Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Style Profile…Dario Spadea Pandolfi, Milan

Dario Spadea Pandolfi

Cesare Attolini Executive

Best Sartorial advice from your parents?
My grand father and my father says always: ?The elegance is something that must be whispered and not shouted??

Style icons?
If in the past, men like Duke of Windsor, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, the Kennedy or Giovanni Agnelli set the trands in matter of elegance. The trendsetters of today are the international designers and young actors and artists. Think about the architect Rem Koolhaas, or Jeremy Irons, mixed with the street rappers. Many of them are propositional toward a new and intelligent way of dressing that needs to be elaborated and customized in the details?and go on, the new dandy people like Manfredi Della Gherardesca or the young generation from good and noble family like Raphael Abascal Medina Duke of Feria who has attitude and elegance since they were born?or people from fashion system like Mario Sorrenti.

Describe your personal style
Sunglasses: Persol
Shirts: Cesare Attolini
Polo shirts: Lacoste
Knitwear: Cashmere made in Scotland
Denim jeans: Levi?s 501 col. White or denim.
Jacket: Cesare Attolini
Suit: Cesare Attolini
Watches: Omega or Swatch
Umbrella: Mario Talarico – Napoli
Gloves: Mario Portolano – Napoli
Shoes: Churc?s, John Lobb, Alden, Car shoes
Fashion shoes: YSL
Sport shoes: New Balance, Nike

I build my daily look around?
My humor

Personal Style quirk?
A touch of navy blue

Most cherished item?
Travel luggage set by Goyard ? Paris

I feel best wearing?
A Cesare Attolini suit!

The first thing I look at in another Sartorialist?s outfit …
How they match the colors and the proportion of the items they are wearing.

I always break this fashion rule.
The birth of fashion stylist and designers in the 80s and 90s had totally changed the way of thinking: Fashion shows started to set the rules, men became more ?fashionist?. It?s not like that anymore. I seem to feel embarrassed in wearing fashion clothes; I claim my own role, reviving the value of men?s clothing embellished by personal researches, never banal nor ridiculous.
I don?t want to be fashionable; I want to be admired for my style?Sartorial and customized style!

Never caught wearing?
Short white socks!

Most underrated item in menswear/womenswear?
The socks!

Dress to impress who?

Shine your own shoes?
Not often!


Favorite stores?
Milan- Antonia Uomo
Riccione- Nick & Sons
Arezzo- Sugar
Tokyo- United Arrows
Paris- Old England & L’


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  1. aviewaskew

    May 13, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    elegance personified….delicious shots…

  2. Heavy Tweed Jacket

    May 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    The gentleman has style. The interview/profile format is one that works well. Cheers.

  3. Stinabear

    May 13, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    His style is charming…very old hollywood.

  4. Liz

    May 13, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Is this a new thing? LOVE it! My God, where do you find these people who are dripping in gorgeousness and style?

    It seems as if you are always reinventing and looking for a different *angle* (as a photographer would, I suppose.)

    Thanks for sharing your creativity and energy!

  5. Anonymous

    May 13, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    That’s funny he mentioned Fingers. I always tell my friends that I go there because it’s fun to see how everyone is dressed…. (the food is great by the way, Japanese Brazian fusion…)

  6. Sterling-haired Lady

    May 13, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    The fit of the jacket is what makes this outfit. And, for some reason, I love the hair

  7. -h of candid cool

    May 13, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    im glad to see the style profile feature brought back

  8. Equipo Dash & Cash

    May 14, 2008 at 1:45 am

    The jacket in the second photo is great and he look very elegant but juvenile. Love his style.



  9. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 2:00 am

    I think by “my humour” he means “my mood”. In Italian mood is umore

  10. Jocke

    May 14, 2008 at 2:44 am

    And thank you for bringing the style profile feature back to the blog!

  11. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 2:53 am

    My goodness, how handsome!

  12. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Only one thing: Rafael Medina Abascal (no Raphael Abascal Medina)isn’t the Duke of Feria, was his father who is death. Saludos!

    • MedinaSidonia

      November 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      … so now he IS the Duke of Feria, inherited from his father the late Duke, as he is the elder son.

  13. citizen

    May 14, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Look at all that blue in the first photo!

    My grand father and my father says always: “The elegance is something that must be whispered and not shouted…”

    It’s official. I love this man.

  14. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Second picture is quintessential Italian style: the fit of that jacket, the sleeve length and shirt cuff are pin-point accurate.


  15. peter

    May 14, 2008 at 5:19 am

    maybe he should go to london

  16. El AristĂłcrata

    May 14, 2008 at 6:31 am

    I agree with him about Rafael Medina. He is probably the smartest man in Spain. He knows what to wear in every occasion not matter if this is formal or casual.
    El AristĂłcrata

  17. Gabriela

    May 14, 2008 at 7:03 am

    I love reading these stylish interviews!

  18. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Absolutely love the photos – the blues even match with the background! – & it’s definitely good to know that there are still men with class around now-a-days.

  19. Eryl Shields

    May 14, 2008 at 8:05 am

    My father also taught me that elegance is a whisper, I could see the look of pain in his eyes at some of the outfits I put together as a child.

    Who polishes these people’s shoes, do they have servants?

  20. Pamcasso

    May 14, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I adore him! Yay for horseback riders (we have something in common) and stylish men!

    I really love these interviews!

