Sergei Sviatchenko’s exclusive interview for initials AO

(to our French readers / à nos lecteurs français: une traduction sera bientôt disponible ici même).

Dear Elegants,

Mr Sergei Sviatchenko - the Ukrainian-born Danish artist - the chanter of « modern classicism » unveils himself for us today.

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Amongst other things, he is the founder and editor of CLOSEUPANDPRIVATE.COM that we truly love at initials AO and from which we already shared quite a few photographs with you here.

He kindly agreed on answering our questions for what is initials AO’s first ever interview: an exclusive interview with our fashion guru. As Sergei Sviatchenko is such a multi-talented person who operates across plenty of art fields that we will today concentrate on ours: elegance in style.

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(Sergei kindly shared with us some unreleased exclusive photos from his CUAP spring/summer 2013 photoshooting)

INITIALS AO - Let’s start looking back at your personal background : to what extent do your « life adventure » and multicultural approach impact your very personal sense of aesthetics?

Sergei Sviatchenko - I think, the artist lives in the own bubble or sphere, depending on how you look at this. Bubble is probably bad, because it means you shut down all possibilities to be influenced. But sphere is nice – it is as a kaleidoscopic universe, full of historical and cultural events, own experience and good place to work.

INITIALS AO - Is there any next step for you after Ukraine and Denmark to give another taste to your work, like coming to France?

Sergei - France is great, but I am afraid not, Denmark is a motherland for my children; it is a very important place for me now.

INITIALS AO - Despite your work on « classicism », would you consider yourself as an iconoclast artist?

Sergei - I better like synonyms to “iconoclast“: ”nonconformist”. As a person you go through the different periods in your life, when you feel sometimes as a rebel, sometimes as a radical. But the meaning is the same. You question the world around you and look for the answers, only to realize that there are so many different answers. That is why “nonconformist” - it sounds softer, allows enjoying classics.

INITIALS AO - How much time do you allocate to CUAP, your on-going photo art project about style, on a daily basis?

Sergei - I post one image per day, when I am not travelling; I do it as a greeting to CUAP people.

The creation of images for each season is a different story, depending on my and Erik’s schedule and clothes available. Then editing…

The down moving row of images shall look familiar, even intimate, but still surprising .The random pictures I use are to indicate that all this about life, not only about clothes. Am I patronizing?

INITIALS AO - Beyond your collages, publications and art exhibitions, what are your plans for the near future ? (like a collab with a fashion brand that we all dream about for example).

Sergei - I have created Classic & Contemporary Kit with Danish brand, available in August 2013.

INITIALS AO - It seems that you praise the blend of colors, the blend of patterns. Is there a limit for elegant men not to go beyond in mixing these?

Sergei - I have to admit that I am not a fashion scientist, my approach is more abstract. I see fashion world as a reflection of public culture. And it scares me sometimes; it is as a creasy spirit got out of a bottle and we will never get it inside. But life taught me tolerance and I will continue my work for you, who ask questions and show your interest.

CLOSE UP AND PRIVATE’s etiquette for the modern classicist, a loosely compiled list of scrupulous style cues for gentlemen was my attempt to put down some kind of directions.

INITIALS AO - Could you personally live in black & white?

Sergei - Absolutely not.

INITIALS AO - Who designed the glasses your wear? Do you have any best-kept secret to share in terms of glasses designer?

Sergei - Cutler and Gross of London – I am gladly sharing the secret.

INITIALS AO - Do you know any French label that would fit with Sergei Sviatchenko’s modern classicism, and must be carefully followed?

Sergei - A.P.C,  Maison Kitsune, sometimes Agnes B. (by the  way great respect for what she does for arts), Lacoste. I noticed at Pitti a small French brand, but forgot the name. I am sure there are many.

INITIALS AO - Can you please draw or propose a simple collage of what you are currently wearing, as a self-portrait to illustrate this interview?

