Illustrations by Natalia Resmini

Fashion illustrator and Fashion Consultant, Natalia Resmini combines a strong sensibility for fashion and a lightness with colour. Her experience as a portraitist and textile designer reveals itself with every brushstroke. Thanks to surfing and her love for the sea she has traveled all over the world. This aesthetic maturity is apparent both in her free drawings and in the story, illustrated by the photographs, where she suggests the unmissable places to go surfing. I’ve had this great passion for a lifetime, which made me travel around the world. Surfing is a golden ticket, because all surfers sooner or later travel for long periods, and get the opportunity to learn about other cultures. We Italians are a people of idealists, dreamers and travellers, that’s what I always say! We are lucky because, although we don’t have many waves, we go seeking them, discovering a lot of other things in the process and expanding our horizons. And we stand out all right! Exclusively for MANINTOWN here’s a selection of the best locations discovered during my travels.

I recommend Sayulita and Saladita, and Punta de Mita, on the Nayarit coast. A hippy atmosphere, perfect temperatures especially in winter months, both challenging and easier waves. The coolest time of the year is during Mexi Log Festival, which brings together the world’s finest surfers in the Longboard category. ( For accommodation I would recommend Casa Love, located in the heart of Sayulita. Right on the main beach, facing the rolling waves and a few tourists looking for a good margarita, lies the welcoming patio of Nathalie Mignot, the owner. The architecture of the house reveals itself in a clever balance of sunlight and shade. Ten “open space” rooms, are furnished with singular taste, for a really special stay: you will always feel caressed by the wind and lulled by the stars at night. The attention to ecology and the “raw” lifestyle of the owners will win you over. Casa Love is part of a broader concept including the “Pachamama” boutique and the homonymous art gallery, both on the lower floor where you will find boho-chic unique pieces of clothing amongst the colorful works of young artists and tons of lovely jewellery.
For more info and to discover curiosities about the owner’s family:

My absolute favourite, where I pass several months a year and the waves are the best in the Mediterranean, because the island has a 360 ° exposure to the seas. Of all the coasts, the one in the west is the one with the most frequent waves, because the northwesterly wind is predominant. As for the rest, the island offers many options that can be exploited, hence why Sardinia has become an international destination for surfing tourism. For beginners, I recommend the school IS BENAS SURF CLUB (, which offers custom packages with qualified instructors and surf house rentals. An unmissable experience, fabulous nature and excellent A to Z customer service. Also, worth mentioning is Maona Sailingboat, in the south, at Villasimius, owned by Sebastiano Concas, one of the best Italian surfers, who organises sailing boat charters and surf trips, an original formula for a memorable holiday in the heart of the marine protected area.


I’ve been to Morocco many times now, but every trip always brings new emotions. There is something magical, a special perfume in the air. Arab culture fascinates me, as an artist and as a woman. My creativity is stimulated by the decorations of the tiles, the colours of the earth interspersed by argan plants, the architecture designed to be lived inside and out. I have a lot of Moroccan friends, and putting aside misconceptions and prejudices, I have found an enlightened people. Culture, pride, hospitality and a mystical atmosphere are a constant. In the West, we are always running and we no longer believe in anything. Sometimes we don’t even have five minutes to watch a beautiful sunset. We have clocks and they have time! I was there for almost two months recently, south of Essaouira. I painted and surfed, immersed in a pleasant “mal d’Afrique”. Moroccans believe in their land, in the wind, in the sea, in the food. I can’t forget some winter nights, when we would eat together around the fire with our hands, assimilating the energy of food, in religious silence. I’ve come to believe that forks and knives are a kind of filter between us and what we eat. I think  back to the freedom I felt and I smile, because I can’t forget the depth of the colours of the sky, as I chased the last waves of the day. I think back to the deserted beaches, to the freshly caught sea bass, to the olive oil almost better than the Italian one. In Morocco the place I recommend for surfing is the coast from Essaouira to Agadir.
Here are two of my favourite hotels: Hôtel Résidence le Kaouki www.sidikaouki.comOlo Surf & Nature
The coolest surfcamp of the moment!

It’s the California of Europe! I have been so many times that I do not even remember how many anymore. It’s the heart of the European surf scene, where the best shapers and underground artists go. The prices are a bit high and the water very crowded, but the nature is wonderful! In the summer you can surf till 11pm in the evening, as the days are long. Also, there are beautiful surf shops and inland, various surf schools operating on stunning endless beaches.Check out:

Photo by @silvia_cabella_fotografie
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JOURNEY through Gucci places

Gucci Places is an initiative designed by the Florentine maison to unveil locations around the world that reflect the taste and values peculiar to the House and that have inspired it. Whether private or public, hidden or evident, Alessandro Michele’s contemporary aesthetic can be at the tip of one’s fingers simply through the App. The aim is to encourage people to discover interesting and unexpected stories about these places, and so become part of a community, built around a network of locations that are able to surprise, arouse interest and inspire creativity. The very first Gucci Place to be unveiled will be Chatsworth in Derbyshire, England, which is where Gucci is currently supporting an extensive exhibition of clothing and memorabilia entitled House Style, curated by Hamish Bowles. New functionalities will be added to the Gucci App to involve customers in the story of each designated Place, for example through the use the geolocation. The App will allow users to check-in and win the badge associated with it, also providing a detailed description of the Place, featuring texts, pictures and/or videos.

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Sensuality is woman. It is no coincidence that as Managing Director of Coco de Mer, one of the most renowned luxury lingerie brand and erotic fashion house, we find a woman, Lucy Litwack, with a huge passion and experience in this field. Not only products to reach pleasure; Coco de Mer offers also education and guidance for a personal erotic experience with a decadent allure. MANINTOWN interviewed Mrs Litwack, asking her some questions about her experience of more than ten years in the industry and about themes that are still considered a taboo.

Why did you choose to work in the field of luxurious lingerie?
Lingerie is my passion. I fell into the industry by chance from a client I had at a design agency I was working for after University. I went to work for this lingerie start up in house and the rest is history! After over 17 years in the industry, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  Lingerie can create magic. It has the power of transformation. I have worked for many incredible brands from Victoria’s Secret to La Perla, but when I started at Coco de Mer 3 years ago I knew I had found something very special. A brand that has always punched above its weight, but is yet to realize its full potential. A brand that so seamlessly blends fashion and erotica; sophistication and sensuality. A brand that emphasizes the importance of female pleasure, yet appeals to both men and women.

Which is the most representative item of Coco de Mer?
Everything we design combines luxury and beauty, often with a touch of the audacious.  For instance, the Coco de Mer Spanking Knicker. This item is luxurious, beautiful and a little bit naughty – with the added option for play with your partner. The Sylph bra is also an iconic Coco de Mer style. It has been in the business for over 10 years and continues to be a best seller. It is perfect for the underwear as outerwear trend with its strappy detailing. In luxurious black silk with front fastening and a seductive half cup that barely covers the bust, it takes its inspiration from the empowering work of Helmut Newton and the world of the dominatrix.

According to you, which is the link between fashion and sensuality?
People are pleasure seekers. They seek pleasure in a myriad of different ways, one of which is fashion. The delights that fascinate our senses such as cuisine, design, fashion occupy the cultural psyche in many different ways from books to magazines to tv. Matters erotic however are more limited and repressed. Coco de Mer encourages a more progressive viewpoint. To open up a more playful conversation on the subject and thus encourage people to delve deeper into their fantasies. We want to create a more beautiful sensual landscape to explore. Engaging in this conversation, we can use fashion and lingerie to reach a better understanding of, and connection to, what is truly sensual. As purveyors of sensuality, Coco de Mer both creates and curates irresistible objects and experiences to celebrate mutual pleasure and individual satisfaction.

What do women look for when choosing lingerie?
Women have many different faces. One day, they will be looking for comfort – perfect fit, soft fabrics. One day they will want something that makes them feel empowered with the knowledge that only they are aware of what lies beneath the exterior. Other times they may want to be a classic femme fatale. Lingerie can transform you and your mindset. But overall, women want good fit, beautiful materials that caress the skin and silhouettes that enhance their form.

Instead, what do men appreciate the most?
Men appreciate any effort you want to make.  They love the idea that you have dressed up for them (even if it is just as much for you) and will worship you whatever you choose. We find at Coco de Mer that men will often purchase the three piece set – in addition to the bra and knicker, they will pick the suspender belt too. They generally prefer the more classic colours of red and black. And beautiful nightwear is always popular –  a lace chemise, a silk robe.

Can lingerie make women more confident?
Absolutely. Lingerie can transform your body and your mind which in turns gives you the confidence to do whatever it is you want to do – whether that is to rule the world or your partner!

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Half British, half Dutch, of Ugandan descent, Martin Foru will be representing the UK at the 2020 Olympic Games and we couldn’t think of a man more suitable to don some of this season most compelling sportswear. Armed with buckets of charm and a killer smile, we set him off to explore Paris’s most colourful and exotic neighbourhood, La Chapelle, and got to know him a little better along the way.

When did you start training to become a boxer and who/what pushed you?
I always wanted to do any form of martial arts because my 2 older brothers used to say I couldn’t fight. Unfortunately my mother never allowed me. But when I was 13 I bumped into my cousin as he was just coming from a boxing training. He told me to come with him and so I did, I fell in love with the sport ever since.

What would it mean for you to represent the UK at the 2020 Olympic Games?
It would mean the world to me! There used to be a rule that professional boxers were not allowed to compete in the OGs, but now that they changed the rule and pros are allowed to compete, there is nothing that holds me back from turning pro.

You grew up in Holland and moved to London recently, what is your favourite aspect of living in London?
I literally love the people! Most people I speak to seem to be so open minded and just love to enjoy and spend time with others.

Do you watch what you eat? What’s your favourite dish?
When I’m not having a fight anytime soon then I just eat whatever I like, but I’m naturally a healthy person so I wouldn’t poison myself with all sorts of bad food anyways. Then when I’m coming up to a fight I sure do watch my food. I’ve got a nutritionist who sets up a diet plan for me which adjusts as I get closer to a fight.

Who was/is your role model in becoming a man? And in becoming a boxer?
My role model, mentor and father figure has always been my first boxing coach over in the Netherlands, Thomas Mboua. He helped shaping myself into the man I am today! In becoming a boxer it has always been Roy Jones Jr, because of his knowledge, style and confidence. I’ve been watching his fights ever since I’ve started boxing.

Do you practice any other sports? What do you love the most about boxing?
At the moment it’s just boxing but I always love to play a game of basketball, shoot some pool or play golf. Besides the fitness I get from it, boxing allows me to bring out everything that’s inside of me. The part I enjoy the most is the sparring just because it’s the closest you’ll get to an actual boxing match.

You seemed very comfortable during the shoot in front of the camera. Do you get nervous before a fight?
Well, I get a little nervous when I hear when I’m fighting next, but then as soon as I hit the gym and start training for it my confidence grows with each session. Also when I’m in the dressing room and I feel a bit fatigued or something is physically bothering me I get nervous. But then as soon as I step in the ring and the bell rings it’s all gone!

Besides physical training, what sort of mental preparation do you go through before a match?
I try and clear my mind from all negative things and focus on when I’m entering the ring. I think of every possible situation I can get myself into and also naturally tell myself that I’m much faster, stronger and fitter than my opponent.

You have some very cool Valentino sneaks on today, what are your other favourite brands / designers? and who/where did you get your sense of style from?
DSquared2! Such a great brand, really comfortable and looks amazing. And no idea to be honest, I think just from seeing celebrities wearing certain things and then try it myself because I must’ve thought it looked really good.

There’s a ton of sports style infiltrating every aspect of fashion at the moment, are you enjoying that? Do you think it’s here to stay?
Yes yes yes I love it! Obviously as you know I’m an athlete and to combine fashion with sports, to me is just two of the best worlds colliding. Today we even made the boxing gloves look fashionable LOL. I’m not sure if the sporty look will stay in the fashion as fashion is always changing. But I do think that fashion will stay in sports and that sportswear will try and keep up with the fashion.

