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FALL 2015

I came. I saw. I conquered.

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FALL 2015

The 1st and only Men’s Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine from Italy. Awarded 2014 Hottest Magazine Launch! Cover Alessio Sakara Editor in Chief Francesco Di Maio PR & Communications Federica Fatale HAIR & GROOMING Francesco Cilidonio—Cily Hairstylist Graphic Design Cecilia Giménez de Paz cgimenezdepaz@gmail.com Photo Credits Stefano Malandrino (cover) Circumnavigation Fotolia.com (pp. 6-7) LEONE 1947 www.leone1947.com (pp. 2-3, 8-11) Photo Giordano—Magma Studio (pp. 14-15) Lucrezia Senserini (pp. 16-21) Manuel Scrima (pp. 40-43) Inna Race, Private Paparazzi Productions (pp. 64-67) ADDITIONAL CREDITS (pp. 62-65) Photographer: Valentina Startari Models: Agostino Porcaro, Marco and Davide Bellocco Clothing: Fratelli Destefano Contact Info info@uomo-moderno.com Website: uomo-moderno.com Uomo Moderno is a quarterly publication of Men’s Fashion by Francesco LLC. ISSN 2329-9258 © 2015, All Rights Reserved

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what’s inside

Contents

SPORTS

12 Sara Cardin The Venetian Karateka

14 Marco Maddaloni The Neapolitan Judoka

16 Crossfit Pain Is Temporary, Glory Is Forever

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Cover Story Alessio Sakara “Legionarius”

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GROOMING

18 Cily Hairstylist Hairstyle for Athletes


FASHION

TRAVEL

DĂŠcor

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WYWoL

The Temple of Hercules

Tubes

Be Unique

Magna Graecia

Heaters That Radiate Art

28 Gall Not Just Guts!

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46 The Temple of Concordia Magna Graecia

Leitmotiv

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Toys

The Greek Theater

CUISINE

60 Acetaia Sereni Black Drops of Gold

Magna Graecia

36 Angelo Cruciani Army of Love

50 The Temple of Segesta Magna Graecia

ACCESSORIES

52 The Temple of Hiero

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Magna Graecia

EVENTS

64 Swimwear Show

66 Second Anniversary

Marco & Davide On the Pillars of Magna Graecia

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Benvenuti! Immigration is nothing new! Just think: 2,800 years ago famines, wars, climate change, and overcrowding incited waves of ancient Greeks to forsake their lands and seek out new homelands, which they found in the southern coastal regions of the Italic peninsula—Magna Graecia or ‘Greater Greece’. Greek language, religion, cuisine, culture were exported to the Italic peninsula, laying the foundations of the Roman Empire and, hence, western civilization. New waves of Greek immigrants washed upon the shores of the boot during the Ottoman Conquest. So if you are come from southern Italian decent, you are probably Greek! Between the 8th–3rd centuries BC, a Hellenic civilization sprang up as Greek colonizers interacted with the preexisting Italic civilizations. The Greek culture did not end with Roman domination but rather blended and evolved. Take wrestling, for example, which was a popular form of martial art in ancient Greece and Magna Graecia. When the Romans conquered the Greeks, wrestling was absorbed into the Roman way of life. It is said that an Italian wrestler first coined the term “Greco-Roman” wrestling, which is an Olympic sport. During the early Middle Ages (5th-10th centuries), war forced Greek Christians to seek refuge in the south of the Italic peninsula, since it was governed by the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire. The fall of its capital Constantinople to the Turks in the 15th century brought a new wave of Greek scholars who settled the entire Italic peninsula, playing a crucial role in the Renaissance. In this issue, we explore the ancient Greek foundations of Italy and how they continue to influence fashion today, particularly in pockets of southern Italy like Calabria. We also take a close look at how combat sports are growing in popularity among Italians, instilling the values of determination, dedication, and desire to overcome. We too can learn from the ancients. Similar to Julius Caesar, who spoke the Latin phrase—Veni, vidi, vici (‘I came, I saw, I conquered’)—if we prepare ourselves, with a little perseverance we can examine our hardships in life and turn them around into a sweet swift victory! We must merely refuse to give up! Francesco 6

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the FALL 2015 Edition of Uomo Moderno The Ancient Theater of Taormina Originally built in the 3rd century BC by the Greeks and reconstructed later by the Romans, the Teatro Greco is second in size to the amphitheater in Siracusa and offers spectacular views of volcano Etna and the mountains of Calabria. Perched on the side of a mountain, Taormina is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations.

