Tonight I am going to cover a subject that means quite a lot to me. I am Italian and from New York thus I have a very deep rooted attachment to clothes and looking my best in them. I see way to many people in today’s society discounting the role being well dressed plays in life. What you wear is a direct reflection of you and you should be proud of every aspect of how you put yourself together.
I am going to share a small rant story. I am at work finally at the end of my peak dinner rush. Keep in mind that tonight I had both a catering event to help with and my own meal over at the Mexican restaurant. I know, an Italian chef running a Mexican restaurant sounds a bit preposterous. Then again so has been my entire life. I get to sit down on a milk crate behind to kitchen and check my phone to see if any ladies are chomping at the bit to see me tonight.
As usual nothing of the kind, such is life. I don’t blame them I guess. I mean I was way more attractive when I was a failing professional surfer working at a gas station who barely had a pot to piss in. I really don’t get that expression. I mean if your poor there is always something to piss in and who pees in a pot anyway. I would just take a piss in the bushes or behind a dumpster or something. That is technically my guest bathroom at the palace. Actually the pharse dates back to colonial times when there was not plumbing. People had these little pot type things that they would do their business in at night and then dump them out in the morning. Hence the phrase “pot to piss in”. I love useless knowledge, don’t you. We all know Kooky Kyle does. He is like the fucking encyclopedia of that type of shit.
Where was I? Oh, the text. My new roommate whom has barely lived in my place for three weeks texts me “I borrowed your pea coat….bla bla”. This particular coat is my favorite to wear when I dress up. It is not cheap, although I got it for a deal and since I walk about a mile and half down town it is key to looking my best on said walk. If I feel styling and put together on my way to the club it translates down to my demeanor in the club as well.
Dude takes the coat with out my permission and in my book that is very disrespectful. Shoots if he asked I most likely would have lent it to him anyway. More then one person has benefited from my extensive wardrobe. I was at first furious. It took some deep breathing and meditation to calm myself down. Then I thought about it further. Dan is a Californian and mostly besides LA and San Francisco the whole lot of them do not really know how to dress. I mean the guy is always in khaki’s and shades of blue color button downs when I see him. He looks like he should be on the Banana Republic catalog or something to that effect.
Realizing this I figured he just may not have understood just how much clothing means to fashion oriented people. As a result did not fully understand the severity of the offense he was committing. Shit maybe he got excited when he saw just how flashing my wardrobe is and was overwhelmed becoming light headed and not thinking “hey I should probably ask Chris before taking a jacket this sleek”. Could have been worse. He could have grabbed my custom made Armani suit or dabbled in my shoes.
I will reiterate, I am Italian. Where do you think most fashion originates from? That’s right Italy. There is not any Milan in California. Sorry folks. In the US the hub of high fashion is New York City. Now I am not saying I am the most stylish person out there, but to be honest the only thing that keeps me from being just that is budget. If I had rapper money believe me my wardrobe would be out of this world. Heck I might just throw an outfit away after I wore it so that I would never have to be in re-runs. I am also a bit insane.
Ever since I was a child having decent clothing was instilled into me by my parents. My dad always wore nice shoes and explained a good pair of shoes said a lot about a man’s character. When I made my first communion my mother had my suit custom tailored for me. It took two days of measurements cause I was so hyperactive and I hated her for it. I will tell you this I was one of the best dressed kids at that service. At my conformation my sponsor and I coordinated purple suits,but in a classy way, not too guido. When I go shopping for clothing it can take hours. My friends have stopped going with me for that reason. I think my mother is one of the few people I can shop with. Italian men and their mothers is a topic I am not about to cover in this blog.
Now I need to mention that I am not saying that a well dressed person can’t be a creep. What I am trying to say is that how you present yourself shows how you want to be perceived. If I go out in stained clothing and torn up shoes it mainly says I do not give a fuck. When you look put together people look at you with a sort of admiration. “That guy has it going on”. Most people say I over dress and I always reply, no you just under dress. If we all went around naked it would not matter, but since that has yet to come to pass, and I admit I would be the first to jump on the all nude all the time band wagon. It may not go to well with my current profession and the sanitation code, but in general I would have no problem giving up on clothing all together.
Even at work I try and keep a style about me. My chef coats are of an angled cut at the neck which suits my body type. I picked a hat that enhances my out fit and I always, always wear pleated pants. You may be reading this right now and be thinking “man this guys is one of the most vain people I have ever listened to ramble on about bull shit”. In my opinion its not vanity my friends, but self respect and respect for others around me.