Sergei - Thank you for this opportunity to be self-glad. Here you are:

Comme des Garçons light blue shirt, definitely vintage, stays “made in France” + Close Up And Private Look rep tie yellow stripes on the green background (last year I made a small collection for the subscribers of Danish magazine for man EUROMAN) + Dark navy cardigan Dries Von Noten + Grey pale red tweed Thom Browne trousers + Alden long wingtip + Falke long dark navy socks + Almost grey beard and hair

PS: You cannot tell I am 60, when I smile.

… Thank you again Sergei for your time. Sure our readers will appreciate. And please keep on the good work.

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- Rolex Submariner 16618 gold watch -
Are you dreamer? Are you a watch lover? Are you rich enough? Are you an investor? Anyone can enjoy a nice watch. And as you can see, gold watches are not vulgar at all. They are indeed very elegant with a low-profile outfit.
And as usual, you can find the exact similar Rolex Submariner 16618 gold watch on Ebay here, or an alternative and much rarer Rolex vintage Cosmograph Daytona 6264 glod watch with black dial here (100 000$!). The latter worth the same as a small flat by the sea, but it’s a more profitable investment these days… or you can just wear it if you feel like it.
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- Rolex Submariner 16618 gold watch -

Are you dreamer? Are you a watch lover? Are you rich enough? Are you an investor? Anyone can enjoy a nice watch. And as you can see, gold watches are not vulgar at all. They are indeed very elegant with a low-profile outfit.

And as usual, you can find the exact similar Rolex Submariner 16618 gold watch on Ebay here, or an alternative and much rarer Rolex vintage Cosmograph Daytona 6264 glod watch with black dial here (100 000$!). The latter worth the same as a small flat by the sea, but it’s a more profitable investment these days… or you can just wear it if you feel like it.

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Best of beautiful antique accessories to take care of oneself and travel elegantly

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Dear Elegants,

Above is just a higlhight of the best of antique accessories for elegant men on the move. Handcrafted, made of the finest materials (cedar wood, crocodile leather, ivory, silk, sterling silver), they carry parts of the great History - Prohibition era, WW I 1& II, Transatlantic croisières - and some human stories with you when traveling abroad. For the discerning men only, who praised “living objects”.

Deluxe toiletry kit

Shaving set / shaving soap kit / cut-throat or coupe-chou / razor

Traveling comb

Cedar shoe trees

Steamer travel trunks

Traveling costume / suit brush

Flasks

Enjoy guys!

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Chers Elégants,

Vous avez ci-dessus un florilège du meilleur des accessoires vintage / antiques pour tout voyageur élégant qui se respecte. Faits main, dans les meilleurs matériaux (bois de cèdre, cuir de crocodile, ivoire, soie, argent), ils véhiculent avec eux une part de la grande Histoire - Prohibition, Guerres Mondiales, traversées Transatlantiques - et des histoires d’hommes au grès de vos voyages à l’étranger. Uniquement pour les hommes exigeants, qui apprécient les “objets qui vivent”.

Kit de voyage de luxe

Kit de rasage / savon / coupe-chou / rasoirs

Peigne de voyage

Formes pour chaussures en cèdre

Bagages & malles de voyage

Brosse à vêtements de voyage

Flasques

Enjoy!

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- waxed leather messenger bag -
Messenger bags, cycling backpacks, tote backpacks… different names but one trend: carry your ipad, books, sunglasses in an elegant manner and shop your favorite classy backpack amongst our Ebay highlights below, sorted by descending prices:
*** Ralph Lauren RRL brown leather & canvas messenger tote bag ****** HIKER - 14” Tall Leather Backpack/Tote Bag L04 ****** Fabric Horse luxe waxed canvas backpack ****** Handcrafted brown & blue waxed canvas backpack ****** Mens Casual Dandy Buckle Strap Backpack Tote Briefcase ***
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- waxed leather messenger bag -

Messenger bags, cycling backpacks, tote backpacks… different names but one trend: carry your ipad, books, sunglasses in an elegant manner and shop your favorite classy backpack amongst our Ebay highlights below, sorted by descending prices:

*** Ralph Lauren RRL brown leather & canvas messenger tote bag ***
*** HIKER - 14” Tall Leather Backpack/Tote Bag L04 ***
*** Fabric Horse luxe waxed canvas backpack ***
*** Handcrafted brown & blue waxed canvas backpack ***
*** Mens Casual Dandy Buckle Strap Backpack Tote Briefcase ***

