As part our Grazie series we’re taking a closer look at the most exciting artists, designers, chefs and creatives inspired by Italian style.
It’s no secret that Italy takes pride in its sense of fashion and style, and the country has been home to some of the most stylish men and most iconic designers throughout history – from legends like Giorgio Armani and Roberto Cavalli to the modern approach of Riccardo Tisci. It makes sense, then, that fashion blogger Marco Taddei has a real appreciation for classic Italian style – the idea that the clothes you wear, and the way you wear them, can turn a man into a gentleman. With his blog Simply Mr T, Marco offers flawless style advice and highlights the luxury menswear brands to watch out for. With that in mind, Marco was the perfect person to talk to about style icons, vital fashion pieces and the art of creating a seasonal wardrobe.
Hi Marco. Can you tell us how you got into fashion and menswear?
I started working as an agent in a menswear showroom when I was 19 years old and stayed there for four years. Three years ago I entered the digital communication world when I launched my website Simply Mr T. Here. I work with sartorial fashion brands, focusing mainly on Italian designers.
How has living in Italy affected on your interest in fashion and menswear?
The place where a person lives is very important, and I am no exception. Italy is a constant inspiration for me and my work.
Tell us about your personal style.
I personally prefer a very Italian style – classic fashion but with a modern fit.
Do you have any inspirations outside of fashion that inspire your style?
As a boy I observed my father with great curiosity: I watched him knot his tie between sips of coffee and place his coat over his shoulders before leaving home, with briefcase in hand and a newspaper tucked under his arm. For me, this was fascinating and inspiring.
Who are your favourite style icons?
People like Steve McQueen, James Dean, Paul Newman, Sean Connery, Marcello Mastroianni and Cary Grant – these were, and are, my icons.
Do you prefer summer or winter for wardrobe choices?
For me, it absolutely has to be the winter season. I love to wear my coats.
The months between summer and winter can prove tricky when choosing an outfit. Do you have any advice for people looking to build their transitional season wardrobe?
When it comes to particular pieces of clothing, a trench-coat or a rain-coat is a must have. A man can be elegant every time he leaves the house. My advice is to wear suits with good fabrics, combined with a trench-coat or a rain-coat.
Are there any fashion pieces you can't live without?
I can’t live without a white shirt.