The just-retired Jamaican sprinter and hero Olympian, Usain Bolt, shares the luxuries he’d rather not live without. A conversation with the great athlete.
What does luxury mean to you?
For me, it means items that someone has put a lot of effort into perfecting.
Who is your favourite designer and why?
I like to wear Brioni suits – they fit perfectly.
Do you collect anything in particular?
I have a huge selection of caps and am rarely seen without wearing a snapback. I’d also like to start investing in cars.
A 1967 Shelby Mustang. It’s the car from Gone In 60 Seconds, which is one of my favourite films ever. At some point I’m going to try to own one.
What’s your go-to watch?
The Hublot Big Bang Unico in yellow gold. It’s my third signature watch from Hublot and I love it because it really pops on my skin. I asked them to make something that stands out and represents my personality. I’m all about the gold, so it works!
If you could design your ideal home where would it be?
A big house near the beach on the north coast of Jamaica, near where I grew up, so I could wake up every day and see the sea. It would be modern in style with lots of glass to make the most of the view.
What artist’s work would you love hanging on your wall?
I have a couple of pieces by one of Jamaica’s most famous painters, Barrington Watson, and would love to collect more.
Which chef would you ask to make your last supper?
Jamie Oliver. I follow him on Instagram and I’ve met him a few times, he’s a cool guy. I’d have him make me any pork dish.
Your favourite view in the world?
I went to The Pitons in St Lucia when I was 21 and the sight of these twin mountains from the cliffside is something that has really stuck with me.
Where’s your ultimate luxury escape?
In terms of hotels, it’s the Four Seasons at Bora Bora. I went there last year with my girlfriend and even though it’s far away it’s worth it. There are these outdoor loungers by the pool where I slept every day; that was my dream spot!
Are there any of life’s ‘luxuries’ that are necessities for you?
No, I am happy to keep it real when I have to.
Profile | Usain Bolt
Born: 21 August 1986 in Sherwood, Jamaica. His parents ran a general store in the village. He has an older half-sister, Sherine, and younger half-brother, SadikiBorn: 21 August 1986 in Sherwood, Jamaica. His parents ran a general store in the village. He has an older half-sister, Sherine, and younger half-brother, Sadiki
Childhood: An average pupil, his main interests were in cricket and football. He later won a scholarship to the IAAF High Performance Training Centre in Jamaica
Early career: Aged 15, Bolt made his debut at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, where he won the 200m
Medals: Eight Olympic and 11 World Championship gold medals. He was stripped of one of his nine Olympic titles after his Jamaican 4x100m team-mate, with whom he won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, tested positive for a banned substance.
World Records: In 2009 Bolt became the world record holder in the 100 and 200m: Event World record time 100m 9.58 seconds 200m 19.19 seconds