Nicola Linza for Manner of Man Magazine
We are of course familiar with the sleek delivery bikes speeding around Manhattan, yet the residents of Phnom Penh have a different viewpoint when it comes to delivery transport. They have obviously been inspired by the classic images of edgy 1950s and 1960s Film Noir.
Who comes to my mind? Both Jean Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon speeding along on their mopeds looking so fantastic and chic with their dark hair slicked back, white linen pants, crisp shirts, and classic loafers. I think particularly of my friend Alain Delon as Tom Ripley in the spectacular Rene Clément film of 1960 'Plein Soleil' or his role in Luchino Visconti's 1960 grand masterpiece "Rocco e i suoi fratelli." This inspiration of Delon in those roles is iconic, and an epitome of masculine causal chic.
Another close personal friend who happens to be a top photographer touring the region supplied Manner of Man with the image above snapped at a raw market. He wrote "I've been travelling a lot for the last couple of months, all over Asia. Just got back from Bali a couple of weeks ago. Wow! I loved it. In Phnom Penh, there are “Alain Delon” delivery mopeds everywhere. Funny how he (Alain Delon) pops up all over the world, and in so many different guises."
Considering the high style and the level of contrast to the area, these mopeds provide a level of chic that would otherwise not be realized. It is branding at its best without being loud while at the same time evoking great environmental style and timeless memories.