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Photographer| Byron Mollinedo
Assistant photographer| Clémentine Passet
Stylist| Nicholas Galletti
Assistant stylist| Ariane Haas
Groomer| Céline DeCruz
Model| Martin Foru @ IMG London

UNIQLO Unveils THE New Collaboration with JW ANDERSON

British classics that combine the signature bold and graphic design esthetic of JW ANDERSON with UNIQLO‘s Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity, fit and functionality. The result is a collection that offers the best of British styling that is at once traditional and modern while providing daily lifestyle options for men and women of all ages. The collection’s focuses are design, the silhouette and comfort. All the pieces incorporate traditional British materials combined with UNIQLO trademark fabrics. There are Tweed coats in signature herringbone and shirts in extra fine cotton that feels smooth and natural, as well as knits in Extra Fine Merino for an elegant, glossy sheen. The silhouette is also a key feature for the line. The look ranges from long coats with contemporary button and waist belt styling to jackets that give a modern, slim and sophisticated look but also allow for layering, and includes a turtle neck sweater with boxy silhouette and an oversized item.

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Watches: The Trends and Must-Haves, A Look at Novelty for the Coming Season

There are two main trends that distinguish the current international panorama of the watch industry today: a return to the great classics of the past, accompanied by a creative and mechanical offering in keeping with the times, and the celebration and appreciation of mêtiers d’art, with a sanctification of the most sophisticated techniques, both mechanically and functionally. An artistic passion with the finesse of decorative workmanship. The most important showcase for discovering the latest novelties and creations is without question Basel World, which for industry insiders and passionate watch and jewellers enthusiasts alike is an event not to be missed. It is an exhibition always rich in novelty, and sought-after originals, yet suitable for any style and wrist. Begun in 1917, this year the event reached its first centenary. The recent edition was characterized by strong brand positioning, especially for historic brands, aware that the new structure of international economics requires effort and innovation to satisfy an increasingly demanding clientele on the quest for the novelty.

Among the first big trend- with an homage to the classics- the absolute protagonist is Tag Heuer, which presented alongside a range of novelties a re-edition of the Autavia watch. The return of this iconic model is the result of an innovative participatory event, the Autavia Cup, organized in the Spring of 2016 aimed at dialoguing with the community of enthusiasts and brand collectors, consulting with connoisseurs and offering them the choice of which historical model should inspired the new Autavia. Thus, a timepiece with a retro look, revisited with touches of modernity: raised buttons, knurled crown, Tag Heuer logo and the strap in aged calfskin, keeping that vintage feel. It has a contemporary-style with the addition of a datary window and sapphire backing and the luminescent coating is beige, matching the stitches on the strap.

Gucci, in the height of its creative renaissance, presented an astonishing series of watches this year that reflect Alessandro Michele’s extravagance and creativity. The new modifications of the G-Timeless mark an interesting return to the iconic shapes of the past. For men, two original timepieces with automatic movement and GMT function (40 mm): the brand’s unmistakable snake symbol is the GMT hand, pointing to the second time zone, while iconic bee, star and heart motifs orbit around the dial as pointers. The movement and engraving of the Gucci bee on the oscillating weight can be seen through the transparent backing.

For Bulgari, mêtiers d’art is a strong theme celebrated with the launch of Octo Finissimo Tourbillon in the Squelette version, the world’s thinnest tourbillon. The new Squelette features an ultra-slim tourbillon with 253 fully visible components, including 13 rubies and eight ball bearings, which help to reduce the overall thickness of the timepiece. It operates at a rate of 21,600 vph (vibrations per hour) with 62 hours of reserve charge. Decorating this timepiece justly, the new Octo case (40mm) is platinum (waterproof up to 30 metres) and the strap is in black alligator hide with a pronged buckle.

Jaquet Dros, on the other hand, presents Loving Butterfly Automaton, a masterpiece of elegance and savoir faire, precisely because this watch combines the complexity of the mechanical movement with the beauty of the miniature horseman and butterfly that animate the movement of time. Offered in an extremely limited run of only 28 pieces, the pink gold case and the 43mm dial make this timepiece bold, yet intriguing.

In this panorama of interesting novelties, also notable is Swarovski who at this year’s exhibition extends its collection of women’s Crystalline timepieces, now including models of Crystalline Hours in red, black and two white versions. The dial contains nearly 2000 crystals, confirming once again the brand’s ability to build and wisely evolve the concept of the faceted crystal cut. The brand is also taking a leading position in the world of watchmaking, which grew by more than 30% in 2016. As Robert Buchbauer, CEO of Swarovski Consumer Goods Business says, launching new products at Basel World enables the brand to become more established in this area and to pave the way for further novelty in upcoming editions, like the forthcoming announcement of the launch of its first timepieces for men.

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matthew zorpas. athens calling

A gentleman by name and by nature, he is considered one of the most important web influencers of the moment. Not only he posts, but he also tells stories about style, gives suggestions about how to create a look, through his journeys he inspires a lot of followers from all over the world. We are talking about Matthew Zorpas, blogger and founder of Matthew is also a creative consultant and, currently, IWC Scha hausen’s brand ambassador. Born in Cyprus, Matthew moved to London to study, but recently he has returned to his roots in Athens. Exactly for his birthday (by celebrating his 30 years with the hashtag #mz30th) we met him and he told us his point of view about one of the most fascinating cities in the world for its history, culture and continuous turmoil.

What do u like about Athens
Athens is a place that is buzzing at the moment. Its a city that in recent years suffered and deconstructed but recently begins to breath again. Small openings, pop-ups, bars and restaurants are in every corner, offering excellence in design, taste and service. It’s the beginning of a new era, of new ideas, of a new system. I want to be part of it.

What to pack for Athens
Travel light! It get’s extremely hot during the summer. Pack your suncreams, your panama hat (especially if you are taking a walk up to the Acropolis), a linen white or light blue shirt (will get you t in perfectly with the Greeks), your stylish espadrilles and some multiple shorts. Don’t forget your backpack to keep your Athenian authentic souvenirs from Plaka!

Top 5 places to visit in Athens (restaurant, beaches, hotels, clubs, shops)
Restaurant: My top favourite in the centre of Athens, Nolan. Japanese and Greek fusion cuisine. Beaches: 40’ by boat, make sure you visit Agkistri, one of the closest islands to Athens with crystal blue waters. Aponhsos is one of my favourite spots in the island. Hotels: Electra Metropolis is one of the latest adds in town and with the best roof terrace you will get of the city. Clubs: Gkazi area is were the magic happens. From greek bars to special parties with international djs everything happens around this square. Shops: Paraphernalia the perfect destination for design lovers.

A special memory related to Athens
My 30th birthday and 3 days celebration with my friends that ew in from all around the world. It was a very special and unforgettable moment for me here in Athens.

Who would u suggest this trip for
Lovers, sunlovers, summer lovers, history lovers, beauty lovers, nature lovers…greece lovers…

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Ulzzang generation, Seoul’s fashion and music

In the sky of Korea there aren’t merely the missiles of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un’s. Seoul’s skyline stands out with its Lotte World Tower, 555 meters making it the tallest building in the South and the fifth tallest building in the world. With the highest swimming pool (85th floor), the tallest panoramic window (almost 500 metres) the fastest elevator, which takes less than one minute to reach the roof.
Designed by the American KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates) it was inaugurated last April with events and fireworks enhancing the glass surface, inspired by the traditional Korean pottery and calligraphy techniques. Lotte World Mall is the shopping mall along the banks of river Han visited every year by 28 million people. It represents a record-winning and an ground-breaking concept, as it gathers activities that greatly differ one from another: offices, hotels, multipurpose spaces, luxury apartments, but also “officetel”, little apartments for the employees who work there. Everything is exciting and challenging in this city that has just witnessed the change of the guard from Right to Liberal, by choosing Moon Jae-in, 64 years old, former human rights lawyer, to be the country’s President. This man wants a more active political and diplomatic role for South Korea in the international effort to stop the nuclear showdown with the North. Most people, when considering the 38th parallel, seem to forget that South Korea is the eleventh world power in terms of GDP and the sixth in terms of exports. The K-pop wave, a worldwide phenomenon, is hurling South Korea into the world of youthful consumerism, with bands like Bangtan Boys or BTS, counting 6 million followers on Twitter, and ranking first for almost 29 uninterrupted weeks in Billboard’s chart, which assesses the activity of the artist’s famepage. They also won the Billboard Music Awards as Social Artist, beating the likes of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande. They charmed even Céline Dion, who invited them to her concert. After all, in South Korea they can boast over 10 million visualizations with their latest video, a record-breaking figure reached in just 24 hours. They are now touring the globe for their second world tour and they are sold out everywhere.

JAMES JAGGER, one man, ten answers

As a child he would listen on repeat to Chuck Berry’s song “Johnny be good” and to this day he confesses to go crazy for gangster movies. James Jagger, son of a better known Mick, has started his career in film. He is also an environmentalist and took part in “The Wave Walk” project, which involved artists, sculptors and designers creating various artworks around NYC to raise awareness on marine life protection. While we’ll have to wait to see him in a Christopher Nolan movie (James’s big dream) we will be able to see James soon in his new lm “747”.

The debut
Already in high school, at the age of 16, whilst playing in a school drama I understood that somehow this could be an option, it could be my path. So I enrolled in an acting course in London and then in New York (the truth is that at that time I spent more time at the parties rather than reading the scripts) but part of me felt something and I knew i wanted to take it further.

Everything is ready for the new movie 747
It was a great experience, I met great friends and great professionals. I do not have great expectations for its success because the mix of ingredients that makes a movie successful is too vast. You have to be talented and lucky for everything to t perfectly but I have to say that I’m really happy and satisfied with the result.

The big dream
There are many, but if I had to choose one, right now, I’d say I’d love to work together with Christopher Nolan: Inception, Interstellar, they are all unbeatable films. He is a prodigious talent and for me it would really be a dream to work with him. He is one of those directors who even with huge budgets will still take risks on innovative and edgy scripts. The problem with contemporary cinema is actually that the most beautiful things are done with low budgets by emerging authors who struggle to establish themselves, while the bigger productions don’t always hit the mark on quality. It’s often more a matter of entertainment rather than a form of art.

A true activist
The truth is that we are a very small organisation. There are only six people involved and we are looking for new sources of crowdfunding for our projects: each year we are fighting for a specific cause related to the protection of coastlines and against marine pollution. Now, for example, we started a very interesting project in New York, in partnership with La Mer, called “The Wave Walk”. It involves artists, sculptors and designers making artworks throughout the city to raise awareness with the passers-by, tourists and the local community, on the protection of the marine environment.

The face of Armani fragrances
Shooting the short movies for Armani fragrances was certainly satisfying. Fabien Constant is an extraordinary director, and the wonderful thing is that besides promoting a product, the perfume, there is a script behind his idea, there’s a real story, filled with emotions and feelings. And for an actor this is pure life. With Matilde Lutz, my partner in the movie, we immediately found a connection and a chemistry, so much that Fabien often filmed us even during our breaks. The spontaneous and natural behaviours that happen on set are important to creating an authentic product.

The Dynamic Equilibrium of Filippo Nigro

Filippo Nigro is the model anti-divo: amiable and extroverted. Good-natured and not the least bit self-centred, he struggles to explain his own success because he has never felt particularly gifted: and yet, in his role as an actor he has received various recognitions. Among which, for example, the Italian Golden Globes for “La Finestra di Fronte” by Ferzan Ozpetek, the director with whom he worked for both for “Le Fate Ignoranti” and that for which he won best actor at the Taormina Film Festival for “Dalla Vita in Poi.” All that without counting his nomination for a David di Donatello award as best supporting actor for his role in “Diverso da Chi?” in which he acted alongside Luca Argentero. Filippo Nigro, a Sagittarian, enjoys the challenges of an intense life made up of stimulating experiences and a grueling life on the sets of a movies, television or in theatrical work. In that way, Filippo doesn’t like to “sit still.” While he takes horseback riding lessons in preparation for a role in the film “The Book of Vision” with Charles Dance (himself also catching public attention, for among other roles, his part in “Il Trono di Spade”), he has just finished filming “Suburra” the first TV series created in Italy for Netflix, directed by Michele Placido, in which he plays a politician. Wearing a white tee shirt and a pair of green chinos, never without his vintage style tortoise frame sunglasses, the one touch of cool in his basic, casual look, Filippo Nigro speaks to MANINTOWN in an exclusive interview.

More movies or more theater in Filippo Nigro’s career?
Whenever I can, I feed my passion for the theatre, which I love. My last piece, “Candide,” dates back to over a year ago. In any case, I think that today television series offer interesting opportunities for career actors.

You said that in your opinion acting is like training for life. Can you explain this statement?
Acting helped me to define various aspects of my character. Today I feel calmer and more aware, I have more fun, I’m less impulsive, and I don’t take things as seriously.

