SMARTWOOD TEAK – HANDMADE BY LEAFjanuary 2014 In LOOK BOOK | No comment
Lunchtime at St Moritz and everyone was sitting under the green double canvas of the refuge. I had spent the morning on the ski slopes with some of my closest friends and was ordering a “bombardino” at the bar, when my attention was caught by an old black and white photograph on one of the refuge walls. A descent champion from the past smiling next to his incredible wooden skis. Why had I not thought of it before? I have always hated those naff patterns that are found on most skis on the market, wearing them unbalances my sense of beauty. All I had to do was a quick product research and I discovered Castiglioni’s Leaf. Leafs are technologically state-of-the-art skis – the soul is in bamboo, glass fibre and carbon – but have that old-fashioned look that goes perfectly with beige cashmere Brunello jumpers, goose-feather padded coats and vintage suede ski boots. I have two pairs, one in wengè and one in teak. They are my favourite versions: perfect if you drive a Range Rover Vogue with biscuit-colour leather interior without ski rack! – by Stefano.
AIRWAVE 1.5 HYPERDRIVE – OAKLEYIn LOOK BOOK | No comment
The first time I wore my Oakley Airwave goggles, I was skiing on the Tofanina, off the slopes above Cortina d’Ampezzo. An unforgettable experience: between pine forests and panoramic slopes, feeling as if the chaos of everyday life was kilometres away, Airwave kept my feet on the ground. Geo-localisation, speed, incoming calls, messages and music playlists: all there on a small screen to the bottom right of the goggles, linked by Bluetooth to a wrist accessory very similar to a wristwatch. Airwave kept me aware of where my friends were, as they also only use Oakley, and share the experience on social networks. I would never have imagined wearing so much technology on the slopes, but I gave in. Airwave, with its mirrored lens, is as cool as you get today without being hyper-fashionable – which I like. A lot. I felt a little like Tom Cruise in Minority Report, and the high-speed goggles almost made me feel like a better skier. Be careful not to lose sight of the reality of the slopes! – by Alberto.
GRINGO HELMET – BILTWELLIn LOOK BOOK | No comment
Painting and photography are the languages I use to express myself: in everyday life, I love those objects that narrate men, histories, worlds. Each object that becomes a part of my life, does so forever. The latest? A helmet, and I had been looking for it for a long time, so by buying it I solved two problems: one, I got rid of the anxiety of Stefano’s object of the month and two, I found the timeless piece that I had been looking for, the height of safety and technology and retro design. Do you remember the helmets they wore in films of the Seventies, those of hired killers and bag-snatchers? That’s the one. The aspect that gives nothing away to ostentation, the solidity jealously hidden in the black tinted bodywork brought to mind the image of the most fascinating biker movies in history. From the Wild One with Marlon Brando to The Great Escape with Steve McQueen, from Easy Rider with Dennis Hopper to The Motorbike Diaries with Garcia Bernal. But also Matrix Reloaded and its science-fiction future, Gringo would fit in there well, a great support actor as only accessories full of such energy can be. – by Claudio.
VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO – ANDY WARHOL (ORIGINAL 1967 LP)In LOOK BOOK | No comment
First, the history. Forty-seven years ago, in March 1967, the album The Velvet Underground & Nico was released, with the cover design of Andy Warhol’s famous banana. Under the writing, ‘peel slowly and see’, the first truly recognisable icon of new rock hid another banana, pink and even more provocative. I own a copy of this unfindable LP, and I would not part from it for all the money in the world. It is not just a record that unites music (Lou Reed), art (Andy Warhol) and beauty (Nico) in their highest forms, but it also bears witness to a decade, the Sixties, and a city, New York, which no longer exist. It was the time of the Factory, the Village, parties, happenings, love, arguments and making up: if something of importance happened during this period, it happened there. Often, I think that those few pieces printed before they were removed from the market for reasons of censuring, including mine, could have been touched and played by some of the most intriguing characters of those days and in situations that, if only I could relive them – even for a second – would be unbelievably thrilling. Who knows what happened in New York in 1967 while my record was being played? – by Irina.
