Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Style Profile… Angelo Flaccavento

First job?

 

I customized backpacks in high school.  It began with mine, then everyone wanted one. They were quite garish; Disney meets Pollock meets splatter…

 

Current profession?

 

I consider myself a writer; I love words. I think fashion is a fantastic subject as it’s the most immediate, acute, and precise reflection of society. It keeps me excited, because it is constantly changing; the more fashion moves, the more my writing style evolves– a mutual feeding I truly enjoy. A book (already in the making) may be the next step in my career.

 

Who has influenced your journalistic style?

 

I’m a bookworm and spend many sleepless nights reading. I’m particularly fond of Agota Kristof‘s super dry prose, Italo Calvino‘s precise lightness, Giacomo Leopardi‘s grumpiness, and Carlo Emilio Gadda‘s verbal inventiveness. However, I discover new ideas every day, often in the most unexpected places.

 

How has your style evolved over the past 5 years?

 

My choices have become stricter, but my tailoring softer. I’ll be forty soon and have slowly entered a quiet phase, with a few exceptions.

 

Quietness is a state of mind; even my wildest choices, if you look closely, are classic and eminently sartorial– It’s the proportions that sometimes go bonkers.

 

 

Athletics? Hobbies?

 

I jog every day to keep fit because I was a fat child. I’m a self-taught illustrator—I draw kinky little characters every now and then.

 

Never caught wearing?

 

A tank top in public, unless I am jogging.

 

What are your go-to wardrobe staples?

 

Unlined blazers that are softly tailored, single-pleat trousers that are a tad too short (and a bit too wide, with a turn up), and massive brogues are my staples.

 

Which shops could you spend the whole day in?

 

I’m mad for dusty old shops.  I love the bowties and velvet robes de chambre at Charvet in Paris and the unlined blazers from Vertice in Torino. Dover Street Market in London and Piombo in Milano are also great. I see shopping as treasure hunting.

 

What do you wear when traveling?

 

The same as usual, but I replace the blazer with a field jacket or parka so I have proper pockets for everything. You know, beards get custom agents pixilated; I better look proper or they’ll mistake me for the Unabomber! They should know nothing is as it seems…

 

Most visually inspiring place you’ve been?

 

La Canna– a rock protruding from the vast open blue sea not far from the Aeolian island of Filicudi, it’s sublime.

 

Whose style do you admire?

 

The fantastically put-together elderly men I meet every day on the street in Sicily where I live– they wear ages-old pieces with dignity and grace. Otherwise I would say Peter Sellers.

Do you cherish any particular heirloom pieces?

 

A black evening coat with a silver lining that belonged to my late father– it’s boxy and strict in a Mad Men kind of way.

 

Most memorable gift?

 

Love from people I love, both given and received.

 

Most stylish movie?

 

There are so many; Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, Chris Marker’s La JetĂ©e, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His wife & Her Lover.

 

How have you surprised yourself recently?

 

By saying a polite NO to a job offer. I hate to say no, but this one sounded like a bluff, despite the good pay.

 

What do you never consider an indulgence?

 

Living in Sicily and being involved in the fashion industry may be considered an indulgence to others. I love being lateral and cherish insularity; it keeps me focused.

 

Most important style advice you’ve received?  

 

I received advice from Wallace Stevens, through his poems, “Reality is the product of the imagination”.

 

Godard provided insight for me to advise a friend in trouble, “It’s not where you take things from, but where you take them to”.

 

What do you feel most powerful wearing?

 

Deep blue; it makes me feel like I ooze Olympic calm.

 

Sartorial rule you never follow?

 

As a rule, I don’t believe in rules. But it’s always helpful to remember that trying too hard is not elegant. One should look like he did not try at all.


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  1. Elena

    January 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Amazing style, love the last pic!

    http://www.gossipdress.com/blog

  2. maria

    January 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    What I appreciate with Angelo’s most standout-ish style is the disproportion between the short men’s crew-cut and the beard style that’s tailored naturally by mother nature. Spot on and effortless.
    Maria

  3. Stylosophism

    January 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    beard and glasses, perfect macth

    http://www.stylosphism.com

  4. FashionUm

    January 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Outstanding beard. Great contrast between that beard, and his clothes. Love it. Thanks for that post!

    http://www.fashionum.com/
    Show Your Outfit!

  5. JW

    January 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Very interesting interview. I really enjoyed reading it.

  6. Serena

    January 18, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    That style !!

  7. Marimorena

    January 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Interesting man!
    I would love seeing his customized backpacks!

    http://marimorena.wordpress.com

  8. JW

    January 18, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Wonderful interview, very interesting. Love the glasses and his unique style.

  9. Johnny

    January 18, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    That was very entertaining to read!

  10. Reptilia

    January 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Wooww, that’s really interesting! Love his style! And his glasses are so cool!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  11. Shug'A'Very

    January 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I have seen him a lot on blogs these past few days so this Angelo Flaccavento was really intriging for me. When I see him I can’t help but thinking of the fashion for men during the XIX th because of his big beard that I absolutely find elegant and distinctive. I am in love with ALL of his outfits I have seen so far, there is NONE that I don’t like. All about this man sounds very elegant and italian with a retro touch.

    Shug’A'Very from Incognito

    http://www.thinkincognito-eng.blogspot.com

  12. dayna

    January 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Very stylish!

  13. monkeyshines

    January 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    love the hipster vibe!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  14. Marcel Da Chump

    January 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Admirable. And I appreciate the Wallace Stevens shout-out.

