The late Hardy Amies said it best when he declared: “A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care and then forgotten all about them.” Beyond this guiding principle, the formula for a stylish man is harder to pinpoint. So for 2017's selection of Esquire's Best Dressed Men in the Gulf, we’ve looked at men who wear their clothes with a sense of individuality, confidence and consideration:
50, Italian, General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel, Difc, Dubai
Carlo Stragiotto is one of those men we all want to grow up to be. The general manager of a leading Four Seasons hotel has an effortless European style that’s so inherent he is unaware of it. He’s a man who wears each of his bespoke suits like a true aficionado, and counts Gianni Agnelli and Pierce Brosnan as his style inspirations.
“I believe everyone has their own tastes and style,” he says of his guiding principles. “I respect everyone as we are each unique.”
His collection of bespoke-only shirts and jackets is something to be admired. “A blue navy jacket is a must in every man’s wardrobe; maybe even more than one, to suit every occasion.”
Simple and elegant, Stragiotto’s style fuses masculine tailoring with quality fabrics and fine finishing.
“You don’t change with trends, you adapt with details such as colours and accessories. I love timeless pieces, which I adjust depending on the season, and then add a touch of a contemporary trend.” And for this reason he is one of the most stylish gents in the Middle East.