What was your most challenging role?
There hasn’t been any one in particular. I guess I would say that of a professor who was victim of his student’s trap in the movie “Un Gioco da Ragazze.” In general, I love playing characters who are contradictory, somewhat insecure, who change their mind easily.

What part does your physicality have in your roles?
Not much. It comes about because I practice a lot of sports, but I would also have liked to play action movie roles pumped with testosterone; in general I love that genre.

 Must-have garments in your wardrobe?
A leather jacket, I have two of them: a black one and one in brown leather, more lived in, both with a ‘biker’ look.

What piques your curiosity?
If I like a person, I love to deeply understand him or her intimate side. I’m curious about the behavioral evolution of my three children, Alessandro, Olivia and Claudio, and I am curious about getting to know new people, although I am a very distracted person by nature, except when on the set, where I am very focused. Being distracted at university nearly cost me an exam (smiles).

What are your “male” passions?
I love sports and I practice many. I should start by saying I love to be outside in the open air and I hate gyms; I like football, swimming, tennis and running. When I can, I like playing chess because it relaxes me.

Your ideal place for body and mind?
For my spirit, I love being in the game, travelling for work and engaging in new projects. As far as a physical place, I think about my family, my wife Gina whom I love, because being with them is the place where I always feel safe and secure, like being in a nest of well-being.

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Photographer| Roberta Krasnig
Stylist| Stefania Sciortino
Photographer Assistant| Jacopo Gentilini
Grooming| Samia [email protected] using KIEHL’S Age Defender Cream
Location| Coffee Pot, Roma


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Everyone knows that champagne is best enjoyed cold. However, in Italy many believe this great wine is reserved for only New Year’s Eve, rather than summer. A mere myth. So, here are six choices for spoiling oneself at aperitif hour, on a boat or perhaps, in the sun.


“For the fifth consecutive year we serve our Cuvée Ruinart on all the beaches of the White Summer Ruinart circuit,” says Senior Brand Manager, Andrea Pasqua, who met MANINTOWN during the opening week of the 57th Venice Biennale, where he is divided his time between the Woven Forms vernissage, Louis Vuitton Foundation dinner, and parties at Fondaco dei Tedeschi and Palazzina G. “We are the champagne of contemporary art,” he stresses, “and throughout the Biennale, we have a welcome service at the Venice airport and a Ruinart Bike Bar at Cipriani.” And just in time for the arrival of summer, “from the 21st to the 23rd of June, we open the hidden gem of the Redentore terrace at Gritti Palace, where, upon enrolment on our site,, guests will have access to a dinner tasting menu or an aperitif, paired with ‘cicchetti,’ the Venetian street food, reinterpreted in a gourmet version by starred Chef Daniele Turco of the Club del Doge restaurant.”


Want to drink champagne under a beach umbrella without letting it get too warm? There is a solution. Champagne on the rocks? Mais oui! Moet Ice Impérial breaks the taboo of tradition and inaugurates a new style, a true drinking experience combining ice cubes with the unexpectedly effervescent bubbly. “Moët Ice Impérial champagne has been been made into an art form, rendering its flavour even more intense and fruity and introducing a completely new way of drinking champagne, without letting it get diluted by ice,” explains Benoît Gouez, Chef de Cave of Moët & Chandon.


Inspired by a new and fresh vision of contemporary drink culture, Veuve Clicquot has worked with expert mixologists to create a whole new champagne: Veuve Clicquot RICH and Veuve Clicquot RICH ROSÉ, with a higher dosage for more sweetness and aroma. Highlighting the Maison’s savoir-faire in wine production, Veuve Clicquot’s Chef de Caves, Dominique Demarville, explains: “super in champagne is equivalent to spices in a recipe: if used properly they allow specific aromas to come out, playing with flavour variety.” In short, transforming it into the basis for a fresh cocktail.


Graphic Ice, the new cuvée by Nicolas Feuillatte, exalts the joy of summer living. It is served in a large glass with ice where its floral notes and sweet freshness unite with lime and pineapple. A new elegant and sophisticated cocktail for summer to be enjoyed both day and night, when even the bottle of its special packaging becomes truly luminescent.


Krug Grande Cuvée is created beyond the very notion of millennialism, building upon the various wines of several vintages. Each year, when preparing the composition, Eric Lebel, Chef de Caves of the Maison, is faced with around 400 different wines. Within every bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée there are over twenty years of passion and dedication. As Lebel explains, “when we taste the first wines that remind of of the grapes as they were in the vineyards, it’s as if a single violin is playing. Our concert begins. The work gains depth and breadth, as our musicians merge into a single, clear and elegant symphony, a new Krug Grande Cuvée”.


In July and August, on the shores and along the crystal-clear beaches of Sardinia, Dom Pérignon Yacht P2 Delivery will offer a special service for on-the-sea delivery of its precious bottles. The maxitender, designed and built by Capelli Shipyard on the Tempest 900 model, keeps the champagne on ice and delivers it at the correct temperature. An exclusive service suitable even for one of the brand’s historic clients, Marilyn Monroe, who Pérignon celebrates with an exhibition, Imperdibile Marilyn, at Rome’s Palazzo degli Esami until July 30th. Her preferred bottle? The 1953 Vintage, which faithfully accompanied the actress on the set of her films.

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Connecting and nostalgia – a conversation with Alexandre Matiussi

At the apogee of postmodernism, for the first time fashion was welcoming the public to create content together. Co-create, exactly. Today this modus operandi shows a further development: brands increasingly cooperate even with each other and generate a sort of hyper-brand, albeit for a limited amount of time, a holistic synthesis of two different identities more powerful than each of its parts taken separately. Vetements and Gosha Rubchinskiy are the most blatant examples. Joint venture and co-production: this is the operating protocol by now. In the years when sharing is the necessary premise to the existence of the experience, the same is true for the creative process. The choice mostly focuses on the sportswear and street style icons of the 90’s. Sometimes this procedure seems rather melancholic and it is curious that the designers most embracing it, as if they are trying to bring back a time gone by, are those belonging to the last generation who lived the final moments of the analogical era. This is what Alexandre Matiussi talks about. For the Fall/Winter AMI collection – the brand is the anagram of his initials and the last letter of his surname, but it also means “friend” in his native language – he worked jointly with Eastpak on three exclusive models now available in selected stores. He, who often when designing feels like cooking, says that nostalgia is the ingredient that the American brand has brought to his kitchen, while AMI contributed to the project with a sprinkling of retro pop.

How do you feel these kind of collaborations enrich your work?
As a designer, I think it is an interesting exercise to merge your aesthetic with another brand’s heritage in order to create a hybrid product that can really have a positive response from the market. It is not an easy process, as the outcome needs to remain true to both ethos. But it is a challenge, and of course something that tests you is always enriching.

How do you usually choose the ideal partner and how did the idea of this specific collaboration come up?
Choosing the ideal partner is always very natural: if I feel a positive energy and it makes sense from a product point of view, I know straight away it is going to work. Everything falls into place naturally. When the opportunity came up for Eastpak, there was no hesitation. This brand for me evokes a sense of nostalgia: I’ve always had an Eastpak backpack, ever since I was a boy – I even tried to dig up an old photo of me wearing my Eastpak as a boy at school, but unfortunately my mother seemed to favour photos of my face rather than my back. It is a shame! – and seeing it on the AMI catwalk is an evolution of that relationship, a sort of coming full circle.

You worked on few iconic Eastpak models. Why did you choose these three?
I like the versatility of these models. They can be worn by who is really into style, or who approaches fashion from a more practical point of view.

The backpack is deeply rooted with reality and the everyday life. What did fascinated you the most about this object?
It wasn’t so long ago that the backpack was still being mostly used as a school or as a sport accessory, while it really entered the fashion sphere only very recently. Thus, it is intriguing to develop a product during this process of ‘democratisation’. AMI is also a brand that is firmly rooted in reality: it is about real guys and what they want to wear. I find most of my inspiration in the streets, from what people are actually wearing. So it made sense to work on a product that is part of their everyday life.

How are you going to wear these specific ones and how do you imagine others to wear them?
I ride a scooter around Paris so they are perfect for that. The Oversized Banana model started out as an image piece but I think I’m going to use it everyday because it’s actually really practical. As for other people, I designed it so that they can find their own style with it. Either a guy in a suit, jeans or shorts could make it work. I also didn’t think of a specifically men’s collection – or with the distinction between men and women. I just designed something I liked and that I find cool.

Which is the most precious thing you are going to take away with you from this journey you embarked on with Eastpak?
Bringing the energy and ideas of two brands together is a very cool thing. Connecting, collaboration: this is the way forward.

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The Woolmark Company and Belgian designer Raf Simons reunited on Tuesday, 11th July in the heart of Chinatown underneath the Manhattan bridge in New York to present his Spring/Summer 2018 menswear collection. The alliance was born next winter after the development of the Autumn-Winter 2017 collection that went on the first of February during the New York Fashion Week. The Australian company along with the Belgian designer took off on the catwalk 50 menswear looks: distressed tailoring, wide-brimmed hats, wide trousers, oversized sweaters, glossy raincoats, knee-high galoshes, pouches in collaboration with Eastpak, trench coats (some emblazoned with Saville’s Joy Division album art), and more. All of the suiting and knitwear pieces were comprised of Merino Wool, which is a collaboration luxury wool authority The Woolmark Company. In addition to apparel, Simons also presented the new Adidas Detroit Runners and Adilette slides. Chinese lanterns printed with artwork produced by Peter Saville for New Order hung from the ceiling. Of course, there were also celebrities in attendance: ASAP Rocky, NBA champ Andre Iguodal, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenha, Ashton Sanders, and Marc Jacobs. During the show, models — both male and female — walked down the runway holding umbrellas. It was reminiscent of a scene from Blade Runner, where Harrison Ford’s character Deckard heads to Chinatown. There were also neon signs that spelled out the word “REPLICANT” a reference to the fictional biorobotic androids from the 1982 sci-fi film. “There are a lot of things that go back to my early days and why we started doing the things we did”, Simons said about the inspiration for the collection in an interview with Vogue. “So there was strong music references from the past, as you can see. But there are juxtapositions in a different way taken out of context, basically; it’s about movies, it’s about cultures sliding together – that’s the most important message for me – Asian culture and the culture of the west coming together. And you know there was a bit of new wave, punk attitude, but not aesthetically, more in the attitude like taking different kind of things… good vibes… I wanted it to be energetic.” The collection was born from The Woolmark Company and Raf Simons mutual admiration for the fiber with the objective of source and create a wool rich spring collection in unexpected fabrications. The intent for the wool’s global authority is to speed sportive côté up, the global advisor of The Woolmark Company, underlines Fabrizio Servente, who then declares to Pitti Uomo: «This fiber lives a golden age due to a number of factors, with big news from the point of product view. The revolution is taking place in sportive world, where the wool, previously replaced by technical fibers, became fashionable once again with incredible textiles, appreciated by young people too». The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product. The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise owned by more than 25,000 woolgrowers that invests in research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool. In the spring-summer 2018 Wool Lab, the book of tendences which was presented as usual by The Woolmark Company and results from the collaboration with the most accurate spinners and textile workers, contains two themes dedicated to the current of “Active” and “Athleisure”. The message Raf Simons wants to communicate is: pride in individuality.

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Y/Project. Glenn Martens

He has a systematic approach with no system. This is what seems to be behind the success of Y/Project, headed by Glenn Martens. The mastermind behind the label and LVMH Prize nominee took on the role of Creative Director of Y/Project in 2013, after the cofounder, Yohan Serfaty, passed away. Glenn also won the Grand Prize at the Andam Fashion Awards and got a mentorship from Francesca Bellettini, President and AD of Yves Saint Laurent. The brand has nevertheless grown from seasons to season and has solidified its place in what can be called the Parisian Renaissance, alongside Vetements and Jaquemus amongst the others, which is really shaking up the way we consider fashion by looking at streetwear and couture at the same time. Y/ Project epitomises a postmodern mash-up of romanticism, tailoring, and the iconic streets of the 90s. For the recent fall season, Glenn pumped up the volume with a maximal approach to silhouette, putting together a masterful duality of royal historical references and hip hop icons; the perfect image for Y/Project’s cult following.

Who is the man you design for?
For sure he’s an eclectic man with no age. There’s a streetwear vibe of course but also classical elements, conceptual structures and shapes, and a sort of transformability in our clothing. You can reverse jackets, zip or unzip pants in different ways; it empowers you to change the way you dress according to your mood. We are indeed all made of different people at one time.