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“Legionarius”

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Feature Story

The blood of Rome flows through his veins, its ancient flames burning in his dark eyes. Every battle, every challenge, every loss, every win is marked in his eyes like a fearless legionnaire who challenges his opponents with strength and determination. Alessio Sakara has never surrendered to difficulties—an example to those in limbo with no way out, the giant in the Ultimate Fighting Championship of formidable strength and physical stature but good in heart. What better warrior to interview him than Julius Caesar, whose quotes are etched in time. “In the end you will become what everyone thinks you are.” All my life I had to learn from an early age, let’s say from 14, to believe in myself through situations that left me at a disadvantage, due to certain circumstances. This benefitted me because I’ve come to the conclusion that, if you want to obtain something, you really can have it even if there are obstacles to overcome. “If you want peace, prepare for war.” In contact sports, if you find serious trainers who teach the right philosophy, this can change and save a lot of individuals; it helps at a young age to grow up with principles. Basically a contact sport teaches respect to ourselves and, therefore, to all. It teaches that, with each hit, you have to react—a kind of metaphor for life—but above all there are no excuses when you fight. You have to be ready. You cannot climb into the ring unprepared—it’s the same in everyday life. “You too, Brutus, my son?” Unfortunately it is so, our ancestors were not wrong, as Caesar said. Since I started, many people close to me were initially always on my side; then many distanced themselves and changed. I think that sooner or later the truth about a person comes out with time, but I believe in meritocracy and that you reap what you sow in life.

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“Men willingly believe what they want.” I think it’s important to help people less fortunate than ourselves; I started with Assohandicap because the manager was a friend of mine, so I knew that his project was serious. After speaking, we agreed on several points and we developed a number of social projects. Now in our events we always try to help nonprofit organizations. We shouldn’t wait for a misfortune to happen to understand the suffering of the less fortunate. We should help our neighbor when we can. “Upon learning this news, an intense sudden fear invaded Rome.” Fears must not drag you down. Each encounter is unique, and certainly we know that each victory brings us one step forward. But if we lose even in defeat, we have much to learn and certainly grow. Fears are always about not being able to achieve a certain result, not succeeding. So when we fight, the primary opponent is ourselves! “Divide and conquer!” I want to disseminate as much as possible the discipline of Mixed Martial Arts in Italy, making everyone understand the philosophy of a professional fighter correctly. Therefore, I run a sports association and some teams throughout the entire peninsula with valid teachers that I have trained. Above all, they are serious masters who pass onto the student the method and right approach to life. “I have lived long enough to satisfy both nature and glory.” Every morning I look in the mirror to say “I can do it!” I haven’t arrived yet at what I want to be and that’s the beauty of my daily life: to make every day a step closer to my goal! “I came. I saw. I conquered.” One of the most important values is determination, without which we can’t grasp our dreams. But above all we must never fail at being a fighter; our sport is one that puts you in front of the bare raw truth. During the last match, I broke my biceps tendon and, had it not been for the doctor, I would have continued with one arm less, as I have always done since my first encounter. I fight with the same enthusiasm and determination as when I started. Alea iacta est ‘The die is cast’ — Julius Caesar 10

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Did You

Know?

Several Greek communities exist to this day in Calabria and Apulia, totaling more than 40,000 individuals—25,000 of whom speak Greek. Known as Griko, their language has been classified “endangered,” while the people have been recognized by the Italian parliament as ethnic Greek minorities.

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Sara Cardin

The Karateka from Venice While many little girls dream of becoming ballerinas, models,

You were close to your grandfather. What did you learn from

or actresses, you chose karate!

him?

In reality when you are 6 or 7, you don’t really make your own

My grandfather and I are the adventurous sporting side of the

choices. More than anything, it was my grandfather who had

family. I believe he imparted great humane, sporting values like

the intuition, because he saw me playing all day in the garden

respect, courage, loyalty, and self-sacrifice; but mainly he taught

with bows and arrows…. Then my mom was convinced after

me to dream.

seeing me run around the kitchen with a wooden sword in hand and shouting “world champions, world champions….” She also

What are the main requisites for karate?

understood that there was no hope in seeing me in a tutu and

First, karate is a very complete sport in which you use your

ballet slippers!

arms, legs, and whole body in general. Precisely for this, many skills are required: speed, balance, precision, power, a sense of distance and time, and combativeness.

