Most Exerent Interview: Wear Without Care
Guido Wongolini, aka Mostexerent has one of the best blogs on clothing and design.
Aside from tasty photos of morning coffee, GW creates and posts some of the best daily sartorial photographs around. He has a great eye. His alluring photos document a daily ritual of sophisticated clothing combinations and he provides candid commentary useful to followers of his blog. So, after following his work for quite some time, i’m honored to open up the conversation on shoes, clothing and design to Mostexerent.
Archive of Shoes: Do you have a memory of the time /place/ situation where you realized you were really interested in clothing and its design / aesthetics? ( I’m interested in finding out what helped instigate a passion in people. for myself I remember two situations quite clearly -from those points on, i approached clothing with much more of a desire to learn.)
GW: ”As cliched as it is my interest was from watching old B&W movies, & always dreamt of the day when I would be Grown Up. The one movie that had the most impact was “Indiscreet” with Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergman. I connected with the art of being discreet & respect for the other person.”
Archive of Shoes: What shoes make up your current collection /rotation?
GW: “My rotation included mainly English shoes from Edward Green & John Lobb with highlights from St Crispin & Alden. I have a 50/50 of black to brown & never wear the same pair more than once in a week.”
Archive of Shoes: Is there a maker /brand that you find particularly well suited to you or that you have a preference for?
GW: ”Edward Green & St Crispin - as they both have enough lasts to suit most & in particular my feet.”
Archive of Shoes: If you have ventured into bespoke shoes -how was the experience and end result?
GW: ”Nothing of note as I have been very fortunate to have found the correct lasts from the above Question 5.”
Archive of Shoes: Based on your shoe collection and experience-any advice or tips you would pass along to others wanting to build a quality collection ?
GW: ”The usual, start with basics & stay away from trends. Buy the best you can, always have lasted shoe trees, rotate, don’t over polish & just wear without care!”
Archive of Shoes: Any shoe makers/brands you like that may not get as much attention on blogs or forums?
GW: ”St Crispin”
Archive of Shoes: Any new tips /advice on clothing, bespoke that you would like to share? (Or if you have any concerns or complaints-this is your platform)
GW: ”Bespoke is not always the best option. & one should take time to understand their build & most importantly the context. Too many today get caught up in what they see & forget their context. Also, stick with the basics & take your time to wear without care.”
Archive of Shoes: You seem to be a fan of mid century modern furniture. Are you starting to collect? If so what do you own?
GW: ”Yes & yes”
Archive of Shoes: Anything new and /or interesting in terms of fragrances/colognes?
GW: ”I stick with the classics, preferably subtle & fresh.”
Archive of Shoes: Suppose you didn’t have the day job -Would you consider going into design? clothing, cars, architecture, furniture etc?
GW: ”I think about this a lot, but the reality is my style is personal & not for everyone. I don’t get caught up in the online “circle jerk”.”
Archive of Shoes: Anything else?
GW: ”I mentioned a few times about wearing without care - this is important as it is only when you wear without care that you can start to live instead of worrying about the details that don’t matter.”