Q: Are there any style combinations that you object to?
Yes, wearing jeans for any occasion.
Q: Please describe your style in three words.
Sober, classic, but modern.
Q: What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?
To dress for others and not for yourself.
Q: Do you believe in role models?
If it has to do with ethics and behaving correctly, yes.
Q: What are your favourite fabrics?
A fulled fabric for winter, and linen and wool canvasses in summertime.
Q: Which city has the best-dressed men?
Milano, of course.
Q: Would you say that you are conservative or bold?
Q: What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?
I want to please myself; that’s it.
Q: Celebrities and style…
Unfortunately, this is a combination that very often only leads to boorishness.
Q: One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?
Suits in carded flannel and ties.
Q: Who taught you what you know about style?
A good tailor, a good shirtmaker, a good shoemaker, and the presumption of believing in myself.
Q: How do you select your clothing every morning?
Following my mood, and in relation with what I have to do during the day.
Q: Do you have any shopping rituals?
I only look for what I would like to have in that specific moment.
Q: We will never see you wearing…
…white socks and sandals!
Q: The most stylish person you have ever seen…
There is more than one, so I won’t name them in order not to wrong anybody.
Q: What is the first thing you notice on a man?
The shoes they’re wearing.
Q: What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?
My carded flannel suits in their grey and blue nuances.
Q: Is comfort an enemy of style?
Not at all. A stylish and elegant man wears what he wears because he seeks comfort.
Q: Which designer never fails to impress you?
Q: Who would you like to see next in “My style”?
My daughter Carola Barbera.
Q: The best word of advice you have ever heard?
‘Sprezzatura,’ which literally means detachment or understatement.