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JOURNAL

by Gianluca Isaia

11 SEP 2015

Flip-flops, mi amor

by Gianluca Isaia

Many have asked me – and continue to ask me – why I always wear simple leather flip-flops in coral red, our signature color, in the summer, even with the most serious formal suit. Well, forgive me for this little quirk.

I'd like to finally tell you the whole truth.

Jackie Kennedy Onasis walking in Capri

Jackie Kennedy Onasis shopping for flip-flops

It all started by chance, due to sheer comfort. Better yet, it is the result of a providential oversight that I believe coincides with the classic Freudian slip. A few years ago in Milan, on one of those impossible days in mid-July suffocating from horrible humidity as the asphalt melted and the searing sidewalks were as hot as barbecue grates, I hurried back to our showroom because I was expecting several important foreign buyers. Very hot and tired, I took a shower. Then I slipped into a beautiful suit with a linen shirt and tie and tried to relax a bit before this business meeting. Due to the delightful cool air and the shadowy darkness of the backstage area, I completely forgot about the flip-flops that I was wearing instead of shoes. Unaware, I went to welcome my guests. I was amazed when they thought my forgetfulness was a deliberate and provocative form of dandyism and an extreme and daring expression of elegance. They began to profusely compliment me on my ability to invent a personal style based on my presumed and imaginative Neapolitan elegance. That's all they spoke about that day.

The business aspect of the meeting, which took the back seat, nevertheless went quite well. Bingo!