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January 29, 2013

Street Style by Karl-Edwin Guerre: Milan

For the final installment in our three-part series with renowned street-style artiste Karl-Edwin Guerre (pronounced ‘Gear’) of Guerreisms.com, his travels lead us to Milan, Italy, where—betwixt runway shows and hearty plates of pasta—he captured stunning imagery of the Men’s Fashion Week set, as well as the city itself. One conclusion that’s impossible not to draw: The world’s best ‘menswear’ isn’t just for men.

Having covered Guerre’s photographic process last time, today we delve into the personal tastes of a man who, one might deduce from his photos alone, appreciates life’s most subtle pleasures. Read on for the conclusion of our Q&A, and catch up on past posts with Guerre here: Packing Tips | Pitti Uomo Street Style


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.
Top image: Esther Quek of The Rake, via Guerreisms.com.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: When did you first become interested in personal style? Did you care about clothing as a kid?
GUERRE: “I lived in Haiti from age 10 to 15, and there was a period that I went to a private school where you had to wear a uniform. This was my first experience with a tailor, and while it didn’t mean much at 12, it certainly stayed with me as I approached adulthood. While I was in the states, it was about looking like your peers, and little by little, brands were important. After a brief moment of following the crowd, I realized I wanted to express myself in other ways—and personal style became one of those ways.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

You’ve said in the past that you don’t follow runway trends too closely—but what emerging themes are you noticing out in the wild?
Knits are strong. I’m seeing blazers over bubble vests (not for everyone), and big scarfs are also a big trend (blanket-large as opposed to knit long).”


[Shot by Guerre, exclusive to Men's Shop Daily.]

Do you have a favorite photograph of all time? What about it inspires you?
“I try not to have a singular favorite of anything. I may have a favorite at the moment. Great photography evokes emotion, so my favorite (at the time) would be one that evokes an emotion that I’d like to evoke at that moment.”


[Via Guerreisms.com.]

Your current favorite film?
In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar Wai.”


[Via Guerreisms.com.]

Favorite music?
“Depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s jazz, sometimes classical, sometimes Afro Beat, sometimes ’80s.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Favorite food?
“Spicy.”


[Shot by Guerre, exclusive to Men's Shop Daily.]

Favorite era in history?
“The ’70s.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Favorite city?
“Culturally: Paris, France…


[Via Guerreisms.com.]

“…For peace of mind: Port-au-Prince…


[Stylist Tina Leung, via Guerreisms.com.]

“…For coziness: Milan, Italy…


[Shot by Guerre, exclusive to Men's Shop Daily.]

“…And for go-getter attitude: New York, USA.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

An essential part of your morning routine?
“A good tea from Mariage Frères.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Your preferred way to unwind?
“A night at home.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

What are some of your favorite places in Florence and Milan?
“In Florence, I make it a point to try new places each time. So in all honesty, I don’t try to remember places knowing I’ll be trying something new the next time. As cliché as it may seem, one of the things I enjoy is Ponte Vecchio and shopping at the little artisan market.


[Shot by Guerre, exclusive to Men's Shop Daily.]

“…As for Milan, I enjoy Grom for gelato, and I found a great restaurant by way of an Italian friend called Ristorante Da Oscar.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

What is the general feeling you get from each city—Florence and Milan?
“There’s a certain coziness about both these cities that I like, because of their size and also because Italians have this unique sense of hospitality that would tend to make you feel at home.”


[Sarah Ann Murray of The Rake, via Guerreisms.com.]

Best advice you’ve received, or a quotation that hits home?
“Dreams are for people who sleep, vision for those who strive.”

 


Adept on either side of the lens.
Karl-Edwin Guerre, photographed by Jason Jean of Citizen Couture.

 

[All photos, except the last, are by Karl-Edwin Guerre of Guerreisms.com. Photos taken for Esquire.com except where noted otherwise. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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