Prominently placed in the central hub of this season’s Pitti Uomo is an installation with a chess board (usually flanked by two stylish gentleman, each with one hand on beard and one on the board as they concentrate on both playing the game and looking stylish at the same time) and around it a series of objects. The objects are those of men’s fashion, designed in a collaboration between 7 gents (called ACF, or “Art Comes First”) who each brought their own special skill to the table: a writer, a eyewear designer, a stylist, a tailor, a shirt maker, a thinker, and a hatter (if I have it right).
The writer of the bunch is Kalaf Angelo (pictured), who created a scrapbook for the occasion that brings fabric, words, and paper into one revelatory package; a kind of designer’s mood board in book form. Since the project was all about key menswear pieces, I asked Kalaf his thoughts on what a stylish men’s travel bag should – nay, must – contain for that all-important weekend away.
The essentials of a men’s travel bag according to Kalaf Angelo
- A classic men’s shoe that can be worn for both daytime and evening occasions.
- Two shirts, for example a black and a white. The ACF project also produced removable collars which can be mixed and matched with the shirts to make each one go even further.
- A cool pair of shades.
- A suit.
- A hat. While the rest of the outfit is core, a hat adds something else. Says Kalaf, a hat “shows you’ve put thought into your outfit” and can act as a personal signature.
The idea is to make the most out of very little… like mobile version of the curated wardrobe. We like it.
Oh, and in case you were wondering about Kalaf quirky glove-scarf, it’s by Jeremy Scott.