ROBERTO MALIZIA - INTERVIEW
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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE ?
I try to mix different styles at the same time, so it is a combination between classic and street. In every single outfit I wear, I always try to look as unique as possible. It is difficult to describe my style though.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLOTHING STORE / BRANDS YOU LIKE ?
I don't have a favourite brand but I like to be in constant contact with some Australian menswear brands and with some European menswear giants. My main passion is for vintage clothes, I like to spend time in vintage stores in Melbourne three or four times a week.
WHERE DO YOU GET INSPIRATION FROM? ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR PEOPLE THAT YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM ?
I get inspiration from a few of the American and Italian menswear bloggers, but I have never copied their style. I want to be an influencer myself, so I will always do it in my own way.
WHEN DID YOU START TO DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN MENS FASHION AND WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND ?
I was born and raised in Italy. Fashion is in my veins, I started working for fashion brands back there and here in Australia I started working in the industry 2 years ago. I'm fascinated with Creative Arts, be it painting, art or drawing. Fashion is reflected not only through clothes, but it comes through in everything around us. You can get inspiration for an outfit just by staring at the mix of colours that is found in nature.
YOU GREW UP IN ITALY. PLEASE TELL ME MORE ABOUT THAT? HOW DOES FASHION IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA COMPARE WITH FASHION IN ITALY ?
Australian fashion is getting better and better every year, with influences coming through from some European trends. In Italy the competition in this field is a lot higher and the chances to stand out are narrower. At the moment Australia is the place to be, to make a name for yourself in the industry. Economy here is a lot better too. If you are smart in this field, the chances to be successful are a lot higher in this country.
YOU SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF TATTOOS. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME ABOUT THAT? WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE TATTOO AND WHAT SIGNIFICANCE DOES IT HAVE IN YOUR LIFE ?
I have always been addicted with arts, drawing and painting so in the last few years I decorated my whole body. Every single tattoo is very important to me but probably the most significant ones are those located on my knuckles that say "Made in Roma ( in memory of my city )". Also my tattoos on my hands, that read "limit-less" are significant. I consider my self limitless. Many tattoos are motivational quotes that give me strength every time I feel down. My tattoos are a reminder of important events that have occurred in my life also.
WHAT ARE YOUR STAPLES / ESSENTIAL ITEM OF CLOTHING IN YOUR WARDROBE ?
I'm a layering addict. I love coats and hats. My essentials are my glasses and my chain for my trousers,
SO WHAT'S NEXT ROBERTO? WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE IN THE FUTURE ?
I want to start my own label and continue to inspire people. In the next two years, my goal is to spend more time in Italy, establish contacts and create a partnership with my label, which will be made in Italy (of course).
THANK YOU SO MUCH.