My Style: Ivan Olita

Portrait of Ivan Olita

Portrait: Courtesy of Ivan Olita

What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

I don't think there are such things as mistakes when it comes to one's outfits. It's just about you being naked, and then putting something on. If you are true to yourself when you're naked, you'll be true to yourself when you are dressed.

Please describe your style in three words.

Black, white, and austere.

Do you believe in role models?

Yes, I do.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Leather is good.

Which city has the best-dressed men?

Rome is a great place for that.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

I'm boldly conservative.

What are the rules in the way you dress?

I just use black or white. I also make sure everything I have can always fit in a carry-on bag.

Celebrities and style...

Is something that means good business for all the fashion brands out there.

Name one garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Leather jackets.

A man should always look like…

A million dollars!

Who taught you what you know about style?

My life experiences.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

I don't really select anything...

What is your biggest regret?

No regrets.

We will never see you wearing...

I would have to think about it...white socks probably.

The most stylish person you have ever seen…

A man smoking a cigar on 6th and 72nd in New York last year. I have no idea who he was, but he was incredibly elegant.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

His hair and then his shoes.

The one image that defined your approach to style...

The fact that every iconic person always wears the same things was actually a funny realisation.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

My friend Marcelo Burlon because he's the only one making money in Italy right now, and he started his company when the country was experiencing a deep recession.

The only article of clothing that a man needs to pay close attention to is…

His shoes, if it's just one.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

My luggage!

Is comfort an enemy of style?

No, I think it's a good friend.

Which fashion house never fails to impress you?

I'm very much into technical clothing, so I go for Y3 or Prada. I often feel I'm a spiritual warrior and my clothing is my armour. My outfit needs to be chic and impactful, yet anonymous if needed.

Who would you like to recommend for My Style?

You have a pretty good selection, so I would have to think about it!

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

Always answer phone calls. No matter who it is, if you don’t, always call back.

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