his spot-on sartorial approach as he is for his band's electro-funk beats.

This week, the Montreal musician cemented his tastemaker status with the launch of a capsule collection that he co-designed with the Canadian men's e-tailer Frank & Oak.

"When it comes to style, it's not about being prescriptive," Macklovitch says, pointing to the collaboration's focus on clean, tailored basics that can be styled in any number of ways.

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The well-priced, 18-piece line (prices start at $30) builds on what Macklovitch considers key items in his own wardrobe, including worn-in tees, tight white jeans and superslim jackets. Recently, the well-turned-out, well-travelled guitarist told Globe Style what else tops the list of his favourite things.

Rimowa luggage

I travel a lot, and I'm a carryon kind of guy because I like to travel with my essentials. I have a black Rimowa suitcase (the Salsa Deluxe 32" Multiwheel model is shown above) and this crazy Margiela duffel bag. You can put everything in that duffel. You could fit a short girl in there.

Skinny jeans

They have to be Dior, 17.5 centimetres wide – that's their skinniest cut. I never, ever wash my jeans. There are two things men should never wash: Their hair and their jeans. You just wear them, wear them, wear them. And when [your denim] starts to stink, you put it in the freezer.

Bottled water

It's so corny to say water, but I really just drink water. Fiji water. Fiji all the time. I rarely drink [alcohol].

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A good cream wax

I use Kiehl's Creative Cream Wax [for my hair]. When I learned that it was discontinued, I found the only online place that still had it and bought $1,000 worth. According to my calculations, I should be good till September.

Brazilian design

I love Sergio Rodrigues. He is the greatest mid-century Brazilian designer and a hero of mine. He's like the Eames of Brazil. I have his Mole chair (right); it's my favourite piece of furniture.

Ray-Ban sunglasses

Wayfarers (above) are all I ever wear and have always worn.

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Adult footwear

I haven't worn sneakers since 2000. If you're a man over the age of 30, you can't wear sneakers unless you're a rapper. I only wear boots and my favourite brand is Saint Laurent.

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