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Karate

Age: 28 Hometown: Conegliano, Veneto Height: 5’ 3” (1.61m) Weight: 122lbs (55k) Medals Gold: 2014 Karate World Championships

Interview by Federica Fatale. How about mental requisites?

Do you have a favorite strike?

Self-control, reflexes, stamina, imagination, humility….

It’s called “ura mawashi”—a hook kick to the face with the sole of the foot.

What values can karate teach? It teaches us to have more self-control, self-esteem, and above

What do you do to relax?

all respect for oneself and one’s opponent.

To relax and rest physically, I really like going to the sauna and Jacuzzi at the spa. Then, I unwind a bit by going dancing,

How often do you train?

shopping, or out with friends.

I train every day and twice a day before a competition, morning and afternoon. The training sessions are not very long, two hours

Any final words to young girls who want to follow your path?

max, since we work on speed and resistance, even mentally; too

Learn to challenge yourself to go beyond your limits, put soul

many consecutive hours are impossible for heightened attention

into every single move you make, and—if you can—then build

and reflexes.

yourself a real dream and go grab hold of it.

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The Judoka from Naples

Marco Maddaloni

Age: 30 Hometown: Naples Height: 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8â&#x20AC;? (1.77m) Weight: <160.9lbs (<73k) Medals Gold: 2013 & 2014 World Cup Bronze: 2008, 2011, 2014 World Cup

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Judo

“My father has always been a very tough and demanding coach,

me never to give up, believe right to the end, and that there is no

one of those trainers who never takes ‘no’ for an answer. He has

success without sacrifice. If it were not for judo, I would not be

always been a person with an immense charisma, often able to

the man I am today!

make you stronger in that moment. The best lesson that he ever passed on to me is that rest is for the dead.

“Obviously I root for Napoli and am happy for every win; but as a professional athlete, I cannot reconcile the difference between

“I am very attached to my city. I love my Naples, even if where I

soccer and other sports, including mine. I speak in terms of

live is not quite the Naples that I desire. Being born and growing

both finances and popularity! I find it absurd that after reaching

up there gave me the strength to become who I am, to never give

important goals and dedicating a lifetime to training and sacrifice,

up, always to find the strength for one last fight, and especially to

we must earn 1,300 euros but a soccer player—fixed salaries

put myself in the shoes of other people less fortunate than me!

that support a whole family!

“Being Neapolitan, I have an appetite; but often I have to put

“I have lots of passions outside judo. I love nature, the sea,

on the brakes because it’s not easy to get back into my weight

horses, and cars. I am a person who likes to kick back at 360

class. I particularly follow the Zone diet, reinforced by Enervit.

degrees; but the thing I love most is spending time with my

Obviously I also try to ‘sense’ my body: often I feel the need

girlfriend, family, and friends. Actually we often organize BBQs,

for carbohydrates, especially after a hard work out, and I try to

lunches, and dinners where we all gather.

satisfy it without overdoing it. “Judo does not change your life financially and it does not give you “What I have understood from judo is that you can always improve

popularity; but in return, in terms of life, I’ll tell you in Neapolitan

your technique and strength, but not your heart. The heart is your

v’mpar’ a campà, v’ fa omm (‘it teaches you to live, it makes you

real secret weapon; we must have it to make a difference. It helps

become men’), and perhaps that’s why there is no price!”

you in difficult times; and where you don’t arrive, it arrives (the will to win)! Judo has been fundamental in my life. It has taught

Interview by Federica Fatale.

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pain is temporary, glory is forever

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Crossfit

A pounding heart, time, strength, power and speed, coordination, precision and balance. Fatigue takes over and drives you to fight against your greatest enemy: yourself. Blisters on your hands, scratches on your knees. No, it’s not pain but gain. Because after making the effort, you get up and you know that you did it. You tried and stood the test, having thought it would never end. As in life, so it is in the mind that refuses to surrender to defeat. This is growth. This is CrossFit. Through the eyes of the Tuscan coach Alessio Piccolo, we can understand why this discipline, which was born in America, is constantly gaining more popular ground in Italy. “When CrossFit arrived to Italy for the first time, none of us had really understood it. But its powerful components gave us an impression of real effort and sacrifice. “Then as it is now, CrossFit for Italians was an unusual proposal because it went against everything that we had long taken for granted: free body exercises that require the sacrifice and precise technique which belong to the old schools of weightlifting and gymnastics. “Now this new figure called the ‘CrossFit Coach’ is the spokesman of an open source, web based laboratory, which is organized and operates only with the presence of a passionate and dedicated community. Certification is merely the first step for the instructors who take on the arduous task of building a CrossFit community. “A ‘box’ owner is fortunate to meet marvelous athletes who are the driving forces of CrossFit throughout the world. It is said that Italians are people of great warmth and intelligence, so it would be unthinkable that such a people not participate in this growing international community.” By Francesco Cilidonio and Alesso Piccolo.

