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12. March 2020

The smexiest men alive: Mr Marcel Wonnberger


Bob The wardrobe builder

1. How did you start with menswear? What was your first contact with classic menswear?

I first became interested in classic menswear after playing the video game Mafia when I was still in primary school. It is set in 1930s New York and most of the main characters wear pinstriped, double-breasted suits with long coats and hats. I was fascinated by their outfits and tried to emulate those looks. Minus the Tommy guns.

For a very long time, however, that was pretty much it. Every now and then I bought a suit from H&M, but it would never end up leaving my wardrobe.

When I started working for a Dutch menswear shop three years ago, I got my suits out of  the wardrobe and, with that, my interest in classic menswear returned.

2. How do you normally put your outfit together?

It really depends on the weather and my plans for the day. Usually, I pick one specific garment and combine it with whatever feels compatible.

3. Tips for starters?

As I am still in the process of putting together a decent wardrobe, I can only tell you what I have learned from the mistakes I have made so far:

– Try to take in as much knowledge as you possibly can: Once you know the rules, you are allowed to break them.
– Take it slow and invest in a few high-quality, basic garments instead of buying mass-produced stuff by the bucketload.
– Go for some unique vintage pieces and avoid the non-sellers – they are non-sellers for a reason (even if they are tempting at 70% off).

4. How would you describe your style?

I am still figuring out what kind of style I want to make “my” style. In general, I am inspired by classic silhouettes and tend to incorporate some stylistic details from the 1930s. Hunting down vintage pieces on eBay and at flea markets is a passion of mine. All in all, I find it hard to put a specific label on my style. All I can say is that I have been called a “vintage-dandy” before.

5. Where do you look for inspiration? Who are your role models when it comes to style?

I mainly draw inspiration from Instagram, films, and fashion catalogues from the 1920s and 30s. I do not have a specific role model, but I am a fan of Permanent Style’s Simon Crompton’s take on building a wardrobe consisting of foundational pieces which allow for many possible combinations.

6. Which are your favourite brands at the moment and why?

I do not necessarily look for specific brands when buying clothes. I do, however, have to admit that I admire Edward Green footwear and suits from The Anthology.

7. Do you have a favourite garment and is there a piece of clothing that you would never wear?

Right now, my brown chukka boots from Edward Green are absolutely essential. Ironically, I was never the biggest fan of chukka boots because of their (often quite hefty) shape. I fell in love with my EGs because of their elegant cut and their impeccable fit.

5 quick questions

Your favourite Bond movie?
Spectre – because of Monica Belluc… I mean… Christoph Waltz.

Your favourite shirt fabric?
Anything striped

Your favourite shoe model?
Dark brown oxfords

Break or no break?

DB or SB?
DB or three-piece SB.