Over the past 2 years I've seen many bearded gents. The 100 Beards project has made me an expert in the hirsute and despite becoming something of a beard-snob, I was still mighty impressed when meeting David Parisi for the first time. His dedication to style goes way beyond grooming however and really it's his brain that's the most mighty of all. With a natural affiliation for the monochromatic, the designer fit perfectly in En Noir, Rob Garcia's minimalistic luxury sportswear.
We shot David in the industrial architecture of his home city of Milan, talking about culture, art and the fashion industry. Check out his range in the GQ for GAP collaboration at GAP.com and see the full interview below.
David Parisi, Fashion Designer
Where did you grow up and where do you live now? I live in Milan, but I spent my childhood in the south of Italy, in Calabria.
Describe yourself in 5 words? Dreamer, imaginative, stubborn, absent-minded, positive.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was little I didn't think of a role in particular, I just thought 'creativity' in the broadest sense.
You hit the mark by becoming a designer – where do you get the most inspiration? My inspirations are part of me: the people I meet, places I visit, the books I read, the movies, the music, the food, and the mood. Everything and anything.
It's always interesting to ask a fashion designer where they buy their clothes. If you were to get items that you didn't create yourself, where would you shop? I prefer to buy while traveling, so I always wear a "memory" - something with emotion attached. I'm not a digital buyer - I've got to feel with all my senses.
What artists do you most admire? Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
Favourite city in the world you've visited? Tokyo for the buildings, the unique spirit and the culture. I still have so many other cities to visit so that may change. I'm always open to something new.
What's on the horizon for you? Work, work and more work. I love what I do so work is in a way, not even work. We have a new collaboration coming soon with the brand I co-founded with Alessia Crea, CASAMADRE.
See the full interview below.