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Meet Mr. Ivan Orsini (@ivan__orsini) from London. He is a hospitality professional who mainly works as a bartender at the iconic American Bar at The Savoy, London.
Ivan, what does it mean for you to be a Modern Gentleman?
Aesthetics, old-fashioned manners, and life values such as courage, loyalty, and integrity are important to me. I also believe there are not many reference points left nowadays. The new generations feel lost in life. A true gentleman can have a positive impact on the modern society by showing an inspiring lifestyle and mindset.
How do you define your style?
Over the past ten years, my personal style has evolved into a hybrid of elements from multiple tailoring traditions. In the warmer seasons, I favor Neapolitan tailoring, while in the colder seasons, I prefer a fusion of Northern Italian tailoring with British influences. However, I do not disdain wearing a simple blue jeans and white t-shirt when riding my motorcycles.
When it comes to style, where do you mostly get your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from a few of the most stylish men of the past 50 years, like Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, as well as the craftsmanship of my two favorite tailors based in Milan and Chieti, Italy. Their unique vision and commitment to excellence are still enchanting me after many years.
What’s your personal style signifier?
My personal style signifiers are Dents gloves and Persols 714 Steve McQueen edition. I often wear these items, and I choose which ones to wear depending on the weather and the occasion. Dents gloves are made from high-quality leather and are known for their durability and comfort. Persols 714 Steve McQueen edition sunglasses are iconic and stylish. I believe that these items add a touch of sophistication and refinement to my personal style.
What are your favorite wardrobe essentials?
This is an interesting question. Well, I could definitely mention Korean necklaces style linen shirts during the warmer seasons and a set of Merino wool Dolcevitas during the colder seasons.
What are your main passions and how do you cultivate them?
In the past few years, I have developed a deep interest in Eastern philosophies, such as the Japanese pursuit of perfection through the concept of kaizen. Kaizen means “continuous improvement” and I apply this theory to my everyday life. I believe that small, incremental improvements can lead to significant results over time. I cultivate this mindset through discipline and consistency. I make a conscious effort to identify areas in my life where I can make improvements, and then I take small steps to implement those changes. I also try to be mindful of my thoughts and behaviors, and I make an effort to correct any negative or unproductive patterns. I believe that kaizen is a powerful tool for personal growth and development. It can help us to become better versions of ourselves, both individually and collectively. I am committed to continuing to cultivate this mindset in my own life, and I believe that it can lead to positive change in the world.
What does your ideal Sunday look like?
My ideal Sunday is a day of relaxation and indulgence. I typically start with a leisurely breakfast at my favorite cafés, where I read newspapers and I enjoy my coffee. After that, I go to the gym for a workout, followed by some time to relax and unwind. If the weather is nice, I might take a ride on my Bonneville. In the evening, I prefer to cook a delicious meal at home with a glass of wine and a movie. So, I mainly enjoy spending time alone on my free days, which gives me a chance to recharge and reflect on the week ahead.
Describe an interesting trip you have taken and tell us what’s the next destination on your bucket list.
I once heard someone say ‘My soul is from elsewhere, I am sure of that, and I intend to end up there.’ This sentiment resonated with me when I planned my first solo trip ever to Iceland, a magical land of fire and ice. For two weeks, I was accompanied by extreme weather conditions, silence, and astonishing landscapes. These elements challenged me to rely on myself and taught me a great deal about who I am. During the summer, I also enjoy taking motorcycle trips. After exploring France last August, I will be traveling to Dorset and Cornwall in a few weeks. I am looking forward to exploring the amazing roads, the coastline, and the stunning sunsets of these two English counties.
Tell us what can never be missing in your liquor cabinet.
Over the past ten years, I have curated a collection of spirits that I am quite satisfied with. Campari, a few sweet vermouths, and sherries always have a place in the fridge. Recently, I purchased a handcrafted Globe Bar by Zoffoli, where I keep my favorite bottles, such as Aberfeldy 19 years old, Springbank 15, and a few Cognacs from the Braastad family.