Finding well dressed men at Pitti Uomo, the world’s most important menswear trade show in Florence, Italy is nothing new. While the visual euphoria is enough to bring many back, the insight and knowledge of menswear imparted by those behind the scenes constitute the richness of Pitti Uomo.
Alberto Scaccioni, general secretary of Centro di Firenze (the group that owns the Pitti Immagine fashion trade fairs) and Enta Moda Italiana export trade group is one of these enligthened advocates.
During our numerous conversations, he always shared with me his knowledge of old and new craftsmen countless who showcase/exhibit at Pitti Uomo and make a true mark in menswear. I wanted to get a better feel for a man of style who in my opinion embodies the spirit of man of the world.
A citizen of the world but, at the same time, an hardcore Florentine.
My Passion is:
The energy of life, in all of its forms: love, fashion, art, sports, etc…
What is style?
A state of mind; a way of conceiving your body in the space; a cultural process of self-education
Where do you draw inspiration from:
Cultural inspiration definitely from the classics, most of all ancient Greek philosophers, Roman emperors, 19th century poets and novelists and some from the Giants philosophers (Nietzsche and others). Style inspiration mostly from contemporaneity, from everyday life, and also from old black and white movies.
2 Rules you live by:
Always find a balance between order and chaos (Apollo and Dionisus) but never choose part
Seek simplicity but do not fear complexity
How would describe your style?
Personal, contemporary, balanced
Who do you consider to be a style icon?
I could give you the usual answer with some name-dropping (Fred Astaire, David Niven, Steve McQueen, etc…) but I would rather go back to the early times of blogging when “the common joe” on the street was at the center of the stage: I still like to discover iconic elements in the people on the street, rather than to look at “models” posing for some professional. A greek bronze is still the most powerful icon in terms of beauty, but a living, moving body, is more interesting in terms of style…
What 3 things bring you peace?
Silence, beauty, endorphins
What is a bad day?
A day with no truth, a day with no joy
3 Pet Peeves (things you dislike)
Selfies, posers, wannabes
In the sea when there are waves, in the mountain when it’s snowing. Over there you are alone with yourself and your fears: you cannot fake, you cannot pretend. Over there you are who you are.
What part of the day do you find yourself to be the most creative? (twilight, morning, afternoon, evening, late night)
Early morning and late night
What do you have a favorite of?
Wrestling and reading (not at the same time, of course)
What is a special indulgence for you?
Letting people take photos of myself; drinking alcohol and eating cakes
Best advice you’ve received ( & from who):
No advice, only examples. I come from a culture in which people are not used to share advice that much. So you have to learn quite early that keeping your mouth closed, and you eyes and ears well open can easily make the difference…
But if I were forced to give somebody and advice it could be…be yourself, without posing, without trying to seem somebody else
3 Songs you’d consider would make the up the soundtrack of your life or your daily state of mind:
Almost impossible to answer: this soundtrack change automatically every half an hour and it goes from J.S. Bach to rocksteady, from punk rock to Tom Waits to Jamiroquai….how could I stop this flood of music and crystallize it in 3 songs??
3 books you’d recommend:
This question for me is as difficult as the previous one (3 songs). But I hate not giving you any so….really pushing myself to answer I’d say that in this very moment I could recommend:
F. Dostoevskyi, The idiot
JD Salinger, Seymour: an introduction
Antonia Byatt, The Quartet
F. Nietzsche, The birth of tragedy from the spirit of music
Next lifetime, I’d like to come back…
As a professional mountain guide, a dolphin or a monk
During trying times, what brings you peace of mind?
Meditation and sport, wrestling most of all
Last thing that made you smile?
My daughters: looking at then growing up is pure joy.
My biggest fear in life is:
To forget the spiritual and holy side of it
My life is… (finish the sentence)