How would you describe your approach to fashion?
There’s no specific rule, it just comes about by watching people in the streets around us. I like to observe how clothes affect your attitude when you wear them. So we take whatever references we want, regardless of eras or subcultures. This quirky mix of anything it is the only fil rouge, really; we do what we want and try to find some balance and convincing output along the way.

If you have to pick your trademarks what would they be?
We flirt with proportions, urban vibes, historical references and play with elongated silhouettes. I like to look at things in many different ways.

What makes Y/Project such a successful and praised brand?
I work on honesty; delivering honest and very straightforward collections. I don’t follow any paths other than just finding inspiration that I can turn into something that I love. Beauty in fashion can come about for no specific reason. I never look at what other brands do but I do like to be connected to our audience and understand what they think.

Your denim really stands out as beautifully provocative. Do you consider it a key element in the collections?
For sure we try to use it as one of the richest elements in the collections. It adds value and suggests a different use of proportions so can be treated as couture pieces. Other than that, I don’t like to focus on one segment of the collection. There’s also always, for example, a kind of pervasive tailoring involved with different garments using silk and jersey.

Photographer| Edoardo DeRuggiero
Stylist| Nicholas Galletti
Hair| Azumi Higaki
Make up| Constance Haond
Model| Rodrigue D @ M Management

How do you translate your passions to your designs?
Before studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp I had a degree in interior architecture, so design and structure are very much part of my background. I come from Bruges, a town known for its beautiful gothic architecture, so my memories also shape my aesthetics; the austerity, the elegance, the construction, the opulence. I also find Venice to be the most beautiful city in the world – a nevralgic epicentre for arts. I went to the opening of the Biennale in June. It’s a moment I never miss in order to develop ideas, though my ideas can also come from something like clubbing in Berlin or hiking in the nature. I recently really appreciated a trip to Scotland because I believe that direct contact with nature is essential for me; it keeps me grounded and sets my mind free.

What was the concept behind your last collection?
It was all about a sophisticated and versatile 90s vibe with a bit of nostalgia. I consider that era the best period to explore, so the collection referenced California and European royalty of the past with deconstructed fake furs, bomber jackets, parkas and jersey shirts. It was about these all enigmatic and intriguing characters – meets – the rap kings of the 90s. There were oversized fleece sweatshirts with extended shoulder lines with jeans laced at the back and front with gold chains. Also, oversized leather trenches cinched with lots of buckles, and pants with wired piping creating volume and texture that carried through the collection. I also looked at football knits and t-shirts, and scarves with Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn, Napoleon & Josephine, Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette, and a surrealist sculpture used as an ornament, referring to my alma mater, Antwerp.

What role does social media play in this business?
It’s reality and we need to embrace it completely. Social strategies can make fortunes for a brand in terms of both communications and sales. I also like the idea that I can use Instagram as a form of research by following people that I don’t know but who have something interesting to say.

Y/Project has a cult following. Can you explain why you think this is?
I feel very blessed that a lot of people are following us. We are a small, new brand. I took over the label in 2013 and since then we have grown, but not too much. I try to stay focus and intuitive, and feed my followers with an emotional approach. I’m not planning on making big collections for now.

Your work has often been described as: conceptual, couture, sexy and cool. If you can pick one definition for Y/Project, what would it be?
It blends many different things by challenging and celebrating diversity. It’s a melting pot of contrasting elements that somehow create harmony. And this is something that I really like.

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His powerful and mysterious appeal has conquered the audience in theatres and on TV, his clear eyes and his engaging pleasantness make him irresistible, while he sits down with MANINTOWN to tell us about himself. He is Lino Guanciale, a well-know character of Italian fiction, with a consolidated theatre career that started with Romeo and Juliet, directed by Gigi Proietti. Passionate about literature, but with a rock soul, the actor from Abruzzo loves grabbling with roles that are very different one from another, from the good-looking and arrogant guy of the comedies, down to the surreal and somewhat Pirandellian roles of police commissioner Leonardo Cagliostro in La porta rossa, mysteriously lingering between the world of the living and of the dead. Besides theatre, his first and inalienable love, and TV, Lino Guanciale teaches acting to young people. A truly Italian chameleon-like, multitasking talent.

Where do you draw inspiration to interpret your characters?
It depends, often from the books I have read, rather than from movies, although they too play a role in it. Often from literary references, from comics to Dostoevsky, I am rather omnivorous. When I am reading a script, the first thing to cross my mind is a reference, which can range from Walt Disney to Crime and Punishment. Plus, I observe people a lot, in the streets on public transport, in any situation.

The most thrilling memory in your career?
This year, apart from seeing I Peggiori in the theatres, it was the TV success of La porta rossa, as none of us expected such a hit. The night of the last episode, because in Trieste they insisted that we should screen it in a cinema, with people in it, as if it were a film. A way of celebrating the fact that the series had a pretty much Trieste setting. It was extremely exciting.

What do you learn, as an individual, from your profession?
Trying to walk in someone else’s shoes. This is the most difficult part ever. I have recently noticed that also other actors share my view, I was happy to hear what Elio Germano said on Fazio about Kropotkin, also because I was convinced that I was the only one to have read it (he laughs, Ed). Seeing that many artists and professionals of my generation are trying to develop a certain background is good. Gramsci used to say that theatre helps develop people’s dramatic phantasy, and better understand how to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Which is the irresistible side of theatre?
People watching you live. This kind of relationship forces you to do your best in playing someone else, without forgetting that while you have to identify with a character, you should avoid having your audience fall asleep. You have to grab the audience’s attention, and this, in so many ways, makes me feel alive, while I am acting. Maybe this is the reason why I need to go back to theatre as often as I can, and I never want to give it up. It is also terrifying, in a beautiful way.

You teach in schools. What is the most important piece of advice you give to the young people who want to act?
I am currently teaching at Accademia del Teatro in Modena. First of all, I try to show them that, if they work hard, they can do more than what they actually think they can do. For an actor it is very important to try and explore different territories, as each one of them has a face and a body that pigeonholes him or her in a type of role. The question of the physique du rôle is unavoidable. But it is necessary to try and shatter this dogma, to convince those who may give you a role, that you can do different kind of things. The satisfaction lies in abandoning your comfort zones, what you know you can do well, and take risks. Doing what you still cannot do, can be challenging and illuminating. This profession is beautiful, if you manage to find reasons to be surprised, when it becomes a routine, it is the most alienating job ever.

What do your students teach you?
To question my assumptions. The best way to understand something is to try and explain it to someone else, therefore, every time I find myself “teaching”, I am forced to question my assumptions, in doing so I learn new things for my profession.

Which are your other passions?
A little anecdote: I have recently taken part, for the promotion of I peggiori, in the show I soliti ignoti, where I was asked about my passions and hobbies to build the game. I realized that I have no spare time, no hobbies, no private life beside my profession ( laughs, Ed). Joking aside, there are many things that I enjoy doing. But every time I am reading or every time I watch a movie or listen to music, in one way or another, it is as if I was working, because there’s always a connection with my work. I am also keen on sports; I was once an amateur rugby player. I enjoy walking, I am a big fan of all flâneur writers, who recount about the worlds one can discover when walking, also because I feel a physiological rejection for cars, although I actually really like them. I have to say that this is another passion of mine, driving helps me relax.

What is the garment that best represents you?
I have some t-shirts of music bands I like, like R.E.M., Joy Division, The Stooges, Velvet Underground, the Smiths, the Cure, bands ranging from the rock punk of the ‘60s to the new wave of the ‘80s. I have had these t-shirts for twenty years and these are the ones I wear compulsively. These are the garments I love best and that represent me. Instead, a garment that seems to suit me is the jacket. I think that a nice jacket with a Joy Division logo would represent me (he laughs, Ed).

An object that you always carry with you?
Everyone has his/her lucky charms, mine is a watch that my parents game me when I was thirty and I had just made my debut in cinema, but I was mainly a theatre actor, and I had not started with television yet. When they gave it to me, I got the message: “Time to get going!” (he laughs, Ed). I always wear it, as some of the family members who gave it to me have left us, this is a way to still have them with me.

A talismanic gesture?
Many! To do this job I had to learn to control a number of neurotic tics, nothing serious, but some of them have become like a trademark: snapping my fingers, stepping onto the stage with my left foot. Obviously, whenever there are needles on the stage, I have to gather them all and put them into my pocket; sometimes I collect as many as ten, as they are said to be lucky charms. Pavarotti reportedly had a 2-3thousand needles collection, which he had gathered on the stages around the world. Before and after a show I have to greet the theatre, and caress the stage. They all sound like rather stupid things to do, but, actually, they help me familiarize with the place where I am working. Standing on a stage has somewhat something to do with an execution, with the audience’s “guns” pointed at me. It is a dangerous place, so it is better to try and tame it before working on it.

A secret wish?
I have many, actually. I’d like to have more time to write, to publish something, a finished work. Also I’d like to make a trip on the Silk Road. I love travelling, even though I haven’t travelled much, because I have prioritized a profession that has me move non-stop (I rarely sleep two consecutive nights in the same bed). I’d also like to go the United States, especially the East Coast, the most “European part”.

Photographer| Manuel Scrima
Stylist| Stefania Sciortino
Grooming| Carola Sofia Retta 
Assistant Photographer| Sergi Planas and Lorenzo Novelli

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It happened on July 12 in New York, at The Public Hotel, Bally’s CEO Frédéric de Narp and the Grammy Award-winning music producer Swizz Beatz launched the new collection curated by Swizz and designed by the Spanish artist Riccardo Cavolo. The collaboration was celebrated with a dinner and a party animated by exclusive music performances by artists, all strictly signed Bally, like Slick Rick and Doug E Fresh, while Kid Capri and Kitty Cash have been working on the Dj set. The collaboration between Swizz and Bally, available to the public since the end of September, is a naturally born project, through an instagram post in which Swizz as accompaniment to a pair of sneakers signed Bally writes “Bally is back”. Hence, the need to entrust the design to an emerging artist is born. Here, through ‘No Commission’, an innovative platform curated by Swizz, which brings together emerging talents, Ricardo Cavolo is selected and involved in creating the collection and playful prints.

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A silent dialog that fills the dense plot of our days, leaving an indelible trace of fondness. That of our relationship to objects, those artifacts with which we surround ourselves, in which we instil meaning. Speaking with Humberto Campana of the famous design duo of Brazilian brothers, it is clear how his personal experience has a strong influence on design, which thus become like a travel journal, a snapshot of daily life or even the signature of social commitment. These iconic objects, children of this sustainable design, best represent Humberto and Fernando Campana: unique, inspired, contemporaries and wonderfully humble.

What is the current condition of design?
Today, it is like a political hardware store; a form of humanitarianism aid and aid to the planet. We must pay attention to all the rapid changes happening worldwide. In this way, designers hold a very powerful tool in their hands because their product is in continuous interaction with people’s lives. Think of the communities in northern Brazil: these social aggregates are disappearing along with their traditions, thus carrying them forward by way of design would mean a lot. Therefore, it is clear that design has implications that go deeper than pure aesthetics.

How does a city like Sao Paolo respond to the demands of contemporary design?
San Paolo and Milan are almost like twins, the energy is very similar, tough but extremely fascinating; it is a city that never sleeps, almost like the Manhattan of Latin America, full of skyscrapers and helicopters. It is not a metropolis that opens itself up easily, like Rio de Janeiro; you have to get to know it, discover all its nooks and crannies alongside its inhabitants. For the last 10 years the design scene in Sao Paulo and all over Brazil has changed very rapidly, and the Campana brothers are not the only ones demonstrating this evolution; there is also a whole new generation that we have influenced with the culture of design our ideas of free expression. More people are talking about this “design language” because they understand it, and globalization has certainly contributed to that.

The modus operandi of Campana: do you use a single, systematic approach to all your projects?
It is a challenge to treat every current projects differently; whether they are huge or microscopic, my approach is always the same: passion and love. Having the freedom to choose what I love to do is the engine that drives me every day; I was a lawyer and I left the profession to have this freedom. An artist has to have it. To be able to dabble in different universes: fashion, design, art, or any other that inspires me. The 21st century, above all, continuously reinforces the idea of hybrid figures that break barriers; what has to remain is the passion in affronting any job challenge. On a daily basis, I approach all projects with my gut and with lots of intuition. I allow myself to be inspired by dreams and suggestions, that sometimes become real and personal obsessions. Often these ideas turn into projects, but it doesn’t happen automatically.