  21. Marianna

    May 14, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I always always love your Men from Italy shots. It’s just undeniable- they have a unique style and elegance. And I absolutely love the bit about “The elegance is something that must be whispered and not shouted…”- it’s simply precious!

  22. Specialward

    May 14, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Great jacket sleeve, shirt sleeve length in picture two. What shoes did he pair up with the white jeans and the black blazer?

  23. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Great job – thanks so much for re-instituting the interviews! They have been missed.

  24. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Hooray for the return of the Style Profile!

    I think it should be mandatory for anyone who appears more than twice on the Sartorialist. Even if I don’t care for the look I enjoy hearing more about them.

  25. veronique

    May 14, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Well done Sart: He says street rappers are a style influence and you post two of them the same day to prove that point.

    Eryl Shields, my guess is he might wear his shoes a bit rugged, a bit durty. Not a problem at all!

  26. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    This is wonderful, thanks Sart!

  27. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Why do I think his “skimp” on t-shirts means something much more than what most people would ever buy in a t-shirt? As it should be for such a master….

  28. Ursie B

    May 14, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I agree…Italian men have it. I almost got whiplash the last time I was there. What style…

  29. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I love these style profiles!

    Maybe you could do one of someone a little poorer, a student perhaps?

  30. David

    May 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Please more of these interviews! So much inspiration! These man has a very realistic approach to fashion, to elegance, to life. Much like your blog. I don’t feel it’s out of my realm (like that feeling you get when you watch the Oscars). Outstanding work!

  31. cordelia

    May 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Another fantastic profile. Thank you.

  32. Eugene Kim

    May 14, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    i highly agree with him about socks being underrated.

  33. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    What color shoes did he wear? And is he wearing white Levi 501′s?

  34. tobias

    May 14, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    What a wonderful addition to the blog this is!

    Style Profile..,Sart having a Q&A with the ones he admires!

    This gentleman has a wonderful elegant style and an elegant manner…a rare combination now days!

    I am loving the blog as you all might have noticed!

  35. Sean Watson

    May 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Two very well constructed outfits. He knows what he’s doing.

  36. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I want to know everything about him! He’s so brilliant!

    Tanks Scott

  37. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Speaking about Rafael Medina..he is really elegant…but he needs to meet Dario to discover Cesare Attolini’s style!

  38. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I agree with Dario…Jeremy Irons is the perfect man of TODAY!

    Dario you are simply the best!

  39. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Bravo ! This is the real deal. Attolini, the best in my opinion. Neapolitan perfection. I still have a great cashmere jacket from 10 yrs. This guy is style. Personally and outwardly. The guy walking the cobblestones is way more impressive than those on the runway. To me. The jacket shape on # 2 is right where I like to be. Dominico Vacca style a little. Thank you for this completely. A true Sartorialist, Style with humor. SHHHHH……

  40. Anonymous

    May 14, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    love his grandfathers/fathers quote and the pics!

  41. Jeffrey

    May 14, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    These are great. You have to do more of them.

  42. Kanani

    May 15, 2008 at 2:16 am

    For me, Fred Astaire will always be a timeless style icon.
    Anyway, very interesting read. I feel overwhelmed by your vast experience and knowledge.

  43. Anonymous

    May 15, 2008 at 4:51 am

    very nice these interviews but gosh is this man old fashioned.. all about the right DNA , old money, a bit old fashioned n’est pas ??

    Style doesnt come with birth but with intelligence and curiosity and of course exercise and emotion, attitude and creativity, which is available for anyone open for experiences.

  44. Anonymous

    May 15, 2008 at 6:02 am

    I do like a lot this kind of mini style interview they are so informative !!!

  45. Don

    May 15, 2008 at 6:30 am

    To anonymous below. Precisely because the father of Rafael Medina died, he is now the Duke of Feria. Titles tend to be inherited, that’s the thing about them.

  46. pika

    May 15, 2008 at 8:07 am

    the fit of his jacket in the second photo is perfect. i love the striped scarf against his srtiped shirt. i tend to love old-world elegance and glamour so even if he seems a bit old fashioned to some it works for me. i want to be him when i grow up.

    oh and ps Anonymous veronique @12:11 PM – if you check the comments you’ll find that the twins aren’t street rappers at all. just fyi ;-)

  47. arniedelusong

    May 15, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Please tell me he isn’t gay :)

  48. Anonymous

    May 15, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Yep titles tend to be inherited, actually very weird if you think about it because a title you get or got because you did something important more or less : ) so why should it be a heritage.. the son or daughter is not always as the father or mother , which is the same with style.. Mr Agnelli had style and a great attitude in his time but i do not know if this is the same case with his grandson.. at least he is experimenting with fashion , design and substance : )

  49. Anonymous

    May 19, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Oh God! I knew Dario was special…Mario Talarico in Naples is a fantastic experience!

  50. Anonymous

    May 31, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    He is handsome. I love the way he pulls off the outfit.

  51. Anonymous

    June 1, 2008 at 4:21 am

    This guy is one of my fashion role models. No doubt about it, the Italians dress the best.

  52. Anonymous

    June 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

    LOVE how there are matching blue car and blue uh shades? i should consider buying a blue car when i grow up

  53. 30shades

    September 23, 2015 at 6:16 am

    These are great.

  54. Ritoot

    February 9, 2017 at 9:49 am

    The gentleman has style. The interview/profile format is one that works well http://www.ritoot.com/blog/

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