This month for our Sprezzatura Spotlight series, we speak with Luc Wiesman, Founder and Managing Editor of Australia’s largest men’s style blog D’Marge, on all things style and fashion.
1. What’s your most treasured item in your wardrobe?
I snapped up a beautiful pair of brown Prada monk strap shoes last year and they’re to die for. They’re a little oddball, but I think that’s why I like them. They work well with a suit or jeans which helps extends your wardrobe.
2. Who is your style icon?
I think style comes in many shapes and sizes and no one man is the pinnacle today. I take inspiration from everyone. The internet has made finding style inspiration so much easier too. Random people happen to wear a cool pair of sneakers or you find someone who’s happened to discover a cool watch nobody has. It’s fluid, always moving and what I try and catch for the D’Marge readers.
3. What makes someone stylish in your eyes?
Choice. The choice to not wear something and the choice to do something that shouldn’t work. My best mate wears things which shouldn’t work but somehow he pulls it off. Me, I’m not as finely tuned as he is. I need to give things thought.
4. How would you describe your personal style?
Classic men’s tailoring with a touch of sportiness. I love my suits but I also love my Nike sneakers and sportswear. I mix it up, keep things interesting. Pops of colour here and there but always masculine and strong.
5. What was your biggest fashion faux pas?
I remember wearing a tuxedo jacket to a few nightclubs about 10 years ago. It was the worst fitting thing you’ve ever seen. Mum bought it for me. I soon realised I was on the wrong train and had it tailored. A good tailor can solve everything.
6. What is your favourite Italian fashion brand?
There’s too many amazing Italian brands to name a favourite. Zegna, Ferrari, Gucci, I could go on forever. To me, ‘Italian’ is the epitome of style and substance. Almost always a sure thing.
7. Who epitomises sprezzatura to you?
James Bond. I don’t think film, television or literature has created more of a complete package. He’s been portrayed differently over the years but always maintains sprezzatura. Sure, he’s a fictional character but many men base their style off his. Good suit, better watch, nice car, beautiful girl… Need I go on?