How Would you describe you own style?
My style reflects the goal to express myself and my multi-identities. I start from classic but I always need to add some “twist”, so as to dress my own way, regardless of what fashion magazines say. I don’t like to be stuck in one category: classic, fashion, rugged, ivy, or what else… I respect the truly “hardcore” guys, but I prefer to grab something from all of these worlds and to create my own mix.
If you had to name one person that influenced on your style, who would that be?
Two of the most stylish guys ever in the last century are for sure Fred Astaire and the Duke of Windsor. Absolutely unreachable, both of them!
In Italy we’ve had very good masters of style and if I had to say two names right now I’d say Gianni Agnelli and the Prince Antonio De Curtis, aka Totò, but also Luchino Visconti and Vittorio De Sica, the two world famous directors, are still a very good benchmark for all of us.
Today it is more difficult to find “role models” as everything is so mixed, but there are some people that I look at always with great respect and curiosity: Nick Wooster and Yasuto Kamoshita, just to name a few.
About the styling mentor, I’ve had the great luck of working together for some years with Alfredo Canessa, MALO’s founder and former Ballantyne’s owner, a true gentleman and the ultimate in term of Italian classic elegance: the best school I could attend!
Your “one and the most important advice” for men who want to be well-dressed?
To be confident with oneself, to go simple, as a general rule, but also to experiment! And another fundamental thing: buy less but always buy the best products you can afford, they’ll last a lifetime and will clearly define your style.