2008 Vanity Fair Best Dressed International
Lapo Elkann (born October 7, 1977) is a New York-born Italian industrialist, former marketing manager and heir to the automaker Fiat. - Via Wikipedia
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"Do you travel with a portable steamer?"
"No," he answers.
"That was my grandfather." For the uninitiated, Grandfather was Gianni Agnelli, who was the best-dressed man in the Free World until his death in 2003. Lapo inherited his clothes, and the rest is style history: mixing the elder gentleman's custom suits with his own more contemporary, lushly colored, richly patterned tailored pieces, American Apparel cotton V-neck T-shirts, or the looks he designs for Italia Independent, the label he recently launched with state-of-the art carbon-fiber sunglasses, to be followed by clothing and home furnishings (Italiaindependent.com).
"Private plane?" I ask.
He shakes his head no. Big, blue boating eyes: A friend once described them as the color of Windex. "How do you say"—he says, although his English is perfect, but just in case it isn't—"I go commercial. I like to look at people; it's my job to see what they want and need." He walks—actually, it is more of an elegant slide—to the kitchen area of his one-room loft in downtown Manhattan. Mind you, it is a very large one room, an aerie-like, terraced, high-ceiling cube painted the colors of the Italian flag: red, white, and green. "I am patriotic, not nationalistic," he says. "The French would be nationalistic."-STYLE.COM READ MORE...