Do you have very defined roles in your professional partnership?
No (he laughs). To tell you the truth, we’ve never defined any type of role. It is a relationship between brothers that isn’t easy to manage in the scope of business partners, you need to reach compromises, and luckily in our case, the perpetual conflicts have always been positive and stimulating.

FAST AND FURIOUS – beauty routine

“I wash my face and moisturise it every morning, but I have to do it all in seven minutes”.  Words of David Beckham that perfectly sum up the typical man’s approach to cosmetic care.   According to research, men have an average of 7 cosmetic products in their bathroom while women have an average of 21.
Let’s look at some of the essential steps of a men’s daily care routine, to be completed in those fateful 420 seconds.

In the morning, the first step of a man’s proper beauty routine is to wash his face and in this case we suggest a good cleanser, ideal for refreshing the skin. Thanks to Dead Sea minerals, moisturizing avocado butter and the soothing properties of cucumber and pomegranate extracts, this rich and nutritious gel provides a delicate detergent action that helps maintain the skin’s natural hydration.

After awakening the skin, it is essential to use a good moisturizing face cream, while the young-at-heart must be careful to prevent the early signs of aging.
The result of 15 years of research, the tri-molecular technology of this cosmetic legend tones and tightens the face and around the eyes.  An extra-light cream formula is perfect for those on the run, concentrated with a three-in-one effect effect: anti-wrinkle, anti-aging and moisturizing. Based on hyaluronic acid, Kukui oil and silk extracts, it deeply revitalizes the skin, leaving it firm and toned throughout the day.

Too often the eye contour area is overlooked, but it is precisely here where daily fatigue builds up.
It promotes the renewal of collagen, brightening and helping strengthen the delicate skin around the eye, erasing signs of fatigue. The Lumisphere complex illuminates the eyes and dimishes imperfections. The applicator, cold and round, promotes the penetration of microparticles of water that moisturize the skin.

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At this point, we’ve arrived at the beard and hair.
The first balm designed for both beard and hair, to shape and soften the hair follicle, thanks to its refreshing and soothing, nutritional properties. It is also perfect for taming thicker beards.

Those who do not have a beard can experience an absolute novelty direct from Paris, already with a cult following in the Ville Lumière.
It seems that in the Verdi Suite of the Grand Hotel et de Milan you are meeting rock stars, dressed in all black, with defined muscles and prominent rings on their fingers. It’s the branché look (the French world for cool) of the two hairstylists who have come to Italy with David Mallett, considered to be the best hairstylist in Paris.  His salon, located in a 17th-century building (in the 400 square metre apartment at No. 14 Rue Notre Dame des Victoires) is the favourite retreat for models, renowned designers and celebrities like Kate Winslet, Natalie Portman, Sharon Stone, and Naomi Campbell. In typical Parisian snobbery, his second opening 6 months ago at the Ritz was almost seen as a downgrade. Working with a state-of-the-art laboratory, David Mallett has developed luxurious essential formulas that utilise rare and heavily concentrated ingredients. Originally sold only by Colette concept store, his Hair Serum #DM027 (65 €) took 3 years of research and 27 formulas to develop. Its application takes just a few seconds, making it suitable for men as well.

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Cannes film festival provided the backdrop to MANINTOWN’s meeting with belgian actor Jérémie Renier, where he graciously took the time to sit for this series of pictures during a hectic press schedule promoting his latest release, Francois Ozon’s L’Amant Double. No stranger to the croisette, he made his debut there with La Promesse in 1996, and more recently was in Le Gamin au Velo, which won the Grand Prix in 2011. We later caught up with him on the telephone to talk about style both on and off camera, acting influences, and his latest releases.

What is your favourite aspect of being an actor?
Preparing for a role. I love discovering new worlds and different professions – for example learning to dance, sing or play an instrument, it can be quite exhilarating.

How exactly do you go about preparing for a role, then?
Of course it varies according to the part and depending on the movie and director, but I like taking a month or two to read and rehearse a script, either alone or with a coach, and fully immerse myself in the story.

Who are the actors who inspired you in your career?
The first actor I looked up to was Jean-Paul Belmondo. I was fascinated by his freedom and panache, and the way he could be at once explosive, sensitive and physical. I also liked Sean Connery with his english sense of class, as well as other anglophone actors such as Joaquin Phoenix, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christian Bale, and Philip Seymour Hoffman – the types who end up in unexpected movies. I love Tilda Swinton and her physical transformations for films: We need to talk about Kevin, Io sono l’Amore, or a Marvel movie – she’s always so fresh and powerful that it completely astonishes me.

Is there a director you would love to work with?
There are many interesting female directors at the moment – or maybe its just that they are finally getting the recognition they deserve: Maiwenn, Celine Sciamma, Valerie Donzelli, Kate Quillevere and Julia Ducournau. I always find their films more stylish, beautiful, intelligent and transporting than those of their male contemporaries – vive les femmes!

It’s not your first time at Cannes – would you say it’s been a good springboard for your career?
I wouldn’t say it’s been an explosion as such; I’ve always been more of a slow burner than ‘a la mode’ . I was very young being sixteen the first time I came here, but over the years I’ve had the chance to return often with diverse projects and meeting different directors – I guess it’s just not in my nature to explode.

You also starred in Potiche by Francois Ozon which was more comedic in tone, especially your portrayal. Do you feel as comfortable in comedies as you do in dramatic roles?
I’d love to say I feel equally at ease with both, but I have to be honest and say that comedy is something that comes less naturally, perhaps because of the specific rhythm it takes. It’s something I’m attracted to but it comes less instinctively and spontaneously, at least for now.

When reading the script for this year’s L’Amant Double, what convinced you to accept the role?
It was the originality of the project, and Francois’s idea of playing twins with contrasting characters in such an edgy thriller that quickly drew me in. The sulphurous, sexually charged element attracted me and I knew that it would be respectful and tasteful with Francois behind the camera. I felt safe and excited to work with him for the third time because besides counting him as a friend, he is also an incredibly gifted, prolific and versatile director.

You play twins, sometimes depicted on the screen at the same time. What was the biggest challenge in playing them? Is there one you enjoyed playing more?
To find subtlety and to keep them disparate and not make caricatures out of them, especially with Louis the more tyrannical, intense, arrogant and aggressive of the two. As for Paul, the other brother, I was trying not to be too linear or soft, but to give him dimension and complexity. What was most interesting as the story progresses and as the character of Chloe loses her grip on reality and her ability to tell the twins apart for me was to switch between them with a smile or a change in expression, for example just in the eyes. But I enjoyed playing both characters equally, from the simple, sweet, and complex Paul to the pretentious, perverted, sexual and physical Louis.

Up next we have your film Carnivores, co-directed with your brother Yannick Renier, a story of two sisters. How was it working with your brother as co-directors, having already worked together as actors?
It happened very naturally. The project has been in the works for many years so we had a lot of time to talk about our respective desires and concerns, so we were able to make sure that it went smoothly – plus we know each other so well that it was quite instinctive and natural.

How would you describe your personal style? Who are your favourite designers at the moment?
It varies, quite casual in general but I do like designers such as Comme des Garcons, Acne, Ami and Margiela. I’m not eccentric, loud, or fashion-forward, I like mixing textures, an old pair of jeans with a cool t-shirt for example. I rarely buy clothes but when I do I tend to look at the materials and fabrics.

Off set, have you ever been inspired by one of your films’ characters in the way you dress in real life?
I would have loved that just as much as reversing it and informing the look of one of my characters myself, because often the costumes aren’t particularly inspiring, apart from in L’Amant Double, where I wear a lot of suits and Francois flattered me greatly with the framing and lighting. But in the upcoming film with my brother, the male characters dress a little more as I’d want to look on screen. I’d actually love to play a character with a strong look but we tend to be quite conservative in France when it comes to style – there’s a fear of portraying trendy or beautiful characters. Sometimes when prepping a film I’ll try on a costume that I think looks good and I’ll be told that it’s too flattering and “he looks like a model” even though I’m clearly not. There’s a fear of doing something excessively beautiful, but I’d say I’m the opposite, to me aesthetics and beauty are important in cinema.

Photographer| Stefania Paparelli
Stylist| Nicholas Galletti
Hair Stylist| Cindy Faugeras for Franck Provost Paris.
Make up artist| Aurélie Payen for Franck Provost Paris
Location| The JW Marriott, Cannes

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palm angels: francesco ragazzi


Los Angeles, with its lifestyles spanning from that of hyper-glossy celebrities to skate park youth, has become a breeding ground for fashion. Creatives from every industry- tech, beauty, art, design- have warmed up to the City of Angels, celebrating it as a wellspring of inspiration, a sun-washed frontier for the creative pioneer. A true visionary indeed, challenging the conventions of standard gender dressing and leading the way with innovative imagery, whilst famed for the rejuvenation of the tracksuit, Francesco Ragazzi is taking the world of luxury streetwear by storm. At 31 years old, he is first and foremost a passionate and talented photographer with a clear and modern vision- a vision that positioned him at the forefront of luxury and commercial fashion for the last 10 years, in the role of Art Director at Italian fashion powerhouse Moncler. He has also earned fame in the sports world for his book, ‘Palm Angels,’ which is comprised of large-format photographs of skaters in Venice Beach and Manhattan Beach, capturing the essence of LA’s skateboarding scene and the raw sensibility of its intersection between the sport and fashion.Shot in the spirit of the legendary Z-boys of Dogtown, Ragazzi o ers readers a modern-day glimpse of the longstanding sport, with foreword written by Pharrell Williams, ‘Skateboard P.’ Ragazzi founded his label in 2015 combining his love of skateboarding, photography and tongue-in- cheek design.His designs can be described as an assortment of upscale, skateboard-inspired apparel and accessories, that happens when he mixes his Italian sartorial background with the laid back vibes. You might say that his collections take you to a world in which you might wear a reinvented sporty suit while smoking a joint and sipping a drink in a Milanese bar, don’t you think?

Let’s start with the name. Why Palm Angels?
It all started with the first photo I took of a skater with blonde hair who seemed to “ fly” through the air lit by the sun underneath a palm tree during one of my trips to the City of Angels.It was a dazzling vision.I also once took a photo of a palm tree enveloped in a band of fire, that photo was used as a press image for the Fall/Winter 2017 collection.

The inspiration comes from California, the sports and skating world- how do you find new sparks of inspiration every season?
The brand always takes from key elements of the Californian lifestyle seen through Italian eyes.When you always live in the same place, you don’t notice what other people see when they are just visiting, like the palm trees were for me. The inspiration comes from lots of tiny details, also and mostly from daily life, like shopping at Walmart and Costco.

One of your symbols is the marijuana leaf- why did you choose it?
In some ways it is really a part of Los Angeles, the smell is everywhere, it permeates the streets of Venice Beach. It’s not taboo like it is Italy.

After Paris, you choose to show on the runway of Milan. In your opinion, is Italy ready for this sporty invasion?
I would like it to gain ground. For two seasons now I have chosen to show the collection in my birth city, to shake things up a bit. We got over 300 publicity posters and sent trucks to hand out merchandising for the brand in the most important gathering points in the city to let people know about the time and place we were projecting a video on the outside of buildings. It was a way to evoke interest and get in touch with the public in a direct way.

What does elegance mean for you?
Something that roots in the past.The Spring/Summer 2017 collection drew from youth culture in the 1970s, populated with style icons like Jimi Hendrix in an evocative way that exudes the expressive freedom and the spirit of pure energy of those years with marijuana leaf and kamasutra print motifs.It’s refined streetwear with a tailoring vibe that reflects the mood of the new generation.

Music and fashion continue to merge- if you had to name a musical genre or musician that represents Palm Angels’ style, which or who would it be?
Without a doubt A$AP ROCKY.

You work a lot toward collaboration between brands and various industries and levels. Do you have something in the works?
When its the right match, collaborations turn out great; I don’t believe in forcing anything.We’ll see what other opportunities come up.

Next steps and future ambitions?
I hope with all my might that I can make my brand grow organically.

