Teen Blogger Robert I. Brown on What Makes Italian Men So Stylish

You and Robert Brown probably have some mutual interests. He worships the Rat Pack, loves his desert boots, and counts F. Scott Fitzgerald among his favorite authors. One thing you probably don't have in common with the style blogger: He's 16, a high-school student from New Orleans East—and his site, Robert I. Brown Style, is a fresh, sophisticated, and charming voice in the echo-chamber-y fashion blogosphere. Oh, and did we mention he's our newest guest writer? He'll be posting every Monday on This week he takes on undone Italian style.


I used to wonder how Italian men looked undone yet stylish—consider the way Gianni Agnelli, the late head of Fiat, wore his watch over his cuff or boots with a suit. Little did I know this is an art: The Italians call it sprezzatura, which means nonchalance.

Lately I've been fascinated by this idea of making something seem easy. Agnelli was the master of sprezzatura, but Lino Ieluzzi, owner of the menswear store Al Bazar, also dresses with flair and has effortless, impeccable style.


Sure, every man tries his hardest to make it look like he hasn't given his neat appearance any thought, but Lino Ieluzzi truly makes it look too simple. Italian men are known for their specific style quirks, and Mr. Ieluzzi is no exception; he wears many accessories, like a chain he allows to hang freely from his perfectly pressed trousers, and a big, brawny timepiece. My favorite of his signatures is the way he wears his monk-strap shoes unbuckled—true and pure nonchalance.


It's easy to find inspiration in a man who dresses well and is so easygoing (he is smiling in nearly every photograph you can find). I can only imagine the splendid service he provides at Al Bazar.

Let's face it: Italian men lead the pack when it comes to straightforward sartorial elegance—Mr. Ieluzzi is proof.


—Robert I. Brown

Previously: Introducing Robert I. Brown: Teen Fashion Blogger Extraordinaire

Images courtesy of Citta di Torino archives and Al Bazar
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