For those gents who truly appreciate style, there’s nothing like a bespoke suit to truly let you stand out from the crowd. Toronto-based tailor and fashion designer Gian-Paolo Mazzotta‘s attention to detail and advocacy of the “tailored not tight” approach to custom-made suits has garnered the attention of many a fashion savvy male in the city. We caught up with the tailor extraordinaire to find out more about his burgeoning business and personal style…
Tell us a bit about yourself. What should people know?
My name is Gian-Paolo Mazzotta, and I am a menswear designer. I have been working in the fashion industry for more than 10 years now, and I am very happy that in the past four years I have been able to follow my dream. I designed and coordinated high-volume manufacturing in China and Toronto for seven years, and the last four years I have been blessed to take my passion and hobby – the “art of fashion” – and make it an ever-growing business.
What sets the Gian-Paolo Mazzotta bespoke experience and the clothes apart from other tailors?
What sets apart the Gian-Paolo Mazzotta experience from other custom tailors is that not only am I a custom-fit expert but a designer as well. My knowledge and understanding of the relationship between a man’s figure and the garment that embraces him allows me to look over every detail, and I create an individual piece of art for each client. I am a huge advocate of “tailored not tight,” which means we provide the modern tailored look with the proper silhouette for each individual client.
Were there any particular moments in fashion history that influenced your style and interest in fashion?
Italian men’s fashion really inspires me, and it’s not always the Pitti Uomo street style; it’s the effortless Italian cool – the 50-year-old man in a small town sitting at a café enjoying his espresso in his simple navy linen double-breasted suit with no socks and loafers at 9am, just because…
You also offer stand-out accessories for the modern gentleman. What are some of the best ways a modern gent can add serious style to his look?
Shoes – as many as possible!
What are a few of the most innovative ways a man can add style to his casual, work, or evening looks?
This is simple: For work, do not be afraid to wear your tailored suits as separates. This adds versatility and depth to your wardrobe. For the evening, a dinner or smoking jacket is the easiest way to add style.