My Style: Brian Mazza

Brian Mazza

Photo: Courtesy of Brian Mazza

How do you select your clothing every morning?

I go with my gut — I don’t think men have to necessarily follow seasonal trends when dressing. But I always want to look comfortable and confident — whether it’s snowing, raining or hot out. No matter what, I always try to look my best!

Please describe your style in three words.

Confident, bold, and fun.

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

Not paying attention to the weather for that current day.

Do you believe in role models?

Everyone needs a role model or role models. They allow us to try and follow our dreams and become something!

What are your favourite fabrics?

Cashmere, denim, cashmere-silk blend.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

I have never been a big fan of the t-shirt under the blazer look — if you don’t do it just right or are not quite so fit, it can very easily look sloppy.

Which city has the best-dressed men?

Florence.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Bold over conservative.

What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

Working in both the restaurant and fashion industries, I have some flexibility in what I can wear. But whether it’s for day or evening, everything must fit properly. I am a true believer of staying in shape, so clothes should complement your body.

Celebrities and style...

Sometimes have no clue of how to dress.

One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

My Luminor Marina Panerai Watch, and Paul Smith loafers.

A man should always look like...

The best dressed when he walks into the room.

Who taught you what you know about style?

My father was always influential in my style, and traveling and living in Europe showed me how to put it together.

What is your biggest regret?

Not working to my full potential on the soccer pitch.

The three essential things a man should know about style are...

Fit, fit, fit!

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I am my own best customer at Windsor Custom — I will set aside at least a half hour to review the latest fabric swatches that have come in. I make myself comfortable — have Sports Center on, the daily papers on hand, and always listen to the newest mixtape out.

We will never see you wearing...

Boxers.

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

David Beckham.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

His shirt or jacket.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

I have my core designers I really pay attention to: Michael Bastian, Brunello Cucinelli, and Ralph Lauren.

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

He should pay attention to all of them.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

I have a pretty large shoe collection, so I take pride in making sure they are always treated well.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

Not at all… even though my clothes are a pretty fit that doesn’t mean they are uncomfortable.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Brunello Cucinelli and Ralph Lauren.

Who would you like to see next in €œMy Style€?

My partner, Matt Shendell.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

How you walk into the room sets the tone.

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