What piece in your wardrobe makes you feel the most ‘you’? When it comes to fashion icon Caroline Issa, she has a clear favorite. A truly global citizen, with a Chinese mother, a Lebanese-Iranian father, she grew up in Montreal Canada and has lived in Seattle, Texas and Singapore — but London has been her home for the last decade. This melting pot of references has influenced her personal style, long a favorite of street-style press, which she describes as ‘classic with a twist.’ A businesswoman first, she began her career in retail consultancy, before joining the magazine world as Fashion Director of Tank Magazine. She is now CEO and Publisher of Tank, Fashion Director at Because London and founder of Tank Form —being equally respected for her business acumen as she is for her elegant, polished style. Caroline tells us about how she ‘loves a versatile investment classic coat’ that sees her from boardroom to catwalk show, and onto cocktails (remember when we used to go out for those?!). Growing up in Canada, she appreciates when form meets function, and how over the years she’s ‘gotten braver with brighter colors, bigger prints,’ and how a statement coat always has her back.

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What about you? What item has been your trusty companion on your style evolution, that you can rework in a myriad of ways to always feel true to yourself but still relevant? Do you repeat buy denim in every iteration like Clara Amfo? Do you trust in the power of a brilliantly-cut coat like Caroline Issa, or do you feel like a powerful princess à la Poppy Delevingne in her wardrobe bursting with dresses? See what these three style mavens consider their wardrobe essential, and discover the stories they tell…