If ever you seek style inspiration or need to keep on top of mens fashion trends, look no further than Lino Ieluzzi. The undisputed king of Sprezzatura and proprietor of Milanese haberdashery Al Bazar, has become somewhat of an international style icon.
Lino seems to be more of a trendsetter than a trend follower, and believes that “style is not fashion, it is something we have inside”. A charming sentiment, and one that’s evident in the details of his style, as most have a story or a personal reason behind them. We found this out for ourselves when we recently had the chance to ask him a few questions, in particular about his signature #7 style ties.
For the readers who are unaware of Al Bazar can you give us a brief overview?
Al Bazar history starts in 1970 from an intuition: transforming the jeans-shop where I used to work into one of the most exclusive menswear boutiques in Milan. Today, after more than 45 years of activity, we’re still having fun like the first day we opened!.
What inspires you when designing a collection, do you have a process?
I love reading books and watching movies from the 30’s, from which I take inspiration. At the same time, I always try to give my collections a more modern touch, by reshaping the garments.
We love the #7 ties that have become your trademark, can you tell us a little about their origin?
I was born the 7th of October and number 7 has always been my lucky number. Some years ago I started wearing ties with a hand-embroidered 7. My customers loved the idea and kept asking me to sell them. This is why I decided to create a 7 tie collection for my boutique.
We understand you favour style over fashion. Do you have any advice for gentlemen looking to find their own style?
Sure. Believe in yourselves!
What are your favourite materials to work with?
I prefer cashmere and wools which I use not only for suits but also for ties. These materials in fact, unlike silk, make the knot of the tie much more long-lasting.
We notice your wrist wear is always on point. What’s your favourite watch to wear?
I love wearing my Patek Philippe Nautilus.
Do you stock any brands that aren’t your own? If so what are they and are there any up and coming brands you are keen on?
I do. My favourite are Jacob Cohën, John Laing, PT – Pantaloni Torino and Schneiders.
What’s next for Al Bazar?
Who knows? The future is unpredictable!.
The nonchalance you’ll have to master on your own, but the tools can be found at Al Bazar!.