🇫🇷John Slamson @johnslamson📍Style writer and translator, jazz critic and producer. Runs the organization Spirit of Jazz in Paris and the blog Sartorial Delights, writes for Parisian Gentleman @parisian_gentleman📝
🎤 @bespokeaficionado How old were you when you developed an interest in sartorial culture and what was the major formative influence❓
🎤 @johnslamson I’ve always worn things that were not fashionable for my age (wearing tasseled loafers when you’re 16 is not going to make you popular!) but it took me some years before I became seriously interested in going the extra mile and being more than adequately dressed — being sharp is clearly another level and it takes some reading, thinking and dedication.
I’ve always looked up to the classic American icons (Humphrey Bogart or Cary Grant, for instance), but they were not a direct influence. In France Hugo Jacomet @parisian_gentleman and Adriano Dirnelli @dirnelli are very elegant but they have a style of their own that cannot really be copied without becoming a caricature. Jean-Manuel Moreau @jeanmanuelmoreau (Orazio Luciano retailer) and Nicolas Pinheiro dress with a lot of flair and manage to balance trendiness and classicism — they’re probably my favourites! But, undoubtedly, jazz musicians from the 1950s and 1960s were models — they were both loose and sharp, wore felt hats and had that special swagger that remains current today. A form of hip sprezzatura, if you want. Think Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Charlie Rouse, Jimmy Smith❗️
📸 by @johnslamson