Packing for Pitti with Karl-Edwin Guerre

With the elite menswear trade show Pitti Uomo commencing today in Florence, Italy, there’s little doubt the internet will soon be rife with sprezz-laden street-style shots of the world’s best-dressed gents.

Luckily, one needn’t look further than this very site to spot the cream of the crop. We’re honored and privileged to have one of the best international correspondents we could ask for, Karl-Edwin Guerre of, on deck to send back snapshots of everything that catches his refined eye in Florence this week—as well as at Milan Fashion Week later this month.

Known simply as Guerre (pronounced ‘Gear’) to those who know him, this world traveler and pro photographer is a man of timeless taste. Intentionally impervious to fluctuating trends du jour, he prefers to shop for fabric and have custom clothing made to spec. His worst vice? A sip of port and top-shelf chocolate after each major accomplishment (which we’ll point out, if he won’t, are numerous). His best advice for fellow gentlemen? The simple things: Master the omelet, buy an antique, vacation solo.

In other words, Guerre’s personal mantra, ‘The art of details,’ applies to all aspects of life—from what he wears, to how he shoots, to how he prepares for a stylish business trip to Italy. Below, Guerre shares his thoughts on packing well while traveling abroad:

“Packing is one of those things that can be tedious when getting ready to travel. It’s about getting everything needed while still minimizing the load. There remain a few constants on every trip regardless of the city: For starters, I take two bags—my carry-on and a bag that gets checked in.

“Among my favorite items and must-haves that reside in my carry-on: A fountain pen, a Moleskine or other journal, a good book (I refuse to do e-books), quality sunglasses, my watch case from Quood, and a sentimental watch. The computer and camera accessories are always near, as are a bag of (plantain) chips and—being an East Flatbush, Brooklyn boy—a few photos that remind me that there’s nothing better than what awaits me at home (when not traveling with me).”

“The suitcase carries the expected: The clothing, cologne, and The Art of Shaving items. An evening suit is a must, and this trip, I’m packing some colorful laces for my favorite boots and wingtips.

“How do I pack? Efficiently. It’s all about the right pieces, blazers folded well, and camera always handy.”



As much as we’ve said about Mr. Guerre, his work really speaks for itself. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from Pitti and Milan in the weeks to come, courtesy of Guerre’s past work at (Click each image to enlarge):


[Portrait of Guerre by Elisabetta Marzetti of The Chic Beat. Read her Q&A with Guerre here. Quotes and all other photos by Karl-Edwin Guerre of Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • adam January 12, 2013, 10:20 am

    Karl is a fashion icon

  • Paolo January 12, 2013, 11:08 am

    Plz where I can buy colored ties for shoes ?

  • Justin, Blog Editor January 14, 2013, 7:18 am

    Hi Paolo,
    Guerre wears laces by a brand called Stolen Riches—but you can find colorful laces by our own in-house brand here: 1901 Shoe Laces (7-Pack).
    Thanks for reading,
    —Justin, Men’s Blog Editor

  • Billeholm January 19, 2013, 4:33 am

    Enter his site with caution… it’s addictive!

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