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When you practice a sport, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like putting yourself in a showcaseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the look is fundamental. So Cily Hairstylist proposes 4 looks for men and women that will hold up during your training sessions.

Hairstyle for Athletes

When Fashion Loves Pain

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Grooming

Four Tips for Male Athletes You want long hair but cannot stand it when you sweat. You can get a double cut or undercut (buzzed sides), so that the longer hair on top falls over the shaved sides. In this way, the hair on the nape will not be saturated with sweat. You like to keep you hair short but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to wear it. A nice short tapered look on top is not bad, so the advice that I would give you is to comb it slightly into a crest if you want to change the look a bit. Just do not cut it less than half an inch. You have curly hair and like to keep it long. You can layer the hair, giving the cut a round effect, and cut the area around the neck to avoid being soaked with sweat. I recommend thinning it out a bit if it is thick and falls too much. I think that, if you want to have a curly look, it is better voluminous and wild. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like your hair too short or too long. You can have your hair cut with clippers or scissors so that it is not too shaven, leaving it at about an inch in length. On top, you can leave the hair unkempt with a very natural style, maybe pushing the front up slightly.

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4 Tips for Athletic Women You hate when you hair falls on your face. The simplest choice for you is to tie it back, but a sloppy job is not nice to look at. I advise straightening and moisturizing the hair with anti-frizz oil, then tying it back with something of transparent elastic so that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neat. This is perfect for very long hair. The ideal color for this style? Dark brown or brown. You want to be sexy. If you have the ideal face for a fringe, then I advise it, maybe sported with shoulder-length hair and no more. You could leave it loose on top and free from mid lengths to the ends. The effect is very hot if embellished with a touch of makeup. The ideal color: auburn or red copper. You hate the usual ponytail and want to be more alternative. Why not! This year Afro influences are very much in fashion, so why not be stylish with a nice frisè from braiding?! This way, you will be alternative and fashionable all at once. The ideal color: light or medium blond. You love a natural chic style. A beautiful fishtail braid is what I suggest, or alternatively French braids that that are pinned back so as not to have any hair on your neck. The ideal color: dark brown, dark blond, or light brown with a hint of golden copper.

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WYWoL Be Unique

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Fashion

WYWoL is nothing more than the acronym of

Wear Your Way of Life. It was born out of the

strength and enthusiasm of a group of guys who are convinced of their generation’s potential and value. They look to the future and work together to give life to their dreams, as they are confident that youth should be the bearers of innovative concepts. “WYWoL is the way of being and perceiving the world, the expression of our own character and ideas in which we believe…a progressive metamorphosis, a kaleidoscope of ideas, fashion, music, lifestyle, and communication. “WYWoL is the result of my experiences and the way I see the world. During my recurring trips to London, I was amazed by the myriad of ‘styles’ present there. I let myself be contaminated by this mix that the city carries within itself.

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“On my return I felt the need to recreate this sense of a unique entity formed by different parties, creating a brand that embraces different styles, able to meet the needs of a large customer range—born with the aim of being able to create products on which more people of different lifestyles could reflect, without airs, feeling at ease. “The need was immediately clear from the beginning to present WYWoL on the market as something ‘different’. The ideas came in a natural way, by developing an alternative type of ‘remake clothes’ and performing techniques that, until then, I had used for my work as a cool hunter of new trends and processing for leather and leather goods. “The intent was to mix my knowledge, experimenting on the fabric and what I already knew about leather, creating unique and innovative garments at the same time. All our techniques are performed on the finished garment, without changing its original fit. 24

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“Starting from vintage items, coming from different collection points and treating them with various processing techniques, the final result is a unique product, resulting from the type of processing and the actual intrinsic uniqueness of each piece, which differs from any other, hence increasing its market value. “Thus was born the first collection #BeUnique— the Exclusive Remade Vintage Collection—a series of vintage pieces ‘remade’ in a modern look. This collection is the result of the synergy between the past and present. Craftsmanship and experimental processes come together to create unique garments of this kind. Used items return to life with a modern and refined look: a collection of pieces created in limited editions, according to the philosophy of the WYWoL brand. “In July 2014 our first store was opened in Florence. The shop fully represents our philosophy and consists of blending, quality, and research, where in addition to the garments mentioned above, there are unique pieces, limited editions, and collaborations with other young creatives.” Interview with Edoardo Gradi.

