Style may be timeless, but fashion is always moving forward. Here, we chat with some friends on their curated point-of-view and how they go about making a piece of clothing their own.
Why do we wear what we do? It’s impossible to say, mostly because of the semantics behind personal style bandies around layers of context. Trends can drive it, yet it’s timeless. You can find cues on the streets or, in most cases, nowadays, a social feed. It can be inspired by a movement just as much as it informs a mood; it’s an intuitive feeling as much a deep instinct. Personal style drives by the experiences we’ve had, the people we’ve met, and the things we buy. When we’re asked, “When did your style start?” we don’t have an answer for that, just as much as we can’t predict when it should end, either. Is there a shelf-life to personal style? No, not really. Is it evolutionary? Possibly, yes. If time flies, can our sartorial choices, too?
There are few things trickier than defining what “it” is, so to untangle the threads, we went straight to the source for an answer; or, at very least, to gain a new perspective: We chatted with a group of friends who live, breathe and think style, and whose very identity ties, somewhat intrinsically, to the art of self-expression and originality. They talked shop about the why and how their style came to life, and how to discover your brand of you. We also armed them with something exciting. We’ve been working on customizable parkas and accessories that they could personalize based on new options, from monograms to geographical coordinates and hood trims.
Starting today, you can have the opportunity, too. Shop a selection of colourful hood trims online or have your favourite piece personalized with reflective heat-pressed detailing at select stores.
Scroll down to learn more about how personal style is cultivated, and how it can be reflected in the outerwear, clothing and accessories we make our own.
Fashion philosophy: “This question goes perfectly with the claim that I have been carrying out since day one: “Style has no rules, just personality,” which, among other things, stands out on all my social media accounts. A sort of mantra that expresses freedom: freedom of style, expression, and concept. Each of us follows his own rules, and no one can tell us whether we are right or wrong. Of course, there are some things that we can objectively consider more or less appropriate, but they are macro-areas. Elegance and style are two areas that closely relate to the sphere of behaviour, and clothing reflects all this. We are not afraid to dare if we feel comfortable with what we are wearing: the important thing is to always feel good when we look at ourselves in the mirror. We shouldn’t just follow the trend set by the mainstream. Having our own defined style makes us unique”
Personal style: “I define my style with one word: versatile. I have always believed, I continue to think, and I will keep on believing that versatility is the keystone. I avoid the thought of a single style that should accompany me for the rest of my life. My style has changed, and Milan and this work have helped me so much in my evolution. When I arrived here, I still had my style, but I believe it was too restricted to rigid schemes. Milan, travelling, and above all, my constant research day after day, which led me to become a product consultant, gave me a much broader vision.”
How I customized: “My personalization was based on the longitude and latitude of my two favourite places: Catania, the city where I was born, and Crotone where I have lived. I bear them in mind every day. I believe that you can’t look to the future if you don’t reflect on where you came from. Owning something with the coordinates of these important places makes me feel good, makes me feel a sense of comfort and it makes me feel at home.”
Quarantine go-to look: “There is no standard look. I dress according to the kind of day I’m facing. I might begin a new week by wearing a jogging suit and end it with a blazer. All menswear has some hidden style details. You can be elegant and stylish, even in a tracksuit. Denim-on-denim is a go-to choice, too. It’s such a democratic combination.”
Fashion philosophy: “Wear what you want to wear! Don’t worry about what anyone else is wearing, or what is ‘on trend’, but wear what makes you happy. Feeling good in an outfit is a huge confidence booster, so listen to yourself and put on something that really speaks to you.”
Personal style: “My style is always evolving, but I feel confident in saying that I am both a minimalist and a maximalist all at once. The silhouette of each piece and each outfit I wear is usually quite simple and traditional, while the print, colour, and combination of it all can often be quite bold. As I get older I find more confidence to wear what I like. I listen to myself and what interests me, rather than being influenced by those around me. I find that I am truly happiest when I am expressing myself 100%.”
How I customized: “Because my initials are ‘RR’, I always feel inclined to use them when given the opportunity. By putting my initials on the jacket, it makes the jacket feel almost like a collaboration piece between Canada Goose and me, which makes it feel even more special. I added the orange brim to take the jacket up a level of boldness, so it feels more inline with the ‘maximalist’ side of me.”
Quarantine go-to look: “Like many others, I’ve really leaned into the sweatsuit look for obvious comfort reasons, but every now and again I love to throw a wildcard into the mix and spend my day running errands or doing chores in a fancy dress. I’ve got a closet full of them and no where to go, so I may as well enjoy them at home.”
Fashion philosophy: “If 2020 has shown us anything, it is that anything can happen, and people have to be ready, willing, and able to adapt. I think style is a huge area that will see a shift as we move more and more virtual with how we will pull focus and draw attention. I think it’s time for folks to really take a moment and look inward and find what you genuinely like to rock and show it off if it makes you feel good. Don’t nobody tell you different. If you believe it, your confidence will do the rest of the work, and that’s how a lot of us coming up made a name for ourselves: We didn’t have all the answers, but we took risks, and that art isn’t dead so have fun with it.”
Personal style: “My alter ego (or stage name) is Cat Burglar. I think that applies to my fashion style as well as dancing and I think, in terms of personal style, I usually go with something sleek or stealth that has loud accents, so if I want you to see me, you will. I used to think that all I needed to do, to live up to my name, was to wear black or different shades and be very stealthy, but as time progressed, I learned how to pair different pieces to highlight areas I wanted to show off, while starting to mix in colours. Lately, I love wearing one stand-out piece in a loud colour and pair more subtle tones around it so it holds your focus.”
How I customized: “I chose the camouflage trim option to go with the theme of my alias and being seen only when I want to be. I love that this jacket is customized just for me down to the coordinates I chose, which represent the first business I opened up for the dance community in 2011, Rightfoot Dance Studio. The studio was a pillar for the art scene and gave people courage to pursue whatever they were passionate about.”
Quarantine go-to look: “Right now, cozy long t-shirts, tapered joggers with a cuff, and big, all-white leather boots.”