Alfonso Curzio de Francesco

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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.”

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