As part our Grazie series we’re taking a closer look at the most exciting artists, designers, chefs and creatives inspired by Italian style. Frank Gallucci is a man who knows all about style. An influential style icon, lifestyle blogger, model and athlete, Frank fully embodies everything the world admires about the effortless and natural Italian style. We spoke to Frank about the masters of Italian style, understated elegance and his favourite places in Italy.
Hi Frank. Can you tell us about yourself and what you do?
Hello, I am 30 years old, 100% Italian, and totally made in the south of Italy. That’s an important aspect about my personality - I was born in Sicily (Catania) and I lived in Calabria (Crotone) until I was 18. Then I decided to study far from my hometown and I went to Perugia for University, where I spent 6 years. After my graduation in political & economic science I spent 5 months in Australia and then back to Italy looking for a job. That, in a few words, is my background. Currently I live in Milan which is my base and from there I can work with the blog in general and travel around the world.
When did you get introduced to style and fashion and what do you find so fascinating about it?
I got involved with it three years ago but my interest in style and fashion comes from my family. This doesn’t mean my parents work in fashion - they are both vets - but I was influenced by cousins and some uncles under many points of view. When I started I told to myself to show Italian lifestyle rather than fashion.
How did growing up in Italy affect your personal style?
Travelling all over the world I can assure we do it with total naturalness. It’s a sort of habit, effortlessly - it’s simply a matter of DNA. In Italy we have our faults, but from this point of view we are one of the best in the world.
My personal style of course was affected by the Italian way; since I was a kid I have always seen proportions, great colours matched between them and good taste in terms of elegance. Often this sort of elegance was understated – as Giorgio Armani, the king, says: “elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered”. That’s a huge lesson from a master and we have to learn from him. My claim is that “style has no rules, just personality”. You don’t need to wear a tie and suit to be elegant, you can be elegant also with casual style. The real elegance comes from your behaviour and your way of doing things.
What do you think sets Italian style apart from the rest of the world?
There is not a specific reason because as I told you previously it’s a matter of DNA - we have this sort of skill called style. For me Italian style is unique. It’s a combination of personality, taste, proportions, appropriate colours, attitude, a way of wearing clothes and versatility.
Who are your Italian style icons and who are your favourite designers?
Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio De Sica and Gianni Agnelli are my favourites. Each one of them influenced me for different reasons. In terms of designers it must be Armani and Cucinelli above all. Armani because he changed the fashion system, and it’s so incredible thinking he has built this Empire in just 40 years; Cucinelli because he is the king of lifestyle and he is teaching the value of humanity in the working world.
Tell us about some of your favourite places in Italy.
The list is really long but I will try to tell you just a few places.
I have to begin with Milan, the city in which I have lived for the past three years. An amazing city, full of new ideas and full of ambitious people. Next is the south; amazing food, landscape, hospitality, people, sea, and beaches. In one word, Italy, no doubt about it. Often Italians travel everywhere but many don’t know how beautiful is area is.
I must include Rome – everyone should see it at least once. The problem is that when you see it the comparison with other cities doesn’t exist; the beauty it has coupled with the history behind it is incomparable. Also Florence - I go there several times during the year because I have my uncle there who lives exactly in front of the Duomo, so you can imagine that I love it. Finally, Venice. The first time you go there you’re shocked and amazed that it’s even possible. I’m breathless every time I spend just 10 minutes there.