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Gall

Not Just Guts!

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FASHION

“We chose the name GALL because our interpretation of it was

of GALL to the creations we make through clothes. You should

spot on with the core of our being. Besides its literal meanings,

feel that GALL is protecting you, like an armor or statement that

GALL stands for everything we’ve been through in our lives:

you’re proud to wear. Not ashamed of. Basically, wearing your

good and bad—the experiences that in the long run can make

GALL on your sleeve, telling the world ‘yea, I’ve been through

you a stronger human being depending on your outlook.

tough times, but I’m still here!’

“If you look up GALL in the dictionary, you’ll find that it’s bile

“When we choose materials, we look for elements that can be

created within our own bodies. Not the most pleasant thing to

manipulated into something strong, mixing hard with soft, creating

imagine, but there’s a certain rawness about it to which we’re

wearable garments that make you feel like a futuristic warrior.

drawn. Even without the presence of a gallbladder (the place where your gall is stored), GALL will adapt to serve its purpose

“The men and women that wear Gall are people that like to

and keep us functioning.

stand above the masses: sophisticated, elegant, yet different and edgy humans who can think outside the box. Gall pushes

“GALL is also synonymous with terms like poison, rancor, and

an unconventional style, based on quality, functionality, comfort,

bitterness. You go through these things throughout your life,

and a tiny bit of avant-garde mixed with a passion for the streets.

and it’s your choice in how you adapt to it. We choose to let it make us stronger.

“We are actually self-taught fashion designers. We both have had past experiences in fashion, working in several areas of the

“This is the essence of our clothing: Connecting the philosophy

industry, which has gotten us to the point where we are now—

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evolving day by day, year by year, always pushing our boundaries

“Chiara and I were in a situation of chaotic desperation, traveling

and creativity.

back ‘n’ forth between Italy and New York to see each other in the flesh. It was fun and we enjoyed it in the beginning, but after

“For the fall collection, Justin and Chiara—the two designers

almost a year and too many Skype dates, we wanted to spend our

of the brand—try to blend past and present. We were both

lives together on a daily basis, rather than a bi-monthly one. And

fascinated by rust and its color, reminiscent of the deserts of

voila, I magically appeared in Italy. (Smiles) Number one reason

New Mexico and the dark fossilized magma of the volcanoes

was for love.

Teide and Thera. “Our home base is in Roma, which is one of the more beautiful “This idea is combined with the abstract fantasies for which GALL

yet rawest cities I’ve laid eyes on. The contrast of preservation

is renowned and presents again some of the concepts proposed

and destruction mixed with new industrial makes for a Gall-ish

in the spring/summer collection. In this line, the cracks of the

environment.

prints merge with a careful research of materials. Black is the darkness of the palette, while the use of abstract prints produces

“On top of that, you have a history and poetry engrained in the

a bright harmony to be breathed.

DNA that built this city. Knowing that so many strong and creative figures had once walked these grounds, leaving their mark on

“We met in Miami, during a long ago spring break. We clicked

history, is nothing but motivating to me. I wouldn’t want to be

quite immediately and felt a strong connection right from the get-

anywhere else at this point in time.”

go. Finding true love is not easy; but when it happens, it cannot be mistaken for something else.

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Did You

Know? The word for the Calabrian mob (‘Ndrangheta) derives from the Greek word andragathía or ‘heroism’.

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FASHION

Leitmotiv Toys

Fabio Sasso and Juan Caro

are a duo

alla bolognese that have followed their hearts in facing the unknown, season after season, with courage and determination—the symbols of Leitmotiv. Your summer collection was called “Leitmoticon,” which explored the world of emoticons. Is there a connection to the autumn collection? Yes, a connection exists between the two collections. Exploring the two worlds—Leimoticon and Toys—we immersed ourselves in a dreamlike world that permitted us to interpret the collections in a playful way. Worlds linked to a childlike imagination, free for interpretation. Who is SuperLeit in this collection? SuperLeit is clearly a pop character, an icon of popular culture, the fruit of our imagination: a “popular” hero, recognized by everyone and representing the collection’s playful dimension.

