Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dapper Chap #2: Lassi Patokorpi

Dapper Chap #2 is Lassi, a student of English philology and History, from Finland.  In his words, he is “a vintage enthusiast, a lover of all things beautiful, and a devout defender of everything old by heart.” An avid vintage shoe collector, he is also the president of the Finnish Vintage Association, Fintage-ry, based in Tampere, where he lives and studies. You can check out their website at www.fintage.net (the English part explains a little bit about them).

When it comes to aesthetic and design tastes, Lassi enjoys both the organic flourishes of Art Nouveau (esp. German Jugendstil) and the streamlined modernity of the interwar period.  When it comes to vintage fashion, he is particularly partial to the 1930s, due to the ideal ways that 30s clothing was tailored to accentuate the proportions of a man’s body, as well as “the quality of the workmanship, the attention to detail and the understated play with colour” prominent in 30s menswear. Like many vintage wearers, Lassi also gravitates towards vintage because it “stands for recycling and sustainable development plus culture and history.”

As his ensembles below make clear, Lassi has a keen and impeccable eye for detail.  However, he tells me he usually he opts for “a more laid-back and workwear-oriented approach” because “with these clothes I can signal that I love that era, be stylish, and look a little bit disheveled in the midst of it all. If I were to wear a suit, however, it would have to look perfect. Too much pressure there! Also, 30s suits are sadly in the minority in my wardrobe, as I am lean and tall, a bad combination for vintage suits!  Whenever I am out watching burlesque or some other such event I wear my trusted 1930's black tie.”  Whether formally dressed or not, Lassi is clearly one dapper vintage wearer!




9 comments:

Sara said...

Yes! Lassi is totally awesome and stylish!! Propably the most stylish man in Finland. I am obsessed with Fintage.. :D I wish I could be part of their amazing vintage world, I admire them all!

Yours sincerely,
Sara from Ladylike Delicacy

Helen Mae said...

Wow! Where can I get one for myself? Such a well dressed and attractive gent.

Laurence said...

I love Fintage! One of my good friend Sylvie (365 days vintage) is part of this association, she will come at my home next week!!!
It's so fun to be able to share passion for vintage with friends like that...
Present vintage guys is really a good idea, there are a lot of vintage gals, but not so much men... My husband really love these "Dapper Chap"... if you want, he can be one of your future vintage guy!

Flapper Flickers + Silent Stanzas said...

Well hello handsome! Brilliant ensembles! :)

garofit said...

He is definitely amongst the best dressed men out there. Impeccable taste.

Jessica Cangiano said...

What an impeccably stylish gentleman. These outfits are amongst the most wonderful examples of a modern chap sporting vintage looks I've ever laid eye on.

♥ Jessica

Riikka said...

I'm really enjoying your Dapper Chap posts! Like Laurence said, there are a lot of vintage ladies around but men seem to be more rare. And Lassi is, of course, always impeccably stylish!

Florian Kremers said...

Lassi is a good friend and my favourite dapper chap of all time too. I always say he looks like a Leyendecker illustration come to life. I hope to get back to finland soon to meet him again.

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Yes Lassi is a nice and stylish young man, I've worked with him as I do the posters for Fintage. But Sara, Fintage is not a closed network, so why don't you join? :)