Thursday, April 26, 2007

On the Street…..Mr. Luciano Barbera, Milan

Mr. Barbera is truly one of the style stars of our time


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  1. d. chedwick bryant

    April 26, 2007 at 2:18 am

    He is very sharp– I like him a lot. love how he wears the clothes the watch–all good.

  2. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 3:27 am

    Now we know who these hands belong too, I thought I also mention Arnaud Bamberger (from Cartier) also wears his watch on the cuff. And wears it well I might add.

  3. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 4:00 am

    love the details such as the shoes, the tie, or the watch…nice way to personalize such a classic look

  4. le_roi

    April 26, 2007 at 4:17 am

    superstar of the week!

    in his age, it seems kind of cool to wear the watch over the shirt. but not on people under 60…

  5. Gus Trenor

    April 26, 2007 at 5:06 am

    Great shoes! Everything about the outfit was perfect. Style like this is truly ageless.

  6. gregory_fb

    April 26, 2007 at 6:28 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pair of shoes in such a beautiful color.

  7. Iheartfashion

    April 26, 2007 at 6:28 am

    Love that Agnelli look!

  8. Clovis

    April 26, 2007 at 8:04 am


  9. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 8:13 am

    i love the way his pocket square compliments the color of his shoes. should we go ahead and guess he is wearing green socks to match his tie?

    as far as wearing the watch over the shirt’s cuff i think it not only looks great but it is also practical. not that this is anything new. amongst well known figures italian industrialist gianni agnelli and french writer jean cocteau did the same.
    unlike ‘le roi’ i do not think wearing your watch over the your shirt’s cuff is age-related. it is a matter of personal style.

    sergio (in chicago).

  10. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Wow, a 6/1!

    4/1′s are relatively common, but I don’t think I’ve seen a DB like LB’s before.


  11. il capocanoniere

    April 26, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Magnifico. I could go on about how only fastening the lowest button on a d/b jacket causes an unfeasibly long lapel, but that’s trivial.
    The shoes are superb, as is the emerald tie.
    Snr Barbera is a true style icon.

  12. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Sharp look, but we all know where the watch detail comes from…Gianni Agnelli docet

  13. John

    April 26, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Luciano you are a star. The look is fantastic. What else can you say. Personally I’m not too crazy about the watch over the shirtsleeve, it’s a bit too contrived, but you can forgive this guy anything.

  14. william d. anderson

    April 26, 2007 at 9:16 am

    personally, i dont think anyone is above following a couple of the basic rules. i actually have a thing about…finding interesting ways to break the rules, but not more than one at a time. mr luciano has an inherent dignity to him, so maybe he can break two, but come on. that tie with the suit is great. but the pocket square is horrible. and that would be enough…but those shoes. good god. it goes from someone intentionally pushing the rules, to possibly just not knowing any better. its probably not the case…but if i saw this guy on the street, i would not be impressed.

  15. Carolina Lange

    April 26, 2007 at 9:27 am

    He is an elegant man, love the tie!

  16. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 9:33 am

    i love the way his pocket square compliments the color of his shoes. i won’t be surprised if he is wearing green socks to match his tie.

    we may add french writer jean cocteau to the list of watch-on-the-cuff persuasion. this is not only practical but stylish regardless of a man’s age.

    keep up the great work scott.

    sergio (in chicago).

  17. Jingoist

    April 26, 2007 at 10:10 am

    From the very little I have read about Mr. Barbera, he is very much a proponent of individuality. I think his style in this shot supports that fully- he is SO put together, but the little subtleties like the watch over the cuff, the tie/jacket/square/shoe combo- a very complete image, but all his own. I can’t help but admire.


    April 26, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Does the outfit remind anyone else of pyjamas? I don’t mean it in a bad way either. There’s a tangible feeling of comfort from looking at the way the suit fits plus the shoes look slipper-ish.

  19. Butch

    April 26, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Splendid–the shoes particularly.

    Not easy to pull off suede shoes with a pinstriped DB suit; it’s the color match up–shoes, tie, shirt, hankerchief–that carries the day so brilliantly.

  20. Leigh

    April 26, 2007 at 10:38 am

    His suit looks a bit ill fitting to me. But like the way he wears the watch and love the shoes.

  21. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 11:28 am

    This is how my grandfather used to dress: everything clean, crisp, tailored perfectly. Hair cut, shoes shined, gold watch, just the right cufflinks. I love it when men pay attention to the details and get it right!

  22. C. de Villa-Amil

    April 26, 2007 at 11:51 am

    His style is impeccable. As a man, he is marvelous.

  23. cigalechanta

    April 26, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    I have a Barbera wool jacket.
    It’s nice to see what he looks like.

  24. fawn

    April 26, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    love the green tie–and those glasses.