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Why did you incorporate the poncho? The poncho is our “souvenir” from a trip we took to South America. It’s a memory, a comfortable garment related to the Latino culture that, having been interpreted and presented in the collection, is fully in line with the collection’s mood. What do you appreciate the most of Italy’s fashion industry and what would you change? We find that the Italian scene currently offers an infinite amount of proposals and different points of view; even better, we believe it is a perfect blend of tradition and innovation. We believe in an Italian “world” with an eye to the future that focuses on young brands. And what do you think these young brands have to offer? An excellent mix of innovation, quality and price.

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Angelo Cruciani Army of Love

“This season Angelo Cruciani presents a conceptual and artistic collection, which was created to reinvent the concept of military: an army of love. It’s time for new rules, new aesthetics, and new philosophies. “The kingdom of love expands day by day in many ways: padlocks that invade the city and monuments, Madonna and her Love Revolution, chats in search of soul mates, a valentine that invades the whole calendar. The world thus declares that it still needs fairy tales, while everything runs and becomes technology—love is back in fashion.

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“Even men want to show their heart, a classic iconic symbol of the female wardrobe. This limited edition has been rigorously designed and created according to symbolic elements that reinterpret the uniform: marines, generals, high military uniforms from different cultures to defend one state—that of feelings. Contradictions generate new horizons: weapons and feelings, uniforms and freedom, rules and romance; this collection was born from the utopian dream of an army that protects humanity. “Pink and black are the main colors that alternate like a Taoist contrast in the texture of fabrics, strictly printed and brocaded allover with hearts. Feminine fabrics like viscose and silk are mixed with male nylons and neoprene, enriched with jacquard weave and flock prints. The collection was then decorated and dressed up with accessories that disrupt the military symbols: hearts everywhere and symbols of peace and brotherhood: this army also loves the enemy.”

Did You

Know?

The term Italia was first applied to the area of Calabria by the Greeks, who borrowed the name from the local people’s language meaning ‘land of cattle’. By the 1st century BC, the Romans had applied the term to the entire peninsula, up to the Alps.

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Marco e Davide On the Pillars of Magna Graecia

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Accessories

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are two brothers: I am 26 (Marco), while Davide just turned 18. Because of the age difference between us, we fight very little. Once in a while we disagree but on irrelevant issues. One of the things we fight about is when we leave the house together and one of us is late. Our characters are completely oppositeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a plus, because we complement one another. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were both born and raised in Reggio Calabria, our land of origin, which we mention everywhere because we are proud to have grown up here. We fondly remember our grandmother who used to make clothes for us and her friends. What impressed us most was her passion, working late and dedicating herself to details.

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Accessories

“The brand name that we chose shares a common thread with her, since she used to call us with both our names when we were younger. So let’s say we owe the choice of ‘Marco e Davide’ as our trademark to her. We launched our brand almost a year ago; after much research, we decided to make it public and known through social media. “Everything that you see is conceived by us and inspired by our itinerant ‘laboratory’; that is, the colors, smells, flavors, landscapes, and people of the land—practically everything that surrounds us. Not surprisingly, we decided to do a photo shoot on Corso Garibaldi in Reggio Calabria. In every picture you see the background of this main street with some buildings. “We were born and raised here in this beautiful land that was colonized by the Greeks, rich in history and young people like us who are full of hope. It just takes one look at our accessories to see the colors of Calabria. For instance, some articles are scented with the peel of bergamot, giving the wearer an intense fragrance that arouses curiosity and fascination. “We are in love with the Costa Viola, which is a long stretch of the Tyrrhenian seacoast, surrounded by wild nature and the purple highlights of the sea—all of which is framed by the blue of the sky, the colors of the earth, the yellow of broom shrubs and the sun, the various shades of citrus, and the variegated colors of the Mediterranean. “Between Villa San Giovanni and the Ionian Coast there is a citrus, the bergamot—an intense fragrance that gave us a lot of inspiration in designing the ‘Zagara clutch’. From the beginning, our philosophy has been to provide the market with ‘green’ materials, such as fabrics of wood and cork, positioning us in the range of ethical luxury. “Cork is soft, smooth, and pliable. We use it a bit in all our products, especially in the construction of ties, clutches, bow ties, and lifestyle accessories. Wood is set on a foundation of cotton, whereas the wooden part is laser etched through special techniques in such a way as to make it foldable and similar to the skin. “The message we want to convey is that you can be elegant in an ethical manner. Clearly our products possess characteristics that cannot be classified as cheap since they are made in Italy and worked by hand with materials of a high quality.”

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The Temple of hercules Built in the 6th century BC, the Temple of Hercules is the most ancient in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Valley of the Temples.â&#x20AC;? Unusually elongated, the structure rests on a crepidoma, which is a platform that consists of three steps.

