La Greca Magazine
It was a couple of years ago on a lazy summer afternoon when under the protective veil of a vine tree pergola I flipped the page of an American poetry read and unexpectedly ran into a brilliant quote that shook my very core.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the number of the moments that take our breath away"
It makes me wonder how many things are actually measurable in life.
Apart from minutes and dimensions, can we measure feelings?
Apart from lengths and widths of manchettes and lapels can we measure aesthetics, quality, dedication, and passion?
It was also a couple of years ago that I met Mr. Cedric Burnel, young yet experienced, unconventional and inquisitive specialist in made-to-measure services and sartorial advice; a living example that certain qualities are undoubtedly beyond measure. His fervor for his work is reflected in his constant search for trends and the ambition to sustain the image of an influencer himself. His sense for style is depicted in his impeccable outfit combinations with emphasis on detail. His perceptiveness is seen in the successful marriage of deceptively different couture worlds.
During our initial brainstorming meeting, I noticed to my great surprise that his tie was tilted, the knot at one side, the blade and the tale of the tie hanging visibly on the left and right respectively. "That is not like Cedric" I thought to myself and, of course, felt the compelling urge to blab it out: "You need to fix your tie" I heard myself saying in a completely ignorant attempt to "help him out". That is when he explained to me the term “sprezzatura” and how he embraces it in a less show-off manner, his own non-Pitti-Uomo way. My excitement grew instantly, as I realized “I have so much to learn from this guy!”
We met at the lobby of the most exquisite hotel in the city of Knokke, the perfect setting for his launch interview entrusted to La Greca Blog. Dimly lit, mysterious and contemporary classic, the interior was in harmony with Cedric's aura and appearance.
For our photo shoot his suits, uniquely tailored under his supervision, made a statement point. The Ermenegildo Zegna suit with its baggy waist pant lines and the Italian slim fit jacket derived from his own inspiration. His ties, always in dark blue, created a strong and smart trademark. "You can wear blue with anything nowadays and it is the color that represents me" he explained with a witty wink. Only the embroidery on them changed: A hot chili pepper - as the underground symbol of the Italian mob - added a spicy bad boy feel, a pair of white scissors playfully alluded to his tailoring know-how, the Saint Crispin’s Oxford on the royal blue silk proudly revealed his favorite shoe brand, and the list went on endlessly, just like his imagination.
An exclusive brand which we will have the opportunity to experience in Cedric Burnel’s trunkshow this December, Saint Crispin’s offers handmade, customized and made-to-measure collections for men and women who want to stand out in elegance and finesse. Furthermore, the Romanian house offers lifetime guarantee for these timeless designs. Celebrities such as Elthon Newton, Kenji Kaga and Igor Levit put their faith in Saint Crispin’s. In the words of 4VOO cosmetic brand ambassador Koen Van Zandweghe (quoted 4 years after purchase of his customized pair signed with his initials): “These are admittedly the most comfortable shoes I have ever and probably will ever own”.
So, the next time you want to stand out, Cedric can guide you through his sartorial world. It is not a Jani manual that he offers as a magical solution to poor dressing skills, but a personalized codex of fashion advice for each client who truly cares about his image and wants to take it a step further. Each individual is unique in their wants, their likes, external features and personality traits, thus different fashion statements and trends can be employed to enhance your look. Cedric finds the right tailors, suppliers and brands to match your personality and creates a stylish concoction just for you. His devotion, zeal, insight and inspiration can lift your image beyond measure.
Ladies and gentlemen, stay at the edge of your seats for the next events with Mr. Burnel:
- Saint Crispin’s trunkshow
7 December 2016
By appointment 18:00-22:00
Location: Hotel Memlinc, Knokke
- Sparkles and Bubbles
Valentine Edition by La Greca Blog
2 February 2017
Hotel La Reserve, Knokke
Mr. Burnel at your service.
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Author: Marianna Lagakou - Van Zandweghe