  15. Coco

    January 18, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    He is always so impeccably dressed! The man has got style.

  16. Liv

    January 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Amazing

  17. Amy Rose

    January 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    He looks amazing, so original and fearless! I must acquaint myself with his writing soon, he seems very eloquent and unusual.

    http://lanvinmyman.blogspot.com/

  18. What Is The New Black

    January 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Those glasses (in the first and third photo) are so perfect for him!

  19. Emanuel I.

    January 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    He’s awesome!
    :D
    Thank you for showing!
    :P

  20. roelien

    January 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    nice guy, great look, sweet face

  21. Patricia

    January 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I loved his answers! Such a great style and character! :)

  22. Tokyofaces.com (@Tokyofaces)

    January 18, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    He does indeed have a very unique style. That beard oozes personality. I like it!

    Tokyo street style: http://www.tokyofaces.com

  23. L Armond

    January 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I loved this interview and that he exists. I call him The Young Freud. I have not seen the movie yet, but will. I think you should add a question to your designers, when you think you will hook a good remark. What fountain pen or pens do you use? I know I will be taking my pen out and entering the quotes he used, and quoting him, and writing it twice, once in Italic and once Spencerian. Wish I could forward this to a certain nephew in law. He is a dresser and has taken my stetsons and derbies (4 years ago) and I gave him Countess what’s-her-name bow ties, but he is still challenged in the bow tie field, and auntie should have held them back and used them with her blouses, but, Alas….

  24. Tucked

    January 18, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I absolutely love this piece. After seeing his photo so many times on the blog, it was kind of refreshing to learn more about him. I’m actually curious enough to look into the author’s he reads on my new Kindle!

    Cheers!

  25. Fizzy

    January 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    One can tell that he loves words. He uses them excellently.

  26. clara turbay

    January 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    GREAT INTERVIEW!

  27. Hillary

    January 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I love this interview! More of these! By the way, every one of his outfits is making me want to faint! Denim blazer? Yup. Plaid bow tie? Yup. Seersucker shorts suit? Yup. Can he do no wrong?

    http://www.thoreausdaughter.com/

  28. localceleb

    January 18, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Loving this guy to pieces!

  29. Donna Rose

    January 18, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I fully enjoyed this interview. Without saying a word, his style of dress conveyed a lot about him…his thoughtfulness, his depth and his dedication to his lifestyle. The words he shared with you were but confirmation of his appearance.

    Thank you for this wonderful piece Scott.

  30. une chatte grise

    January 19, 2012 at 3:04 am

    Very interesting interview–I look forward to reading his work. (Never thought I’d see Stevens name-checked as a style advisor, but I can see it.)

  31. The life after

    January 19, 2012 at 3:06 am

    He is great! I like his style so much!!

    The Life After

  32. Charikleia

    January 19, 2012 at 3:33 am

    @ fizzy: my point exactly!!!

    A big Kiss from Greece!

  33. Charikleia

    January 19, 2012 at 3:34 am

    And, oh he looks so shy!!!

  34. julia

    January 19, 2012 at 3:45 am

    so much thoughtfulness and grace.
    i enjoyed reading through that.

  35. K.

    January 19, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Scott, please keep these coming!

  36. debbie

    January 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I would like to touch his beard.

  37. Carole (NY-etc.)

    January 19, 2012 at 8:03 am

    This is absolutely excellent. I love his answers to your questions. And the outfits, especially the shorts suit with brogues.

  38. Anna

    January 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

    ‘I see shopping as treasure hunting’… I think that I kinda do this as well…

    http://brandnewbyanna.blogspot.com

  39. Antonio

    January 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Great Angelo!! Sicilian (like me) pride!!

  40. eljovendario

    January 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Fantastic interview, great answers.

    Saludos,

    DarĂ­o

  41. proletarian Great Gatsby

    January 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I love the interview.I love the answers.I love people who loves to read, books and movies.Thanks for the advices.And…i din’t thougth Sicilia was so beautiful before i visited the island..

  42. fashionattacksme

    January 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  43. Tina Crisas

    January 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    He reminds me of a “vintage psychiatrist”.

    • Nathalie S.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:59 am

      (:->>>>> ) I love it. A very stylish vintage psychiatrist.

  44. unin

    January 21, 2012 at 3:21 am

    I don’t know who you are (sorry) but i really loved what you said at the end “One should look like he did not try at all” truer words were never spoken, I hope too one day live up to them. My desire is to dress age appropriate with exceptions..

  45. Edem

    January 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    that’s the point of your blog. Thats why I check it as soon as I can.

    first it shows that fashion is not as superficial as it could seem for people (even people thinking they love fashion)

    and its about fashion, but it’s not about it. it’s about art, about times, about us.

  46. Lutz

    January 24, 2012 at 9:20 am

    hmmm I hope it is “Pollock” and not “Pollack”

  47. James

    March 4, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    He is incredibly stylish and has an amazing wardrobe. But I’ve looked up a number of the items he wears, and they are very, very expensive. How can he afford them? Does he make that much money, or does he get them for free or little?

  48. Mário

    May 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    …and he discovered the hapiness of being sad.

  49. Hanna

    June 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

    He’s cool:)

  50. Nathalie S.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I love the way this man thinks. It’s fascinating. :)

  51. ChistobolM

    September 14, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Cool interview, but come on, he’s wearing a blue and white short suite, with red brogues and raspberry socks, a bow tie and a perfectly coiffed beard and he’s not trying at all?

  52. Le Flageolet

    November 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Nice Bows !

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