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Style Profile...Dario Spadea Pandolfi, Milan


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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Style Profile...Dario Spadea Pandolfi, Milan

Dario Spadea Pandolfi

Cesare Attolini Executive

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

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

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

I build my daily look around?
My humor

Personal Style quirk?
A touch of navy blue

Most cherished item?
Travel luggage set by Goyard – Paris

I feel best wearing?
A Cesare Attolini suit!

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

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

Never caught wearing?
Short white socks!

Most underrated item in menswear/womenswear?
The socks!

Dress to impress who?

Shine your own shoes?
Not often!


Favorite stores?
Milan- Antonia Uomo
Riccione- Nick & Sons
Arezzo- Sugar
Tokyo- United Arrows
Paris- Old England & L'Éclaireur
NY- Bergdorf Goodman

Your next "must have" purchase?
Custom made sandals from Island of Capri

I skimp when buying ...

Favorite item of clothing

Guilty pleasure
Shoes and bags

Cologne, skincare?
Black Tie by Washington Tremlett
10 Capri by Carthusia
Caron Pour Homme by Caron

Nickel for Men – Manhattan/West Village NY
The Art of Shaving - NY

Most stylish city?
Paris, NY and Tokyo

When I was high school I wore?
Uniform…It was a Private Catholic School


Favorite fashion magazine?

Favorite vacation spot?
Island of Capri – Campania
Island of Salina -Sicily

Favorite neighborhood restaurant?
Finger’s – Via Gerolamo Emiliani
Osteria La Voliera – Via Crema


Comments on "Style Profile...Dario Spadea Pandolfi, Milan"


Blogger aviewaskew said ... (6:59 PM) : 

elegance personified....delicious shots...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:19 PM) : 

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


Blogger ren said ... (7:32 PM) : 

His style is charming...very old hollywood.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:02 PM) : 

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

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

Thanks for sharing your creativity and energy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:21 PM) : 

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


Blogger Sterling-haired Lady said ... (10:38 PM) : 

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


Blogger Guapóloga said ... (1:45 AM) : 

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




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:00 AM) : 

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


Blogger Jocke said ... (2:44 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:53 AM) : 

My goodness, how handsome!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:24 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:00 AM) : 

Look at all that blue in the first photo!

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

It's official. I love this man.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:24 AM) : 

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



Blogger peter robinson said ... (5:19 AM) : 

maybe he should go to london


Blogger El Aristócrata said ... (6:31 AM) : 

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


Blogger said ... (7:03 AM) : 

I love reading these stylish interviews!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:18 AM) : 

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


Blogger Eryl Shields said ... (8:05 AM) : 

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

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


Blogger Pamcasso said ... (8:24 AM) : 

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

I really love these interviews!


Blogger Marianna said ... (8:44 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:35 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:46 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:11 AM) : 

Hooray for the return of the Style Profile!

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:11 PM) : 

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

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:33 PM) : 

This is wonderful, thanks Sart!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:42 PM) : 

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


Blogger The Food Girls said ... (1:02 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:12 PM) : 

I love these style profiles!

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


Blogger David said ... (2:55 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:04 PM) : 

Another fantastic profile. Thank you.


Blogger Eugene Kim said ... (3:34 PM) : 

i highly agree with him about socks being underrated.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:52 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:36 PM) : 

What a wonderful addition to the blog this is!

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

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

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


Blogger Seanrwatson2 said ... (4:37 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

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

Tanks Scott


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:59 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:01 PM) : 

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

Dario you are simply the best!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:50 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:59 PM) : 

love his grandfathers/fathers quote and the pics!


Blogger Jeff H said ... (11:58 PM) : 

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


Blogger Kanani said ... (2:16 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:51 AM) : 

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

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:02 AM) : 

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


Blogger Don said ... (6:30 AM) : 

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


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:07 AM) : 

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

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


Blogger arniedelusong said ... (8:14 AM) : 

Please tell me he isn't gay :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:15 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:22 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:47 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:21 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:03 AM) : 

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


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