ANDRE CHURCHWELL

It's truly difficult to write an article about Andre Churchwell. Yet I have to try. In fact, I must do it because I want his elegance to be an example to many who are still not aware of it. I apologise in advance if I'm going to be too good with him: but credit where credit is due... Where do you find another who dresses like him, who lives elegance as he lives it? In my opinion, there are very few men in the world who are so in love with elegance. His wardrobe is unlike anyone else’s, and this is not by chance. Everything has been elaborated mentally, long ago, then gradually turned into reality by good craftsmen, specialising in suits, shirts, shoes and bespoke accessories. How many would like to have his bearings? And to have his ease in wearing a trivial hat or a discount suit? We all wear these things; but few can manage to give their souls what they wear. Monsieur Bespoke has come up to ask him some questions about his concept of elegance and to show you three of his outfits. His father was his first great example of elegance, along with his friend Clarence Austin.

In my opinion, there are very few men in the world who are so in love with elegance.

But then he turned his gaze to the sacred monsters of elegance, such as Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks; in short, people who had elegance and knew what to do with it. But elegance is always an evolutionary path; “In fact” said Mr. Andre “my sense of elegance has evolved over the years and it is only with the passing of time that I discovered what works for me, namely tweeds and chalk stripes. I'm aging and over the years I've become a little bit sober. Let me talk about cut of the clothes rather than the colour, though in the spring and sometimes in the fall, I still want to have more colour in my outfits”. For him the dress "is a form of mobile art, like a statue of Alexander Calder or better yet as a magnet that attracts attention from all sides, thus creating an attractive image”. But cultivating his own style, his look in the eyes of the world, requires passion, trials and hard work. But where's the bravery? "To have fashionable and timeless elegance," Dr. Andre continued, "we need to hide the effort behind creating outfits from the public. In short, it must be natural! But above all, whatever you are wearing must make sense. It cannot occur at random!" And today instead? Mr. Andre does not hold back: "People” he reveals “tend to dress all the same because today's society no longer rewards anyone for his or her taste in dressing. That is why those who still hold us to this kind of thing carry the flag high.

For him the dress "is a form of mobile art, like a statue of Alexander Calder or better yet as a magnet that attracts attention from all sides, thus creating an attractive image”.

In general, I do not think people are stylish nowadays. And always there are few that can be defined as such - Prince Charles and George Hamilton are certainly among them - but now we are in a "grunge generation" where we want to appear even on non-special occasions only to highlight the will that the man has to dress”. People stop him to say, "I wish I could wear it too." And how do you think he answers? “I tell them that there is no reason why you cannot wear such a thing; just take time to look at what may be better on you, however, taking into account your physical build and your character." Mr. Andre also told us that "an elegant suit and its appearance influence (improve) your mood and that of people around you. I call it "armour" because it allows me to fight the challenges that arise during my life." The last question we asked was about t-shirts and shorts, worn more in our cities and in other places than we have ever seen in 20 years. Even in this case, Mr. Andre was very clear: "Anyone can wear t-shirts and shorts. They do not want to make an effort and it certainly is not so pleasing to the sight, but of course Fred Astaire would never have become Fred Astaire if he wore such an outfit for the weather". What to say? Viva Andre Churchwell, a real example of how elegance can make our day more enjoyable. Seeing a dandy like him is certainly more fulfilling than seeing flip flops, short shorts everywhere.

Mr. Andre also told us that "an elegant suit and its appearance influence (improve) your mood and that of people around you. I call it "armour "

Photography

ROSE CALLAHAN