Ciao Lino. How's Pitti Uomo treating you this year?
It's bigger, hotter, and more crowded than ever, but I love it. Nowhere else in the world is like the Fortezza da Basso when Pitti's in town, and I wouldn't miss it for the world.
It's sweltering and I'm sweating in places I never knew could sweat. What brings you back to Pitti year after year?
I love it because it's like a giant party, and I'm inspired by the latest products that the exhibitors are putting up, and also by what you young people bring to this event. It's always important to see what's going on in the world, rather than be stuck in your own bubble.
What's the most exciting thing you've seen this year?
Everything to me is exciting. Everyone here is dressed to their own beat: at Pitti the brand of my jacket or my shoes is not important to anyone, because all that matters is if it is elegant.
And what does elegance mean to you?
Elegance is not caring about what you're wearing - and not caring about what other people think about what you're wearing. When you put on your clothes in the morning it should express your mood that morning, but more importantly your personality. If you can't see yourself wearing your outfit in ten years, in twenty years, in thirty years, then you're doing it wrong. But if you do, then you're truly an elegant man from within. I think that's the meaning of life.
What exciting things are you up to after this?
I don't know, actually. I'm headed to Caffè Gilli for an aperitivo probably - wanna come?