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Travel

Did You

Know?

A tidal wave of illegal immigrants has been faring the Mediterranean Sea, paying 1-2 thousand euro per ticket but ending in 25 deaths per day! This mass exodus has been fueled by Isisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Islamic extremist regimeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which exploits refugees from war-torn areas in Africa and the Middle East who set sail primarily from Libya.

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The Temple of Concordia Constructed circa 440-430 BC, the Temple of Concordia (Harmonia in Greek) is one of seven temples located in the misnamed “Valley of the Temples,” which is actually located on a “ridge” outside Agrigento. Originally called Akragas, Agrigento was one of the leading Greek colonies of Magna Graecia.

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The Greek Theater Once considered the greatest theater in the ancient world, the Teatro Greco in Syracuse was first built by Hiero I around 470BC and renovated by Hiero II about 220BC to accommodate 15,000 spectators. Syracuse was founded by Corinthians in 734BC, growing into the most beautiful and powerful city of Magna Graecia.

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Did You

Know?

Tony Bennett is of Calabrian Greek descent! Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Astoria, Queens, New York, Tonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father came from Podargoni, which is one of the Greek colonies of Calabria.

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The Temple of Segesta Prior to the arrival of the ancient Greeks, much of the Italic peninsula had been populated by various indigenous tribes, such as the Etruscans, from whom the region Tuscany derived its name. Similar to those in the south, the Elymians, who founded Segesta, were soon assimilated into the Greek culture, language, and way of life. As a symbol of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prosperity, the temple most likely broke ground in the 5th century BC but was never completed.

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The Temple of Hiero The Greek king Hiero II of Syracuse (269-216BC) built this enormous altar, which was large enough to sacrifice 450 bulls to Zeus, the Liberator. Although it is the largest surviving altar from Greek antiquity, today only the base remains of the immense temple-like structure, which was surrounded by porticoes.

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Did You

Know?

Although Italy’s immigrant population is lower than other European countries at 8%—Germany (9%), France (12%), UK

(15%)—the

country’s

lack

of

infrastructure and economic well-being recently has been fomenting anti-foreign sentiment and xenophobic political views. Illegal immigrants cost the taxpayers €4.3 million per day!

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Heaters That Radiate Art

Tubes

Soho â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soho is a design evident in its own substance. It is the emotion of those who encounter it for the first time, one that we hope will be equal to the emotion of all of us who created it.â&#x20AC;? Designers Roberto+Ludovica Palomba

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Décor

Agorà “The heater Agora is characterized by modularity, dimensional

freedom,

and

harmonious

lines

that reflect forms of the memory, as well as new manufacturing technologies, performance requirements, and environmental sustainability.” Designer Nicola De Ponti

Situated in Resana of northeastern Italy, Tubes has been experimenting with avantgarde radiators and towel warmers for the past thirty years. In 2005 the company rolled out a series of freestanding heaters with two models: Milano and Soho. A sustainable energy saving design was launched five years later under the name Agorà, while in 2012 Trame won the Best of the Year award in New York for innovation. The most recent models are Rift and Scaletta (‘the ladder’) which focused on ease of installation.

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Soho Bathroom â&#x20AC;&#x153;The creative concept plays with essential lines. Minimal elegance and aesthetic balance are the notes that define the Soho line and make it transversal and perfectly aligned to interiors of a more modern conception.â&#x20AC;? Designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba

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t.b.t. “t.b.t. was born from our conceptual desire to express the spirit, mood, and rarefied but fascinating atmosphere

of

American

industrial

spaces.”

Designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba

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Scaletta “This heating ‘ladder’ is an object that I had desired a long time for my home, so I believe it responds to one of the first questions that one asks when observing a new design object.” Designer Elisa Giovannoni

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Trame â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creativity meets technique that harmonizes functionality and aesthetics in Trame, the radiator with amazing lines and striking versatility.â&#x20AC;? Designer Stefano Giovannoni

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Acetaia Sereni Black Drops of Gold Snuggled cozily by the rolling hills of Villabianca, in an area far from industrial pollution, is Acetaia Sereni, one of the historic producers of balsamic vinegar, also known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the black gold of Modena.â&#x20AC;?

