TEST-DRIVE A FRAGRANCE BEFORE BUYING
"There was an amazing English DJ I used to warm up for in New York. He always smelled so good, so I asked him what he wore. I bought the same thing—I think it was Jean Paul Gaultier. I smelled nothing like him. It was my first lesson that just because something smells a certain way on someone, it's not always going to be like that on you. This Fendi fragrance called Fan di Fendi Pour Homme [editor's note: Ronson is the face of Fendi fragrances] is honestly the first thing I identified with."
LET YOUR STYLE REFLECT THE MOMENT
"There are certain people who are iconic in the way they always wear the same thing, like Woody Allen, or Tom Wolfe in the white suit. But I find when I'm working with rappers, I start to wear my Knicks jacket. And when I'm working with Duran Duran, I'll do something completely stupid like dye my hair white. I say wear whatever makes you feel like you."
DON'T DISMISS THE BACKPACK
"I'm into convenience because I'm getting on and off airplanes all the time and I DJ, so I need my laptop and my studio stuff. The only practical way to carry that is in a backpack. I just accept that I look like a 12-year-old going to the bus stop. But when you're walking 17 minutes through Terminal 5, you want something comfortable."
BUILD A MENTAL LIBRARY OF INFLUENCES
"My style inspiration is similar to how my brain works with music. I do a combination of all these things I love, whether it's sixties soul or nineties hip-hop or eighties post-punk. And I love the way that people like Alain Delon, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, or contemporaries like Kanye dress. Not that I'd wear a leather skirt. Every time you see something you like, you make a mental snapshot and it sits in the back of your brain."
REFINEMENT COMES IN DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES
"Everyone is going to need a nice shirt or a suit. There are so many different ways to look great and elegant. Someone like George Clooney can have a tux with an open shirt, and it doesn't look like he's leaving the office and going to the bar. It's different for everybody. But if you find a great classic shape, it's going to look amazing."
OWN A CONVERSATION PIECE
"My wife and I just bought our first house. The one thing we bought for it that's really special is this painting by this New York painter, René Ricard. He was one of the first to do beautiful fine art and then just scribble over it. He'd do a painting of a diamond ring and write an adage, like SOMETIMES IT'S O.K. TO THROW ROCKS AT GIRLS."
A FEW OF RONSON'S FAVORITE THINGS
Bands: Underground hip-hop acts Overdose and Chase N. Cashe. Psychedelic groups Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Oxygen.
TV Show: The Mindy Project. "You watch it and go, 'Wait, you were this funny the whole time? Why was it wasted on The Office?'"
Travel Destination: Zanzibar. "It's on the coast of the Indian Ocean, the most beautiful sea. It has an old Muslim quarter and also beautiful beaches. I was there on my honeymoon."