Alfonso Curzio de Francesco
Tell us about who you are.
“My name is Alfonso Curzio de Francesco and I’m 26 years old. I work as a pharmacist. This sounds odd to many people, even to me sometimes, but I have genuine interest in tailored fashion.”
What is style to you?
“Good question. It’s a simple word with a great meaning. Generally speaking, it’s not just how we dress but a combination of many factors that need to be harmonised.”
What’s your understanding of the definition of sprezzatura?
“I think many people have come to view this word incorrectly. They might not understand its true meaning or they might simply interpret it differently. Because, to me, sprezzatura is not about wearing the right clothes but about acting spontaneously. The French would probably call it nonchalance. In my eyes, it’s not a word to be associated with those who work in fashion, but rather true gentlemen.”
How has Italy’s sartorial heritage made an impact on you?
“Neapolitan tailoring is my passion. I ordered my first tailor-made suit aged seventeen. That’s when I met Gennaro, the tailor and owner of Chiaia Napoli, and I owe him for the many great insights he shared with me.
The one thing I truly appreciate about bespoke is the opportunity to purchase something that will last my whole life. My suits will always be with me and shaped by my experiences.”