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How did Acetaia Sereni start its production? The production of our balsamic vinegar was born in an often similar way of many Modena families: as passion and family tradition. Only in the 1980s, with the birth of the Consortium of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar Producers, did Pier Luigi Sereni begin marketing it. What is the difference between wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar? The difference lies in their substance and methods of production. Wine vinegar has a strong acidity; in fact, the higher the acidity, the better the quality. Balsamic vinegar is sweet and sour. What is balsamic vinegar’s essential substance? Two ingredients are used to produce Balsamic: the cooked “must” of grapes over a direct fire, which ages in barrels of wood for many years and—of course—the air of Modena! How do you achieve perfect balsamic vinegar? Good balsamic requires a suitable environment; in other words, ventilated, dry with a strong temperature range, excellent barrels constructed in a workmanlike manner that give us a guaranteed seal for a long time, a good cooked grape “must” at the start and every year for the traditional topping, and lots of patience.

CUISINE

Is there a way for consumers to judge the quality? To judge a balsamic, one must consider several parameters: look, smell, and taste. Some features taken alone can make us believe that we are faced with a fine balsamic, but not always so. Take the density as an example: it is true that mature balsamic is thick and syrupy, but sometimes a dense balsamic doesn’t mean it’s mature. Surely one of the key features obtained only through years of maturation is the fragrance, which must be frank, pleasant, fruity, and harmonious. So what is the ideal age? Difficult to answer…each manufacturer has its own recipes, traditions, and habits. Surely to sell it as Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena D.O.P, it must age a minimum of 12 years! Once opened, how should it be stored? When opened, it can be stored at room temperature, without special instructions. Maybe it’s best to avoid extreme temperature changes. Why is this “black gold of Modena” so valuable? It once represented the heritage of Modena’s families. It was produced with great care and love, and it was handed down from generation to generation. There existed no similar product in the world! Today the balsamic vinegar of Modena is accessible to everyone, even if the extra old one remains a valuable product intended for connoisseurs.

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What makes balsamic vinegar unique? Balsamic vinegar is ONLY from Modena and Reggio Emilia. It is produced only in these areas and there exist no others. The “secret” that has made it so popular is precisely the particular sweet and sour taste, which can characterize even the simplest dishes. Fresh out of the bottle or cooked, which is best? When we have a good balsamic, it is always better to use it raw so as not to lose flavor during cooking. Are there any limitations in its uses? Today balsamic is used really on all dishes, from appetizers to desserts. Younger balsamic is fresh for salads and vegetables; the more mature ones for first dishes, risottos, and meat fillets; while the extra matured ones, for desserts. Examples? A simple frittata with leeks and a few drops of balsamic…. Carpaccio with shaved Parmesan cheese, fresh arugula, and balsamic vinegar…. Risotto alla parmigiana with balsamic…. And a simple fast dessert for guaranteed success: ice cream with extra aged balsamic! What dish should never lack it? Surely salads. How about on fruit? Of course! On strawberries, melon, fruit salads, ice cream, desserts…. Interview by Federica Fatale.

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Fashion & Fitness Events On Friday, April 10th, Uomo Moderno hosted its first Fashion & Fitness Show at 12th Street Gym in Philadelphia, presenting fifty swimsuits of Tribe Swimwear from Australia! That’s right, mates! It was high time to give some good ole’ competition to Italy! Besides, owner Tony Hall is a long-term friend of our magazine. The guest of honor and star model was Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, who also presented his line of Rock Avenue Bow Ties. Jenkins chose to name his brand after his hometown’s main street and the influence it exerted on his life. The show also served as a charity event: donations and raffle proceeds benefitted 12th Street Gym’s AIDS Walk for the Mazzoni Center. Raffle prizes included gift certificates to Media Copy, Palladino’s, and Pink Calyx Jewelry; a Seabag underwater bag and towel; one-month membership to Flaunt Fitness; one session at Pilates on Camac; and a year membership to 12th Street Gym. Special thanks to Boxers for the full bar service and smorgasbord, Punzoné Vodka for the Uomo-tini and shots, Andre Richard Salon for hair and makeup, and Mainline Models and Talent. 64

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On Friday, May 29th, Uomo Moderno proudly celebrated its two year anniversary on the open-air roof deck of the DL in New York City, with a onehour open bar to launch the summer issue and the swimsuit fashion show by Tribe Swimwear. Special thanks to Team New York Aquatics for modeling, our long-term loyal sponsor Skygroup Realty, and Tearsheet for providing the hair and makeup team for the event: hairstylist, Antonio Casale with Tearsheet for The Style Room; makeup, Suzette Pilgrim with Tearsheet using Perfekt Makeup. 66

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