You're a man with a great knowledge in style and you've finally decided to start your own line of clothes, tell us a bit about Peder Lamm Collection.
It all started with my own clothes. I am to small for Swedish ready-to-wear sizes, so I had to have my clothes made by a tailor. Doing so for some time, I took interrest in materials, cuts, buttons, linings et c. I was looking for perfection. One thing led to another. In the end I thought that it would be undemocratic to keep what I had found out for myself.
Being an artdealer and antique expert, how has the world of art influenced your taste in clothes?
Well, many artdealers dress like tramps, but some do really look great. Especially the English and Italian art dealers are well dressed. Otherwise, in art people rarely wear clothes. A fig leaf, at the most!
What do you think men should think about when buying a suit?
There is a lot to think about! Start with some basic questions like:
- Do you often wear a suit? If not, ask someone who does.
- Summer or winter?
- What is your budget?
- What materials do you like?
- Which colours look good on you (whith your skin type and hair in mind)?
In general I think guys often wear their suits too big. One size too small is ideal. Don´t go for what is expected. Try heavier materials, an unusual weav, unconventional colours and patterns (without looking like a clown). Go for conservative cuts. Very trendy looks will pass within the year, and a good suit is expensive.
What period historically do you view as having the greatest level of creativity and attention to detail in menswear?
Of course it is the period 1800-1820, especially in England. Otherwise my favorite is American east coast 1920 - 1940 and 1955 - 1970.
If you could buy any piece of furniture today with an open budget what would it be?
A good 18th Century Paris made piece, preferebly by one of the best masters of the Louis XVI period, like Adam Weisweiler or Martin Carlin.
Who is your favorite artist?
Paolo Uccello (Florence 15th C)
It is 1970 and we are meeting in Rome for a private party hosted by Luchino Visconti. What are you wearing? In addition, whom do you want to meet?
Actually, in 1970 I was wearing diapers, but OK, I get your point! A black, slim, light wool suit, a white Egyptian cotton shirt, a plain black silk tie and a pair of perversely well polished, pointed black hand made shoes by Ferragamo. A white linen handkerchief in my breast pocket and a pair of gold cufflinks by Bulgari. Of course I would meet La Sofia, we would leave the boring party for a drink at a trattoria and then head for my suite at the Hassler for a bottle of Champagne (Carlo P wouldn't notice, she would be home in time).
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