I'm of the conviction that every product, beyond it's own DNA, is like a blank canvas.  A true masterpiece emerges when you stop treating it with white gloves and fearlessly break it in over time. Then you can really wear it with ease and comfort. A few weeks ago, I wrote about my A.L.I.C.E Pack - a vintage 1969 military issue rucksack that, since its retirement from my childhood "Army" games, has been repurposed into an excellent camera bag. It now graces my "the-longer-you-have-it-the-better-it-gets" collection, which includes a variety of other items like ripped Levis, worn-out shirts, battered shoes.. the list goes on. For example, take this ISAIA shirt you see me wearing here. The cuffs are worn through, but I've earned those tears...  The same can be said of my BARBANERA Gatsby lace-ups (also pictured here): they are beaten, broken and scuffed. But as Sergio Guardì (one of the creators of the brand) said, they have "soul." And that there qualifies them to be the best pair of shoes I own...

I have the same "rugged" philosophy with my OMEGA Speedmaster, the most expensive thing I've ever bought myself. When shopping around, I wanted a watch with heritage - something that could accompany me on my adventures to the moon and back (figuratively speaking, of course), and this historic chronograph, which Buzz Aldrin took to the moon and back (literally) seemed an appropriate choice. 

There was one problem, though. I had a hard time making it my own. After two years of wearing it almost every day and being able to account for nearly every scratch around its bezel, the watch still felt like it belonged more to Omega than to me. I decided the issue came down to the bracelet. It felt bulky, and the polished links made my watch look more like jewelry than the tool that I wanted it to be.

So I decided to take action and try a nylon NATO strap on for size (I ordered it from HODINKEE). In no time, the watch finally joined ranks with my A.L.I.C.E. pack, my favorite ISAIA shirt and my Barbanera's. It finally looks like the watch I've always wanted. Actually, I'm thinking of riding this wave further and commissioning a custom watch strap from THIS AWESOME LEATHERSMITH that I met in Rome... Stay tuned for further developments. 

Eidos SS17 - Bar Palladio to Bagru

Eidos is a menswear brand that educates about timeless masculine elegance. It is a brand that inspires by affording men the tools necessary to express their own individuality. As of its Spring-Summer 2017 New York Mens Fashion Week (NYMFW) presentation, Eidos is a brand that explores, broadening its horizons beyond its native Italy to discover similarities with cultures that might otherwise seem worlds away.  

This season's inspiration, as unexpected as it might seem to the casual observer, is the next logical step for Creative Director Antonio Ciongoli whose mission as a designer extends well beyond "just making cool clothes for guys to wear."

In pursuit of authenticity, the journey that Antonio shares through this collection mirrors his own path of discovery on a recent trip to India.  He leaves Bar Palladio, a trendy Italian-founded restaurant and lounge located in an ornate historic palace in Jaipur, and travels to Bagru, a village of humble artisans, where bright colors are contrasted with earthy tones, thick crowds and dust.  

In fact, contrast becomes the central theme of this collection: sharp sartorial silhouettes are paired with relaxed and flowing kurtas and patiala pajamas. Models range in age and gender, contributing an additional sense of refinement and universality to an already elevated collection.  All this is projected onto a canvas of simple, harmonious colors ranging from cream to indigo, grey to white, khaki to green...   

Respecting heritage is fundamental to Eidos' DNA.  It's a universal concept that encourages all to embrace the old, and carry it into the new.  The SS17 collection strikes a chord as it authentically marries tradition with contemporary aesthetics...  

...The result is a message that inspires me to explore the world and.... why not?.... to dress well while I'm doing it!   


To view my recent article about Eidos Creative Director, Antonio Ciongoli, CLICK HERE

To view Eidos' previous collections and campaigns, CLICK HERE