Photographer| Edoardo DeRuggiero
Stylist| Nicholas Galletti
Hair| Azumi Higaki
Make up| Constance Haond
Model| Philip LDB @ New Madison

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Emirates Palace

Escaping without running away. Giving in to the luxury of leaving everything behind to depart, knowing that you live every journey three times: when you dream of it, when you live it, and when you remember it. In a dream-worthy global itinerary, we depart from Italy and head east toward Abu Dhabi, the country of wonders, where tradition and innovation run alongside talent and extraordinary harmony. The Emirates Palace is one of the few hotels in the world to boast a spectacular 7-star rating. Now an established iconic location- perhaps because of the visual beauty of its real gold detail decor contrasted with the rich green of the surrounding gardens- it is most likely recognized for the supreme services offered to clients, including a private marina to dock one’s yacht, the possibility to withdraw real gold coins and gold bars from the ATM Gold and its helicopter landing pad.

Travelling further eastward on the trajectory of this extraordinary itinerary leads to the exotic and energetic Malaysia, a mosaic of a country, inlaid with culture and ethnicity, that offers bewildering landscapes, unexplored jungles and islands rich with uncontaminated beaches. The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, set along the Tanjung Rhu coast, astonishes guests with its mix of traditional Malaysian architecture combined with Moorish design, and for its refined approach to the most adrenaline-inducing water sports such as jet-skiing, wake boarding, windsurfing and kayaking.

Continuing toward the Orient, in an atoll among the islands of Fiji we find Laucala Island, private property of “Mr. Red Bull,” Dietrich Mateschitz, a resort among the Leading Hotels of the World, comprised of twenty-five villas that embody contemporary luxury, each unique from the others, with private pools, exclusive beach access and a breath-taking view of the surrounding barrier reef. The island, the destination of Elle Macpherson’s wedding, is a place where dreams are made and the perfect location for a romantic getaway, far away from everyone and everything.

In nearby French Polynesia, The Brando resort offers an experience of extreme comfort, in harmony with the uncontaminated atoll. It owes its name to Marlon Brando himself, who founded this Tahitian paradise in 1966 after shooting Mutiny on the Bounty on location.

Hopping from Oceania over to the Americas, the Journey of (Im)possible Dreams continues to the Land of Fire, Argentina, atop a majestic mesa that takes your breath away. A silence interrupted only by the sounds of nature, vast and luminous spaces, waterfalls, fjords, glacier peaks and enchanted lakes welcome guests to the land of Magellan. The Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, another of the Leading Hotels of the World, situated in the Cerro Alarkén Natural Reserve, dominates in hospitality, service and linearity. The hotel impresses guests with its sustainable design including huge windows framing a snow-capped landscape, warm wood-burning fireplaces, unpolished stone and natural fabric decor. A far corner of the world that feels like home.

Moving north for an immersion of festivity and excitement we reach Miami, the metropolis by the sea. Latin rhythms, Hollywood style pools and a futuristic skyline transmit joy and a carefree spirit, of which the Faena Hotel Miami Beach is the perfect embodiment.  Co-conceived by famous director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, costume designer and scenographer Catherine Martin who personally curated the interior design, the hotel surprises with its pop details, bright coloured furniture and Art Deco style. A unique hotel, whose spirit brings to mind Satine from Moulin and the Grande Gatsby.

Before returning to Europe, a stop-over on the African continent is a must. Located in Serengeti National Park, the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti offers its guests the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the local people and culture in an unforgettable stay in the heart of the savanna. This Safari Lodge, situated in the heart of Tanzania, is the ideal spot for those who want to see the true Africa without sacrificing comfort. This safari destination offers the possibility to organize a tour through the savannah with Masai guides on the look out for elephants, lions and leopards.

On to Marrakesh, an imperial city strongly influenced by France and Spain during the years of its colonialism, which offers a stay in one of the most famous hotels in the world: La Mamounia. The hotel was created as a palace with surrounding gardens that King Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah gave to his son on the occasion of his wedding. State leaders and film stars are among its exclusive visitors. In the hotel’s Moroccan-style guest rooms, Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt have slept, in addition to stars such as Salma Hayek, Orlando Bloom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dalida, Elton John and the Rolling Stones who, here, wrote the famous “Marrakech Express”.

On the way back home, in our own Bel Paese where the Itria Valley gently descends towards the Adriatic Sea, we make a stop at Borgo Egnazia, a place of wonders whose design is liberally inspired in its shapes, materials and colours by the typical Apulian countryside. A place unlike anywhere else consisting of a courtyard, a hamlet, and 29 villas surrounded by the spectacular San Domenico Golf Club and Vair Spa, a temple dedicated to nurturing the body and soul.

Finally, in choosing last leg of our Journey of (Im)possible Dreams, we couldn’t imagine anything else but staying Italy, where The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is the perfect place to end our tour.  Packed to the brim with history and art, situated in the stillness within the walls of the largest private park in Florence, this complex, which was once a papal residence, a convent and the luxurious residence of the Florentine nobility. Today, it charms its guests with its frescoes, bas-reliefs and stucco decor with a triumph of original artworks and precious architectural details that inevitably remind us of the Renaissance era.

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Sunday at The Temple. Of Speed.

Endurance races are competitions in which drivers are submitted to high levels of physical and mental stress, forcing them to maintain concentration and dizzying average speeds for many hours. Model race cars used in races such as the European LeMans Series, held in Monza, undertake technical adjustment and experience, whose influence then trickles down into the cars we drive every day, starting with the tyres.

Monza. Temple of Speed. The sun warms the asphalt and the clouds passing through the skies of Brianza don’t seem to bother it. The scent of high-octane gasoline intoxicates the air and, along with the smell of burnt rubber, creates an explosive mixture. Thirty-six vehicles, both models and competitive race cars, warm up their tyres, making quick and precise zigzags behind the safety car. When the last one pulls into the pit-lane, the uniform group is facing the parabolic curve, revving engines on the verge of darting into the straightaway. It is the green glow of the traffic light, a few seconds later that unleashes hell. The roar of engines fills the stands and within seconds the cars reach the first manoeuvre, battling with ease.
The Monza Racetrack is the oldest track in the world along with that of Indianapolis. It is legendary. Its high-speed curves, shaded by the leaves of nearby trees, and the infinite straightaways like the Serraglio that, after a long descent ends in the violent separation into the Ascari chicane, are planted in the heart of anyone passionate about racing. The fastest cars here exceed 300 km/h, cyclically, four times each lap. Drivers and cars are put to the test for over seven hundred kilometres and four long, intense hours: more than one hundred and fifty laps with very few pit stops.
This is the European LeMans Series, a continent-wide endurance championship capable of guaranteeing its winners access to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. As Dunlop Motorsport Director Jean Felix Bazelin explained to us during his interview, “the endurance race is the automotive competition where tyres are exposed to dynamic stresses similar to those of cars we drive every day.” Reliability and constant performance over time are the two key qualities necessary for both. Bazelin tells how his company has passionately, and by now traditionally, chosen to focus on the endurance race where, “in the stalls at the pit box, the number of mechanics per wheel is limited to two, not as in the Formula 1 race where we there are four men a tyre.” Each pit stop loses tens of seconds and therefore the choice of the right set is fundamental. A choice that Dunlop, with the experience of a good family man educating and caring for four very unique children, knows how to handle well: here in Monza, the first six classified cars utilise the British tyres. Just as in Silverstone, the chequered flag that separated the first cars by a mere few seconds confirms the brand’s superiority in this type of race.
In 1888, John Boyd Dunlop patented pneumatic tyres after experiencing with their functionality on his child’s tricycle a few years prior. Not long after, the supremacy of the Dunlop tyres resulted in numerous victories for bicycles using this typology of rubber tyre. Ayear after its birth, the brand was already fervently engaged in outfitting the competitive racing world. Today, Dunlop, in addition to ELMS, is the official provider of the British Touring Car Championship and the V8 Supercars Championship, but its reach is not limited only to the world of 4-wheelers. The brand is also the only supplier for all teams involved in the Moto2 and Moto3 world championships, the two classes in which racing bikes most resemble those of the street. Passion, determination in affronting challenges and know-how are therefore the underlying values of this historic and victorious brand. And in response to the question about which victory Bazelin feels most connected to, he answers, smiling: “the next one we win.”

Photos by Leo Iannelli

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Oliver Spencer

He’s one of the most interesting designer in the field of contemporary men’s fashion. His aesthetic vision is reflected in a relaxed style, never losing its artisan focus and the choice of the most refined fabrics. This mix of intentions, halfway between the formal menswear and casual streetwear, has immediately met with great success, projecting Oliver Spencer on the stage of international fashion system. Oliver launched the homonymous brand in 2002 and, in a few years, starting from the single monobrand store in Lambs Conduit Street, in the centre of London, he built four stores and increased the online business. Moreover, his collection has found spaces and approval in the most famous department stores, like Selfridges, Liberty of London and Mr. Porter. Spencer refuses the compromises between design and quality, that’s why among his suppliers he includes the best Italian and English producers of fabrics, in order to offer to his public perfect clothes. Nowadays 40% of his manufacture is realized in the UK, while the other part is entrusted to the best international producers. With MANINTOWN he talked not only about fashion, but also about his private life and his life’s choices.

Which type of man wears Oliver Spencer?
Creative and free thinking with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Which is the look/item that represents the most its style?
Our tan suede Buck Jacket. With its minimalist design, clean lines and concealed pockets, the Buck Jacket is now available in nine colourways and varying fabrics. From lightweight pink linen to super soft tan suede. A double zip through fastening ensures no restriction to movement, whilst an adjustable buttoned waist helps give the perfect fit. A classic

Does it exist a cult item that is repeated every season?
Our Clerkenwell Tab Shirt .

How is the brand growing?
We’re growing independently through retail and online.

Which are your sources of inspiration for your collections?
London, subcultures, music, architecture, a creative lifestyle.

How do u see man’s elegance is evolving?
As casual and contemporary styles become more and more popular for everyday wear, both outside and inside of the workplace, I see suits being used less more for formal occasions only. More casual styles show peoples character which is never a bad thing.

Your tips for a man to be always smart and distinctive?
Start with a good pair of shoes and work your way up.

 Your future goal and next project?
Our new store in Notting Hill, London. It’s due to open next month with a launch party in the following weeks. We’re also collaborating with my good friend and artist David Austen on some limited edition t shirts. Not to mention our spring/summer 2018 show for London Fashion Week Men’s.

Celebrities you work with and you wish to cooperate in the future because very close to your vision?
Daniel Craig, Damon Albarn.

According to you, what are the places to know in London?
The Lamb pub on Lamb’s Conduit Street.

What is your special place in London? The one where you can regenerate yourself?
Walking my dog along The River Thames.

What are the restaurant or the food we should not miss?
The River Café, or some spicy Indian food from lahore kebab house.

Give us an art gallery or a museum to visit?
Tate Britain. The Hockney retrospective is a must see.

A design studio or a designer to keep an eye on and why?
Conrad Shawcross. The use of texture in his work is the future of modern architecture.

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Photographer| Edoardo DeRuggiero
Stylist| Nicholas Galletti
Hair| Azumi Higaki
Make up| Constance Haond
Model|Philip LDB @ New Madison

The Slow Design of Mark Braun

Hexagon, produced by Mühle

It’s all about character and identity, not to mention functionality. The work of Mark Braun– German designer with sky blue eyes- could be described as such. His collaborations range throughout many industry sectors and the projects he has designed and created have been produced for companies such as Authentics, Covo, E15, Lobmeyr, La Redoute, and Nomos Glashütte, Thonet, and Bonacina, just to name a few. Men’s grooming products, furniture, glass objects, lamps and watches: there aren’t much that Mark hasn’t designed, and for that reason he has also been the winner of several awards, including the Design Plus, Interior Innovation Award and the German Design Award, in addition to having the honour and occasion to exhibit in famous international galleries the likes of the Saatchi Gallery in London. The magic happens in Berlin, where Mark opened his studio in 2006 in a space resembling a creative hub, with huge windows and common spaces. He is defined as a “slow designer” because often he accepts challenges that require him to start from scratch and to discover new creative worlds. We met up with Mark during Salone del Mobile in Bonacina’s showroom in Milan, for whom he created a new collection of bamboo lamps that are both Asian and yet equally European in style.

How did you become a designer, where did you start?
My background is in carpentry. I would say I started by making models of my own work. The first was a tableware set for a German company, a great success. Then from there I began to branch out into other products, which I enjoy so much, from lighting to furniture and even watches. It’s important to be open to change, that is for sure.

