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John Stefanidis by Fritz von der Schulenburg

John Stefanidis by Fritz von der Schulenburg

Anonymous asked: Who cares where sprezzatura originates? Overt nonchalance is douchey, period. Be. A. Real. Person. BTW, I don't think I've seen anything more iGenty than a child beginning a sentence with "there was a time when" to discuss an overgrown footnote in the pages of #menswear. You mean that time before you were born?

I can’t help but feel this comment belongs more on Harry’s page…

Still, blank rejection without analyzing the roots of an idea or the evolution of its being is a dangerous concept, no?

And the argument that one must be alive during the initial formation of an argument to refute or embrace it is a shitty one.

I hope that neither of those fallacies obscure the only cogent idea in your statement: Be a real person.

cvilletochucktown asked: There was a time when people actually knew where sprezzatura came from, and applied it sparingly so that it actually meant something. I doubt anyone even knows who Baldassare Castiglione or what 'The Book of the Courtier' even were.

I wanted to say something witty about how you can’t spell Castiglione without “egotistical,” but the joke was a reach at best.

On a serious note you’re certainly right. Buzzwords get recycled until they lose all meaning. And the fact that it’s a translation only adds fuel to the fire that is interpretation. I will say it’s interesting that another buzzword hasn’t yet emerged to replace it. Perhaps we should pore through Tolstoy and find a Russian word that embodies the romanticized hopelessness that is #menswear.

Close Up and Private, Spring/Summer 2012

Close Up and Private, Spring/Summer 2012

Sartoria Pastena (Napoli) as photographed by Men’s Ex, June 2009

Sartoria Pastena (Napoli) as photographed by Men’s Ex, June 2009

Giorgio Armani, Autumn/Winter 1987-88

Giorgio Armani, Autumn/Winter 1987-88

sprezzat-UR-A TOOL

Anonymous asked: I would like to "like" your statement about "buy less, buy better," but that requires registering for tumblr. The world needs another tumblr like my step-sister needs another pregnancy scare. Thanks for cutting through the bullshit. Carry on.

I received a lot of anonymous notes about my recent rant. This one was the best.