  25. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    I’m no expert on double-breasted suits, but I noticed a few things here. First, has he only buttoned the bottom button? It seems a bit odd and obviously affected. It has created an odd pulling effect at the bottom of his jacket. Second, I’ve noticed that in pictures of both Mr. Barbera and Mr. Modenese, they tend to wear their double-breasted suits with a very low button stance. A low button stance on double-breasteds looks a little off, as it kind of accentuates the gut. Could this be because the suits are 20 years old or so when a lower button stance was more common? Otherwise, Mr. Barbera’s use of colors here is wonderful.

  26. Cut of cloth

    April 26, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    This gentleman looks like he has lived a pretty extraordinary life
    From the twinkle in his eye to his suave appearance….

  27. iopine

    April 26, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Don’t you love how the blue-arrow street signs point right at his fabulousness?

  28. shoe lover

    April 26, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    I love the two arrow signs in the background that seem to point to him. He’s great. I wish there were more old dudes like this in the U.S. there’s just something so European about him. Love it.

  29. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    Truly a stylish man. He looks like he’s slimmed down a bit. I wonder if he was showing any cuff with his arms relaxed at his hips…? Looks like he had to hike his jacket sleeves up quite a bit to show the cuff and watch.

  30. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    I don’t like the watch-over-cuff look. It’s quite a European thing, it’s something that the Cartier chairman does a lot and goes on about. I guess it kind of works with his dapper look.

  31. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    quel homme!

  32. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 2:40 pm


  33. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    i fear the green tie and have not worn it myself. i am weak

  34. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    I love a mix of subtle pattern.

  35. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    Judging by the “Spalla Cammica” sleeve head on his jacket, i would guess that suit is bespoke and most likely made by a Neopolitan tailor. It just doesnt get much better then that!

  36. NYC Modelista

    April 26, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Classy looking gentleman! I love his double breasted jacket. Rarely have I seen one that fits so well on a person.

    But then again, he should know. His name is on a lot of expensive men’s suits.

  37. Eliana

    April 26, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    This man looks as sharply dressed as any of his younger counterparts…the details like the shoes make the outfit, yet they aren’t to loud.

  38. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    In a nation of stylish men, sig. Barbera is at the top. What a commanding presence he has in this photograph. And at the same time, he remains the very embodiment of sprezzatura.

  39. Anonymous

    April 26, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    I can’t believe how hyper-critical some of the posters have been. Luciano Barbera knows more about fashion and style than probably all of us put together. Suede monkstraps are considered quite kosher in Milan, and as far as the watch-over-the-cuff look goes, it’s because the Italians favor narrow, barrel cuffs that a watch would not fit right under. Wearing it over the cuff is practical. And as far buttoning the bottom button, he probably does it to give a casual look as well as to appear more vertical. And his suit not fitting? Geez.

  40. Anonymous

    April 27, 2007 at 2:18 am

    I think his style is unbelievable. Those that comment negatively regarding this man don’t understand that “quirks” like the lower button and even the folds that come from it, personalize the look, and are true signs of style rather than “copy catting” which many mistake for style.

  41. fashionnerd

    April 27, 2007 at 4:42 am

    hate to sound like a fool, but who is he axactly???

  42. JuliaR

    April 27, 2007 at 9:54 am

    I love coming here to look at your photos. I may not agree with all the choices made by your “models” but they ALL make me think and improve my own sense of style. I never thought of wearing my watch over the cuff but will now give it a try, if only because some of my cuffs are too tight to fit the watch under them. Keep up the good work!

  43. Vishaan

    April 27, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful. Love his frames as well.

  44. Anonymous

    April 27, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    to fashionnerd

    i think you’re too young to appreciate barbera’s style if you haven’t heard of luciano barbera. if you like “italian preppy” but not the same league as american preppy then you need to start adding luciano barbera to your wardrobe collection. here’s a link for your reference and while you’re there check out STYLE TIPS.

  45. Anonymous

    April 28, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    those shoes are bloody fantastic. goodness.

  46. Anonymous

    April 29, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Barbera is an authentic Italian style icon of the old Italian school.

    Many Milanese men are ‘fashionable’ though lacking in true style; they take their cues from the latest season’s shop windows. This leads to mimickry rather than individuality, as expressed by Barbera, based on the precepts of classic elegant style.

    Here is an object lesson in classic elegance for those able to absorb the subtlies and for any man regularly wearing suits to work.

  47. Lily

    April 30, 2007 at 8:26 am

    “La classe ça ne s’invente pas”.

    (can’t translate it think that man represents for me the must of elegance.)



  48. Marc-Antoine

    May 15, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Italian men from South of Italy (usualy poor people) used to wear their watch this way not to use the cuff of their shirt too fastly. Agnelli was the one who launched this trend. He has been widely imitated.

  49. Olga

    June 2, 2007 at 10:38 am




  50. Anonymous

    May 3, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Okay, don’t personally like the tie at all, and though I like the shoes, they don’t go with that suit. Having said that, the guy looks fantastic. He looks distinguished and exudes importance.

  51. Michael Milan

    February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Mr. Barbera is always dressed up impeccably. No attitude at all: this is elegance with a twist

  52. coolwatcheslove

    November 7, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Thanks for this but recently I got one from was really amazing one :) Thanks

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