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.