“I really can’t describe my interior design aesthetic—it’s exactly the same as getting dressed. It starts with a respect for history, understanding some basic rules, then breaking them, or at least disrespecting them somewhat. And you can never go wrong with grey.”
“A gentleman is the one who distinguishes himself from the masses, with a touch of eccentricity. But not the kind of eccentricity you notice before noticing the man. I do believe in dress codes, however, as I think a gentleman should wear the right clothes at the right place. A gentleman can be a surfer or a banker in a suit-and-tie. Surfers are gentlemen in their own way, in the sense that you’ll never spot a surfer catching a wave in a slip; he’ll always wear swim shorts. Keep in mind that a dress code has many sides to it. I always like to teeter on the edge of a dress code in order to maintain a sense of individuality.”—Luca Rubinacci.
“For me, elegance is freedom: being free from clichés, labels, free to dress how you want. Being free also means having many interests, building a culture by getting information on everything that happens, from sports to cinema, art and literature. It’s not a matter of economic availability, it’s a question of attitude.”—Robert Rabensteiner.
“I’ve always admired those men whose clothing tells something of their personality, adding another layer to the overall sense of who they are. So I’ve always found men like Jarvis Cocker, David Hockney or Alan Bennett to be much better dressed than the usual parade of primped film stars whose clothing just seems so anonymous.”—Patrick Grant.