The world of product design is very competitive, what do you think of it?
Yes, that is true, there are many challenges. On one hand it is true, there is a lot of competition, but the older I get, the further I move from that, because I have become so much more conscious of my choices, my taste, and the design I want to create. The important thing for me is to stay curious: if you can manage to be curious, you have everything you need to stay ahead, the client trusts you, and you can work at your best.

How was the watch design project with Nomos Glashütte born?
From my drinking glasses. One of their managers was in a restaurant one night and drank from one of my glasses- he liked it, and thought I worked well with glass- so contacted me. They asked me what type of watch I would buy and to create a prototype. Not being a watch designer I made a few errors initially, but fortunately they liked the overall character of my watch. It was a success story that happened by chance.

What is style, for you?
I believe in some part that it is linked to education, but in general I think that having style means feeling good about oneself, enjoying what you have without going overboard. It’s about making rational decisions, because people with style don’t do anything without thought. You have to know who you are and what works for you.

What do you think about style in Milan?
My first memory of Milan reminds me of my uncle. He has always supported me, and when I signed up for design school, he bought me a ticket to Milan, telling me that I wouldn’t know anything about design until I came to Milan during Salone del Mobile. Just an airline ticket, not a hotel room: obviously there were no hotel rooms available. I was 25 years old and I just wandered around the city, meeting so many wonderful people by chance that I stayed out all night. Today, for me Milan is mainly a city where I work and I find it beautiful because it has it’s own style that hasn’t changed much over the years. The Lambrate neighbourhood is very interesting, it has a strong industrial vibe, a bit abandoned- it’s where you find avant garde style, but I think Brera is the neighbourhood where you find quality.

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NOT an ORDINARY MAN by francesco barion

Photographer| Francesco Barion
Fashion stylist| Fabio Merche
Photographer assistant| Daniele Colucciello, Thomas Carla
Stylist Assistant| Nadia Dahan
Groomer| Shukeel Murtaza @ Untitled Artists London
Production| Jane Everett @ Prana Production
Model| Clement @ Whilelmina London

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matilda lutz: an italian talent in hollywood

Born in Milan, but with an international mind-set and background, Matilda Lutz is a talented artist who is living her American dream. After she met Muccino and moved to Los Angeles, the career of young Matilda (26 years old) started rocketing, so much so that Giorgio Armani picked her to be the protagonist, with James Jagger, of a series of short films directed by Fabien Constant for the launch of two new Emporio Armani fragrances. We met her in Milan and we asked her to tell us about her love for cinema, her life in Los Angeles and her upcoming projects.

 How was you passion for acting born?
Actually, a little by chance. I attended the scientific high school and I was very shy, I was afraid that acting was not my calling, the mere thought of standing before an audience terrorized me. After high school I went to New York, were I attended an acting course, just to try and defeat my shyness. That’s when I realized that I felt really free when I acted and played roles. I did not feel judged. I was free to say and do whatever I liked, because people were not judging me, Matilda, but the character I was playing. This feeling of utter freedom had me fall for acting.

How was your encounter with Gabriele Muccino?
I was working in an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles and he was there, having dinner with his wife. The restaurant’s owner, who knew me very well, knew that I like Muccino, so he introduced me to him. I used to follow the posts he wrote on his Facebook page about the differences between American and Italian people, on things he likes and dislikes about the United States and Italy. So I wrote a few lines inspired by one of his posts, but I couldn’t imagine he would read it. Instead it grabbed his attention, and he invited me for a screen test for his movie.

How did you like working with him?
An incredible experience. Especially if you consider the locations where we went to film the movie. We went to Cuba, San Francisco, Rome and New Orleans, with Brando Pacitto and Taylor Frey, whom I immediately befriended. We have created, outside the set, that special chemistry that is perceivable in the film too. We used to go out together and spend evening chatting and chilling out together. One night in Cuba we went to attend a live music performance and it was really like being in the same film.

How was your encounter with Armani?
The first time I met Mr Armani was at the Milan’s premier of Muccino’s film L’estate addosso, with friends and family. He was in the audience and I was anxious (ride, Ed.). Following the film screening, he came and complimented us. My father, moreover, had worked on a campaign for Armani. The other coincidence is that when I was 17, I was asked to interview Beyoncé in Madrid before her gig. A project that was conceived for the launch of the perfume Diamonds by Emporio Armani. I wrote three diary pages in which, as a fan, I interviewed her and I was the youngest correspondent of the time.

When did you move to Los Angeles?
I have been living there on a regular basis for three years. During the first three months I travelled back and forth from the USA to Italy, because I was playing in a series. One year on, the first film arrived.

The Ring, your first American film, a 3D horror movie…
Actually, I am not a big fan of horror movies, because I get pretty scared, I start seeing and hearing things and can’t get any sleep, so I generally avoid watching them. But playing in one was really fun, most of all the action scenes. Since it was my first American movie, I rehearsed a lot with the stunt coordinator, one of the most prominent in Hollywood. Then there are all those backstage tricks, the special effects: the mere make-up of Samara takes six hours.

How are you getting on in Los Angeles?
When I moved there, everybody had something negative to say about Los Angeles. My brother was already living there so I went to visit him and then I decided to stay. I immediately liked it very much owing to its energy and because you can really enjoy nature, despite being in a in city. Also one can lead a healthy lifestyle: everybody wakes up early, goes to bed early, because clubs close at 2am, almost everybody eats healthy and makes a lot of outdoor sports. The best thing about Los Angeles is that in every district there is a different lifestyle: a Silver Lake you can find New York’s lifestyle, underground and rock and roll; in Santa Monica you have the sea, surfing, jogging at dusk, in West Hollywood there are more clubs and social life.

Do you miss Italy?
I terribly miss the food, after many months in the States one almost forgets the taste of true food, like strawberries. I miss the aperitif with my fiends and walking in the narrow alleys of our cities.

When you are not working, what are your passions?
What I enjoy the most is travelling; indeed I have just taken a week off and everyday I am going to a different place. I like discovering new places. I also enjoy visiting and living the cities and places while I am acting in a movie, this grants me the chance to stay in the same place for two months, not as a tourist, but as a local, as I can get around with part of the local crew.

Your last journey?
I went to Lerici, Sestri Levante, Portofino. Then I visited Florence and Pietrasanta. In Florence I went to the Teatro della Pergola, which I had never seen, then I hired I bike and cycled around town, with no specific destination, just getting lost and discovering unexpected corners, with no plans.

Together Stronger, the series for Emporio Armani. How was the feeling with film-director Fabien Constant and with James Jagger?
Both James and Fabien, the film-director, made the atmosphere on the set really laid-back. There was a screenplay, but no written lines, hence Fabien granted us enough freedom for improvisation. James and I gave birth to all those magic moments between us, while we were playing, running after each other in this love story. James is a fantastic person and we played like when one falls in love and feel a little child again.

The series is set in New York and you are Laura, a writer.
Yes, I play the part of a writer, who is also keen on photography. That’s how I feel, actually. I love creativity, photography, acting, writing, I’d like to try directing one day. Laura is a carefree woman, self-confident, she does what she feels like doing, she follows her instincts.

Of all the scenes, which one did you find most entertaining?
I enjoyed the taxi scene very much, I felt I was in one of those movies from the ‘60s and a bit in Sex and the city. Running on high heels, while generally I wear jeans, t-shirt and Converse.

A secret wish?
In my future I see direction. And I’d like to be a Bond girl, playing in an action movie. I’d also like a dramatic role too, may favourite actress is Meryl Streep.

Have you found love? Where do you imagine yourself to be in a few years?
Maybe (she giggles, Ed). I find it difficult to think about finding love. Although I am partly American, I feel very much European, and many things have me think that one day I’ll come back to Italy. Not very soon though, because I am happy to be living in Los Angeles, where there’s a wealth of opportunities, and I am learning a lot. In some auditions I find myself competing with very important and famous actors, which can be intimidating, but at the same time this provides me with the stamina to keep going and improving every day, and keeps me with my feet on the ground.

Matilda Lutz @Elite Milano
All photos by Luigi Miano

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#VANLIFE, il movimento social-mediatico dei nuovi bohémien


Sometimes it happens that what begins as an attempt for a simpler life becomes a lifestyle, a media gamble, and a real social movement. It happened for Foster Huntington, a young New York designer who in 2011 abandoned his job at Ralph Lauren, bought a 1987 Volkswagen Syncro van and began to travel, exploring and photographing his new adventure along the Californian coast. Instagram was at its dawn, but already promised to become one of the best social media platforms alongside Facebook, so the transition to success was brief. #homeiswhereyouparkit, #LiveSimply, and #vanlife are the hashtags that lifted him into a media frenzy that perhaps Foster himself didn’t even expect, and today, more than 1,200,000 Instagram posts have been tagged by #vanlife. Astonishing numbers. In 2013, Huntington used the crowd funding platform Kickstarter to raise funds to print “Home is where you park it,” a collection of his #vanlife photographs, now in its fourth edition, and will soon be accompanied by his second Van Life book, this time edited by Black Dog & Leventhal in New York (release scheduled for October, 2017).
Choosing #vanlife means choosing a state of mind, a search for an aesthetic and a lifestyle, besides being a trend initiated during the global economic crisis a few years ago. In fact, in a recent New York Times interview, Foster explained: “I think there is a sense of despair in my generation with regards to work, and it is cheap to live in a van.” Synonymous with precariousness, but also with flexibility and high adaptation ability, today this choice moreover wouldn’t exist without the enormous help of social media (media and economic). Perhaps drawing from the early Beach Boys songs, many people identify this culture, mentality and attitude with that of surfers. Even in its clothing taste. To demonstrate the ability to live that free, sporty, open-air lifestyle that so many people dream about while sitting in their closed, grey offices has proven to be a winning ticket, thus the number of followers grows. And with it, the possibilities of sponsorships from likeminded industry brands.
That was precisely the idea behind King and Smith’s Where is my office now, started by a young couple who decided to follow Foster’s footsteps after meeting him in Nicaragua. Their new and simple idea was dictated by the desire to blend travel with work: “We wanted to see if it was possible to combine this hippie nomadic lifestyle with classical 9-5 work,” Smith explained to New York Times From the start, they structured project not only as a naturalistic and lifestyle choice but also as a digital and commercial venture. After all, it wasn’t such a bad choice: a recent study estimated that the social media influencer market was worth $500 million in 2015 and that is expected to increase to at least $5 billion by 2020.
Begun out of necessity to fulfil a disappointed and discontented generation, like all the best marketing concepts, “vanlife” represents a fluid group of contemporary trends: a renewed interest for the Road Trip (no matter where), a culture of sporty hippies with a great passion for the outdoors, and a lifestyle free from the tyranny of the 9-5 office day.
10 not-to-be-missed places that make Portugal the Surfer’s European Paradise.
An ideal location for its mild climate, ocean winds and a great variety of waves: Portugal is the perfect destination for surfers of all abilities, so it is not surprising to discover that all along the coast you can find ideal spots, surf houses and seafood restaurants relaxing in the cooler evenings.

  1. Sagres

Perhaps the most famous destination for surfing, because the waves are perfect in spring, autumn and winter. Sagres, the queen of the Algarve, also offers visitors other interesting activities to choose from: if you like diving and the exceptional diversity of marine life, make sure you visit Divers Cape for a fantastic underwater experience. Whale- and dolphin-watching are also available in the area.

  1. Arrifana – Costa Vicentina
    Surrounded by cliffs and near a small fishing village and harbor, Arrifana Beach is a popular destination among surfers and bodyboarders. Accessible by car and by foot, it is an isolated, quiet beach with violent, turbulent waves, perfect for surfing. In addition to enjoying the breath-taking sea, it’s also worth taking a long walk through the Costa Vicentina National Park.
  1. Praia do Amado – Costa Vicentina

Here the strong currents and steep waves are the real stars, so Amado Beach regularly hosts international competitions and is very popular during the summer. It is easy to access and offers plenty of parking, perfect for vans or for staying the day to sunbathe or go for a swim in its clear waters. It is a very popular destination for surfing, so even out of season you’ll find people walking along the wooden boardwalks that run on the coast, but you can also safely walk along closer to nature.

  1. Ericeira

This fishing village north of Lisbon allows you to choose from the best surf spot: S. Lourenço, Coxos, Pedra Branca or Foz do Lizandro. If you’d like to take a break from the ocean or keep your feet on dry land, it’s only 15 minutes from Mafra, where you can enjoy some great traditional pastries.

