A Conversation With Mr. Anton Masko

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Meet Anton Masko (@antonmasko), menswear consultant and entrepreneur born in Belarus and currently based in Warsaw, Poland.

1. Give us a short introduction about yourself:

My name is Anton Masko; I was born in Belarus, but I’m currently living in Warsaw. I divide myself between two jobs: I’m a menswear and lifestyle consultant, and I also have a travel company based in Minsk, helping international tourists arrange their trips to Belarus.

2. How do you define your style?

It’s a mix of classic style and casual touches. For example, I might pair Gurkha trousers with a shirt, a jacket and tassel loafers. Since tassels are quite informal, I find this combination a good fit for the daily life, for a stroll on the street or a lunch at any restaurant. Anyway, it all comes down to comfort, colour combination, details and of course a positive attitude: I always match my clothes to my mood!

3. What does it mean for you to be a Modern Gentleman?

For me, a modern gentleman should combine style with good habits, the right behaviour and a positive mindset. It’s not just about tailored suits and expensive shoes.

4. When it comes to style, where do you mostly get your inspiration from?

I look up to people who make the world better and lighter. Travel is one of my main sources of inspiration: I like to observe people living their daily life. You can find style tips everywhere if you pay attention to the small moments: how couldn’t you be inspired by an Italian gentleman drinking his espresso while browsing the fresh issue of the Gazzetta dello Sport?

5. What’s your personal style signifier?

It’s not really an item, but I’d say my smile and my positive attitude. Also, to quote Oscar Wilde – “To always be myself, because all other roles are already taken”.

6. What are your favorite wardrobe essentials?

Loafers of all kinds, double-pleated, high-waisted trousers, a casual blazer and a shirt. I especially care about the details and of course the fit.

7. What are your main passions and how do you cultivate them?

I like to keep a healthy lifestyle: my habits involve walking every morning, reading as much as I can and improving my soft and hard skills. Besides this, I also love traveling, discovering and learning something new on each trip. All these small things combined are what drive my personal growth day after day.

8. What does your ideal Sunday look like?

It would be a chill day for me, a day where I can forget about everything and enjoy the time I have by myself. I clean the house, if the weather is pleasant I go on a long stroll, and maybe hit the gym for a light workout. Then, before evening comes, I make plans for the next week.

9. Describe an interesting trip you have taken and tell us what’s the next destination on your bucket list.

It’s hard to choose just one: all trips are amazing to me. Let’s say it was my latest work trip to Milan, last September. I took some time off to visit the city and meet the friends I have there, for aperitivo, a visit to the tailor and a wonderful Italian style dinner, relishing on delicious food and enjoying a cheerful atmosphere. To top it off, I used my time in Italy for a quick detour to the beautiful island of Favignana.

My next trip will be to the next Pitti Uomo, and I already know I will have a great time, as it always happens when I’m there. I’ll be with friends, drinking espresso and stopping by all the events. Of course, it will all happen in the wonderful frame of Florence. Mamma mia!

10. Tell us what can never be missing in your liquor cabinet.

I don’t usually drink at home, except for water and coffee – I prefer to drink somewhere outside. But if I do, I choose between either a Negroni or a Gin & Tonic.

11. What are your three favorite books?

Of all those I could mention, the first three that come up to mind are “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas, Laurente Gounelle’s “The Gods Always Travel Incognito” and any work by Victor Hugo.

12. What are your three favorite movies?

My top movie is definitely Forrest Gump. It proves that everything is simple, if we don’t complicate things. Then A Good Year – about beautiful things and wise men. And finally, Scent of a Woman. The dance scene made me resolve on taking tango lessons!

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