NAUTILUS JUMBO 3710 – PATEK PHILIPPEIn LOOK BOOK | No comment
The watch is the only piece of jewellery that a man can wear. There are flashy watches that anyone can recognise, and watches that decide who can appreciate them. The Nautilus Jumbo is one example. I have been bewitched by this jewel that takes its name from the fascinating transatlantic ships of the past. The designers of Patek Philippe have reinterpreted the shape of the portholes in a very seductive way, creating a case made up of eight pieces of a circle plaid out as an octagon. It is perfect worn with a tuxedo, but also on a boat or the golf course. I remember an afternoon a few months ago in Paris, I was staying in the Plaza Athénée and the conciergie – a man used to dealing with royalty and exponents of high finance – seeing my Nautilus Jumbo on my wrist, said ‘quelle montré, Madame!’ Yes, because I gave a Jumbo 3710 as a gift to my husband, and lose no chance to wear it myself! – by Nadejda.
LEMTOSH – MOSCOTIn LOOK BOOK | No comment
My Lemtosh and I have a complicated – almost symbiotic – relationship. Since I bought a version a few years ago in New York with ‘tortoise’ frames and light blue lenses, I (almost) never take them off. By now, I am more recognisable with them than without. Some go so far as to claim I even wear them when I sleep, but it’s not true: we sleep in separate beds. Also because my female guests always try to steal them from me! And they aren’t the only ones: even Johnny Depp in the film “The Tourist” somehow stole my copyright, making Lemtosh a global phenomenon, but he is Johnny Depp after all, and – kudos – there’s not much I can do about it. – by Stefano.
GEO ALUMINUM 24″ – ZERO HALLIBURTHONIn LOOK BOOK | No comment
I travel a lot for work, some weeks I spend more time in the air than on the ground, and I have chosen not to follow fashion – at least not for my luggage. My ideal trolley is light, indestructible, impenetrable and must become more attractive as time goes on. This is why I recommend Geo Alluminium 24” Zero Halliburton, as it was designed in 1938 by a team of engineers for one engineer, Erle P. Halliburton, and is still built today in the same aluminium alloy used in plane wings. It is no coincidence that NASA decided to use a specimen on the Apollo 11, the first time they sent a man to the moon. The interior of the Zero Halliburton can be customised as needed: Stefano, for example, has a made-to-measure pocket for his inseparable bottle of Xanax ‘anti-turbulence’. How did I customise my Geo Alluminium? I will never tell!
Bon voyage! – by Marco.
SNAKE BRACELET – GOTIIn LOOK BOOK | No comment
By now it’s known – Johnny Depp and I never miss the chance to take inspiration from each other! If he copied my Moscot Lemtosh, with a heavy heart I have to admit that I took inspiration from him for those amazing Goti bracelets. I have Johnny to thank, as because of this find I was lucky enough to meet Riccardo Goti, who designs these little masterpieces with their elegant but rock soul. Riccardo’s clientele includes some of the world’s most important celebrities of music and cinema, and yet he has not lost touch with his city, Arezzo, and his land, Tuscany. Riccardo and his father, with their thousand anecdotes, bring life to the jewellery. For example? At one of the coolest boutiques in London, Joseph, when each new Goti collection arrives, before being put on sale to the general public Mick Jagger’s personal assistant receives a preview in order to purchase unique pieces for the Rolling Stones frontman. – by Stefano.
MN BICYCLE – 1999 BIOMEGA BY MARC NEWSONIn LOOK BOOK | No comment
In 2000, or thereabouts, I found myself visiting a friend who had just moved to New York, in one of those wonderful lofts in the district of Soho. Filippo is passionate for contemporary art and I expected to find his home decorated with canvases and sculptures worthy of his fame as a collector. Instead, as soon as I set foot in his open space, I was surprised: among the wide skylights in reinforced concrete and glass tiles, through which filtered an unusual light that afternoon, he had placed an enormous Plexiglas display case. Inside, was a bike: yep, it had two wheels and the rest, but it was different from all others I had seen till then. It seemed to have come from the future, aerodynamic and tapered like a racing car; unique in style. It filled the wall better than any painting, on its own: it was a work of art more than a simple bike! Filippo explained that it was a limited edition designed for the Danish brand Biomega by Marc Newson, a designer exhibited even in the MoMa in New York. He even suggested I bought one as an investment, and I must admit that I still regret not paying attention. – by Amedeo.