  1. Praia do Norte – Nazaré

Praia do Norte became famous for its giant waves in 2011, after Garrett McNamara rode the biggest wave of the year during the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, which gabe Nazaré’s stormy sea an even more international notariety. While passing through, make sure to visit Miradouro do Suberco, an overlook from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the coast and the sea. Also, try the regional cuisine: barbecue sardines or the traditional “caldeirada,” a rich, thick Portuguese fish stew.

  1. Peniche

It is these beaches that created Portugal’s reputation as the surf capital of Europe. The most legendary contribution is perhaps from that of Supertubos Beach, world-famous for its powerful waves, which many surfers call the “European pipeline.” Once a year the ASP World Tour hosts competitions in this otherwise quiet fishing village, bringing crowds from around the world to witness Peniche’s impressive waves.

It is the first part of a long beach just south of Lisbon. Sprinkled with fishing lodges and small bars just behind the dunes, it is a very appealing place to surf. When fishermen drag in their nets at sunset, thousands of gulls flock to the water and the sky. Magical.

  1. Monte Clerigo

The beach of this eponymous village is filled with bars and restaurants and great waves for surfers. Must eats are Restaurante O Sargo, or just further inland, Aljezur is outfitted with hostels, B&Bs and surf schools.

  1. Malhao
    Wooden boardwalks leading to the beaches, one large one more rustic. This destination is perhaps the first real beach after the industrial area of Sines, definitely to be avoided.
  1. Paúl do Mar – Madeira
    Also known as Ribeira das Galinhas, this beach is quiet and secluded, with great waves, making it one of the sites selected for the 2001 World Surfing Championship.
    It is a remote spot on the island of Madeira, and while there is not a wide variety of restaurants and snack bars to choose from, the food is wonderful, very local and different from the cuisine of continental Portugal. Don’t forget to try the “bolo do caco,” a bread made from wheat flour served hot with garlic butter, and to drink “poncha,” a traditional alcoholic beverage made from honey and lemon juice

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Luca Dotto’s (Free) Style

His talent in the water earned him the title of Italian record holder in the 100 metre freestyle, his bright eyes and statuesque body made him a model “by chance.” We’re talking about Luca Dotto, born in 1990, a young swimmer with a list of successes under his belt: at only 21 years he won his first silver medal at the World Aquatics Championships and since then he’s swum a number of races until finally in 2016 breaking 48 seconds in the 100 metre sprint without the help of a polyurethane swimsuit. Between one training session and the next, in anticipation of the forthcoming World Championships in Budapest in July, the European champion answered some questions for MANINTOWN.

When did you realise that swimming would become your profession?
When I realised that swimming was the thing I knew how to do best, and that it came naturally to me.

How do you prepare for an important competition?
It takes months of preparation in the water and in the gym, eating healthy, and above all, resting well.

What has been the best moment of your career so far?
Being able to break 48 seconds in the 100 metre. Even though I won the European and medalled in the World, that was the most thrilling moment because I will always remember that I was the first man in Italy to break that wall.

Do you have any superstitious routines?
I wouldn’t say superstition, but before a race I have a routine for warm-up and concentration that I follow meticulously every time. Not because I think it will bring me luck but because by doing it I am able to reach total concentration.

What are your passions outside of the swimming pool?
Scuba diving is without a doubt my biggest passion, plus I like to read, specifically adventure novels.

What was the most exciting vacation you’ve taken?
Last summer I went to the Bahamas with my girlfriend and it was like discovering paradise. I have travelled a lot and visited many exotic places, but without a doubt that archipelago has become my favourite destination.

You’ve modelled in several advertising campaigns for a very prestigious international brand. How did you get into the fashion world?
By chance. I was “discovered” in 2012, during a campaign for the London Olympics, and from there I began collaborating with some very important brands. I consider myself very lucky to have had this possibility.

What garment best represents who you are?
Without a doubt the dress shirt.

Do you have a style icon who inspires you?
I try to have my own style, but my unconditional style icons are Steve McQueen and Marlon Brando.

What is the grooming routine of a sporty person like yourself?
The only routine I follow is taking care of my skin, because the sun and chlorine can easily ruin it, so I try to keep my skin hydrated.

One of your unfulfilled dreams??
To have a family one day.

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The New Taste of Tradition

Antica Pizzeria da Michele

There are places in which tradition never grows old.  There are places in which, when you sit at a table, you hope to find the flavours of your grandmother’s cooking, without giving up the gourmet experimentation of modern cuisine.  There are places to which you continue to return, not because of habit but by choice.  The fact that Italians are closely linked to their culinary tradition is not to be discounted, but today it doesn’t end there.  The wave of experimenting with memorised recipes and bold re-elaborations is, in fact, an increasingly recognizable leitmotiv. One notable name? L’Osteria Francescana in Modena that, under the expert control of Chef Massimo Bottura, was awarded second place this year among the World’s Best Restaurants in Europe.
Here are 6 locales that go from pizza to gelato to gourmet, rediscovering traditions and creating new tastes.

Antica Pizzeria da Michele – 125 Church Street (London)
From Naples to London via Tokyo.  In the Forcella neighbourhood of Naples, the Condurro family- who for the last 130 years has provided culinary respite from the chaos passing outside its windows- has recently decided to share itself with the rest the world. The idea was Alessandro’s, a descendent of the founder, who has turned Michele‘s pizza into a start-up called “Michele in the World.” In the English capital, in addition to the historic menu choices (margherita and marinara), there are also dishes designed to please and delight the British palate.

Antica Osteria La Rampina – Frazione Rampina, San Giuliano Milanese (Milan)


More than just a historic restaurant in the Milan area, it is a landmark of Lombardy cuisine. Strictly family run, today this trattoria has gone through a rebirth thanks to the direction of young Executive Chef Luca Gagliardi who amalgamates highly experimental dishes with the more traditional menu offerings of his father Lino. Luca, who gained experience at Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg under the guidance of triple-starred Chef Westermann, offers his sensibility, close attention and knowledge of the most technical innovations on tradition to everyone who enters La Rampina’s dining room built in the 500s.

Restaurant Passerini – Rue Traversière (Paris)

Once in awhile they return, and when they do, they return big. We are talking about Giovanni Passerini, 40-something chef who, after being absent from the French culinary scene, returned one year ago with his very personal new restaurant. If you’ve already forgotten the out-of-this-world pumpkin ravioli and the sea urchin served in his former bistrot Rino, in his new benchmark Italian gourmet restaurant just behind the Bastille, it is a splendour to discover the perfection of Italian cuisine and restaurant flair- from the pasta, to which an entire menu section is devoted, to the management to the strong matriarchal fingerprint.

VesYouVio e Frie ‘N’ Fuie – Via Spontini (Milan)

Revolution often derives from the need to rediscover old traditions,” is the leitmotiv of Vincenzo Di Fiori, Neapolitan by birth, with an international vision. The desire to rediscover one’s own roots is a growing trend in the world of food and the recipes created exclusively for this little Neapolitan restaurant in Milan are the proof. Don’t be fooled, the fried bites contain entire recipes of Neapolitan tradition that will delight even the most pretentious palate.

La Bottega del Buon Caffè – Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini (Florence)

From nature to the plate. With one Michelin star. The cuisine of Antonello Sardi is authentic, honest and exceptional. He began as an assistant, but in no time his culinary skills caught the eye and the palate of those around him.   His natural ability, along with his unique ingenuity deserve recognition as one of Tuscany’s talented young chefs. This harmony strengthens his dishes that are inspired by the regional and seasonal traditions that manage to be daring without going overboard.

Gelateria Tasta – Corso Garibaldi (Milan)

The only place that offers 100% natural classic hot chocolate, made directly from chocolate bars. Gelato shop, and also a bakery with a strong Sicilian influence, they are new arrivals to Milan. The raw ingredients are of excellent quality, like green pistachio DOP from Bronte or Piemontese hazelnut IGP, and the recipes are the emblem of experimentation between pairings, flavours and unique tastes created by the TastaLab that confirms its success every day. Here as in all over the world.

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HUGO MARCHAND aka star man

At only 23 years of age, Hugo Marchand was recently appointed Danseur Etoile de l’Opéra de Paris. He joined the Opéra’s “corps de ballet” in 2011 at merely 18, having studied at the Opéra’s own dance school since 2007. We were fortunate enough to gain an All Access pass to the Opéra Garnier and follow Hugo backstage, as he interpreted an array of designer looks and opened up to us about his personal experience and his passions.

At what age did you start dancing and who/what pushed you to do so?
I started when I was 9 without any apparent reason. I was a gymnast and it was just another sport for me. Suddenly the need to dance became apparent to me, like a revelation, as something quite mystical in a way. I think it was inside of me from birth, like a little seed planted in my soul had sprouted at that moment. It’s quite unexplainable, there’s definitely a spiritual side to my discovery of dance.

Dance and ballet in particular is known to be a rather strict and competitive environment, it must be so hard for a child as you were, how did you overcome these difficulties over the years?
It is actually quite competitive, so you really need to hang in there and be a fighter. The hardest is to be placed in competition from such a young age. Places are expensive at the schools because the labour market is very closed. The dance school of the Paris Opéra was a great opportunity for me to train my mind and my body for practicing dance at a high level. But it was painful to leave my family because I was a boarder and I only returned on weekends. At the age of 13, my friends, my classmates and my fellow boarders were also my competitors in dance. All of this teaches to protect yourself and toughen up, but you also learn that competition isn’t necessarily bad, it can be understood as positive emulation. Finally, that the most important competition is that with oneself. We must constantly challenge ourselves and push the limits of the body.

Who are the people who have influenced you the most, as a dancer? And in life?
I made many wonderful encounters thanks to my job. I would not be a Danseur Etoile today if I had not encountered certain people along the way. Of course my parents are the first to whom I owe a lot. Accepting that one’s son wants to do ballet and put on a pair of tights at the age of 9, is not insignificant. It took them a lot of strength and confidence to let me live this dream but I now know I could always count on them. My first dance teacher Marie-Elisabeth Demaille obviously played a major role in my training. Nicolas Leriche (a great French Danseur Etoile) has always been a great source of artistic and technical inspiration for me. I am also very inspired and influenced by the great French actresses like Fanny Ardant, Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, who represent French elegance and diversity.

 Are there differences between the career of a male dancer versus a woman?
The career of women is often more complicated because there are more contenders. Often the desire to be a mother for dancers forces them to take a year off and this can slow down the process of progress slightly. In the career of men on the other hand, the physical demand is more challenging. Back and knees injuries are quite common.

In the history of dance, have the roles of men changed over the years? Do you think there is a definite representation of masculinity? In the past compared to today?
Male roles are now much more important than in the 18th or 19th century. The physical and athletic dimension is crucial, we have to prepare our body in the gym throughout the season. You could compare us to high performance athletes. Dance can be very masculine and physical, very manly! Finally I think it’s above all a representation of humanity as a whole.

What’s your favorite music to dance to? In life?
I like all kinds of music. For dancing i like jazz, classical, or James Blake, as long as the rhythm and the musical depth is there. In life I love listening to Mélody Gardot, Concertos by Rachmaninov, Philip Glass or Jamie XX.

Do you get stage fright before going on?
I get it every time I go on stage. It’s almost mandatory. The intensity depends on the difficulty of the ballet that I’m performing but the fright is always there. This can be a positive thing because the adrenaline coming from stage fright is a great instrument that allows us to surpass ourselves. It can also be used as an anesthetic when we are in pain and to give the best of ourselves at every moment on stage.

When you came to live in Paris, what was your first impression of Parisian life?
The first time I came to Paris I was quite scared. I was not used to seeing so many people, to hear so many noises, it’s a very aggressive city. And at the same time, it made me dream. Paris is a beautiful city and offers a multitude of opportunities.

What are your favorite places in Paris?
I love walking around the Seine, strolling through the Marais, having a drink in the Oberkampf area or sunbathing on the rooftops of the Opera when the sun is out.

You seem interested in fashion, what are your favorite brands or designers?
I’m interested in fashion but I do not know much about it. I really like the work that Haider Ackermann did on his first collection for Berluti, I found it very classy, colorful and original. I obviously like the big Parisian brands like Dior or Chanel but I’m still curious to discover the world of smaller brands like Agnès B.

Photographer| Edoardo De Ruggiero
Photographer Assistant| Philippe Millet and Morgane Brisbare-Husson
Fashion stylist| Nicholas Galletti
Stylist Assistant| Ariane Haas
Grooming| Céline DeCruz
Model| Hugo Marchand

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