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- beautiful retro fixed gear bike - 
OK bikes are not our preferred area no this blog, but still, we can find beauty where it is. And in this specific case, hard to deny the sharp retro sense of aesthetics of this bike. Get inspired and get yourself a similar retro fixie bike here:
*** Checker Pig SKID Freestyle Fixed Gear made in Germany ****** All City Big Block track bike fixie new 58cm ***
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- beautiful retro fixed gear bike - 

OK bikes are not our preferred area no this blog, but still, we can find beauty where it is. And in this specific case, hard to deny the sharp retro sense of aesthetics of this bike. Get inspired and get yourself a similar retro fixie bike here:

*** Checker Pig SKID Freestyle Fixed Gear made in Germany ***
*** All City Big Block track bike fixie new 58cm ***

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- the best of Creepers Brogues on Ebay -
Spectacular platform shoes in streets and catwalks for 2 years are now accessible to anyone on Ebay stores. You like it? Find here under our selection of 8 platform or creeper wingtips from Prada to Paul Smith, to D&G, to replicas:
*** D&G MainLine White Leather Creeper Shoes -50% retail price ****** Paul Smith Contrast Brogues Black & Blue - New Winter 2012/2013 ****** Prada Oxford Platform Brogues Espadrillas S/S 2011 ****** Prada Milano mens LEVITATE shoes S/S 2013 spazzolato fume oxford ****** Prada pre-owned brown leather shoes ****** NEW! $1100 Prada burnished green wingtip lace up -50% retail price ****** Prada scarpe classic black platform oxford shoes ****** Prada-like custom-made creepers wingtip Shoes for 134$ ***
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- skull slippers in town -
Why not daring skull slippers? If you’re loyal readers, you know we don’t really like slippers. However, some of you do, if we consider the success of our dedicated article you can read here. We kind of liked this pair of skulls slippers, and wanted to see if we could find some of these on the internet for you. Here they are, on Ebay - as always!
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- skull slippers in town -

Why not daring skull slippers? If you’re loyal readers, you know we don’t really like slippers. However, some of you do, if we consider the success of our dedicated article you can read here. We kind of liked this pair of skulls slippers, and wanted to see if we could find some of these on the internet for you. Here they are, on Ebay - as always!

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- light wool cable knit jumper - 
What a nice-to-mix jumper with a plaid shirt and waxed jacket like him! Do you want to get a similar wool light colored jumper? Then go to Ebay and pick up the one you like most from the 3 we suggest you:
*** Salvatore Ferragamo cashmere beige crew neck jumper < $500 (new!) ****** Cable knit camel merino wool jumper ****** Straven wool yellow cable sweater Made in England, “Ralph Lauren-like” ***
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- light wool cable knit jumper - 

What a nice-to-mix jumper with a plaid shirt and waxed jacket like him! Do you want to get a similar wool light colored jumper? Then go to Ebay and pick up the one you like most from the 3 we suggest you:

*** Salvatore Ferragamo cashmere beige crew neck jumper < $500 (new!) ***
*** Cable knit camel merino wool jumper ***
*** Straven wool yellow cable sweater Made in England, “Ralph Lauren-like” ***

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- flower print t-shirt + navy blue bomber jacket by Gant Rugger  - 
Will you dare flower print t-shirt? We bet you will! Especially if you wear it under a classic navy blue bomber jacket, by Gant Rugger. Well, we found the two for you on Ebay, even though the bomber jacket is not with flower linen. You’d better have a look to our suggested flower print t-shirt by Gant Rugger here and to the bomber jacket by Gant Rugger there.
 
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- flower print t-shirt + navy blue bomber jacket by Gant Rugger  - 


Will you dare flower print t-shirt? We bet you will! Especially if you wear it under a classic navy blue bomber jacket, by Gant Rugger. Well, we found the two for you on Ebay, even though the bomber jacket is not with flower linen. You’d better have a look to our suggested flower print t-shirt by Gant Rugger here and to the bomber jacket by Gant Rugger there.

 

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