Meet Monkeybeau // Giotto Calendoli
Originally from Naples, Giotto Calendoli has made Milan his homebase. Together with girlfriend Patricia Manfield, he blogs on theatelier.me. The couple has made it into the ranks of the most photographed people at fashion week and they certainly make the most beautiful couple! But Giotto has big plans and even got a fashion label in the making…
When did you start having an interest for fashion?
It all happened when i started working at the Alexander McQueen showroom.
You are working on your own fashion brand, tell me a little bit about it…
Well, i started to create some pieces by myself last summer. Because sometimes I really can’t find pieces that represent my style. I was inspired by my Grandfather, because my favourite clothes used to be his. That’s the reason I decided the perfect name could only be GrandPa. I created the first two pieces for me and Patricia for Pitti (last June) and i received a huge request. So now I keep making pieces during fashion week to get some final feedback, hoping to go into production for next season. GrandPa is a mix of 30’s references reinterpreted into the modern world.
Who is your favourite designer?
I don’t have a favourite designer, I get inspired by the people that I see around the world, but I have to admit that art comes first. Umit Benan and the collaborations that Nick Wooster does are my favorite ones.
Who would you like to see wearing your clothes?
All the people that have the right attitude to reflect the personality of the brand.
How did you get into the blogging/Instagram business?
It was so fast and unexpected, so for me it’s hard to explain how I got into the social business, but success surely comes when you are focused and determined on finding the right way to express yourself and on making the right decisions.
How long have you been blogging as a couple and what are the pros?
It’s been a year and a half now and obviously growing up both professionally and morally having your girlfriend by your side is the best experience in the world. We travel together and explore new worlds and ideas. We are each other’s perfect partner in crime so it can’t get any better than this.
What is it that you love about your job?
What I really love about my job has got to be traveling, meeting different and interesting people around the world – every day.
What does a normal day in your life look like?
I wake up very early, have breakfast at home, go to the gym and then I run off to appointments all day long.
Patricia and you are the cutest couple around, how does it feel suddenly being the talk of the town and photographed by streetstyle photographers?
Well, we finally have more pictures to show to our kids in the future… I’m kidding. We are certainly gratefull for all the attention but we don’t make a primary thing out of it.
Which people do you usually hang out with?
When we have time for us, we hang out with our best friends who are not part of the fashion world. Which means that we can talk about other things, though sometimes we start to talk about work, it’s “inevitable”…
Which music currently plays on your iPhone?
My currently playlist consists of various types of music: hip hop, hipster and electro.
Who is your favourite artist?
My favourite artists at the moment are : Chet Faker, Glass Animals, Alt-J and Drake.
If you could live in a different era, which one would it be?
I always have the image of the 30’s in my mind. Seeing old photographs, it seems to be the most interesting era. Especially when I look at the clothes of my grandfather and my grandmother. I am very curious what life was like back then and wouldn’t mind reliving those years.
What three items will you invest in this spring/summer?
Linen Shirts (as every summer), a backpack and sunglasses.
What is your number one hotspot in Milan?
My favourite hotspot in Milan is called “Tibi” which is a very cool and friendly Bar/Bistro and the drinks are the best in town.
What is your favourite fashion brand?
I don’t have a favourite fashion brand but i really like newcomers as well as the “giants” such as Saint Laurent, Zegna, Missoni, Ferragamo and many more.
Do you have a fashion icon? If yes, who is it?
My Fashion icon is my grandfather who unfortunately I never got to meet.
What was the best fashion advice ever given to you?
Do not wear clothes just because they are fashionable, but try on what makes you feel comfortable and reflects the way you are. Not overdoing it too, but being simple. In most cases a white T-shirt and denim jeans are the best choice to make.
Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
In ten years time, I see myself with my wife and at least two kids somewhere – anywhere! The rest does not matter.
Who would you like to work with?
I would love to collaborate with Nick Wooster I love his vision of fashion.
If you could meet a celebrity or a person from the past who would it be and why?
James Dean: an icon who, out of simplicity created his key force.
What is your favourite restaurant?
One of my favourite restaurants is Temakinho which is a mix between Brasilian and japanese sushi food, I really love it.
Where are you planning on traveling to next?
Well, actually I am answering your questions in New York, and this month of fashion week I will travel a lot; New York, back to Milan and then Paris.
If there was one thing you could put your head around now, what would it be?
Why violence towards women even exists.
What is your masterplan for the next ten years?
Keep doing things right, buy a house and raise a family.
Image courtesy of Adam Katz Sinding